Its going to be that time of year soon. All mocks are not created equal, but they are all hard work. Its hard to follow every team's needs/tendencies/what not so I try to keep that in mind.
However... A lot of guys really miss on what makes the Giants tick. The easiest way to mock them is to of course throw a pitcher's name into the blender...
Minor League Ball V1 - has the Giants taking Sean Reid-Foley over Max Pentecost and Brandon Finnegan. I like that Sean Reid-Foley guy, he's getting some helium.
MLB Draft Countdown - has the Giants taking Brandon Finnegan over Nick Gordon, Aaron Nola, Reid-Foley and... TOUKI! TOUKI! Are you kidding me? I would love to have the Padres take Derek Hill ahead of us in real life, but I'm not really so sure that one is going down.
I like these TTF guys enough to excuse them being lovable loser Cubs homers. Here's their latest mock, they update quite a bit, so check back if you're jonsing for action. Bradley Zimmer to the Gigantes, over Grant Holmes, Matt Chapman and... TOUKI! TOUKI! I'll say this - Grant Holmes looks like a very, very sweet pick to me. And Touki might be raw, kicking around here and there but he's electric, has the best curve in the class and just has the "it" factor. More on him later.
Some joint called sportscity has a mock. The Giants are taking Tyler Beede. I think I would be sort of meh about that one, and I usually love Vandy guys. Brandon Finnegan and a rising Nick Gordon passed up? Hmmm... Nick Gordon might be a pretty sweet pick, he apparently has gained muscle and is likely a top 5 guy now. And... a couple spots more down... TOUKI! TOUKI!
At my new buddy MLB Draft Insider, who doesn't have anything against the Giants even though he slams them for doing exactly the same thing the Rays have been doing while raving about the Rays... has the Giants taking Michael Conforto, a 1B/OF, over Sean Newcomb, Luke Weaver and Luis Ortiz. OK, I'll just say it - that is a guy who doesn't get it. He needs to study more Keith Law, get better at his snark at least. Needless to say, he has Touki at 22, to the Bums. That would be a bummer.
Some joint BeforeitsNews has a mock, Bradley Zimmer to the Giants. I guess everybody wants them to go get an OF finally. Chili Davis is busy coaching up the Cuban by the way, the Cuban isn't hitting balls right now. I hate to say it, but the Cubans are all juiced to the bejahsus. I think this third year will be an interesting year to watch Cespedes, and Puig, and everybody in between. Zimmer over Grant Holmes, Matt Chapman and... wait for it... TOUKI! TOUKI! Grant Holmes is looking good, but I can't stop with Touki. This dude could be the steal. of. the. draft.
A site I used to check a lot before I became a draft nerd mymlbdraft has the Giants taking Luis Ortiz over Brad Zimmer. Alright mymlbdraft! Now you are talking! Grant Holmes still on the board. They get it, they have Touki at #7. Nick Gordon still on the board and Pentecost, and hyped guys like Finnegan and Reid-Foley back in the 20s.
This one is old, but these guys are good. Nine Baseball from December had Sean Reid-Foley there, with Forbes going to the Pads (hey, more believeable than the Sacto Prep OF) and Cederoth, Chavis and Finnegan following. They have Touki at 20. Pentecost at 21.
And... These guys are such nerd alerts, they have a DISCUSSION on Matt Garrioch's minorleagueball mock. I have found some crazy good analysis on the draft from the Astros sbnation site, they have some very obsessive guys over there. Now, they are doing the #1 overall for the third straight time, and you don't want to mention any shortcomings of Mark Appel to them, but still, interesting work.
So... What to think. I go over each position, to get an idea of scarcity, and where the strengths are. I do more work than what I write down, but its pretty haphazard. I keep going back to pitching at the #14, because that's the strength of the draft. But there are some hitters that stand out - Chavis on the prep side, Pentecost on the college side. Two prep SS's in Nick Gordon and Ti'quan Forbes. I tend to think if Jacob Gatewood is there at 14 you need to pass because there's something off on his contact. I really think the Giants should concentrate on up the middle players who are as close to 5-tool as possible. (Both Chavis and Pentecost run well, and Chavis might be able to fake short but could play 2B as a real deal Jeff Kent type comp).
From these mocks it looks like TOUKI is down, but I don't believe that for a second. If he's there at 14 I think he's a slam dunk go grab with your heart pounding pick. But there are other really hard throwing good pitchers there as well. Alls I know, there will be many more mocks to pour over between now and June.