The Giants entered the 2020 MLB Draft tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for the most picks (seven) in this year's shortened, five-round draft.
Thanks to the Giants handing Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith qualifying offers before they chose other teams in free agency, San Francisco had two extra selections at No. 67 and No. 68. The Giants used their Bumgarner compensation pick on North Carolina State left-handed pitcher Nick Swiney, 55 picks after taking his college catcher, Patrick Bailey, with the 13th pick in the draft.
The Giants then used their Smith compensation pick on Dallas Baptist shortstop Jimmy Glowneke. And The Athletic's Keith Law isn't a big fan.
"Jimmy Glowenke (2A) was a real reach at No. 68, as he’s coming off elbow surgery and didn’t even play the field this spring," Law said. "Even when healthy, he’s a well-below-average runner who isn’t going to stay at short and is mostly just a singles hitter."
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Glowenke had offseason arm surgery and served as Dallas Baptist's DH in 13 games before the season was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. He was hitting .415 with one home run as a junior, and hit .340 with 17 homers in his college career.
But Glowenke also only is listed at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds. Most evaluators believe he will have to be a second baseman at the next level.
Law also believes the Glowenke pick might have been to save money for Kyle Harrison, their third-round pick. Harrison was the Giants' only high school draft pick. He dominated at De La Salle High School in Concord.
Kyle Harrison dominated at De La Salle— Dalton Johnson (@DaltonJ_Johnson) June 11, 2020
Harrison went 21-1 with a 1.19 ERA and 192 strikeouts in his high school career https://t.co/pC93h70lOB
There’s a lot to really, really like about Giants third-round pick Kyle Harrison. Dominant at De La Salle pic.twitter.com/faSTT95nLb— Dalton Johnson (@DaltonJ_Johnson) June 12, 2020
Glowenke might have been a reach, but if it means the Giants can sign Harrison, it makes much more sense.
There's no arguing Glowenke proved himself at the plate in college. Now, he'll have to do the same as a pro with his bat and with his glove.