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MLB mock draft 2019: Giants choosing between Bryson Stott, Alex Manoah

MLB mock draft 2019: Giants choosing between Bryson Stott, Alex Manoah

The past is the past when it comes to the Giants. President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is overseeing a new era of baseball in San Francisco, and the 2019 MLB Draft will be a big step for the future. 

With the draft less than two weeks away, it's starting to become clear who the Giants could be eyeing.

ESPN's Keith Law, who hasn't released a mock draft since May 6, had the team selecting Florida high school pitcher Matt Allan at No. 10 overall

But multiple outlets now have the Giants deciding between two college prospects.

CBS Sports' Mike Axisa and FanGraphs' Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel have the Giants taking UNLV shortstop Bryson Stott, while MLB.com's Jim Callis and Bleacher Report's Joel Reuter are giving San Francisco right-handed pitcher Alek Manoah out of West Virginia University.

Here's a look at the two prospects. 

Bryson Stott, SS, UNLV

Stott, 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, was named All-America Third Team last year as a sophomore and has been even better this season. Through 51 games, the left-handed hitting infielder is batting .369 with 10 home runs and a 1.134 OPS. He also has 13 more walks (50) than strikeouts (37). 

"He is often compared to Brandon Crawford (more for his build and bat; he’s not that level of defender), and fits the various tendencies of new GM Farhan Zaidi and new scouting director Michael Holmes," FanGraphs says about Stott. 

The 21-year-old is considered the best college infielder and could have a quick path to the pros. He was the USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team starting shortstop last summer and is currently Baseball America's No. 10 ranked draft prospect

Alek Manoah, RHP, West Virginia

Manoah looks like the exact type of pitcher you'd think of knowing he's from Miami but plays college baseball in West Virginia. He stands at 6-6 and 260 pounds, sports a thick beard, tattoos down his right throwing arm and sometimes misses a button or two on his jersey. 

And he rarely gets hit. 

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Manoah is 8-3 with a 1.91 ERA as a junior this season. He has 125 strikeouts in 94.1 innings pitched and has struck out at least 10 batters six times. 

Though he needs to work on his command -- Manoah has seven wild pitches this year -- he's known to throw in the upper 90s and is ranked as Baseball America's 13th best prospect.

New-look outfield does it all as Giants win for 11th time in 13 games

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New-look outfield does it all as Giants win for 11th time in 13 games

DENVER -- After he finished his daily session with the media on Tuesday afternoon, Giants manager Bruce Bochy sat against the wall in the dugout and spent a silent moment looking out at the grass at Coors Field. 

"It's amazing how big the outfield here is," Bochy finally said.

The manager admitted that sometimes he stands on the top step, looks out at the alleys that go 375 feet and 390, and the center field wall 415 feet away, and marvels at how much space there is to cover. 

In down times, the Giants haven't been able to do it. Those alleys paved the way for one Rockies win after another the previous two seasons as the Giants' aging outfield looked overwhelmed. But this is a different time for Giants outfielders, defensively and at the plate.

Kevin Pillar had his second consecutive brilliant defensive effort in center and the two fellow newcomers flanking him, Alex Dickerson and Mike Yastrzemski, paced a lineup that made up for Will Smith's blown save and ran away from the Rockies in the 10th for an 8-4 win, the 11th in 13 games. 

Dickerson had a career-high four hits to raise his average to .342. Yastrzemski had three hits and a big homer in the ninth. But it was Pillar who made the biggest contributions. He has a half-dozen diving catches in this series, repeatedly halting Rockies rallies. Pillar made three tremendous plays in center on Tuesday night alone. 

"It's like nothing I've ever seen," Dickerson said. "Every ball, if there's even a question, he's diving and he's got it. It's like nothing I've ever seen."

Pillar backed Drew Pomeranz's strong effort, and once again the lineup came through. Dickerson and Yastrzemski were in the middle of a two-run rally in the second and Dickerson's single gave the Giants an insurance run in the eighth. Yastrzemski added another with a homer in the ninth, but Smith couldn't hold on. 

The All-Star closer allowed just eight runs in the first half but gave up three in the ninth inning, with Trevor Story and Ian Desmond going deep. But the Giants stormed right back for four in the 10th.

"A lot of character was shown there with what happened in the ninth," Bochy said. "Smitty has been so good but it can happen fast in this ballpark. The boys just kept battling. That's what you've got to do."

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Dickerson made it all sound so easy as he went over the rally, which started with walks from Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval and took off with three straight singles from Dickerson, Brandon Crawford and Yastrzemski. 

"We weren't going to shy away from it," Dickerson said. "We still had that game under control. I think you saw it, that's as focused an inning as you can have."

Yankees should acquire Madison Bumgarner from Giants, analyst writes

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Yankees should acquire Madison Bumgarner from Giants, analyst writes

Every single playoff contender could use Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in their rotation.

But only one will get their hands on him. Which team needs him the most?

The New York Yankees, according to ESPN's Dave Schoenfield.

The Yankees have four reliable starters right now: Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, Domingo German and CC Sabathia. But as Schoenfield writes, Paxton and German have no playoff experience and Sabathia isn't the workhorse he used to be.

Here's why Schoenfield believes the Yankees need the 2014 World Series MVP.

"No, it's not 2014 and trading for Bumgarner and expecting a similar level of October dominance isn't realistic. But do you want this guy on the mound in a big game? Of course you do. The Yankees haven't even been to a World Series since winning in 2009. This is the guy most likely to help push them over the top."

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The Yankees have the best record in the American League and are trying to reach their first World Series since 2009. After watching their arch rival Boston Red Sox win another championship last season, it's time for the Yankees to respond, even if it means trading a few top prospects for a rental player.

Schoenfield also writes that the Giants should trade closer Will Smith to the Atlanta Braves and first baseman Brandon Belt to the Texas Rangers, reuniting him with All-Star designated hitter Hunter Pence.

The Giants will have plenty of options ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. It's a matter of finding the most desperate teams willing to give up good prospects for the players they have.