NEW YORK — 5 years after a participant chosen with the 10th total choose in Main League Baseball’s novice draft willed the Giants to their third World Collection title in 5 seasons, the franchise was on the clock once more at No. 10.
They’ll solely hope Hunter Bishop of Arizona State produces an analogous impression Madison Bumgarner has made throughout his Giants profession.
Below first-year president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and new novice scouting director Michael Holmes, the Giants used their first spherical choice on an outfielder, Bishop, who attended Serra Excessive in San Mateo earlier than taking part in at Arizona State.
The Giants drafted Bumgarner with the 10th total select of South Caldwell Excessive College in Hudson, North Carolina in 2007, one yr after they selected right-handed pitcher Tim Lincecum at No. 10 out of the College of Washington.
The Giants will likely be on the clock once more on Monday as they’ll make their second spherical choice with the No. 51 total choose. Rounds three-10 of the draft will happen Tuesday with the ultimate 30 rounds of the draft concluding on Wednesday.
Since 2007, the Giants have solely drafted within the high 10 3 times, selecting Buster Posey at No. 5 in 2008, present Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler with the No. 6 choose in 2009 and catching prospect Joey Bart with the No. 2 choice final June.
Bart is taken into account the highest total prospect within the Giants group, a rating that wasn’t going to alter no matter who the franchise chosen on this yr’s draft.
The primary draft for a brand new entrance workplace will all the time be scrutinized carefully, however significantly when a franchise is afforded a variety among the many first 10 picks.
After being employed to imagine his function because the Giants’ high baseball govt in November, Zaidi retained the overwhelming majority of entrance workplace personnel. Nonetheless, one of many first adjustments he made was putting in Holmes as the brand new novice scouting director after John Barr served in that function for the earlier 11 years.
Zaidi and Holmes labored collectively throughout their tenures within the Oakland Athletics entrance workplace for a decade earlier than Zaidi left to turn out to be the Dodgers common supervisor within the fall of 2014. Barr remains to be concerned within the Giants’ novice scouting course of and helped lead the Giants’ preparation for this yr’s draft after Holmes’ spouse, Heather, handed away on Wednesday after an extended battle with most cancers.
Barr constructed a lot of the Giants’ present core via the draft, choosing Posey along with his first ever choose and including others like Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik in subsequent years. Ten of the 11 first spherical choices the Giants made below Barr between 2008 and 2015 reached the key leagues, as 2015 first spherical choose Phil Bickford is the one participant who didn’t.