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2020 MLB Draft: Giants could find future star with No. 13 overall pick


2020 MLB Draft: Giants could find future star with No. 13 overall pick

The Giants are facing a first next June. For the first time since the draft began in 1965, San Francisco owns the No. 13 pick in the 2020 MLB Draft.  

After finishing the 2019 MLB regular season 77-85, the Giants will pick between the Cincinnati Reds and Texas Rangers in the draft. 

This past June, the Giants selected outfielder Hunter Bishop out of Arizona State University with the No. 10 pick in the draft, a slot where they grabbed greats like pitchers Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner. But next year, the franchise is entering uncharted territory. 

Though the No. 13 pick creeps outside of the top 10, there have been plenty of great players who have been taken there. Here are three the Giants can only hope their 2020 pick will come close to matching in production. 

Manny Ramirez, 3B 

The future 12-time All-Star was drafted by the Indians in 1991 as a high school third baseman from George Washington High School in New York, NY. While he never played the position in the pros, serving as a designated hitter and outfielder, Ramirez is one of the greatest right-handed hitters in MLB history.

Manny's 69.4 bWAR is the most ever for a player taken with the No. 13 overall pick. He made his major league debut at only 21 years old, two years after being drafted. Ramirez lasted eight seasons with Cleveland, where he had a .313 batting average, 236 homers and a .998 OPS. 

When Manny joined the Boston Red Sox before the 2001 season, he went from being a star to a superstar. Ramirez was an All-Star all eight years he played in Boston, and he hit .312 with 274 long balls and a .999 OPS. 

Over his 19-year career, Ramirez had a .312 batting average and launched 555 homers. Despite failing multiple PED tests and causing plenty of headaches, he was well worth the No. 13 pick in '91. 

Chris Sale, LHP

The Chicago White Sox took the lanky left-hander out of Florida Gulf Coast in 2010. He needed just 11 games in the minors before making big league debut that same year. Sale had a 1.93 ERA out of the bullpen 10 years ago, and he has been a star since. 

Before this season, where the 30-year-old battled injuries, he had made seven straight All-Star Games. Sale has led the league in strikeouts twice, and despite missing multiple starts this year, he still fanned 218 batters, clinching his seventh straight season with at least 200 strikeouts. 

The White Sox might win the Yoan Moncada-Sale trade in the long run if the lefty keeps battling injuries, but he has been one of baseball's best pitchers since the year he was drafted.

Trea Turner, SS

Turner, 26, continues to grow as a star for the Nationals. He's a power-speed threat with 38 homers and 78 stolen bases over the past two seasons. 

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The Giants drafted someone who can go yard or swipe a bag in Bishop this year, and they hope he can one day be feared at the plate and on the bases like Turner is. 

Turner made his MLB debut in Aug. 2015, one year after Washington took him out of North Carolina State University. He already is worth 12.8 bWAR and could be a blueprint for the Giants' pick if they want someone who can quickly climb the ladder in the minor leagues.

How Giants' top five picks from 2019 MLB Draft played in first season

How Giants' top five picks from 2019 MLB Draft played in first season

The Giants continued a trend this year in the 2019 MLB Draft. For the fifth straight year, San Francisco picked a hitter over a pitcher with their top draft pick. 

President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi had a clear plan this year: Find some big bats. A pitcher's name wasn't called by the Giants until the eighth round this year. 

With offense on the Giants' mind, here's how the team's top five picks performed in their first crack of the minor leagues this year. 

Hunter Bishop, OF, No. 10 overall 

Bishop put up huge numbers as a junior at Arizona State, batting .342 with 22 home runs. The 6-foot-5 center fielder joined the Giants' Arizona Rookie League team over a month after his college season ended and showed a bit of rust but still hit .250 with one homer and three doubles.

He hit .250 with one homer in seven games playing in the AZL before he was promoted to Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer. Bishop spent 25 games with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and hit just .224 with three homers and nine RBI. While those aren't huge numbers, they don't tell the whole story. 

