2016 Draft Report Card: San Francisco Giants
BEST PURE HITTER: OF Bryan Reynolds (2) is a switch-hitter who drives the ball from both sides with gap power. His free-swinging ways could catch up to him eventually, but he was a .329 career hitter in three years at Vanderbilt. He hit with Team USA’s College National Team and in the Cape Cod League and he hit .313 in his pro debut.
BEST POWER HITTER: OF Heath Quinn (3) hit 21 home runs for Samford and nine more in his pro debut. He projects to have plus power. OF Gio Brusa (6) has similar raw power, though he gets to it less consistently. He hit 10 home runs for short-season Salem-Keizer and 14 at Pacific this spring.
FASTEST RUNNER: OF Nick Hill (26) is an athletic speedster who grades out as a 70 runner on the 20-to-80 scouting scale. OF Malique Ziegler (22) has turned in plus-plus run times himself in the past although a nagging injury slowed him down to a plus runner in his pro debut.
BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: SS Brandon Van Horn (19) faces plenty of question about his bat, but he’s a true shortstop who can stay at the position with quick hands and plenty of range. SS Ryan Howard (5) is a bigger, more physical defender than Van Horn with less range and quickness. He projects as at least an average defender at second base with an above-average arm.
BEST FASTBALL: The Giants drafted plenty of velocity this year. RHP Stephen Woods (8) showed the most consistent velocity as a pro, sitting 93-96. LHP Garrett Williams (7) and LHP Matt Krook (4) both have fastballs that are above-average to plus. Krook’s fastball has exceptional life, sometimes too much as it will dance out of the strike zone.
BEST SECONDARY PITCH: Williams’ curveball and Krook’s slider will both grade at plus on their better nights, although their control issues have kept both of them from getting to use them as much as they would like.
BEST PRO DEBUT: Quinn made it up to high Class A in his first half season and hit .344/.434/.564 between three stops. Reynolds hit .313/.363/.484 combined at short-season Salem-Keizer and low Class A Augusta.
BEST ATHLETE: Reynolds has a nice combination of speed and power. OF Jose Layer (13) is a center fielder with plus speed and some quick-twitch burst.
CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS: Reynolds and Quinn should be ready for high Class A in 2017 and could reach the majors by 2018 or 2019 if they progress on schedule.
BEST LATE-ROUND PICK: C Jeffery Parra (24) is a well-rounded catcher with hitting potential. He handled velocity well for a young New Jersey high school draftee. RHP C.J. Gettman (34) is an arm-strength reliever who gets good downhill plane on his 92-95 mph fastball.
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THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY: LHP Adam Laskey (31) is a cold-weather loose-armed lefty with room to grow and develop. His slider and changeup give him a chance to have three average or better pitches. The Giants would have loved to have signed him, but he’s pitching for Duke.