Giants know there's value outside of 1st round
San Francisco selects SS Miller, LHP Marshall on Day 2 of Draft
SAN FRANCISCO -- To the Giants, there's nothing secondary about the second day of the MLB Draft.
A glance at their lineup demonstrates the value of their selections beyond the top one or two. San Francisco selected shortstop Brandon Crawford in the fourth round in 2008 and took first baseman Brandon Belt in the fifth round one year later.
The Draft concludes on Wednesday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 on MLB.com beginning at noon ET.
Here's a look at the Giants' selections in Rounds 3-5 of this year's Draft.
Round 3: SS Jalen Miller, Riverwood International Charter School
Miller was ranked 41st on MLB.com's list of the Draft's top prospects. At 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, Miller has been compared to Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips, which partly accounts for talk that he may switch to the right side of the infield as a pro. Then again, there's no guarantee that the Giants will be able to sign Miller. The Sandy Springs, Ga., resident has a scholarship to Clemson awaiting him.
Miller has strong wrists, which many scouts believe could help him sustain moderate power in the Majors -- about 15 homers per year.
Round 4: LHP Mac Marshall, Chipola College, Marianna, Fla.
Marshall said that he closely follows Cubs left-hander Jon Lester, and not just because they're fellow Georgians (Marshall resides in Lilburn, about a half-hour west of Atlanta). Ranked 118th on MLB.com's Top 200 Draft prospects list, Marshall believes that he can thrive as Lester has done by alternating a fastball that reaches 95 mph with a changeup that darts away from right-handed batters.
Marshall's baseball pedigree is a solid one. Chipola has produced multiple big leaguers, including Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin, to whom Marshall has been compared favorably.
Round 5: CF Ronnie Jebavy, Middle Tennessee State
The 6-foot-2, 184-pound junior put together an outstanding season, leading the team in batting average (.359), hits (88), total bases (130), on-base percentage (.408), stolen bases (24), doubles (15) and triples (three) en route to winning the Conference USA Newcomer of the Year Award.