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Pick No. 20 to San Francisco Giants
Some of the draft scouting reports have been lukewarm on this kid, but Giants scout John Barr has a good eye for pitchers. In the last decade, the Giants have drafted and cultivated some of the biggest names in pitching—Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Brian Wilson, Madison Bumgarner, Sergio Romo and Zach Wheeler (who was dealt for Carlos Beltran). Mississippi State's Chris Stratton is in good company.
Stratton features a fastball that zips in anywhere between 90-95 mph, although some reports have seen him hump it up to as high as 98. Another interesting aspect about Stratton that has San Francisco excited is his experience both as a starter and reliever in college. This will allow the Giants to develop him according to roster needs, and he could make his way to the bigs in a short period of time.
The Giants aren't afraid to throw young pitchers in the mix, plus with an aging staff in Affeldt, Mota, Vogelsong, Lopez, Zito and Hensley, don't be surprised to see Stratton in the next couple of years. MLB.com draft analyst Jonathan Mayo concurs, stating (per The Dispatch), "This guy is going to be a big league starter in the not-so-distant future."
Stratton won Giants scouts over in his pitchers' duel against LSU's ace, Kevin Gausman, where he struck out 17. The Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year went 11-2 with a 2.38 ERA in 17 games for the Bulldogs, including 127 strikeouts in 109.6 innings.