Hello and happy Friday.
The San Francisco Giants selected four players in Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft: one in the MLB portion of the draft, and three in the AAA portion.
The also lost one player: infielder Jalen Miller, who was taken by the Atlanta Braves in the AAA portion of the draft.
Miller was a third-round pick by the Giants in 2015, and played AA in 2019, where he hit .216/.287/.332 with 49 walks and 106 strikeouts in 550 plate appearances. Fangraphs had him ranked as the No. 27 prospect in the team’s farm.
On the one hand, it feels like a notable loss at first. On the other hand, the fact that the Giants didn’t want to protect him from the Minor League portion of the draft might indicate otherwise.
Best of luck with the Braves, Jalen!
Old, random MCC article for you to read
What to enjoy in a game when the Giants are exceptionally bad (July 25, 2017 — Doug Bruzzone)
- Grant Brisbee finds the Giants a trade candidate from every team in the National League (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Mark W. Sanchez on how the Giants interest in Dedniel Nuñez was spiked by his performance at the Instructional Leagues (KNBR)
- Andrew Baggarly on how the Giants blended new and old information in their approach to the Rule 5 Draft (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Eric Longenhagen offers up scouting reports on the Rule 5 selections (Fangraphs)
- Eno Sarris on the top 10 free agents, and where they could be good fits (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Joe Posnanski continues his countdown of the best players who aren’t in the Hall of Fame, with 31-40 (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Dalton Johnson on how history shows the Giants new affiliate in Eugene could produce some stars (NBC Sports Bay Area)
How many days until Opening Day?
There are 111 days until Opening Day.
I hope you have a really great Friday.