2020 MLB Draft: Giants could find future star with No. 13 overall pick


2020 MLB Draft: Giants could find future star with No. 13 overall pick

The Giants are facing a first next June. For the first time since the draft began in 1965, San Francisco owns the No. 13 pick in the 2020 MLB Draft.  

After finishing the 2019 MLB regular season 77-85, the Giants will pick between the Cincinnati Reds and Texas Rangers in the draft. 

This past June, the Giants selected outfielder Hunter Bishop out of Arizona State University with the No. 10 pick in the draft, a slot where they grabbed greats like pitchers Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner. But next year, the franchise is entering uncharted territory. 

Though the No. 13 pick creeps outside of the top 10, there have been plenty of great players who have been taken there. Here are three the Giants can only hope their 2020 pick will come close to matching in production. 

Manny Ramirez, 3B 

The future 12-time All-Star was drafted by the Indians in 1991 as a high school third baseman from George Washington High School in New York, NY. While he never played the position in the pros, serving as a designated hitter and outfielder, Ramirez is one of the greatest right-handed hitters in MLB history.

Manny's 69.4 bWAR is the most ever for a player taken with the No. 13 overall pick. He made his major league debut at only 21 years old, two years after being drafted. Ramirez lasted eight seasons with Cleveland, where he had a .313 batting average, 236 homers and a .998 OPS. 

When Manny joined the Boston Red Sox before the 2001 season, he went from being a star to a superstar. Ramirez was an All-Star all eight years he played in Boston, and he hit .312 with 274 long balls and a .999 OPS. 

Over his 19-year career, Ramirez had a .312 batting average and launched 555 homers. Despite failing multiple PED tests and causing plenty of headaches, he was well worth the No. 13 pick in '91. 

Chris Sale, LHP

The Chicago White Sox took the lanky left-hander out of Florida Gulf Coast in 2010. He needed just 11 games in the minors before making big league debut that same year. Sale had a 1.93 ERA out of the bullpen 10 years ago, and he has been a star since. 

Before this season, where the 30-year-old battled injuries, he had made seven straight All-Star Games. Sale has led the league in strikeouts twice, and despite missing multiple starts this year, he still fanned 218 batters, clinching his seventh straight season with at least 200 strikeouts. 

The White Sox might win the Yoan Moncada-Sale trade in the long run if the lefty keeps battling injuries, but he has been one of baseball's best pitchers since the year he was drafted.

Trea Turner, SS

Turner, 26, continues to grow as a star for the Nationals. He's a power-speed threat with 38 homers and 78 stolen bases over the past two seasons. 

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The Giants drafted someone who can go yard or swipe a bag in Bishop this year, and they hope he can one day be feared at the plate and on the bases like Turner is. 

Turner made his MLB debut in Aug. 2015, one year after Washington took him out of North Carolina State University. He already is worth 12.8 bWAR and could be a blueprint for the Giants' pick if they want someone who can quickly climb the ladder in the minor leagues.

Why Giants' Gabe Kapler pulled Kevin Gausman after 80 pitches vs. Dodgers

Why Giants' Gabe Kapler pulled Kevin Gausman after 80 pitches vs. Dodgers

The Giants coaching staff spent weeks preparing for the opening series against the Dodgers, and while some of the pitching decisions looked strange at the time, there's no doubt that overall they worked. The Giants came out with a split, a great result for any team that visits Dodger Stadium these days. 

The second time through called for a bit more spontaneity, coming in the middle of a tough three-city trip. For the second straight night, a decision made when a starting pitcher was nearing the end of his leash backfired. This time it cost the Giants the game and a chance at a series win. 

On Saturday night, Johnny Cueto was allowed to extend to 93 pitches, but a three-run homer on his last one nearly proved costly. A day later, Kevin Gausman was pulled after just 80 pitches, and he watched from the dugout as Tyler Rogers gave up a three-run homer, blowing the lead in a game the Giants would go on to lose 6-2. 

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Gausman had an outstanding fastball going on an 82-degree afternoon, averaging 97 mph for the first time in four years and hitting 99 mph several times. His final pitch was his hardest of the day, a 99.3 mph heater that Cody Bellinger redirected into center field for a one-out single. Kapler came out and held up his right hand as he got to the mound. 

