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Giants mock draft roundup 4.0

Tyler Soderstrom still seems to be leading the charge.

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We’re very, very close to the 2020 MLB Draft, which takes place on June 10 (first round) and June 11 (all other rounds).

The closer we get, the more it feels like things narrow down, partially because reporters learn about how the San Francisco Giants are viewing things, and partially because they learn about who is actually likely to be available when the Giants use their 13th pick.

Northern California prep catcher (and potential outfielder or corner infielder) Tyler Soderstrom still seems to be leading the way, and if he’s on the board it’s starting to feel like the Giants will likely select him. But a few other promising names are being linked to the Giants as well.

So, let’s see how the latest mocks look. As a reminder, click on the player’s name to see that specific mock, and click here for Fangraphs’ big board.

Keith Law, The Athletic

Tyler Soderstrom, C, Turlock High School (California)

This connection comes up again and again, although they are also among the few teams in the top 20 to focus on Nick Bitsko.

Age: 18.5
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 200
Fangraphs ranking: 21
Fangraphs FV: 45

Bitsko has been gaining a little bit of traction, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Giants turn in that direction if Soderstrom is off the board.

Carlos Collazo, Baseball America

Garrett Crochet, LHP, Tennessee

Crochet seems to be a favorite as the next college arm to come off the board once Lacy, Hancock, Meyer and Detmers are off the board. There’s reportedly been interest for Crochet in the 11-14 range, but he remains difficult to peg because of his limited innings this spring in an already limited season

Age: 21.0
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 210
Fangraphs ranking: 23
Fangraphs FV: 45

Crochet is a rather divisive prospect, which isn’t that rare for college pitchers. Baseball America has him to the Giants at 13, while The Athletic doesn’t even have him in the first round, and Fangraphs’ big board places him firmly in between those two camps.

Jim Callis, MLB Pipeline

Cade Cavalli, RHP, Oklahoma

The Giants are mulling the same college players as the Reds but also might be the first team that would pull the trigger on Abel or Soderstrom.

Age: 21.8
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 225
Fangraphs ranking: 17
Fangraphs FV: 45

Another college pitcher! I feel like the current front office is a bit more likely to take someone in the Tyler Soderstrom/Mick Abel/Nick Bitsko camp, but I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

Mike Axisa, CBS Sports

Tyler Soderstrom, C, Turlock High School (California)

Because they have two extra picks (Nos. 67 and 68) for losing Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith to free agency, the Giants have a huge bonus pool, and are in position to pay any top talent who slides here. They’ve also been connected to Soderstrom, a talented hitter who might wind up at third base, in recent weeks. San Francisco might be able to cut a below-slot deal with Soderstrom, then use the savings to grab two premium talents with their extra picks. Our R.J. Anderson ranked Soderstrom as the No. 21 prospect in the draft class.

Your daily reminder that the Giants drafted Soderstrom’s dad in the first round of the 1993 MLB Draft.

If you want to see how these compare to the earlier mocks, check out previous iterations of the mock draft roundup: