San Francisco Giants 2016 Draft Picks Rounds 26-40
In the second half of Day Three of the 2016 Draft, the Giants kept with this year’s trend of drafting almost exclusively college players. Here is who the team selected:
26th Round. (785th overall). Nick Hill CF (21 years old). Hill had a big junior season for small school Eckerd College, slashing .391/.457/.590 and stealing 12 bases in 15 attempts. As a sophomore, he had a .761 OPS, though, and it’s kind of hard to imagine he won’t be over-matched by professional pitching.
27th Round (815th). Patrick Ruotolo RHP (21). A college junior who the Baseball Cube lists as 5’11” and 240 lbs, Ruotolo has been a very success relief pitcher at a major university (UConn). In 2016, he had a 2.25 ERA with 12 saves and pitching line of 40 IP, 33 hits, one HR and 11 BB allowed and 47 Ks. Over his three year college career, he had a 2.63 ERA with 20 saves and 148 Ks in 120 IP.
He pitched great in the Cape Cod League in 2014, but not upon his return in 2015. Baseball America ranked him their 9th best prospect out of the State of Connecticut, but not among their top 500 prospects nation-wide.
Surprising he went this late in the Draft; one has to assume teams don’t think he’s projectable, perhaps because of his body type. Either that, or he’s made clear his intention to return to UConn for his senior season.
28th Round (845th). Jayden O’Dell RHP (23). O’Dell had a 5.84 ERA with 27 Ks but 16 BBs in 24.2 IP this year as a senior for Angelo State U.
29th Round (875th). Mike Bernal SS (23). A fifth year senior out of Arkansas, Bernal had a .786 OPS in 2016 and a .764 OPS in 2015. He added quite a bit of power to his resume this year, blasting eight HRs. Looks like a roster filler in the pro ranks due to his age.
30th Round (905th). Nick Deeg LHP (21). A tall lefty out of Central Michigan, Deeg had a 3.95 ERA as a junior and struck out 86 batters in 98 IP. Another likely roster filler.
31st Round (935th). Adam Laskey LHP (18). Laskey has committed to attend Duke University. It’s pretty hard to sign high school players drafted this late when they’ve got a scholarship offer from a major university program.
32nd Round (965th). John Timmons RHP (22). As a small college senior, Timmons had a 6.48 ERA but struck out 18 batters in 16.2 IP. A real long shot.
33rd Round (995th). J.J. Montgomery RHP (19). Pitched well at Northwest Florida State (Junior) College: 2.64 ERA, pitching line of 47.2 IP, 40 hits, zero HRs and 10 BB allowed and 56 Ks.
34th Round (1025th). CJ Gettman RHP (22). The closer for Central Washington U. as a senior, Gettman had a 4.15 ERA, but struck out 40 batters in 26 innings pitched while allowing 22 hits and walking 15.
35th Round (1055th). Sidney Duprey LHP (19). Another junior college pitcher, Duprey had a terrific 2016 season with a 1.70 ERA and a pitching line of 74 IP, 60 hits, two HRS and 17 BB allowed, and 86 Ks. As with Montgomery two slots above, the question is whether Duprey will elect to transfer to a four year college, rather than signing with the Giants.
36th Round (1085th). Ryan Matranga C (22). A very light hitting catcher (four year college career OPS of .553) out of the University of San Francisco, one has to assume his defense is pretty good for him to have been drafted or played as much as he did in college.
37th Round (1115th). Chris Bono CF (23). A light hitting (four year college career .642 OPS) center fielder for UCLA who is originally from Palo Alto. Again, his defense is probably pretty good, but he looks like a courtesy pick.
38th Round (1145th). David Lee RHP (20). Another junior college pitcher, Lee was hard to hit (58 Ks and only 40 hits allowed in 54 innings pitched), but he allowed 41 walks.
39th Round (1175th). Andrew DiPiazza RHP (20). Yet another junior college pitcher, DiPiazza was the Region 19 Division 2 Pitcher of the Year, going 12-1 with a 1.50 ERA and 109 Ks in 84 innings pitched while allowing only 40 hits and 25 walks. He red-shirted his freshman season at Alabama in 2015, before transferring to Mercer County Community College. The Giants may be able to sign him, because if he transfers to a four-year school, he won’t be eligible to be drafted again until he is 22.
40th Round (1215th). Nick Bennett LHP (18). Bennett has committed to the University of Louisville.