For good reasons, Joey Bart has earned all the headlines with his big bat and eye-popping stats. The Giants' top pick in the 2018 MLB Draft now has seven home runs and 18 RBI in 11 games for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.
Bart, however, isn't the first player that makes you stop in your tracks when looking at San Francisco's draft picks this year. The Giants' second pick in this year's draft and biggest player (by height) has been quite impressive himself.
Bart's battery mate Sean Hjelle is living up to his 6-foot-11 frame. The second-round pick has posted three straight scoreless outings for Salem-Keizer.
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In fact, Hjelle has only allowed one earned run to start his professional career. That came in his first start, the only time Bart has not caught him.
Over Hejelle's scoreless streak, he has allowed just two hits in five innings with four strikeouts and zero walks. Through six innings with Salem-Keizer, Hjelle is 0-0 with a 1.45 ERA and has five strikeouts to no walks.
“We love the way he’s handled himself. He doesn’t move like he’s a 6-foot-11 pitcher,” Giants scouting director John Barr said after drafting Hjelle. “You expect him to be gawky but he moves his feet. When he walks past you or you shake his hand, you realize how tall he is. When he’s on the mound he controls his body. He really controls his body well, which shows his athleticism. He’s a good athlete.”
The Giants selected Hjelle No. 45 overall out of the University of Kentucky. In three seasons as a Wildcat, Hjelle went 22-10 with a 3.68 ERA and 222 strikeouts in 228.2 innings pitched. He was also named the 2017 SEC Pitcher of the Year.
If Hjelle reaches the major leagues, he would tie Jon Rauch as the tallest player in MLB history.