San Francisco Giants 2018 Draft Picks Rounds 3-10

Here the seven players the Giants selected today in Day 2 of the 2018 MLB Draft:

3rd Round (80th overall) RHP Jake Wong (21).  Out of Grand Canyon University, Wong went 9-3 with a 2.81 ERA as a junior.  He struck out 89 batters in 89.2 IP.  He had an ERA over 4.00 as a sophomore.  His description doesn’t make him sound especially exciting, although he occasionally hits 96 mph with his fastball.  Wong pitched well in the premier wood-bat Cape Code League in relief in the summer of 2017, which is something the Giants typically value.

4th Round (106th) RHP Blake Rivera (20).  Rivera has had sub-2.00 ERA seasons in both of his years in community college, recording a 1.75 ERA in 2018.  He went 10-0 this year and led his league with 98 Ks in 67 IP.  At 6’4″ and 205 lbs, he’s got a projectable body.  The Giants drafted him in the 32nd round last year, but he elected to return to his junior college in Alabama for a second year in what know looks like a good move. likes his curveball, and he could elect to play for Auburn next year rather than sign with the Giants.

5th Round (136th) RHP Keaton Winn (20).  Another community college pitcher, it’s definitely unusual to see the Giants take two of them this early in the draft.  Winn pitched mostly relief this year, striking out 59 batters in 36.1 innings of work.  He’s listed by as having the same measurements as Rivera.  The Giants drafted him in the 20th round last year, and he has committed to pitch for Mississippi State next year.

6th Round (166th) OF Patrick Hilson (17).  A still small high-schooler from Arkansas.  He’s fast and despite his small size can hit 94 mph with his fastball.  He is committed to Alabama for next year.

7th Round (196th) SS Edison Mora (17).  A high-school shortstop from Puerto Rico, Mora is already 6’2″ although he needs to do some filling out.  I couldn’t find much on him except this youtube video he made for college recruiters.

8th Round (226th) RHP Solomon Bates (21).  As a junior at USC, Bates had a 3.14 ERA with 79 Ks in 77 IP.  Looks like a solid pick for the 8th round.

9th Round (256th) RHP Ben Madison (20).  Playing for Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas, I couldn’t find any stats for Madison, although he was co-pitcher of the year in his conference and a first team all-conference player.  He’s struck out 18 in a game twice in his college career.

10th Round (286th) RHP Alex DuBord (21).  A big right-hander out of Faulkner University, a Christian school in Montgomery Alabama, DuBord’s 4.01 ERA in 2018 is not impressive, but he was better late in the season when he was moved to the bullpen and struck out 55 batters in 51.2 IP.

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