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Open First-Year Player DraftThread, 6/4

Draft day has arrived. Will the Giants go with Joey Bart or will they surprise us all?

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Here’s the first draft thread Grant ever opened on McCovey Chronicles:

What the Giants need:

Good young players.

When do they need them?


When do they pick?

The tenteenth round.


Because of the free-agent bonanza last offseason.

So, it’s pointless to even do a preview.

Yes. Yes, it is.

Consider this the open thread for tomorrow’s amateur draft. Will the Giants go back to the Lewis & Clark State well again? Maybe in the fourth round? If you need help sleeping on that one, try warm milk. Also, morphine.

As much as I want to believe that the 2005 draft was the most embarrassing draft in the history of the San Francisco Giants, they did select Sergio Romo in the 28th round, and after being a successful reliever and closer for many years with them, he’s gone on to become one of baseball’s front line openers.

So, this is just a reminder that anything can happen in the draft, like netting a solid player who helps your team win for many years, even when you were planning to punt an entire draft because you’d rather focus on surrounding Barry Bonds with veterans.

I’ll be a little bit disappointed if it’s Joey Bart only because the Giants tend to prefer Nick Hundley-types behind the dish, meaning a catcher’s ability to hit is secondary to his hustle and handling, and while I’m sure Bart will give you that, there are better overall bats to be had. I still think they’ll take a pitcher, if only because the system is bone dry when it comes to top of the rotation arms.

Oh, and in case you’re wandering into this thread with no idea who’s who or what’s what in terms of the draft, but you’re still kinda-sorta interested in a crash course before the picking begins, here’s a link to MLB’s review of the top prospects and here’s Kevin’s MLB Draft guide for newcomers.