SAN FRANCISCO -- It would be silly to draft "for need" during the MLB Draft, because it takes even the best players two or three years to reach the big league level. So the Giants weren't necessarily pinpointing outfielders, but it certainly didn't hurt that a team stocked with young, cost-controlled infielders went into a draft that was seemingly stocked with intriguing outfielders.
John Barr, who oversees scouting for the Giants, said the front office felt this particular class was heavy on left-handed pitching and outfielders, and that showed when the Giants wrapped up their second day of selections. Three of their first six selections were college outfielders, including the top two, and four Day 2 picks were left-handed pitchers.
"We're pleased," Barr said. "(Our class) is college-oriented, yes, but we've got some players we feel are quality players."
That starts at the top of the board. The Giants in the second round took a player, Bryan Reynolds, who was considered by most to be a first round talent. Manager Bruce Bochy said he could tell in discussions with team officials how excited they were that the Vanderbilt product dropped.
"It just shows that in the draft you never know who is going to be there," Barr said of Reynolds, an athletic switch-hitter the Giants believe can stay in center field. Barr said the organization is confident that Reynolds, a junior, will sign. The Giants signed Tyler Beede out of Vanderbilt two years ago.
"We like the program he's coming out of, we respect the program," Barr said.
With Friday's first selection the Giants took Heath Quinn, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound outfielder from Samford University. The junior hit .343 this season with 21 homers and a school record 77 RBI. In the fourth round they selected Oregon lefty Matt Krook, who played at St. Ignatius and went to college after being taken 35th overall by the Marlins in 2013. Krook had Tommy John surgery two years ago but Barr said he's a "power lefty" they're excited to work with.
"He's someone we think has high upside," Barr said.
The fifth round pick was shortstop Ryan Howard out of Missouri. The Giants took Howard last year but couldn't sign him. He played for USA Baseball's National Team in 2015.
"From a team standpoint, we probably like him more than anybody else," Barr said, smiling. (That's worked out for the Giants with infielders in the past. See: Panik, Joe.)
Lodi native Gio Brusa, an outfielder from Pacific, was taken in the sixth round. He's a 6-foot-3, 220-pound player who hit .337 as a senior with 14 homers. The Giants took Oklahoma State lefty Garrett Williams in the seventh round and Albany righty Stephen Woods in the eighth. The next two picks were lefties: Caleb Baragar out of Indiana and Alex Bostic from Clemson. Barr said the Giants have seen Bostic run it up to 95 mph.
The draft wraps up Saturday for the Giants, who were limited because they didn't have a first round pick after signing Jeff Samardzija. That took over $2 million out of their draft pool, but Barr feels they already have ended up with a strong class.