San Francisco Giants’ 2017 Draft Picks Rounds 11-25

After starting the 2017 Draft by selecting high schoolers with their first three picks, the Giants have since selected almost exclusively college and junior college players, including all 15 of the players described below:

11th RoundDoug Still, LHP (age 21).  Still went 8-3 with a 2.88 ERA and 89 Ks in 103 IP this year for the Missouri State Bears.

12th RoundAaron Bond, CF (20).  Bond slashed .355/.471/.617 with 23 stolen bases in 26 attempts in his sophomore season at a Texas Junior College.  He may elect to attend a 4-year school next year to improve his draft position as a junior, which can be said of any junior college player selected after the 10th round.

13th RoundTyler Schimpf, RHP (21).  Schimpf pitched well in 12 relief appearances for University of Texas this year, after missing all of 2016, probably to Tommy John surgery.   He was drafted out of high school, so his falling so low in the draft this year is probably based on concerns about his throwing arm.

14th RoundMichael Sexton, 3B (22).  He slashed a lusty .394/.488/.812 as a senior at The Masters University, a Christian school in Southern California.

15th RoundOrlando Garcia, SS (21).  A shortstop out of Texas Tech, Garcia slashed .305/.386/.550 against top-flight college competition.  He played poorly in the wood bat Cape Cod League last summer, which is probably why he wasn’t drafted higher.  That, or his defense in the middle infield is poor.

16th RoundJohn Russell, RHP (21).  A very thin right-hander (6’3″ and 170 lbs) who as UConn’s closer in 2017 posted a 2.84 ERA with 14 saves and a whopping 66 Ks in 38 IP.  Looks like a good pick for this late in the Draft.  The Giants selected UConn’s closer last year also, Patrick Ruotolo, in the later rounds.  Ruotolo currently has a 1.40 ERA in 17 relief appearances for the Giants full-season A level team in Augusta.  Ruotolo is short and stocky, but his and Russell’s college numbers are similarly impressive.

17th RoundBrac Warren, RHP (21).  Posted a 3.14 ERA with 34 Ks in 25.2 relief innings pitching for the Oregon Ducks this season.  Also looks like a good pick for this late in the draft.

18th RoundChris Corbett, C (22).  Corbett slashes .349/.410/.632 as a senior catcher for Rollins College in Florida.  The question is: has any player from Rollins College ever made the majors?  Yes: Clay Bellinger, Brian Meyer and John Castino.  Hope springs eternal!

19th RoundFrankie Tostado, RF/P (19).  I couldn’t find any stats on Tostado.  He’s young, he’s big and he played high school and a season of junior college ball in Ventura County.  Baseball America ranked him as the 89th best prospect out of Southern California six days ago.

20th RoundKeaton Winn, RHP (19).  Winn had a 2.47 ERA with 56 Ks in 51 IP as a freshman at Iowa Western Community College.

21st RoundLogan Baldwin, CF (21).  A slightly built outfielder who slashed .308/.370/.444 and stole 13 bases in 16 attempts for Georgia Southern this year.  Looks like a real long-shot.

22nd RoundGreg Jacknewitz, LHP (22).  Jacknewitz was never particularly effective in four seasons at Xavier, but perhaps the Giants think they can tweek something in his motion.  Or he’s just a roster filler.

23rd RoundShane Matheny, 3B (21).  Matheny slashed .309/.408/.471 as a junior at Washington State against Pac-12 competition.

24th RoundNico Giarratano, SS (22).  He’s a local kid (St. Ignacius H.S.; Univ. of San Francisco) who didn’t hit in four college seasons (.628 OPS) or three summers in the Cape Code League (.575 OPS).  He looks like a courtesy pick, but his defense may be good.  Why else would he get to play three summers in the Cape Code League hitting like that?

25th RoundFranklyn Van Gurp, RHP (21).  Truly a great name.  He pitched pretty well too in a relief role this year for Florida International: 2.91 ERA and 32 Ks in 21.2 IP.  Alas, he’s wild.

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