It’s gone from bad to worse for the San Francisco Giants top prospects heading in this 2017 season. Tyler Beede has been placed on the DL following an injury sustained while warming up prior to his most recent scheduled start.
Of course, when the time is perfect for the San Francisco Giants to start bringing up some of their top prospects to see what they could do at the end of the season, they all get hurt.
Austin Slater definitely grabbed hold of the left field job, and now is unlikely to return in 2017. After that, Christian Arroyo broke his hand in Sacramento, where he’ll likely be unable to get back in time to get some serious time towards the end of 2017. According to Alex Pavlovic, the Giants are looking at getting Austin Slater into some winter league ball to help him get more reps and AB’s.
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"“Austin Slater seemed to win the left field job, but a groin injury has him out for a couple of months and the Giants now want him to play winter ball to get extra at-bats.”"
The main point of this report from Pavlovic is that Tyler Beede is likely done for the season. According to Pavlovic, the Giants were looking at bringing up Beede for some starts, especially come September. But his groing strain he sustained while warming up for a start will likely keep him out. Pavlovic reported the Giants would likely send him to the fall league to get more innings.
"“The more likely scenario is that Beede pitches in the Arizona Fall League after the season in order to get more innings under his belt. After throwing 147 1/3 innings in Double-A last year, he was at 109 innings in Triple-A at the time of his injury. Beede is viewed as a 2018 rotation option, so the Giants will need him to get more work in before this year is over.”"
The Giants have to be frustrated as to how this unfolded. It was a perfect opportunity to give some of the closer to MLB ready prospects a good, long look at the big league level. The Giants will unfortunately not be able to do that with their three most prominent “MLB-ready” pieces in Arroyo and Slater. Unfortunately it just is going to feel like more time lost in development for their top prospects.