San Francisco Giants: Top Prospects Named All-Stars
By Daniel Sperry
The San Francisco Giants have had a few of their top prospects announced as All-Stars in their respective leagues.
The San Francisco Giants farm isn’t the strongest. However, there are still plenty of promising pieces.
Recently, all-star rosters have been named and a few of their prospects have made appearances. We’re going to give you all who have been named, and what they’ve done to get that honor.
Rogers is the only member of the Sacramento River Cats to make the Pacific Coast League all-star team. In 46.1 innings this season, Rogers has a 2.14 ERA, and a 1.14 WHIP. Rogers has been completely out of the bullpen this season. The righty is definitely worth a future bullpen look.
Cyr, a pitcher for the Richmond Flying Squirrels has had a decent season. He has 10 saves, and a 3.00 ERA over 27 innings this season. He was voted in via the fan vote. A rather unheralded prospect, but still a pretty decent pitching prospect.
Matt Gage is quite the underrated pitching prospect. He’s put together a really good season and a half for Richmond, and is well deserving of being named to the All-Star team. Gage has a 2.88 ERA in 13 starts. He’s gone 78 innings and has a 1.24 WHIP. Maybe the all-star selection will give Gage a little bit more weight as a prospect within the organization.
Gomez has been one of the best prospects in the organization this season leading the Flying Squirrels in total bases. His eight HRs and 17 doubles are helping him pace it out, plus his .303 average sure helps. The all-star selection for Gomez is well deserved, and the Giants should be looking to move him to Sacramento anytime soon.
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Heathcott has had a really good season for Richmond. The former Yankees’ first round pick is just behind Gomez in the offensive category, but has a few more homers. While only hitting .268, he still has a significant on base percentage. Heathcott, much like Gomez is definitely in line for a call-up sometime soon.
Ryan Halstead, Mike Connolly, and Conner Menez
This pitching trio from the San Jose Giants all made the Cal-North Roster. Menez has a sub-four ERA in 71.1 innings this season. Connolly also has a sub-four era in 69 innings, with a 1.29 WHIP. Halstead has a 1.11 ERA, and 8 saves in his 24 innings of work. He also has a 1.07 ERA.
Garcia started off on an absolute tear this season, got hurt, and then has gotten back on track in the last few weeks. He’s up to 12 homers this season, which leads all San Jose Giants players. He could easily be on the move this season.
The biggest surprise in the Giants organization this season has been Ryan Howard’s performance. The Giants’ fifth round pick last season is hitting .332 in 286 Plate appearances this season. Howard isn’t a very big prospect, but could start to make a name for himself with these performances.
Reynolds is the super prospect on this list. The Giants third best prospect was not only named to the Cal-North Roster, he was also named to Team USA for the futures game during the MLB All-Star Break. Reynolds has been destroying Single A pitching this season, which is what should’ve been expected for a college bat. With a .811 OPS, Reynolds is leading the team in total bases, and has a .351 On Base Percentage.
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Mazza has thrown two complete games this season, one being a perfect game. He holds a 1.13 WHIP, and a 3.48 ERA. He’s absolutely destroying hitters in the SAL with his 4:1 K-BB ratio, and the Giants might be interested in upping his competition level to see what he’s all about. A move to San Jose seems to be on the cards for Mazza at some point soon.
Beltre has been OK, but frankly I’m shocked any fielder from the Green Jackets made an all star team. Beltre is the only one with an OPS over .750. So far the group of position players in Augusta has been completely underwhelming. But, being the best of the lot will get you in there.