With the 59th pick of the 2016 MLB Draft, the San Francisco Giants select Bryan Reynolds, a switch-hitting outfielder from Vanderbilt. Now let me tell you exactly what to think about this player because it’s not like I googled him five seconds ago.
MLB Daily Dish took all of the pre-draft rankings from various sources, and they made an aggregate ranking. Reynolds was the 29th-ranked player in this method, which suggest that the Giants might have picked up a first-round talent with the 59th pick in the draft.
Keith Law had Reynolds going #30 overall to the Rangers:
Reynolds is a college guy who has more tools than your typical college hitter, with power and the potential to stay in center field.
MLB.com’s Jim Callis had him at #31 to the Mets:
Scouts would like to see Reynolds make more consistent contact, but he's a switch-hitter with the chance for four average-or-better tools. That makes him a first-rounder in this college position-player crop.
Reynolds has a well-established track record as a three-year starter and steady performer for Vanderbilt, and he played for Team USA as a rising sophomore and had a strong summer in the Cape Cod League leading up to his junior year. Reynolds is a switch-hitter with intriguing raw power from both sides of the plate. That power has begun to translate into game action this spring, and some scouts project him to hit 15-20 home runs at the highest level.
Cape Cod League! Drink!
His bat-flipping and general flair? A solid 60 with 65 potential:
Because Reynolds was projected to go earlier in the draft, there might be some concerns about his signability. The recommended bonus for the 59th pick is $1,090,000, which might be less than expected.
But the Giants have a pretty strong track record of picking players who aren’t going to jimmy-jack them around (baseball term). While there was some concern about Buster Posey’s bonus demands, they proved to be mostly overblown. The toughest sign in recent memory was Conor Gillaspie, who angled for a 40-man roster spot. The Giants brought him back as a warning to their future draftees, not unlike Pentangeli’s brother in Godfather II.
At least, that’s probably what happened.
Welcome, Bryan Reynolds. Do good things. Most of the first selections of the Giants do good things and win championships, no pressure.