As spring training is coming to a close and opening day rapidly approaching us, the primary focus at this moment is undoubtedly what the major league roster for the San Francisco Giants will look like come April 2nd. However, I feel it is also important to see how the rosters will play out in the lower levels and who are players that fans should keep an eye on for the 2017 season.
The San Francisco Giants are notorious for their production of home grown talent. The way the San Francisco Giants’ prospects are able to progress throughout the minors is a true testament to the organization and has been the foreground behind the team’s success.
Players like Brandon Belt, Madison Bumgarner, Brandon Crawford, Joe Panik, and Buster Posey—players who have made all-star games, won an MVP award, and multiple World Series rings, have all ascended from the minor league teams of the San Francisco Giants.
While players like Bumgarner and Posey were expected to be outright stars to begin with, players like Belt, Crawford, and Panik were not as highly touted, but have exceeded expectations and have become significant parts of the Giants roster.
That is why I feel it is important to inform fans of the players within the organization who are not talked about often, but have a chance to be successful this upcoming season. And who knows, maybe in a few years, some of these players will play a prominent role in the major league roster for the Giants.
I will be highlighting five players who fans should watch for in 2017 down in Class-A San Jose. These are either returning prospects looking to hone their skills before ultimately rising through the ranks or newcomers, either from lower Class-A Augusta or Short Season Class-A Salem-Keizer.