San Francisco Giants Morning Commute: Prospects’ Edition

By Melissa Felkins

Mar 9, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Edwin Escobar (82) pitches the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants have just under two weeks remaining for Opening Day. Thirteen days to be specific. Tonight they will face the Cleveland Indians for the second time this Spring at 7:05 PM. The Indians are on the top of Cactus League play with a 14-4 record, while the Giants are in 3rd place with an 11-8 record. Not that Spring Training means much. But when you’re doing well, you care; when you’re doing poorly, you don’t care.

Today though is all about the prospects. MLB recently updated their Top 20 Giants Prospects list and if you haven’t taken a look at it, here is the link. The Top 20 looks like this:

  1. Kyle Crick
  2. Edwin Escobar
  3. Adalberto Mejia
  4. Andrew Susac
  5. Christian Arroyo
  6. Ty Blach
  7. Chris Stratton
  8. Clayton Blackburn
  9. Mac Williamson
  10. Derek Law
  11. Heath Hembree
  12. Joan Gregoria
  13. Martin Agosta
  14. Joe Panik
  15. Ryder Jones
  16. Gary Brown
  17. Michael Kickham
  18. Josh Osich
  19. Keury Mella
  20. Kendry Flores

As you may have noticed from that list, there are quite a few pitching arms there. MLB’s Jonathan Mayo put it this way.

"If pitching wins championships, the Giants could be competitive for years.All of those pitchers, the rotations that will be in Double-A Richmond and San Jose in 2014, are on the new Giants’ Top 20 prospects list. There are actually 14 pitchers in the top 20 overall, from No. 1 (Crick) all the way down to No. 20 (Kendry Flores)."

Read the full article here: Giants flush with arms in Minor League system

That list may be full of pitching and hitting potential, but don’t expect to see many of them in San Francisco this season. While I fully expect to see Hembree in the bullpen, and potentially Escobar or Kickham if one of our starting rotation has a hiccup, I wouldn’t expect to see any more of those players, unless you’re traveling to San Jose, Richmond, or Fresno.

However, take a look at Bernie Pleskoff’s projected 2016 Giants lineup. There is something about seeing that many farm grown players on the field.

"PROJECTED 2016 GIANTS LINEUPProjecting the Giants’ 2016 lineup based on players currently in their system."

Read the full article: How do Giants’ prospects fit San Francisco’s needs?