The Giants kicked off Day 2 of their draft with the second pick of the day, and the Giants used it to get another pitcher.
Jake Wong, a RHP from Grand Canyon University was picked by the Giants with the 80th overall pick, in the third round. Wong becomes the highest draft pick taken from the school in the last 25 years, which recently moved from Division II to Division I.
Wong throws a fastball in the 92-94 range regularly, but can touch higher at times. His best offspeed pitch is a changeup that he sells well. He has recently developed a slower curvball in the high 70’s that is projectable. He has an average slider as well. He has also been noted for having a clean delivery and having good control, which help his stuff.
Wong was ranked #72 by MLB.com, and #96 by Baseball America.
Wong started his college career as a reliever before moving to the rotation at GCU, and also worked as a reliever in the Cape Cod League. However, many scouts see him sticking as a starter with the bullpen as a backup plan.
In 15 games at GCU this year, Wong had a 9-3 record with a 2.81 ERA, striking out 89 against 29 walks and 88 hits in 89.2 IP.
On MLB Network, the hosts compared him to Dan Straily.