MLB Draft 2020: Keith Law explains two Giants options with No. 13 pick


The 2020 MLB Draft will look much different than in years past.

As baseball still waits to resume amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the draft will be shortened from 40 rounds to five. That's an extreme change and will affect all 30 teams in different ways.

The Giants own seven picks in the five rounds and first will go on the clock with the No. 13 overall pick. After taking outfielder Hunter Bishop at No. 10 last year, what will Farhan Zaidi and San Francisco's front office do this time around? The Athletic's Keith Law has heard two names come up when discussing the Giants. 

Here's a look at what Law's hearing ahead of the June 10 draft and what each player brings to the table.

Tyler Soderstrom, C, Turlock High School

The last name should sound familiar to Giants fans. San Francisco selected Tyler's father, Steve, No. 6 overall out of Fresno State in the 1993 draft.

Soderstrom landed in the Giants' lap in Law's latest mock draft. He's a catcher out of Turlock High School, though many believe he can play a corner outfield spot or on the corners in the infield. What scouts love, though, is his left-handed bat.

"He'd be drafted for his bat," Law said Saturday on KNBR's "Marty Lurie Show." "He's not being drafted as primarily a catcher. He'd be drafted because of his bat, because teams feel pretty confident about his ability to hit." 

Soderstrom hit .357 in five games as a senior before his season was shut down. He hit .450 with four homers as a junior. His versatility and high upside could be really intriguing for the Giants.

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Garrett Crochet, LHP, Tennessee

"The two names that came up with the Giants were [Soderstrom] and Garrett Crochet from the University of Tennessee -- college pitcher who throws extremely hard, maybe the hardest-throwing starter in the draft class," Law said. 

Crochet is a 6-foot-6 left-hander who struck out 81 batters in 65 innings last season. He only threw 3 2/3 innings this year before going down with a back injury. 

"He had a back injury in an unscheduled, unannounced relief appearance in the last weekend before the shutdown," Law said. "... In the past, he's always thrown hard but hasn't shown much in secondary stuff. His control's been fine, but not great." 

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The Giants are littered with bats throughout their top prospects. Perhaps they could have their eyes on an arm like Crochet. One thing is for sure, though: He and Soderstrom couldn't be more opposite of prospects.

"I just don't think you can find two more different kinds of players for the Giants," Law said.

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