As we get to the end of the 2019 draft, it’s common to see teams draft high school players that are unlikely to sign, but taken on the off-chance they can be lured away from college commitments, often unlikely.
This year, the Giants did that more, and earlier, than in recent memory. But there are still some interesting picks that should be a part of the Giants system going forward, and perhaps a couple of the high school prospects are being given notice, the Giants and their new administration likes them.
Either way, and for what it’s worth, here’s the final 15 picks for the Giants in the 2019 draft.
26th Round, #776: Nick Avila, RHP, Long Beach State
HT: 6-4 WT: 195 B-T: R-R
Avila struggled this season with an oblique injury, his first season at Long Beach, posting a 3.99 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 56.1 innings. He worked primarily as a reliever his freshman year at San Joaquin Delta JC before converting to the rotation and leading the team in innings. There’s potential for him to be more than this past season as he gets healthy.
27th Round, #806: Connor Beichler, SS, Owasso HS (OK)
HT: 5-10 WT: 165 B-T: S-R
Beichler leads his toolset with a run tool that is up to a 70 grade, and matches it with his range that is good enough for shortstop, and an adequate arm. Beichler still has some development left to go, and has committed to Oklahoma. High school prospects drafted this late in the draft are often fliers with low chances of being signed.
28th Round, #836: Reese Sharp, RHP, Noblesville HS (IN)
HT: 6-3 WT: 225 B-T: R-R
Like many high schoolers, Sharp is one of the most talented and flexible players on his team, playing all over the infield. However, the Giants listed him as a pitcher, where he has far less accolades from his high school career, but already has a 90 mph fastball to work with. Again, the late round high school signing risk applies here as well.
29th Round, #866: Brooks Crawford, RHP, Clemson
HT: 6-4 WT: 215 B-T: R-R
Crawford has better raw stuff than some of the starters the Giants drafted earlier than him, with a low-90’s fastball, a solid changeup right around 80 and a slow curveball. However, his season was greatly limited by a back injury this season, that kept him limited to 42.2 innings in 10 starts and four relief appearances. The Giants are likely to give him the time he needs to recover completely to see what he can build on.
30th Round, #896: Justin Crump, RHP, UNC Wilmington
HT: 6-3 WT: 215 B-T: R-R
Zaidi continued to capitalize on injured pitchers with Crump, who missed 2017 and 2018 with injury, and worked only in relief in 2019. He was a part-time starter before his injuries, so the Giants may have some flexibility to see how he’ll fit in the system.
31st Round, #926: Tyler Wyatt, RHP, Grand Canyon University
HT: 5-11 WT: 185 B-T: R-R
Coming from the same school as the Giants 2018 pick Jake Wong, Wyatt is listed as a pitcher by the Giants in the draft, although he did not pitch at GCU in 2019. He was a high school quarterback as well, and as a hitter, he had 26 walks with 24 strikeouts in 224 at-bats.
32nd Round, #956: Dylan Brewer, CF, Latta HS (SC)
HT: 6-3 WT: 165 B-T: L-L
Brewer is a raw center fielder with good mechanics as a hitter to start with, but a lot of development to go. Some people see a lot of potential in him, but some also want him to go to Clemson, where he is a preferred walk-on, and prove what he can do. That walk-on status may make him more signable than other high school prospects here.
33rd Round, #986: Nolan Dempsey, 2B, Fresno State
HT: 6-0 WT: 175 B-T: R-R
Dempsey is a bay area native who went to Serra High School in San Mateo and then De Anza Junior College in Cupertino before going to Fresno State. Dempsey played both infield and the corner outfield for Fresno, with his versatility being a big part of his value to the team, along with a smattering of power with eight home runs and a team-leading 17 doubles.
34th Round, #1016: Morgan Colopy, RF, Centerville HS
HT: 6-1 WT: 210 B-T: R-R
Colopy’s calling card was his raw power, though his hit tool needs improvement like many high schoolers would. As an outfielder, he’s limited to being a left fielder as things move foward, so his power will have to carry him. He’s committed to the University of Cincinnati.
35th Round, #1046: Brooks Lee, SS, San Luis Obispo Senior HS (CA)
HT: 6-1 WT: 185 B-T: S-R
Perhaps the highest ceiling player the Giants drafted after first round pick Hunter Bishop, Lee is perhaps also the least signable. He has great hand-eye coordination and baseball IQ to build on as he develops, but that’s because his father is a long-time baseball coach, and Lee is signed to play for him at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He turned down first round money, which is why he lasted until the 35th round, and it’s unlikely the Giants will be able to convince him differently.
36th Round, #1076: Cameron Repetti, 3B, Cypress HS (CA)
HT: 6-3 WT: 205 B-T: R-R
A southern California star, Repetti was the Orange County player of the year and won the high school state championship his senior season. A two-way player, the Giants tabbed him as a hitter, after he struck out just seven times in 124 plate appearances. He’s committed to play at baseball powerhouse Cal State Fullerton, and will be a difficult sign.
37th Round, #1106: Cole Weiss, 3B, UNC Wilmington
HT: 6-4 WT: 200 B-T: L-R
Weiss was a durable starter for UNC Wilmington. As a junior, he started a school record-tying 63 games, batting .305/.387/.434. Weiss came alive in his junior season, batting over .300 for the first time in his college career.
38th Round, #1136: Will Rigney, RHP, Midway HS (TX)
HT: 6-5 WT: 200 B-T: R-R
Ranked #80 among prospects in the draft, Rigney suffered a flexor strain in his forearm early in his senior season, making just two early appearances. Before the injury, he had a fastball in the low 90s and a sharp slider that was one of the best in the high school ranks. But the Giants won’t be seeing him do it on their fields soon, as Rigney was one of the first of this year’s draftees to publicly and politely decline to sign and go to college.
39th Round, #1166: Chris Lanzilli, LF, Wake Forest
HT: 6-2 WT: 215 B-T: R-R
Lanzilli hit .347/.409/.620 as he exploded in his sophomore season. His 16 home runs led the team, and he has the growth potential to get even stronger. As a draft-eligible Sophomore, Lanzilli is no guarantee to sign, as his stock will go much higher if he repeats what he’s done for his junior season.
40th Round, #1196: Jeff Heinrich, 3B, McHenry County College
HT: 6-0 WT: 200 B-T: R-R
Heinrich went to JC to try and prove himself for a chance to go to a Division-I school, and his choice worked out. Living on his hit tool, he hit .458 with one home run, and has earned his way to a commitment to play for the South Carolina Gamecocks. Whether a 40th round pick will be enough to get him away from that commitment is yet to be seen.