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San Francisco Giants Prospect Mac Williamson Potentially To Have Tommy John Surgery

By Melissa Felkins

Mac Williamson up to bat against Madison Bumgarner at the Futures game on March 8, 2014. Photo by Denise Walos.

This is not good news for San Francisco Giants fans. According to Henry Schulman of the SF Chronicle, top hitting prospect Mac Williamson is being evaluated for Tommy John surgery after having dealt with an injury to his elbow all season.

"Outfielder Mac Williamson, who hit 25 home runs for Class A San Jose last year, apparently has an injury to his right ulnar-collateral ligament and is being evaluated for a possible Tommy John reconstruction surgery.– Top SF Giants hitting prospect could be headed for Tommy John surgery, Henry Schulman, SF Chronicle"

There’s no word yet on when a decision will be made, but Williamson was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the San Jose Giants on Sunday.

Williamson was ranked #5 on Baseball America’s 2014 Top SF Giants Prospects. Of hitters, he’s the #1 prospect on the farm. This season in San Jose he’s hitting .318 so far. Last season, he hit .292 with 25 home runs and 89 RBIs. His path looked to be moving along quickly until the elbow injury setback.

There is a ray of light, however.

"If surgery is required, the recovery process typically does not take as long as it would for a pitcher.– Top SF Giants hitting prospect could be headed for Tommy John surgery, Henry Schulman, SF Chronicle"

Personally, if the elbow is going to be an issue during his career, I’d almost rather him have it now rather than dealing with injury struggles, especially considering the success with Tommy John surgery on pitchers and hitters alike. Either way, the Giants are going to have to work harder on developing better hitting prospects on the farm. Clearly, they have done this with pitching, but this is a big blow to the farm system, particularly Single-A San Jose and Double-A Richmond.