"I think it was just a hot day, seventh time up, third time through the toughest part of the order," Kapler said of the decision. "He had done a tremendous job. He had carried his stuff into that inning, he had carried his location into that inning, and it just felt like the right time to keep him healthy and strong and safe all the way through the season based on getting into the seventh for the first time. 

"At the same time we had a reliever ready who we felt confident could get us a groundball with a runner on first base and get us out of that inning."

Rogers gave up a single to Justin Turner and then struck out Max Muncy. He was on the verge of getting out of the inning, but he grooved a 3-2 curveball to A.J. Pollock and it sailed into the empty bleachers in left. 

Rogers had pitched two strong innings the night before, and the Giants feel he's someone who can bounce back. But the Dodgers were seeing Rogers for the fifth time in 17 days. Pollock had faced him a night earlier and flown out on a curveball. 

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Kapler disagreed with the notion that the novelty had worn off when it came to the submariner. 

"I think it's not just novelty with Rog, it's the ability to throw strikes with two pitches that are unusual. It's an unusual look. He can attack the strike zone with those two pitches and they're actually just flat-out good pitches," Kapler said. "Pollock made a nice adjustment, got to two strikes and two outs, and he was able to elevate the ball."

The blast cost Gausman a win on a day when he became the first Giants starter to record a quality start this season. Gausman gave up just three hits in 6 1/3 innings and struck out six. He made a sour face as he came off the field and threw his gum, and said later that he would have liked an opportunity to finish the seventh. 

"I definitely felt like I had more in the tank. My limit is not 80 pitches, but Kap's job is to make those decisions. That's his job description," Gausman said. "I'm not the one that's calling down to the bullpen and getting guys loose, that type of thing. Obviously I thought I pitched well enough to warrant getting a couple more guys out, but we're trying to win the series and it's a hot day. Maybe those were factors in his decision."

Giants takeaways: What you might have missed in 6-2 loss vs. Dodgers

Giants takeaways: What you might have missed in 6-2 loss vs. Dodgers


Kevin Gausman had the best start of the year by a Giant, and one of the most dominant we've seen from any starter early on this season. But it wasn't enough for the Giants, who dropped a heartbreaker in the late innings and lost a series at Dodger Stadium.

Gausman was sitting in the upper 90s all afternoon but was pulled after just 80 pitches. He watched as Tyler Rogers gave up a three-run homer to A.J. Pollock and the Los Angeles Dodgers got another blast later from Mookie Betts, walking away with a 6-2 win. 

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Made of quality

The bar to clear for a quality start -- six innings, three earned runs -- is not a high one, but the Giants had not had one through 16 games, which is pretty remarkable. Gausman sailed past that mark in his fourth appearance as a Giant, but took a brutal no-decision. The right-hander left with a 2-0 lead and a runner on first in the seventh. A few minutes later, the Giants trailed. 

What was so notable about Gausman is how he did it. He was throwing gas, hitting 99 mph three times -- including 99.3 on his final pitch -- and averaging 97 with his four-seamer. That was his best average fastball since 2016. The final pitch was his hardest since June 9, 2018.

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Maybe pump the brakes a little?

Rogers had a huge spring and was just as sharp in the second camp, but manager Gabe Kapler might be playing that card a bit too often. To be fair, Kapler doesn't have a lot of great bullpen options, but Rogers' appearance Sunday was his fifth against the Dodgers in 17 days, and even pitching two innings in Saturday's win.

At some point, that submarine delivery isn't as much of a surprise, and Pollock swung the score with a three-run shot on a hanging curveball. One pitch earlier, Pollock had walked a few steps toward first, thinking he had walked on an inside pitch. 

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Not slowing down

Mike Yastrzemski provided the offense, driving a two-run single into center off former Vanderbilt teammate Walker Buehler. Yastrzemski is eighth in the NL with 12 RBI, and one of the players he trails is a teammate, Donovan Solano (14).

Solano extended his hitting streak with a two-out single in the eighth inning. This was not a barrel for Donnie Barrels. He hit a slow roller to third with a launch angle of negative 46 degrees, exit velocity of 55 mph and hit probability of 17 percent, but it died on the grass and Solano easily beat Justin Turner's throw to first. 

The 14-game hitting streak is the longest by a Giant since Angel Pagan went 19 games in 2016. 

Those were the only two hits of the day for the Giants.