There might not have been a team with more at stake in last month's draft than the Giants, who had a league-high seven picks and are still a class or two away from competing with the best farm systems in their division. It'll take a few years to find out if Michael Holmes and his scouting staff nailed their picks, but they've at least cleared the first hurdle.
Left-hander Kyle Harrison, a highly-ranked prep pitcher from De La Salle, officially signed Thursday, meaning the Giants have inked their entire class. Harrison reportedly received $2.5 million, which is well over the slot value for the 85th selection, but the Giants were able to move money around to make sure they had a full class, which includes a pitcher who may be one of the steals of the draft.
Harrison was a first-round talent on some boards but had a strong commitment to UCLA. Some teams felt he would be difficult to sign, but he fell to the third round and the Giants scooped him up with their fifth pick. Harrison went 21-1 with a 1.19 ERA at De La Salle, including 10-0 with a 1.26 ERA as a junior. He didn't allow a run last summer on the USA U-18 World Cup team, striking out 12 in 10 innings.
It's unclear what the next step will be for most signees since the minor league season has been canceled, but the Giants have been confident that they can get good workout plans to pitchers, who can more easily stay in form. First-rounder Patrick Bailey was the one 2020 pick who was invited to camp. Bailey has been taking part in intrasquad games and will spend the next two months at the secondary site in Sacramento.
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