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SF Giants mock draft 2015: Brady Aiken and pitching, pitching pitching

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Some of the pitching is hurt. Some of it's not!

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We're about a month away from sweet, hot draft action. You don't care about the draft? Oh, I guess you don't care about Madison Bumgarner, three-time world's champeen. You don't care about BUSTER POSEY. You don't care about baseball.

The Giants have two picks in the first round. This is their reward for sleeping throughout the offseason and losing Pablo Sandoval. Embrace this consolation prize. Embrace it. Over the last week, two mock drafts have come out, mock-assigning Giants a couple of amateur players. Here are those picks.

Baseball America - Brady Aiken, RHP

Oh, hello.

Aiken was the first-overall pick last year. Of all the amateur baseball players in the world, the Houston Astros said, yup, this is the guy we want. A scouting report:

Aiken's heater now operates at 92-94 mph and reaches 97, and he has maintained the life on the pitch and his ability to command it. His curve has added more power and depth as well, and his circle changeup has become more deceptive.

That sounds like the perfect pitcher. Hello, perfect pitcher. Would you like to pitch for the Giants?

One issue, though. The Astros drafted him, then took a look at his medical records and said nope nope nope nope and ran away. SI.com had the scoop:

While HIPAA regulations prevent anyone from disclosing anything about Aiken’s exam — and Houston has consistently declined to do so — it seems clear that the MRI of Aiken's elbow revealed an abnormality, reportedly a "small" ulnar collateral ligament, which is the ligament that must be repaired in Tommy John surgery.

Then that small UCL snapped. The Astros wanted to re-negotiate the contract, and they were lambasted for it. The Aiken contract set off a chain reaction that screwed other amateur players, and it was one of the most memorable draft debacles since Matt Harrington.

The Giants can get him, though. Here is a left-handed pitcher with everything that's good about pitching:

I want him.

But the small ligament that snapped.

Look at that video.

But the small ligament.

I'll default to common logic, then. Every draft pick is likely to fail. Like, every one. Them's the odds, as I do love to type. Here is a pitcher who is likely to help, for at least a couple years. Is this not the safe pick, then? Is this not the risk-averse selection?

Except this one comes with upside. We're talking real, Bumgarner-like upside. Brady Aiken to the Giants at #18? How could you be against it? Other than the small ligament.

Walker Buehler, RHP

Oh, no. If you thought Panik puns were bad, just wait until the Buehler Buehler Buehler jokes that dominate Giants minor-league coverage for three years.

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Yeah, I have some prewritten gags, ready to go. This is going to be fun. Should probably look at what he throws.

My goodness, his motion looks like a Transformer changing from a dump truck into a robot. I love it. I'll take three.

It's a funky herky-jerky motion, and one that looks like an automatic balk during his warmups, at least. But you can see the fancy parts. You can see the allure. Hard stuff that's hard to pick up. Show some command with that, and you have an All-Star. With health. And luck. Don't forget the derring-do.

This is an unusual draft, in that I'm okay with anything. First baseman? College pitcher? High school reliever? Heck, you can even throw the dreaded college reliever at me, and I won't blink that much.

I'd prefer Buehler over Aiken, just because I'm more comfortable predicting the former will show up in the majors before 2018. Either one would make me giddy, though, just like I was okay with either Gordon Beckham or Buster Posey before 2008. Just pick one, fellas! They're pretty much the same thing.