San Francisco Giants Minor League Report: How are the top 10 prospects faring?
No. 10: Andrew Suarez, LHP
- Baseball Prospectus: 6
- Baseball America: 5
- Fangraphs: 5
- Around the Foghorn: 6
- ETA: 2017
Suarez has been quite good this season. He currently plays for the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the San Francisco Giants AA affiliate. So far in 2017, he’s started seven games, and thrown through 40.1 innings. That’s a little less than six innings a start, which isn’t too bad for the minor leagues. He currently holds a 3.12 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Usually when you see a number like that for WHIP, it’s a sign of walks. Suarez just gets hit a lot.
He’s only walked seven batters this year, but has surrendered 46 hits, and opponents are hitting .284 against him. Suarez does have 35 strikeouts to go along with it. The big thing is, he’s not giving up the long ball. He’s only given up 3 homers this season. The signs of being a good starter are there, but he’s got to get people to swing and miss a little bit more.
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No. 9: Jordan Johnson, RHP
- Outside of MLBPipeline’s rankings, his only Top 10 appearance is in ESPN’s Top 10 Giants Prospect rankings
- ETA: 2018
Johnson is an intriguing prospect. He was a 23rd round draft pick out of Cal State Northridge in 2014. Johnson was mighty impressive in his 2015 season when he posted a 12.3 K/9 while working over 120 innings, the most in his life. His fastball can get up to the mid 90’s. Here is what MLBPipeline had to say about his fastball mechanics over the last couple years:
"Johnson’s fastball parked at 93-96 mph and touched 98 while he was averaging an eye-opening 12.3 strikeout per nine innings during his first extended pro action in 2015. Last season, he fell into the bad habit of overstriding and getting under his pitches, which dropped his heater to 90-94 mph and also cost him some sink. He spent the offseason working to correct that flaw."
Johnson is in Richmond this season and has posted a 2.62 ERA in his seven appearances. In five starts and two bullpen appearances he’s thrown 34.1 innings, and holds 1.14 WHIP. His K/BB ratio is sitting at a solid 2.4 and holds a 7.6 K/9. Johnson may not be an elite prospect, considering he shows up on only a few top 10 rankings, but Johnson is definitely one of those sleeper prospects to keep an eye on.