San Francisco Giants prospects Aramis Garcia and Tyler Cyr were selected to play in the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game this Saturday.
They will represent the AFL East team as they play for the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Garcia has had a pretty good fall so far hitting .250 in 7 games (32 at-bats) with a home run and 5 RBI. He’s currently ranked as the Giants eighth best prospect by MLB.com, and their best catching prospect.
Gracia showed some solid power potential in 2017 by hitting 17 home runs in 324 at-bats at High-A San Jose.
The Giants hope he continues to show that type of power in the AFL and next spring training. Garcia’s future with the Giants is a bit clouded though because he’s blocked as a catcher and first baseman.
At the very least I think he becomes an insurance policy at either position, but he could ultimately become the team’s first baseman and back-up catcher.
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Tyler Cyr did not get out to a great start in the AFL, but has but together back-to-back scoreless outings. On the whole he has a 5.40 ERA in 5 innings pitched, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks with 3 strikeouts.
To be completely honest, I’m not sure how he made the team over fellow Giants’ prospect D.J. Snelten who has yet to give up a run in 8 innings pitched.
But regardless, Cyr is coming off a year in which he posted a 2.19 ERA in 49.1 innings at Double-A Richmond. He struck out 57 batters, while allowing 50 hits and 20 walks. Cyr also saved 18 games at Richmond, showing his ability to possibly be a closer at the big league level.
As I said, Cyr got off to a slow start in the AFL, and I’m expecting a much better second half.
The AFL Fall Stars Game will take place on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 4:08 PT and will be aired on the MLB Network.