When you think about the top position players for the San Francisco Giants in their farm system, the first name that comes to mind is Christian Arroyo.
The 21-year-old got a long look for the second spring in a row with 18 at-bats over 16 games. He tallied 5 hits, a home run and 4 RBIs this spring. He only struck out four times, but didn’t pick up any walks.
He was actually much better last spring when he had 10 hits in 18 at-bats with 2 home runs, 6 RBIs, 2 walks and just 2 strikeouts.
Arroyo got some looks at third base, which is probably his quickest path to the big leagues with the Giants. He will most likely start the season in Triple-A, and if he hits the ball well there, I think he’s the first position player to get called up this year.
Unless there is a need in the outfield, in which case I think Steven Duggar has earned some consideration. The 23-year-old hit .333 (4-12) this spring with 4 walks and 2 stolen bases.
There’s a chance Duggar could go back to Double-A to start 2017, but I think he ultimately ends up in Triple-A. And like Arroyo, if he continues to swing the bat well I think he could earn a call-up in 2017.
Aramis Garcia received just 4 at-bats this spring and picked up 1 hit and 2 strikeouts. The catching prospect is ranked as the 15th best prospect for the Giants. He’s already 24 and will probably start this year at Double-A. I’ve seen this kid in person several times and he can hit. I think he has the chance to be a back-up catcher one day for the Giants, or potential trade bait.
Shortstop prospect C.J. Hinojosa has played in eight games this spring, but has just one hit in eight at-bats. The 22-year-old needs some more grooming in Double-A before determining his future with the San Francisco Giants.
Outfield prospect Austin Slater is reaching a crucial point in his career as he’s 24 years old and already at the Triple-A level. He has put together a solid spring going 5-16 at the plate in 11 games. He’s hit at every level, I think he just needs a little more time develop.
He’ll go back to Triple-A to start the season, but depending on who performs better between Slater and Duggar will determine who gets the call-up if an outfield need arises.
Coming in at number 30 on the prospect rankings is infielder Ryder Jones. The 22-year-old is a former second round pick, and he played in the Arizona Fall League this past year. He got a pretty good look in spring training playing in 13 games and getting 4 hits in 12 at-bats.
Jones could start in Double-A, but a good performance will get him moved up to Triple-A quickly. He could become a solid utility bat for the San Francisco Giants one day.