San Francisco Giants: Examining the Potential Benefits of Their Draft Class

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San Francisco Giants: Examining the Potential Benefits of Their Draft Class
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The homegrown talent present on the current San Francisco Giants roster isn't easy to ignore. However, it's also hard to forgive the team for its lack of talent in the farm system.

San Francisco drafted stars such as Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey, in addition to contributors Tim Lincecum, Sergio Romo, Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford.

However, on the whole, the team has one of the more talent-strapped farm systems in the league. It has solid arms such as Kyle Crick and Edwin Escobar, but it's strapped for talent in terms of hitting.

Crick has a 1.51 WHIP. He has command issues, and those have cost him. He's thrown a mere 39 innings in nine starts, which shows that he can't go deep into games. If he doesn't iron out these issues, he could have trouble.

If Crick doesn't pan out, the Giants will need some more prospects to step up. Luckily for them, the draft could help them out.

 

Whom did the Giants draft?

San Francisco added two players on the first day, eight players on the second day and 30 on the third day of the draft.

On the first day, it drafted pitcher Tyler Beede and catcher Aramis Garcia, two players who, in addition to third-round pick Dylan Davis, could rise through the farm system quickly.

The Giants also drafted pitchers Logan Webb, Sam Coonrod, Matthew Gage and Stetson Woods, as well as outfielders Seth Harrison and Austin Slater and first baseman Skyler Ewing on the second day.

 

Who is Tyler Beede?

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Beede was rated as the 12th-best prospect by MLB.com, and he was selected 14th. He has been picked in the first round before, but he chose to go to college instead. In other words, the potential has always been there.

If Beede can learn to control the strike zone, he will make the majors in a jiffy. He has incredible stuff and a blazing fastball, so almost all of the tools are there. 

In fact, according to Mike Rosenbaum of Bleacher Report, he could make the team by the middle of 2016.

Additionally, according to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury, he received comparisons to aces Matt Harvey and Sonny Gray on the MLB Network broadcast.

Like Harvey, Beede is big, throws hard and has powerful off-speed stuff. Pitching like Harvey in the majors, who had a 2.27 ERA in 2013, would be as good as it gets for Beede, but reaching that high ceiling is possible.

He has the potential to be a future ace, and if he can limit his walks (which is a completely doable task considering the Giants' prowess at developing pitchers), he could complement Matt Cain and Bumgarner beautifully.

 

Who is Aramis Garcia?

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As for Garcia, the star potential isn't there. However, he could be a contributor in a hurry. Garcia is a decent all-around catcher, and he provides an option as a future backup.

Star catcher Buster Posey probably will be moved to a corner infield position, so there could be an opening.

Andrew Susac, a top-notch prospect, could assume Posey's spot, but the Giants could still use depth at the position. We don't know what will happen with current backup Hector Sanchez, although the Giants are crowded behind the plate.

It's hard to know how things will be in 2017, when Rosenbaum expects Garcia to make the Giants roster. Still, this seems like a perplexing pick, especially because Garcia checked in as the 78th-best prospect on MLB.com.

However, while his ceiling isn't high, he could still find a way to chip in while going through the farm system relatively quickly.

 

Who is Dylan Davis?

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Davis was rated as the 74th-best prospect, and he was picked 87th. So the Giants got solid value.

He could provide much-needed outfield depth. Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence are under contract until 2016 and 2017, respectively, and Michael Morse could be locked up to a long-term deal after this season.

That would appear to solve the outfield issue for a long time. However, having a plethora of quality outfielders never hurts.

Tyler Colvin isn't likely to be a long-term fix as a backup outfielder, and Juan Perez hasn't shown much promise either. Gregor Blanco is 30 years old, so we don't know how much longer he will play and whether he will bounce around.

Considering the lack of outfield depth in the farm system, adding some was not a bad idea. Davis, who knocked in 64 runs in just 237 at-bats in 2014, has the potential to at least be an average corner outfielder, and he seems like a very solid backup.

However, it's evident that the potential to be a solid starter is there with Davis.

 

Rounding out Day 2

As for the rest of the picks, the Giants added some talent to the stable of arms. Sam Coonrod is a flamethrower, as he has thrown 98 mph before.

He is inconsistent, but he was also rated as the 103rd-best prospect by MLB.com.

If he can improve his consistency and find the strike zone, he could complement prep pitcher Logan Webb as a future option in the bullpen. Webb, the Giants' fourth-round pick, had a 0.48 ERA and 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings in his final year in high school.

San Francisco also added outfielders Seth Harrison and Austin Slater, power-hitting first baseman Skyler Ewing and pitchers Matthew Gage and Stetson Woods.

These players will all enter the farm system, and some, like Slater, could contribute. Slater hit .350 with Stanford, which ranked second in the powerful Pac-12.

 

Conclusion

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It's apparent that the Giants added a plethora of talent in the draft. Considering just Cain and Bumgarner are long-term solutions at pitcher, the Beede pick was a smart one.

The Giants also added some much-needed bats. Davis and Garcia, in addition to Beede, should be in the majors relatively soon. Obviously, teams don't add instant contributors in the draft, but the Giants got players who should rise quickly.

For now, these players are just minor leaguers. However, these draftees should be helping the team on the shores of McCovey Cove in the blink of an eye. 

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