The San Francisco Giants have one of the most underrated farm systems in baseball. Consistently ranked towards the bottom half, yet consistently churning out solid pros, the Giants’ farm has a few gems. Today, MLBPipeline.com released their top 30 Giants Prospects.
We all know the San Francisco Giants farm has been criminally underrated since the likes of Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner left the farm. At this point, the Giants have had the last laugh over the last few years. Now, it’s time for that next wave of players to come up.
MLB Pipeline is home to MLB.com’s minor league and prospect coverage and rankings. They have been slowly but surely unveiling their top lists over the course of the spring. Today, they unveiled their top 30 prospects in the Giants organization. That list reads:
- Tyler Beede RHP
- Christian Arroyo INF
- Bryan Reynolds OF
- Steven Duggar OF
- Chris Shaw 1B
- Sandro Fabian OF
- Heath Quinn OF
- Joan Gregorio RHP
- Jordan Johnson RHP
- Andrew Suarez LHP
- Ty Blach LHP
- Steven Okert LHP
- Sam Coonrod RHP
- Matt Krook LHP
- Aramis Garcia C
- C.J. Hinojosa SS
- Reyes Moronta RHP
- Rodolfo Martinez RHP
- Austin Slater OF
- Kelvin Beltre 3B
- Dan Slania RHP
- Cory Taylor RHP
- Chris Stratton RHP
- Ray Black RHP
- Chase Johnson RHP
- Jalen Miller 2B
- Melvin Adon RHP
- Garrett Williams LHP
- Dylan Davis OF
- Ryder Jones 3B/1B
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One of the more interesting moves is Beede leapfrogging Arroyo for the number one prospect. This has been mirrored almost across all prospect rankings, and frankly isn’t surprising. Arroyo doesn’t pack much power, and for someone who might end up as a third baseman, that worries scouts. He makes really good contact though, and has good gap to gap power, not necessarily “30 homers” a year power. Beede however has been getting a whole lot of praise this offseason, and people really believe he can be a part of the Giants staff by this year or next year.
Rounding out the top five, you have Bryan Reynolds, Steven Duggar, and Chris Shaw. Shaw regressed a bit last year when he moved to Richmond. It’s something we see in a lot of good prospects. You can really stick out in single-a baseball if you’re good. However, the tell of how good you really can be, is how good you do in double-a.
Shaw struggled there, resulting in his stock dropping a bit. Frankly, that’s ok. Reynolds and Duggar are right where they belong, with Duggar having a better chance of making the bigs within the next two years. The one thing I find really interesting is the appearance at number 6 on the list.
Fabian has made every top ten list this offseason, coming in at 8 in all of them. I haven’t heard or seen much of him, so I decided to use my resources. Check out this video of Fabian.
After that, I asked a friend to give me a small nugget on what he can do. For that, I went to @giantsprospects on twitter, a really well run account that documents and tracks a whole lot of moving pieces within the Giants organization, from AAA down to the affiliates in the Dominican. Here is what he had to say:
"Not an athlete, but advanced bat to ball ability, with some power, can stick in RF, strong arm."
So I guess we’ll have a new one to look out for this year! Most likely he ends up in Augusta. He’s only 18, and his highest level of experience is in the Rookie League. He did hit .340 with a .886 OPS. He only walked 7 times so he could gain a little better plate discipline. He had 20 XBH in 42 games and had 35 RBI. Augusta just feels like a good starting point, especially with his age.
A few big droppers in the list would be Aramis Garcia and Jalen Miller. Both of them were within the top 15 last season, and now have dropped out. Miller struggled big time in Augusta last year, and will really need to rebound. Garcia has the tools defensively, but the bat is just nowhere near good enough at the moment. Look for some improvements there this year.