The Best Giants Draft Picks
In this article you will find the best Giants draft picks of all time, by WAR and MLB awards. The top three hitters and pitchers they have ever drafted.
|1985||1||2||Will Clark||San Francisco Giants||1B||Mississippi State University||6||1||2||56.2|
|1973||13||294||Jack Clark||San Francisco Giants||P-OF||Gladstone (Covina,CA)||4||2||52.8|
|1986||1||3||Matt Williams||San Francisco Giants||3B||UNLV||5||4||4||46.4|
The best of all the Giants draft picks? Will Clark. Not only is he their leader in WAR, compared to other draft picks, but he has also been to the most All-Star games, and nearly been won the MVP award the most times, finishing in the top-5 four times during his career. Drafted as the second overall pick in the 1985 draft, Clark made it to the the Major Leagues the very next season, finishing fifth in Rookie of the Year voting. He had a productive 15-year career in the bigs, finishing with a batting average of .303, two Silver Sluggers, and pulling in one Gold Glove. Clark helped lead the Giants to a World Series appearance, by delivering the tie-breaking hit in the 1989 NLCS Game 5, against the Cubs. Unfortunately they lost to the cross-Bay rival Oakland Athletics during the 1989 “Earthquake Series“.
A 13th round pick in 1973, Jack Clark ended up making it to the majors as a 19-year old just two years later. Clark was an accomplished hitter during his 18-year Major League career, finishing with two Silver Slugger awards, four top-10 MVP seasons, and four other All-Star appearances. He cracked over 25 homers eight different season during his career, and led the league in walks three times. The bulk of his playing career was spent with the Giants, but the best years of his career came with the St. Louis Cardinals, winning a World Series title in 1985.
Matt Williams was drafted third overall in 1986 and was feared by not only his bat, but also his glove. The five-time All-Star went on to win as many Gold Glove awards as he did Silver Sluggers, with four apiece. He played in the World Series with each of the three Major League Baseball teams he played for (Giants, Indians, Diamondbacks), but only one won, while with the Diamondbacks in 2001. Six times, Williams hit over 30 single-season homers during his career, and he would go on to finish in the top-10 of MVP voting four years. His best year came during the 1994 strike-shortened season, where he was on-pace to challenge the single-season home run record of 61 set by Roger Maris, hitting 43 home runs over 112 games. You could make a case for every hitter on this list to be considered the best of all Giants draft picks.
Matt Williams has the most Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers of any #SFGiants draft picks. Click To Tweet
|2007||1||10||Madison Bumgarner||San Francisco Giants||P||South Caldwell (Hudson,NC)||4||2||32.6|
|2002||1||25||Matt Cain||San Francisco Giants||P||Houston (Germantown,TN)||3||30.5|
|2006||1||10||Tim Lincecum||San Francisco Giants||P||University of Washington||2||4||21.1|
As a three-time World Series champion and one-time World Series MVP, Madison Bumgarner will forever be loved by Giants fans everywhere, and is already the best of all Giants draft picks on the pitching side. “MadBum” was drafted 10th overall in 2007, and was the first high school pitcher drafted as their first pick since Matt Cain in 2002. Bumgarner has been one of the best pitchers in the Major Leagues over his nine year career, all with the Giants. At the end of their careers, Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner will likely go down as the best Giants draft picks of all time, but for now the big lefty needs to keep pitching up to his Cy Young standards. While he has never won the award, he has finished in the top-10 four times, making four All-Star games along the way. He is one of the most feared pitchers in the leagues, but can also do some damage with his bat, leading to two Silver Slugger awards.
Their first player taken in the 2002 draft, Matt Cain was one heck of a pitcher during his prime. He was called up at the age of 20, becoming the second youngest player in the league at the time, and held a career ERA of 3.27 leading into his age-28 season. His best year as a pro came during 2012, when he went 16-5, with a 2.79 ERA, and also pitching a perfect game, striking out a career-high 14 batters. The three-time All-Star finished that season sixth in Cy Young voting, but unfortunately from there, his career was derailed by injuries. Suffering through a multitude of elbow issues, Cain finished the last five years of his career with a 4.82 ERA, a far cry from where he was before injury. He will always be considered by Giants fans as one of the best pitchers they’ve ever drafted, and helped win them two World Series in 2010 and 2012, while having to sit out the 2014 win.
Big Time Timmy Jim was something to marvel at during his time in the league. Lincecum was drafted as the tenth overall pick in the 2006 draft, becoming the first Washington Huskies player to be drafted in the first round. “The Freak”, as people called him, became an instant sensation, winning the Cy Young in two of his first three years in the Major Leagues, becoming the first to do so in his first two full seasons. The four time All-Star was a force to be reckoned with, tossing two no-hitters, both against the Padres. He could really pack a punch into his slender 5’11”, 170 pound frame, leading the league in strikeouts for three straight seasons between 2008-2010. While his career was cut short due to diminishing heat, he was one of the best to ever pitch in the majors for a four season stretch.
The #SFGiants top 3 pitchers ever drafted, by WAR; MadBum, Cain, Lincecum. Click To Tweet