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Tuesday BP: It’s mock draft season

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Who will the Giants take in 2021?

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Hello and happy Tuesday.

We’re rapidly approaching the 2021 MLB Draft, which will be the third in Farhan Zaidi’s tenure as president of baseball operations for the San Francisco Giants, and the second in Scott Harris’ tenure as the team’s general manager.

The draft will take place in mid-July this year, and the Giants will have the No. 14 pick — one spot below where they were slotted a year ago, when they selected North Carolina State catcher Patrick Bailey.

There will be many mock drafts flying in the coming months, but let’s hit two of them now: one from Baseball America, and one from Kiley McDaniel of ESPN+.

The former took the intel approach, giving the Giants a player that the team has reportedly scouted “heavily:” right-handed pitcher (and shortstop) Bubba Chandler of North Oconee High School (Georgia). There could be some signability issues there, as Chandler has already committed to Clemson, not only for baseball but for football, as a quarterback. And quarterback at Clemson is one of the more desired amateur sports positions out there.

While most teams prefer Chandler as a pitcher, the Los Angeles Angels — who have two-way star Shohei Ohtani — are reportedly eyeing him first and foremost as a position player, and McDaniel mocks him to LA with the No. 9 pick, before the Giants have a chance.

McDaniel instead gives the Giants the dual-farm animal named Colton Cowser, a center fielder from Sam Houston State, saying, “He’s still benefiting from that familiarity with scouts given his mid-major spring competition while developing a little more power, performing well and looking like he can play center field for some teams.”

In all likelihood, the Giants will pick neither of these players, but hey ... it’s fun, and ‘tis the season.


Old, random MCC article for you to read

The Giants claimed Micah Johnson on waivers, so let’s figure out who he is (Nov. 1, 2017 — Grant Brisbee)


Giants links


What time do the Giants play today?

The Giants play the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight at 6:40 p.m. PT.

Have a sensational Tuesday, all of you.