San Francisco Giants leaning toward college pitcher at No. 10 spot in draft

The San Francisco Giants hold the No. 10 pick in Monday MLB draft, which means that predicting who the Giants will take is tricky.

A variety of factors play into the Giants’ pick — organizational need, signability, and of course the biggest, what players get selected in the first nine picks.

MLB.com stated that it expects the Giants to take the best available college arm.

With position players expected to top this draft, this brings several players into play.

  • Texas Christian LHP Nick Lodolo
  • San Jacinto (Texas) JC RHP Jackson Rutledge
  • West Virginia RHP Alex Manoah
  • Kentucky LHP Zack Thompson

Nick Lodolo: The 6-foot-6, 185-pounder has a sinker in the low-to-mid 90s. At TCU, he strikes out 11.2 per 9 while walking 1.9. He could go as high as No. 4 to the Marlins, but has been linked to the Reds at No. 7.

Jackson Rutledge: Another big pitcher (6-foot-8) with a fastball in the 90s, Rutledge started at Arkansas. But a hip injury limited his time with the Razorbacks. And the work he put in to get healthy led to go the JC route to make himself eligible for the 2019 draft (staying at Arkansas would make him eligible for 2020 draft). He has committed to Kentucky. But he’s planning on attending the draft — all signs pointing to starting his track to the bigs. MLB.com has the Giants taking Rutledge.

Zack Thompson: Thompson has the makeup to be the top pitcher picked in this draft. However, he’s battled injury in high school and college, which may lead some teams to be wary.

Alex Manoah: If there is one pitcher who has been linked most to the Giants, it is Manoah. At 6-6, 260 pounds, Manoah has been known to throw in the high 90s. He was 8-3 with 1.91 ERA at West Virginia with 125 Ks in 94.1 innings.

Of course, depending on a variety of factors, the Giants may not go pitcher at all.

NBCBayArea.com said the Giants could also take UNLV shortstop Bryson Stott, listed as Baseball America’s No. 10 draft prospect. He’s 6-3, 200 pounds and bats left-handed, reminding some of Brandon Crawford. He bat .369 with 1.134 OPS for the Rebels with more walks (50) and strikeouts (37).

Also, Baseball America’s ever-changing mock draft slotted the Giants to take Arizona State outfielder Hunter Bishop, who belted 22 home runs for the Sun Devils.

Guess we’ll just have to wait and see on Monday.

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