Giants claim four players in Rule 5 draft

The San Francisco Giants added four players to their roster in today's Rule 5 Draft. They had the 14th pick as the order of the draft was the worst record to the best, so the Pirates picked first and the Dodgers picked last, however not all teams had to choose a player.

The Giants first pick was pitcher Dedniel Nunez from the Mets organization. Nunez is a 24-year-old right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic who appeared in 37 total games (30 starts) in as high as A+ ball. He was 10-8 with a 4.47 ERA totaling 176 strikeouts in 165 total innings pitched.

The teams' second pick came from the Rockies but this was the minor league section of the draft. Vince Fernandez an outfielder out of UC Riverside joins the organization, the 25-year-old hit .331 for the Highlanders in 3 seasons with 16 home runs and drove in 77 RBIs. He was the Rockies #24 prospect in their organization and spent 4 seasons in their minor leagues. He had 60 home runs and had an even 200 RBIs while hitting .272 for the AA Hartford Yard Goats in 2019.

The Giants used their third pick on another right-handed pitcher, Ronnie Williams from the St Louis Cardinals. Williams was drafted out of high school in Hialeah, Florida in the 2014 June Amateur draft and had an 18-25 record in 123 games (41 starts) in 6 minor league seasons. The 24-year-old struck out 310 batters in just 331 1/3 innings with a 5.08 ERA which included just 141 walks against 1444 batters faced reaching the AA level.

San Francisco picked Mitchell Tolman with their fourth and final pick today. Tolman attended the University of Oregon and was first drafted by the Pirates in the 2015 June Amateur Draft. He hit .319 in 3 seasons as an Oregon Duck and hit 6 home runs with 127 RBIs including 8 triples and 47 doubles. The 26-year-old infielder went on to play 5 seasons in the Pirates minors system, hitting .266 and had 191 RBIs while slugging 26 homers. Tolman was released in June of last season and the Mets signed him to a minors deal last month.

Former Giants draft pick Jalen Miller was taken away from them today by the Atlanta Braves. The infielder hit .235 in 5 minor league seasons reaching the AA level last year, he collected 36 homers in his tenure with 211 RBIs.

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