5. Matt Cain (25th pick in 2002)
It’s hard to believe that Cain is already in his sixth full season with the Giants. After all, he is only 26. In his young career, he has been a hard-luck loser, owning a 60-66 career record, which is a crime considering his outstanding 3.48 career ERA. But the biggest reason why he makes this list is his 2010 playoff run when he pitched 21 1/3 innings without allowing one earned run.
4. Buster Posey (5th pick in 2008)
It’s safe to say that Posey will be a star for years to come. In his rookie season, he led the Giants to their first World Series since 1954. He also batted cleanup, knocking in 67 runs with a .305 batting average in 106 games. Posey also has one of the best catcher’s arms I have ever seen. Not only is it a cannon, it is also unbelievably accurate. Although he will likely miss the remainder of this season because of torn ankle ligaments, I would be stunned if Posey didn’t end up becoming a perennial All Star at catcher in the National League.
3. Matt Williams (3rd pick in 1986)
From 1990-96, Williams was one of the best power hitters in all of baseball. He hit 216 home runs in that span and drove in 644 runs, and that includes injury-shortened seasons in ’95 and ’96 and the strike-shortened season in ’94. Williams was right on pace with Roger Maris’s all-time home run record in ’94. Williams had 43 home runs with more than a month and a half to go and needed just 18 more to match it. Williams was also a master of the hot corner, earning four Gold Glove awards. Overall, Williams finished his career with 378 home runs, good for 63rd on the all-time home run list.
2. Will Clark (2nd pick in 1985)
Clark gets the nod over Williams because of his superior career OPS and postseason accomplishments. Will the Thrill was the Giants leader during their postseason runs in 1987 and 1989. From 1987-1991, Clark was one of the most feared No. 3 hitters in the National League with 135 home runs and 522 RBIs during that span. Clark was also a solid fielder at first base, winning a Gold Glove award in 1991, and was reportedly a great clubhouse presence. Possibly Clark’s greatest feat was being named the NLCS MVP in 1989. He homered twice off of Greg Maddux during Game 1 and finished the series with a .650 batting average and 8 RBIs as the Giants beat the Cubs before losing to the Athletics in the World Series.
1. Tim Lincecum (10th pick in 2006)
With two Cy Young Awards and a World Series ring, the 26-year-old Giants ace is on pace for a Hall-of-Fame career. Lincecum has a 61-31 career record and a 3.00 ERA. But maybe the most mind-blowing stat is his strikeout total. He already has 995 and he is only in his fifth season. Only 16 pitchers have ever recorded more than 3,000 strikeouts, and Lincecum could be in that category before he’s 35. Lincecum also started Game 1 for the Giants in each of their 2010 playoff series’, winning all three of those starts. Overall, he went 4-1 with a 2.43 ERA in his first postseason.
Gary Matthews Sr. (17th pick in 1968)
The slick-fielding Matthews was the Rookie of the Year for the Giants in 1973. Sarge was also the NLCS MVP in 1983 for the Phillies. He finished his career with 234 home runs and a .281 batting average.
Madison Bumgarner (10th pick in 2007)
When it’s all said and done, Bumgarner may be one of the best draft picks in Giants history. In 30 career starts, Bumgarner has a 3.16 ERA.