What the 2017 MLB Draft Means for the San Francisco Giants
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 11:20
The first night of the 2017 MLB Draft provided excitement throughout, especially as teams went against mock draft projections with quite a few of the early picks.
Right-hander Landon Leach of Pickering, Ont., was the first Canadian drafted this year, going to the Minnesota Twins in the second round (37th overall) on Monday.
A day after pitcher Oliver Jaskie was selected in the sixth round by Seattle, U-M had five more players picked, beginning with third baseman/catcher Drew Lugbauer drafted by the Atlanta Braves in Round 11, pick No. 320 overall. Though they were selected in the draft, the Red Raiders classified as juniors or lower can take the option to play another season for the Tech baseball squad.
When Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame last summer, he became the first man selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the MLB Draft to land in Cooperstown. Hall has good command for a young pitcher, sports a fastball that sits at 93-94 miles per hour, and also has a plus curveball and average changeup. Pall had ERAs of 2.97 and 2.81 as a reliever in his first two seasons. Hall has a long way to go in terms of his physical development, but projects as a middle infielder at the next level.
With FSU making its first College World Series appearance since 2012, it's no surprise they did it with a ton of players capable of playing professional baseball. The junior shortstop was taken in the 13th round by the Detroit Tigers.
He has a very good internal clock that helps him slow down the game, and he gets rid of the ball quickly, but many feel his arm, average at best, isn't enough to stay on the left side of the infield long-term. He was named All-Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division his junior and senior seasons in baseball. He hit.337 with four home runs and a team-leading 53 RBI for the Tar Heels. Nine players had their names called in the MLB Draft. Hall struck out 105 batters, allowing just 25 walks and 24 hits all season as opposing batters hit.129 against him.