San Francisco Giants: 2016 Prospect Season Review

By Daniel Sperry
Nov 7, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants infielder Christian Arroyo during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 7, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants infielder Christian Arroyo during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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February 28, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tyler Beede (63) poses for a picture during photo day at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

5. Sam Coonrod, RHP, 2014 Draft Class

Coonrod has been a little bit of a surprise for the San Francisco Giants. His fastball out of college could get up near 100, but fell down to 91 in his draft year. He now has it back up to the mid 90s and his mid 80s Slider is another plus pitch. His year was split between San Jose and Richmond, and had really good results. In San Jose, Coonrod had a 1.98 ERA in 11 starts, and had a 3.03 ERA in Richmond. His combined WHIP across both levels was a solid 1.17. If he continues his upward trend, and can really develop his changeup, Coonrod looks to be a future starter in the Orange and Black.

4. Bryan Reynolds, OF, 2016 Draft Class

Reynolds is an all around player. His only tool that would be considered “sub-par” is his arm strength. He projects as a leadoff hitter with his speed. He can also hit for average, has great plate discipline, and decent pop. Reynolds is also a switch hitter who can hit about the same from both sides of the plate. His glove and fielding range is fantastic, but as I mentioned before, his arm strength is what might keep him from being a centerfielder. In Salem-Keizer, and Augusta this year, Reynolds had a slashline of .313/.363/.484/.847. Reynolds will most definitely start out in San Jose, and if he does good enough, he could spend the second half of the year in Richmond.

3. Chris Shaw, 1B, 2015 Draft Class

Shaw was the 1st Round Pick of the 2015 draft and has already gotten himself up to Richmond in his first full year in professional baseball. In Salem-Keizer in 2015, Shaw hit 12hrs and had a slugging percentage of .551. This season he started in San Jose and had a slashline of .287/.357/.544/.902. He had 16hrs and 22 doubles in 200+ABs. His numbers in Double A were pretty well slashed. He’ll definitely start out in Richmond this season. But if he does well enough, expect him to move to Sacramento towards the end of the year. Shaw is also ranked number 6 of the top 10 first base prospects in baseball.

2. Tyler Beede, RHP, 2014 Draft Class (Pictured Above)

Beede is easily the most “MLB Ready” of any of the Giants’ prospects. If he starts out well in Sacramento this year, he very well could get a call-up in June or July if the Giants don’t have their 5th starter spot correctly filled. Beede in his full season in Richmond put up a 2.81 ERA and had a K/BB ratio just under 3/1. Beede had a 1.28 WHIP and gave up only 9 home-runs in 147 innings. Beede will most definitely start in Sacramento next season. He may just be a dark-horse in the fifth starter competition this spring.

1. Christian Arroyo, INF, 2013 Draft Class

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Arroyo has been the talk of the Giants farm system since he was drafted in 2013. After starting out hot, Arroyo got moved to 3B halfway through the 2016 season. This may or may not have put him through a rough patch at the plate in the second half. Arroyo was struggling to grasp 3B as well defensively. However, he seems to be a quick learner.

If Arroyo could get his swing back next year, and really master the 3B position, he might earn a late season call-up. He had 36 doubles last season, but only one triple and three home-runs. Arroyo can make hard contact, but a lot of his stuff seems to be more line-drives. His .274 average wasn’t terrible, but is below what he had been doing before.

Depending on what he shows in Spring Training, Arroyo could start the season in Sacramento. If he doesn’t start there, it is a safe bet he goes there at some point next year.

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