Every year, the MLB Draft gives each team a little hope for their future. Although not every pick in the first round is a sure lock! Let’s take a look back at some of the San Francisco Giants first round picks from 2006-2014.
2006 MLB Draft
With the tenth overall pick in the 2006 MLB Draft, the Giants selected right-handed pitcher Tim Lincecum. He’s lived up to the hype, although he’s had his recent struggles the last couple of years. Lincecum is a 4-time All Star (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), 2-time Cy Young Award winner (2008, 2009), 3-time NL Strikeout Champion (2008, 2009, 2010), and let’s not forget, 2-time World Series Champion (2010, 2012).
2007 MLB Draft
With the tenth overall pick in the 2007 MLB Draft, the Giants selected left-handed pitcher Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner has emerged as the Giants new ace, and was given the Opening Day start this year for the Giants. He has a career 57 wins and 42 losses. He was an All Star in 2013, won two World Series (2010, 2012), and was just recently named NL Pitcher of the month of May (2014).
2008 MLB Draft
With the fifth overall pick in the 2008 MLB Draft, the Giants selected catcher Buster Posey. It didn’t take long for Posey to make a name for himself in San Francisco. He won the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 2010. In 2011, Posey had a horrific injury that caused him to miss most of the 2011 season. In 2012, Posey earned NL Comeback Player of the Year Award, Willie Mac Award, Silver Slugger Award, NL Hank Aaron Award, NL Batting Champion and NL MVP Award. Posey is also a two-time All Star (2012, 2013), and has two World Series championships under his belt.
2009 MLB Draft
With the sixth pick overall in the 2009 MLB Draft, the Giants selected right-handed pitcher Zack Wheeler. The Giants ended up using Wheeler as a trading chip. He was traded to the New York Mets in July, 2011 for outfielder Carlos Beltran. At the time it was a great trade, but as time would play out. This is one trade; I’m sure Giants fans wish could be taken back.
2010 MLB Draft
With the 24th pick overall in the 2010 MLB Draft, the Giants selected outfielder Gary Brown. There was a lot of hope that Brown would turn into the Giants future center fielder at AT&T Park, but he’s having a hard time of being consistent at the plate in the minor leagues. Time will tell if Brown is the Giants future center fielder or a first round bust for the Giants.
2011 MLB Draft
With the 29th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, the Giants selected short stop Joe Panik. The Giants have since moved Panik to second base, and he’s seemed to have no problems with the transition and working his way up the minor leagues. This year, Panik is currently hitting .320 for the Giants AAA farm team (Fresno Grizzlies). With Marco Scutaro injured and inconsistent play at second for the Giants; we could see Panik get his shot at an everyday job in San Francisco sooner, rather than later.
2012 MLB Draft
With the 20th overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, the Giants selected right-handed pitcher Chris Stratton. Stratton is still in the start of trying to work his way through the Giants farm system. He’s currently in single-A with the San Jose Giants.
2013 MLB Draft
With the 25th pick overall in the 2013 MLB Draft, the Giants selected short stop Christian Arroyo. Some experts didn’t think Arroyo should have been drafted in the first round, but the Giants seen something in him that made them pull the trigger and draft him. Arroyo started off his professional career in the Arizona League, where he hit .326 and also was named the Arizona League MVP. Only time will tell if the experts were right or the Giants on this first round pick.
2014 MLB Draft
With the 14th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Giants selected right-handed pitcher Tyler Beede. Beede is listed as 6-foot-4, 215 pounds. He’s known to at times pitch with above-average fastball, reaching 97 mph and sitting around 92-94. He also has a good changeup, and throws a hard curveball. This gives him 3 good pitches.
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