After a pitching heavy day, the San Francisco Giants took a balanced group of players in the third and final day of the 2021 draft.
The team took five pitchers and five position players in the final ten rounds of the draft, as it ended at its new total of 20 players. They also took three high school players after taking one in the previous ten rounds, though not all are expected to sign.
This is the first year that the MLB draft is just 20 rounds. Before the pandemic, the draft was 40 rounds, and it was limited to five rounds during the pandemic year. It’s unknown if this length will continue going forward.
Now that the draft is completed, teams will have until August 1st to sign their draftees, or let them go back to school. With the Short-A and Rookie advanced levels of the minors eliminated by baseball this past offseason, players who sign for the Giants will most likely start their pro careers in the Arizona Complex League if they play this season. Some of the most advanced players, such as first round pick Will Bednar, may move straight to Low-A San Jose.
Here are the players the Giants drafted
Round 11 (326) – Donovan McIntyre, OF, Marian Catholic HS (IL)
A high school player from illinois, McIntyre hit .455 and stole 31 bases in his high school season, and was one of Illinois’ top high school outfielders. He’s committed to Kent State. Many 11th round picks are chosen after teams negotiate deals with their players, so there’s a good chance the Giants will sign McIntyre, who reportedly also had interest from the Tampa Bay Rays and his local Chicago White Sox.
Round 12 (356) – Landen Roupp, RHP, UNC Wilmington
Rankings: Baseball America – #253
Roupp racked up the awards in his fifth season at UNC Wilmington, with a 2.58 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 101 innings. Roupp was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Pitcher of the Year, and was first team All-CAA. He throws in the low ’90’s with his fastball, and a Zito-esque curveball. He doesn’t have any plus pitches, but he throws strikes and competes with what he’s got.
Round 13 (386) – Jared Dupere, OF, Northeastern
Dupere broke out in the 2021 season, showing off a heck of a power stroke. He hit .343 on the season, and had 21 home runs with 11 doubles and two triples. He was named the CAA Player of the Year for 2021, breaking the single-season school record for home runs, ranking third in the country, and also broke the school record for runs scored.
Round 14 (416) – Tyler Myrick, RHP, Florida International
Tyler Myrick missed the 2019 season with Tommy John surgery, and missed being drafted in the shortened 2020 draft after struggling a bit in his return to baseball in that shortened season. He had a 5.43 ERA in 14 games in 2021, but showed his strikeout stuff here and there through the season.
Round 15 (446) – Brooks Baldwin, SS, UNC Wilmington
He was the team’s second selection from UNC Wilmington, and third from the CAA. Baldwin led the team, batting in the leadoff spot. He led the team in batting average (.325), home runs (15) and RBI (45). Baldwin played several positions, logging time in center field, right field, second base, and first base, and had three multi-home run games.
Round 16 (476) – Julian Bosnic, LHP, South Carolina
Rankings: Baseball America – #193; MLB – #187
It took Julian Bosnic three years to finally get a full freshman year, after he redshirted 2019 due to injury and got into just four appearances before the pandemic ended the 2020 season. He started the season in the rotation, before moving to the bullpen and becoming South Carolina’s closer. He finished the season with a 2.84 ERA
Round 17 (506) – Brett Standlee, RHP, Oklahoma State
A top reliever for Oklahoma State, Standlee cut an imposing figure on the mound for the Cowboys, with a monster beard and a a 6’4” frame on the mound. Standlee collected five saves, and even made a start when needed, going 117 pitches on a 6.0 inning appearance.
Round 18 (536) – Hunter Dula, RHP, Wingate
A 2-way player for the Division II champion Wingate Bulldogs, Dula was picked as a pitcher by the Giants. He had a 3.38 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 64.0 innings, with three double-digit strikeout games at his peak. As a player, he hit .262 with eight doubles, two triples and nine home runs in 50 games, and had one of the walkoff hits in Wingate’s College World Series run.
Round 19 (566) – Irvin Murr, 3B, Winter Springs HS (FL)
Irvin Murr III hit .417 with a .478 on-base percentage in 19 games in his high school season. Murr currently does not have a 4-year college commitment, but whether he will be signable is still a question this late in the draft.
Round 20 (596) – Vance Honeycutt, SS, Salisbury HS (NC)
Vance Honeycutt was one of North Carolina’s 5-star athletes, a state championship-winning quarterback for his high school, but has announced he will be giving up football to continue playing baseball at UNC. Both of his parents played athletics at UNC, and his father Bobby was a baseball player as well. He’s very unlikely to sign after being drafted, and will likely continue to UNC.