MLB Draft 2020: Where Giants will pick seven selections in five rounds


Mystery still is swirling around MLB's 2020 season. When will it start? Where will games played? How can players safely be tested? 

Those are just three questions to a long list we won't bore you with. What we do seem to know is the 2020 MLB Draft has been cut from 40 rounds to only five in order for teams to save pennies on the dollar. This is a nightmare for prospects and will cause a domino effect in college baseball. 

Many great Giants have been selected much later than the fifth round. But San Francisco seems to be in solid position despite the shortened draft, having seven picks in five rounds. 

Here's where they will pick in this June's money-saving draft. 

First round: No. 13

The Giants are making history in the draft this year. For the first time since the draft began in 1965, San Francisco will be on the clock at No. 13 overall. History says the Giants can find a star here, too. 

Stars like Manny Ramirez (1991), Chris Sale (2010) and Trea Turner (2014) have been selected with the No. 13 overall pick. This pick is three slots lower than when the Giants took Hunter Bishop last year. 

The Minnesota Twins took high school shortstop Keoni Cavaco with the 13th pick last year. 

Value: $4,197,300

Second round: No. 49

The last time the Giants had a pick at No. 49, they went with a high-upside high school pitcher in Kyle Crick. After struggling with command in the minors as a starter, Crick has been a solid reliever since debuting with San Francisco in 2017. 

Crick was traded along with Bryan Reynolds in January 2018 to the Pittsburgh Pirates to acquire Andrew McCutchen. The right-hander is 6-9 with 3.43 ERA in his three-year MLB career. 

Value: $1,507,600

Compensation Pick: No. 67

Welcome to the Madison Bumgarner pick.

The Giants smartly gave Bumgarner a qualifying offer, giving them an extra draft pick when San Francisco's former ace signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks this offseason.

San Francisco last selected No. 67 in 1974 and took high school pitcher Alan Wirth, who never pitched in the big leagues for the Giants. Notable players like Rick Reuschel, Ron Guidry and Wally Joyner have been chosen with this pick. 

Value: $976,700

Compensation Pick: No. 68

And welcome to the Will Smith pick. 

Just as they did with Bumgarner, the Giants gave Smith a qualifying offer before the reliever signed with the Atlanta Braves. The Giants have only owned the No. 68 pick once and took high school catcher Sammy Serrano in 1998. He never made the majors. 

Current Giants pitcher Drew Smyly was taken No. 68 overall by the Detroit Tigers in 2010. 

Value: $953,100

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Third round: No. 85

The Giants found somewhat solid value here in 1978 when they added high school outfielder Rob Deer. He had an 11-year MLB career, but only spent two in San Francisco. 

Deer hit .183 with 11 homers over 91 games for the Giants. Two-time All-Star Zack Britton and two-time Gold Glover Nick Ahmed were taken here in recent years. 

Value: $710,700

Fourth round: No. 114

The Giants twice have been on the clock here and neither player made the majors. There's some good news, though. Six-time All-Star Jonathan Papelbon went to the Boston Red Sox at No. 114 overall in 2003. 

Value: $507,400

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Fifth round: No. 144

The Giants selected pitcher Bob Howry out of McNeese State with this pick in 1994, but he soon was on his way out. San Francisco included Howry as part of a nine-player trade with the Chicago White Sox at the 1997 trade deadline. 

Howry did wind back up with the Giants in 2009 and had a 3.39 ERA in 63 relief appearances. His 10.7 WAR is the third-most for any player drafted No. 144 overall.

Value: $379,000

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