Monday, June 4, 2018
Giants 2018 Draft Review: Day 1
The Giants somewhat uncharacteristically telegraphed their top 2 picks in the draft and landed their targets in a drama free Day 1.
Round 1, Pick 2: Joey Bart C, College(Georgia Tech). 6'2", 220 lbs., B-R, T-R. 2016: .299/.351/.382, 10 2B, HR, 8 BB, 34 K, 157 AB. 2017: .296/.370/.575, 13 2B, 13 HR, 16 BB, 50 K, 186 AB. 2018: .359/.471/.632, 12 2B, 16 HR, 41 BB, 56 K, 220 AB. Bart came into his junior season looking like a fair defensive catcher with some power, but a guy who would strike out a lot and hit for a low BA. He showed substantial improvement on both defense and walk rate although the K rate is still up there. He caught serious helium from about the midpoint of the college season on and the Giants showed their interest early with a heavy scouting regimen. What finally convince me Bart was the guy was a short video posted by Covechatter showing a batting stance that looks a lot like Justin Turner and Mac Williamson. It's probably just a fad but it sure seems to be working! Love the pick. The top of this draft lacked a true slam-dunk talent. Bart was the safest bet with the highest ceiling. Nice pick.
Round 2, Pick 45: Sean Hjelle, RHP, College(Kentucky). 6'11", 200 lbs. 2016: 4-1, 3.74, 21.2 IP 11 BB, 29 K. 2017: 11-4, 3.89, 108.2 IP, 33 BB, 102 K. 2018: 7-5, 3.44, 99 IP, 22 BB, 91 K. Well, the Giants like tall pitchers and they sure got a tall one with their 2'nd round draft pick. Sean Hjelle is a beanpole of a pitcher. If he makes it to the majors he'll be tied with Jon Rauch for tallest player in MLB history. Hjelle has pitched well for Kentucky in a tough conference. He is quite athletic and able to repeat his delivery better than most tall pitchers. He sports a low 90's FB that plays up due to his ability to extend toward the plate and steep downward plane. He mixes in 3 other solid pitches with command of all. I am not sure how much he can add to his frame, which is very thin. If he can, he could get stronger and gain velocity. As is, he is likely to be a 4/5 SP in the majors. Again, nice pick with combination of upside and high floor.