The 2009 first-year player draft kicks off today at 6 PM EST. The Giants have the #6 overall pick this year after picking at #5 in 2008. After a few years of uninspiring drafts, the Giants have been on a roll as of late. Recent drafts have netted the team Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Alderson, Buster Posey and many other interesting prospects.
I’ll be brief, here’s my draft day wants.
- Draft the best player available — Hitting would be nice, but unfortunately this draft is a little hitting thin once you get past Dustin Ackley who most think will go around pick #2. Take the best player available (even if he’s a pitcher) and be done with it.
- I’m not a draft expert but I really like LHP Tyler Matzek. He’s regarded as a top HS pitcher in this year’s draft. He throws low 90′s from the left-side with two potential breaking pitches that grade out at above-average. And plus, things have gone pretty well for the Giants the last time they drafted a HS lefty.
- Zack Wheeler intrigues me. I love funky deliveries and he’s definitely got one. Check out his MLB.com draft video to see what I’m talking about. He can run his heater into the mid-90′s and he flashes a plus breaking ball at times. He’s an arm with a lot of upside.
- OF Tim Wheeler from Sacramento State University has drawn some interest from the Giants but I’d rather the team not head in that direction. He had a fantastic 2009, flashing some power by hitting a career high 18 HR’s. But, with the #6 pick overall, Wheeler is a stretch. None of his tools are projected to grade out better than above-average. He should be a good pick for someone at the back-end of the draft, but at #6 I hope the Giants draft by BPA.
- Donovan Tate both terrifies and excites me.
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