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Dissecting the San Francisco Giants' Draftees

In this series, we will take a look at all of the players selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft. The series will be broken up by positions and in this, the first, installment we'll take a look at some of the outfielders the Giants selected. This will be part one of the outfielders.

Bryan Reynolds

Vanderbilt

2nd Round (59)

Reynolds, 21, is a switch-hitter with power from both sides of the plate. He had a triple slash of .330/.461/.603 in 2016 for Vanderbilt, according to the Vanderbilt website. Reynolds, listed at 6’2” 210 pounds by the MLB Network, played left field as a freshman for the Commodores but transitioned to center, though some don’t expect him to stay there for the Giants. Reynolds was top-five in the SEC in multiple categories, including slugging, walks and on-base and was tied for second in the conference in home runs with 13. One worry analysts had on Reynolds was that he is susceptible to the strikeout and was tied for 10th in the SEC in that category. Reynolds also has decent range in the outfield and made some nice plays while playing left and center field. Reynolds was a 2014 1st Team Freshman All-American.

"We did feel that he was a guy who more than likely would be gone before we select,"

Giants scouting director John Barr said in a story on the Giants website.

Heath Quinn

Samford

3rd Round (95)

Quinn was the second pick the Giants had in the 2016 draft and was the second outfielder they selected. Quinn boasted a ton of power this season for Samford, hitting 21 home runs while collecting 77 RBI, both good for second in the nation. The 77 runs he sent in was the most all-time for Samford in a single season, according to the baseball team’s website. Quinn is listed as 6’3” 220 pounds on the Samford’s website. 

Gio Brusa

University of the Pacific

6th Round (185)

Brusa batted .337 for UOP as a senior in 2015/2016. His average and walks went up every season he played as a Tiger. Brusa also had a boost in power as a senior, hitting 14 after hitting only 11 in his prior three seasons combined. This marks the third time that Brusa was drafted, the first time coming after his senior season in high school by the Atlanta Braves (37th round) and then again last season by the St. Louis Cardinals (23rd round). Brusa finished his career at UOP top five in doubles, HR and RBI.

Jose Layer

Colegio Angel David

13th Round (395)

The 19-year-old from Puerto Rico has a thin build but shows a decent bat. PerfectGame lists him with a 6.69 60-yard dash. Layer also seems to possess an above average throwing arm from the outfield.

Jacob Heyward

Miami

18th Round (545)

After posting a .327 batting average in 2015, Heyward had a dip in 2016, and hit .236 for the U. Heyward did, however, have the second most walks of any Hurricane and posted the second-best fielding season of any daily position player, with a .991 fielding percentage. Heyward, 20, is the brother of Jason Heyward. 

"You still have to be able to play," Giants scouting director John Barr said on the Giants website. "He was judged on who he is and his abilities, not on his brother's. It's him that we took. It's him that we think can be a big leaguer. It's him that we think can contribute. He stands alone on that."


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