San Francisco Giants Arizona Fall League Preview
By Jake Mastroianni
The Arizona Fall League begins this week so we’ll look at the San Francisco Giants prospects who will be attending this year.
The San Francisco Giants will send six players to the Arizona Fall League this year. Those six players include four of the Giants top eight prospects.
Chris Shaw is the Giants second best prospect according to MLB.com. He comes into the Arizona Fall League this year after a very good 2017 season in which he hit .292 between Double-A and Triple-A.
A lot of people think the 23-year-old outfielder has a chance to make the starting lineup next year. That battle for playing time could begin with how well he plays this fall.
The Giants best pitching prospect, Tyler Beede, will also be in the Arizona Fall League. He had a disappointing 2017 season posting a 4.79 ERA at Triple-A. He’s hoping to get back on track this fall before competing for a spot in the rotation next spring.
Another big outfield prospect for the Giants in the AFL is Steven Duggar. He made the jump from High-A all the way to Triple-A this year. Combined he hit .262 on the year in just 164 at-bats.
Duggar really just needs to get more at-bats this fall to get back up to speed after missing time with injuries. At 23-years-old, he also has a chance to make the big league club next spring training.
Catching prospect Aramis Garcia had a big year and earned an invitation to the AFL. Between High-A and Double-A this year he hit .274 with 17 home runs.
He also played in the AFL last year, but struggled mightily hitting just .191 in 47 at-bats. Hopefully he’ll do much better this time around as his stock continues to rise.
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The San Francisco Giants other two prospects in the AFL are a bit unknown and are both pitchers.
Tyler Cyr was drafted in the 10th round of the 2015 MLB Draft. He spent 2017 at Double-A where he had a 2.19 ERA in 47 relief appearances, striking out 57 batters in 49.1 innings.
D.J. Snelten is also a relief pitcher. He had a 2.20 ERA in 73.2 innings with 71 strikeouts between Double-A and Triple-A in 2017.
We know how much the San Francisco Giants could use bullpen help. Both of those guys could be competing for a relief spot next spring.
The Arizona Fall League starts on Tuesday, October 10. All San Francisco Giants prospects will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions.
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Check back with Around the Foghorn throughout the fall as we update you on their progress.