Bishop showed he could swing and miss plenty of times while swinging for the fences at ASU, but he also has a great eye at the plate. Bishop ended his first season in the minors with a .438 on-base percentage and had just one more strikeout (39) than walk (38) this year. 

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The Giants' top pick is a former high school football star and great athlete. The speed-power combination is there, and he clearly has a solid approach at the plate. 

Logan Wyatt, 1B, No. 51 overall 

After a long junior season at the University of Louisville, Wyatt also only spent seven games in the AZL before joining Salem-Keizer.

Wyatt had an impressive enough showing with the Volcanoes that he spent his final 19 games in Class A Augusta. Before his promotion, though, he hit .284 with two homers and 10 walks to just nine strikeouts for Salem-Keizer. In Augusta, Wyatt's batting average dropped to .233, but he had a .368 on-base percentage. 

Though Wyatt doesn't have big power numbers there, many believe he could have the ability to one day be a 20-homer hitter. What he always has had, however, is a keen eye. The big left-hander ranked third in NCAA Division-I both years he was a starter. 

Zaidi loves players that value the ability to get on base, and Wyatt fits the mold.

Grant McCray, OF, No. 87

McCray was a three-sport athlete in high school and committed to play baseball at Florida State before the Giants drafted him in the third round. Right away, his speed jumps off the page. 

The 18-year-old stole 17 bases in the AZL, but also was caught stealing 13 times. That number can come down with coaching and more reps down the road. 

McCray already is 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds with plenty of room to grow. He hit .270 with one homer, two triples, five doubles and a .714 OPS in the Rookie League. 

Tyler Fitzgerald, SS, No. 116 overall

The Giants went with two Louisville Cardinals in their first four picks. Fitzgerald was their fourth-round pick and fits the mold of a classic college shortstop. 

While he doesn't have one tool that jumps off the page, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound shortstop is solid across the board. He showed more pop his junior year, though, hitting seven homers while raising his slugging percentage 145 points. 

Fitzgerald had a short stint in the AZL and spent the majority of his season between Salem-Keizer and Augusta. Between three levels, he hit .276 with one homer, two triples, 15 doubles and a .753 OPS. 

Garrett Frechette, 1B, No. 146 overall 

Frechette is a really intriguing prospect. The high school draft pick out of Southern California was sidelined during his senior year with mononucleosis, but reportedly launched balls into the water at Oracle Park during a pre-draft workout. 

He's a 6-foot-3, 200-pound left-hander with raw power. He hasn't hit a homer in the minors yet, though. Frechette spent 39 games in the AZL and hit .290 while knocking seven doubles and two triples. 

Before the illness and a hamate bone injury, Frechette was considered a top 10 high school player in California. He has a ways to go, but the talent is there.

Giants sign 23 MLB draft picks, but still waiting on top selections


Giants sign 23 MLB draft picks, but still waiting on top selections

LOS ANGELES -- The Giants announced on Wednesday that they have signed 23 MLB draft picks, although the list is missing the biggest names. 

First-round pick Hunter Bishop, selected 10th overall earlier this month, has not signed yet. Second-round pick Logan Wyatt and fourth-rounder Tyler Fitzgerald are still playing in the College World Series with Louisville and thus cannot sign. Fitzgerald hit a home run Wednesday as the Cardinals beat Auburn. Eighth-round pick Caleb Kilian also is still playing.

The highest selection to sign thus far is center fielder Grant McCray, a third-round pick who is the son of former big leaguer Rodney McCray. Grant was one of nine position players the Giants drafted on the first two days of the draft, something the franchise had not done in 50 years. 

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Overall, the Giants have signed 15 of their first 20 selections. Trevor McDonald, an 11th-round pick out of high school, also remains unsigned. It's possible that is connected to the top picks -- the Giants might need a bit of excess slot money to lock up a high school arm. 

The Giants did not have any concerns at the time of the draft about their ability to sign Bishop, a star outfielder at Arizona State. They still don't anticipate any problems.