Down on the Farm: How's the Giants' 2016 draft class performing?
An early look...
The Giants wrapped up their 2017 MLB Draft Wednesday after going with Puerto Rican high school outfielder Heliot Ramos No. 19 overall two days before. All in all, the Giants took 16 position players and 24 pitchers this year.
With another draft in the books, it’s time to take a look at last year’s year’s class. Let's check in on how the Giants' top five picks from 2016 are performing this season with the San Jose Giants.
All stats are current through games played on June 15.
(Photo via Tim Cattera/MiLB.com)
Bryan Reynolds, OF, 22, San Jose Giants
Pick: Round 2, No. 59 overall
Batting Average: .306
On-Base Percentage: .352
Slugging Percentage: .434
Home Runs: 3
The Giants used their pick on the former Vanderbilt star after losing their first-round pick with the signing of Jeff Samardzija. After a streaky April, Reynolds put together a big May and has stayed hot this month at the plate. The switch-hitter is solid all across the board as a hitter. It will be interesting to see if he sticks in center field or goes to right, where he has began playing more recently.
Reynolds preached consistency when talking about rising up the ranks. The last two months, he's done just that, recently ending a 17-game hitting streak on June 10 and starting a new one ever since.
(Photo via MiLB.com/San Jose Giants)
Heath Quinn, OF, 22, San Jose Giants
Pick: Round 3, No. 95 overall
Batting Average: .288
On-Base Percentage: .351
Slugging Percentage: .577
Home Runs: 8
Quinn has been great since getting healthy and joining San Jose in mid-May. In a short amount of time, Quinn has shown off his power stroke which is nice to see with any Giants prospect.
In his final two seasons at Samford, Quinn knocked out 35 home runs. His strength in no joke.
(Photo via MiLB.com)
Matt Krook, LHP, 22, San Jose Giants
Pick: Round 4, No. 125 overall
Games Started: 11
Innings Pitched: 45
Krook is all potential depending on his ability to throw strikes. While his numbers this season aren't spectacular, there's plenty of reason for optimism with the big lefty out of Oregon.
For one, here's his last start: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. During that outing Krook threw his sinker in 88 out of his 95 pitches according to San Jose broadcaster Joe Ritzo, and he sat at 88-93 miles per hour with the pitch. If Krook can continue to put it all together, the Giants may have found a big-time arm in Round 4.
(Photo via Conner Penfold/Giant Potential)
Ryan Howard, INF, 22, San Jose Giants
Pick: Round 5, No. 155 overall
Batting Average: .325
On-Base Percentage: .356
Slugging Percentage: .417
Home Runs: 5
The 2006 NL MVP Ryan Howard was released by the Braves in May, but the Giants' version is now hitting .353 in June. Drafted out of Missouri, Howard didn't make it up to San Jose at any time last year and seems to be out on a mission this season.
In his last 10 games, Howard has five multi-hit performances at the plate. The Giants continue to find college infielders with a maturity to their game and Howard seems to be another one. On defense, he has only committed one error at shortstop in 36 games, but after playing no innings at any other position last year, he has seven errors in 23 games at third base this season.
(Photo via Tim Cattera/MiLB.com)
Gio Brusa, OF, 23, San Jose Giants
Pick: Round 6, No. 185 overall
Batting Average: .250
On-Base Percentage: .310
Slugging Percentage: .457
Home Runs: 10
Hey, another power-hitting outfielder! Believe it or not, they're real. Unlike Quinn though, Brusa has been less consistent this season.
Brusa leads the team in home runs — two ahead of Quinn — but also leads the Giants in strikeouts with 69. The switch-hitter from the University of the Pacific needs to find more ways on base, but again, a power-hitting outfielder is always a plus in the farm system.
(Photo via Gordie Clary)