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Look, the Giants are really bad, so there’s no reason for people to be too enthusiastic about anything the team does this year. Not only does the Major League team have a losing record, but so do the minor league teams (a combined 99-123). With that said, the draft is the one time during the year when it doesn’t matter if the Giants are good or bad — it’s about hope.
In the specific case of the Giants, that’s hope for a better tomorrow. Which prospects will surprise? Which will meet expectations? Which will help turn around a dying franchise?
The draft is Monday-Wednesday, June 3-5, with the first two rounds on day one (June 3rd), the next eight picks on Tuesday (June 4th), and then the final thirty picks on Wednesday (June 5th).
Our site coverage will be same day for Monday and Tuesday with a general recap on Wednesday for the remaining picks and a more detailed analysis of 11-30 coming on Thursday.
In the meantime, if you’re reading this before the draft, check out our draft prediction thread and our “composite” mock draft. You can also see what the pre-draft prognosticators have settled on with the Giants’ first pick of the draft (#10) overall. They’re sort of... all over the place:
MLB.com & ESPN.com: Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Tech
Even this mock pick isn’t a sure thing. Writes Jonathan Mayo:
This could be a Jung vs. Bryson Stott (UNLV) debate in terms of college bats unless [Jackson] Rutledge slips.
Although ESPN provides a bit more clarity:
Sounds like it’s mostly college bats here [...]
FanGraphs: C.J. Abrams, SS, Blessed Trinity High School
As an avid Star Trek fan, I’m naturally suspicious of anyone with the last name Abrams — see, the joke here is that J.J. Abrams, an avowed Star Wars fan, directed the Star Trek relaunch movie series starring Chris Pine and was so cavalier about the property and the history that he nearly ruined it, or at least found the least interesting take on the material. Wasn’t it worth it to read all of this? — but as Alex Pavlovic notes, “Abrams hit .410 as a senior [...] and stole 100 bases in four years playing varsity baseball.”
But as FanGraphs notes,
Picks seven to nine are all believed to be out on Abrams, so 10 is the next landing spot if he doesn’t go third or sixth. It’s somewhat baffling for this talented of a player to be slipping this late, but it was the number one topic every team and agent wanted to discuss while researching this mock.
So, nobody really knows or even has a firm grasp on which way the Giants will go.
CBS Sports: Hunter Bishop, OF, Arizona State
No insight here. Just a thought by the CBS Sports team that the Giants are looking to add impact bats to an organization severely lacking in that area.
Will the Giants aim for the best available pitcher or the best available hitter? Are they weighing hitting as being more valuable than pitching at this point? Farhan Zaidi told Henry Schulman over the weekend:
“As an organization, I think our relative strength is on the pitching side,” Zaidi said. “We’re looking to augment the overall hit tools in our organization.”
So, that could tip their hand a little bit in terms of which way they’ll go with that #10 pick. Pitching is not the strength of this draft, either, and for a team that is definitely lacking in hit tool, aiming for Stott or Arizona State’s Hunter Bishop seems preferable.
But that’s the fun of it — we just don’t know. We do know that there will be a room in San Francisco with dozens of experienced, smart people who have a lot on the line, and figuring out what they were thinking when deciding who to draft will be part of the fun of all this.