San Francisco Giants: Final Update From Arizona Fall League
By Jake Mastroianni
With the Arizona Fall League coming to an end, we’ll take a look at how each San Francisco Giants prospect fared throughout the season.
MVP: Steven Duggar
Even though he struggled a bit in the final week, I think Duggar was still the best Giants prospect in the AFL. He finished with a batting average of .263 in 76 at-bats, while scoring a team-high 17 runs and stealing a team-high nine bases. He also hit 3 home runs runs and drove in 7, showing he has some speed and power.
I think Duggar did the most to prove he’s ready for a shot in the big leagues. There is a good chance he gets it early next year.
Most Improved: D.J. Snelten – Unfortunately Snelten gave up 3 runs in his final outing of the fall, but before that he had pitched 11 scoreless frames in the AFL. I think Snelten improved his stock the most out of any Giants prospect.
He gave up just 9 hits and 5 walks in 12 innings with 11 strikeouts. He will get a long look for the bullpen this spring.
Comeback Player: Tyler Beede – A lot of people were down on Beede after a terrible summer in which he posted a 4.79 ERA. And then even his first start in the AFL was rough giving up 5 runs in 2 innings.
But he finished the fall season strong giving up just 3 runs in his last three starts. Over that stretch he allowed just 12 hits and 1 walk in 14 innings pitched with 10 strikeouts.
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I think his performance certainly re-establishes himself as one of the best pitching prospects in the Giants’ system.
Aramis Garcia had a solid fall as well hitting .259 in 54 at-bats with 4 runs scored, 1 home run and 12 RBI.
With all of the departing catchers from the Giants roster, Garcia could be competing for a back-up spot with the big club next spring.
Tyler Cyr was very good this fall outside of two outings in which he gave up 5 runs. He finished with an ERA of 5.63 in 8 innings pitched with 5 strikeouts, while allowing 8 hits and 2 walks.
Chris Shaw appeared in just 5 games before leaving with an injury. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see much from one of the Giants top prospects.
Next: San Francisco Giants: Steven Duggar the Answer in Center Field
Overall I think it was a very good fall for these San Francisco Giants prospects. No one blew you away, but all showed signs of being able to help the big league club one day.