After signing Jeff Samardzija in the offseason, the Giants forfeited their first round selection and were left with just one pick for Thursday's portion of the MLB Draft. With that pick, they selected Bryan Reynolds, who is an athletic center fielder out of Vanderbilt University.
At 21, Reynolds has been projected as a talent much above where he ended up being selected, while some even had him as high as number 16 overall. His coach from Vanderbilt had this to say of Reynolds: "Very talented young man who possesses multiple skill sets. Bryan could virtually play any position on the field but has transformed himself into an accomplished center fielder. He can impact the game from and offensive and defensive standpoint.
"He certainly has 'special player' abilities."-Coach Corbin
Back in April our own draft expert Jeff Ellis said Reynolds can be viewed in one of two ways. Either you're a fan and see an above-average hit tool with some pop in center, or you see a left fielder who doesn't do enough to be a starter. To the latter point, MLB.com says that Reynolds doesn't have a standout tool, but his offensive potential and his solid speed and defensive skills make him one of the more well-rounded college position players of 2016.
This season Reynolds has hit .330 with a .461 on-base percentage, clubbing 13 homers and driving in 57. One concern has been his high strikeout rate, which stands at 25.9 percent this season (58 in 224 at-bats). His arm is below average, so the Giants are likely hoping that he will be able to stay in center, which would mean that he is reaching more of his potential than if he were to necessitate a shift to left. He is also a switch-hitter, and MLB also says that Reynolds has a smooth swing and a feel for the barrel from both sides.
From what I've read on Reynolds, he looks to be an absolute steal for the Giants at 59, and being a college player should help him move through the system fairly quickly. There is a lot to be excited about with this pick.
The draft will start back up tomorrow with pick number 78, which belongs to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Giants will have their first pick of the day at number 95 and will stick with the same rotation of all 30 clubs for rounds 4-40.