2017 MLB Draft Thread

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The 2017 MLB Draft starts tonight at 7 PM ET. As a reward for being baseball’s worst team in 2016, the Twins have the privilege of picking first in the 2016 Draft, followed by the Reds, Padres, Rays, and Braves.

We’ll update you here as each team makes a pick.

1. Minnesota Twins

SS/OF Royce Lewis, JSerra Catholic HS

2. Cincinnati Reds

RHP Hunter Greene, Notre Dame HS

3. San Diego Padres

LHP MacKenzie Gore, Whiteville HS

4. Tampa Bay Rays

1B Brendan McKay, University of Louisville

5. Atlanta Braves

RHP Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt University

6. Oakland Athletics

OF Austin Beck, North Davidson HS

7. Arizona Diamondbacks

1B Pavin Smith, University of Virginia

8. Philadelphia Phillies

OF Adam Haseley, University of Virginia

9. Milwaukee Brewers

2B Keston Hiura, University of California-Irvine

10. Los Angeles Angels

OF Jordon Adell, Ballard HS

11. Chicago White Sox

3B Jake Burger, Missouri State University

12. Pittsburgh Pirates

RHP Shane Baz, Concordia Lutheran HS

13. Miami Marlins

LHP Trevor Rogers, Carlsbad HS

14. Kansas City Royals

1B Nick Pratto, Huntington Beach HS

15. Houston Astros

RHP J.B. Bukauskas, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

16. New York Yankees

RHP Clarke Schmidt, University of South Carolina

17. Seattle Mariners

1B Evan White, University of Kentucky

18. Detroit Tigers

RHP Alex Faedo, University of Florida

19. San Francisco Giants

OF Heliot Ramos, Leadership Christian Academy

20. New York Mets

LHP David Peterson, University of Oregon

21. Baltimore Orioles

LHP D.L. Hall, Valdosta HS

22. Toronto Blue Jays

SS Logan Warmoth, University of North Carolina

23. Los Angeles Dodgers

OF Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt University

24. Boston Red Sox

RHP Tanner Houck, University of Missouri

25. Washington Nationals

LHP Seth Romero, University of Houston

26. Texas Rangers

OF Bubba Thompson, McGill-Toolen HS

27. Chicago Cubs

LHP Brendan Little, State College of Florida Manatee – Sarasota

28. Toronto Blue Jays (Compensation for Edwin Encarnacion/CLE)

RHP Nate Pearson, College of Central Florida

29. Texas Rangers (Compensation for Ian Desmond/COL)

SS Christopher Seise, West Orange HS

30. Chicago Cubs (Compensation for Dexter Fowler/STL)

RHP Alex Lange, Louisiana State University

Report: Giants in “serious discussions” with Reds to acquire Billy Hamilton

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Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Giants are engaged in “serious discussions” with the Reds to acquire center fielder Billy Hamilton. Talks are apparently advanced enough that a deal could be completed before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday.

It’s no secret that the Giants would like to make an upgrade in the outfield this offseason, as the club has also been linked to Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. Currently, the Giants’ outfield consists of Denard Span, Hunter Pence, and Jarrett Parker.

Hamilton, 27, owns a meager .248/.298/.334 batting line across parts of five seasons in the majors with the Reds. However, he has plenty of speed, having stolen at least 56 bases in each of the last four seasons. Hamilton is also well-regarded for his defense, which would be a boon at spacious AT&T Park.

Hamilton is in his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He’s projected to earn $5 million for this coming season. Buchanan notes that the Rangers are also interested in potentially acquiring Hamilton.