San Francisco Giants 2016 Draft Picks Rounds 3-10
Here’s a rundown of the eight players the Giants drafted today:
3rd Round (95 overall). Heath Quinn OF (21 years old). This college junior out of small-school Samford has some serious pop. He hit 21 HRs this year and 44 in his three-year college career. His slash line this year was .343/.452/.682 for a whopping 1.134 OPS. For his college career, he slashed .334/.424/.599.
For what it’s worth, CBS news had Quinn as one of their six best players left entering the second day of the Draft. He was drafted in the 12th round by the Indians out of high school, and his .870 OPS was eighth best in the Cape Cod League in 2015, two spots ahead of the Giants 2nd Round pick Bryan Reynolds. mlb.com’s video profile says Quinn is very strong even if his right-handed swing is not the prettiest.
Looks like a good 3rd round pick.
4th Round (125th). Matt Krook LHP (21). You may well remember Matt Krook: he pitched for San Francisco’s St. Ignatius High School and was drafted in the first round (35th overall) by the Marlins in 2013. However, the Marlins withdrew their offer after his physical, and he elected to attend Oregon instead. He had a terrific start to his freshman season, but blew out his elbow tendon which the Marlin’s testing probably predicted and he missed all of the 2015 Pac-12 season.
He came back in 2016 but posted a 5.03 ERA. His pitching line was more promising at 53.2 IP, 36 hits, zero HRs, 49 BB and 68 Ks. His wildness probably isn’t too much of a concern, but his season ended early due to slight tear in his shoulder. That’s why he wasn’t drafted until the 4th round.
5th Round (155th). Ryan Howard SS (21). Howard is a junior out of Mizzou who runs well and gets on base. Howard slashed .295/.381/.433 this year, and slashed a career .284/.365/.397 in three years as a college starter.
Howard was Baseball America’s No. 2 prospect out of the State of Missouri this year. The Giants drafted him in the 31st round three years ago, so it’s clear the Giants still like him and have had their eye on him for a while.
6th Round (185th). Gio Brusa LF (22). A college senior, Brusa is another local boy, who was born in Lodi and attended high school and the University of the Pacific in Stockton. Brusa was drafted in the 23rd round by the Cardinals last year, a year in which he was likely hurt, as he missed about 22 games of his team’s schedule.
Brusa’s decision to return to UOP for his senior year was a good one, as his bat exploded to the tune of .337/.418/.614 and 14 home runs. He had the 9th best OPS in the Cape Cod League in 2015, between Quinn and Reynolds
7th Round (215th). Garrett Williams LHP 21. A college junior out of Oklahoma State, Williams is the Giants’ first selection who can be seen as a project or tools pick. His career college numbers suggest he’s got great stuff but no control. He was a career 7-1 but with a 5.42 ERA and pitching line of 73 IP, 58 hits, 4 HRs, 60 BB and 94 Ks as a reliever and spot starter at the college level.
8th Round (245th). Stephen Woods RHP 21. Another project/tools pick, just not quite as impressive as Williams. Woods was drafted in the 6th Round by the Tampa Rays out of high school, yet chose to attend SUNY Albany, not a school known as a baseball power.
Woods was pretty dreadful there, with a 7-16 record, a 6.10 ERA and walking 116 batters in 149 innings pitched. However, he also struck out 169.
9th Round (275th). Caleb Baragar LHP (22). A college senior who spent two years in junior college before joining the Indiana Hoosiers in 2015, Baragar had a strong senior season, posting a 2.49 ERA in 15 starts. His two-year major college pitching line is 144 IP, 114 hits, 10 HRs and 43 BB and 124 Ks, numbers which suggest he’s developed into very good pitcher but doesn’t have major league stuff.
10th Round (305th). Alex Bostic LHP Clemson (21). Listed by MLB.com as a senior, Bostic is only 21 years old and pitched three seasons for Clemson. He was a bottom of the bullpen guy for Clemson with a career ERA of 7.02 and 5.13 this past season. In 50 college career innings pitched, he’s allowed 45 walks and struck out 58. ‘Nuff said.
The Giants selected exclusively college players with their first nine picks, and drafted only players with proven college track records until the 7th round.