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MLB Draft 2020: Keith Law explains two Giants options with No. 13 pick

MLB Draft 2020: Keith Law explains two Giants options with No. 13 pick

The 2020 MLB Draft will look much different than in years past.

As baseball still waits to resume amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the draft will be shortened from 40 rounds to five. That's an extreme change and will affect all 30 teams in different ways.

The Giants own seven picks in the five rounds and first will go on the clock with the No. 13 overall pick. After taking outfielder Hunter Bishop at No. 10 last year, what will Farhan Zaidi and San Francisco's front office do this time around? The Athletic's Keith Law has heard two names come up when discussing the Giants. 

Here's a look at what Law's hearing ahead of the June 10 draft and what each player brings to the table.

Tyler Soderstrom, C, Turlock High School

The last name should sound familiar to Giants fans. San Francisco selected Tyler's father, Steve, No. 6 overall out of Fresno State in the 1993 draft.

Soderstrom landed in the Giants' lap in Law's latest mock draft. He's a catcher out of Turlock High School, though many believe he can play a corner outfield spot or on the corners in the infield. What scouts love, though, is his left-handed bat.

"He'd be drafted for his bat," Law said Saturday on KNBR's "Marty Lurie Show." "He's not being drafted as primarily a catcher. He'd be drafted because of his bat, because teams feel pretty confident about his ability to hit." 

Soderstrom hit .357 in five games as a senior before his season was shut down. He hit .450 with four homers as a junior. His versatility and high upside could be really intriguing for the Giants.

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Garrett Crochet, LHP, Tennessee

"The two names that came up with the Giants were [Soderstrom] and Garrett Crochet from the University of Tennessee -- college pitcher who throws extremely hard, maybe the hardest-throwing starter in the draft class," Law said. 

Crochet is a 6-foot-6 left-hander who struck out 81 batters in 65 innings last season. He only threw 3 2/3 innings this year before going down with a back injury. 

"He had a back injury in an unscheduled, unannounced relief appearance in the last weekend before the shutdown," Law said. "... In the past, he's always thrown hard but hasn't shown much in secondary stuff. His control's been fine, but not great." 

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The Giants are littered with bats throughout their top prospects. Perhaps they could have their eyes on an arm like Crochet. One thing is for sure, though: He and Soderstrom couldn't be more opposite of prospects.

"I just don't think you can find two more different kinds of players for the Giants," Law said.

Giants' 60-game 2020 schedule not shown by MLB Network during reveal

Giants' 60-game 2020 schedule not shown by MLB Network during reveal

According to MLB Network, the National League West is a four-team division.

During the network's hour-long 2020 schedule release show Monday, the 60-game slates for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres were shown.

The Giants' schedule was not shown.

The Giants aren't expected to contend for a MLB playoff spot this season, but they don't deserve this kind of shade. Put some respect on the 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series champions.

Without the help of MLB Network, the Giants released their complete schedule shortly after 4 p.m. PT on Monday. Gabe Kapler's first regular-season game as manager of the Giants comes against his former employer, the Dodgers, on Thursday, July 23 in Los Angeles.

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The Giants players have more important things to worry about right now, but if any of them were watching MLB Network's show in the clubhouse at Oracle Park, maybe they'll use the slight as motivation during the 2020 season.

As Mr. Pavlovic pointed out, it is an Even Year.

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Giants 2020 MLB schedule release: Dates, times for 60-game season

Giants 2020 MLB schedule release: Dates, times for 60-game season

The Giants hope to be under-the-radar contenders in a shortened season. They'll get a chance right away to prove they'll be right in the mix in the National League West. 

The Giants will open the 60-game season with a four-game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, including a July 23 game that will be one of two on the national schedule as MLB returns four months after spring training was shut down. The Nationals and Yankees kick off the season earlier that day.

The Giants will then come home for a six-game homestand against the Padres and Rangers. The home opener, which will be played without fans, will be Tuesday, July 28.

Here is the full 60-game schedule:

Buster Posey and the rest of the team will have to wait until August 21 to get their first look at longtime ace Madison Bumgarner. That's when the Diamondbacks come into town for the first time, and the Giants also face them the next weekend and once more in September at Oracle Park. 

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To limit travel, the Giants will play the American League West in interleague play and face the A's six times. They visit the Astros, host the Rangers, and play home-and-home series against the Angels and Mariners. On August 17-18 they will play two games against the Angels in Anaheim, and then the teams will come up the coast to play two more in San Francisco. That's one of the quirks of a 60-game season that is being played regionally.

If the Giants can stay in the race, they have a soft finishing run. They close the season with seven games at home against the Rockies and Padres. 

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