San Francisco Giants: Top Ten Prospects for 2017
Prospect Number 7: Austin Slater
Austin Slater went from being 22nd in the Giant’s prospect rankings to people questioning if whether or not he will get a call-up at the roster expansion date, in like two months. Slater moved rapidly last season and destroyed pitching at both the Double-A and Triple-A level. He had a .800 ops or higher at both levels this year, and tagged a total of 18 HRs, with the majority coming in AAA.
Slater started out as an infielder but with too many people in the system there, they moved him to outfield. Safe to say, he could end up playing anywhere and has a strong enough arm to play any outfield position.
Slater seems like a sneaky charge up the prospect boards and could be primed to make the big leagues relatively soon. If he starts out like he ended 2016, the Giants might have to give him a look in left field, especially if Williamson or Parker (whoever gets the spot) are struggling.