SF Giants Prospects

San Francisco Giants: Introducing the 2018 Farm Teams

SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 10: San Francisco Giants mascot, 'Lou Seal' arrives to the 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at AT
SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 10: San Francisco Giants mascot, 'Lou Seal' arrives to the 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at AT
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SURPRISE, AZ – MARCH 05: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 (R) of the San Francisco Giants watches from the dugout during a spring training game against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium on March 5, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

While the San Francisco Giants are almost a week removed from opening day, four more of their minor league clubs will kick off play this week. Time to get to know the kids!

The San Francisco Giants farm system should be something to pay attention to this season. They have their top prospects strewn throughout all four levels of their system. From Heliot Ramos, to Tyler Beede, there is someone at every level. So lets get to know each team, who their prospects are, and a “non-name” to pay attention too. First up? The Augusta GreenJackets.

Augusta GreenJackets (Low-A)

Manager: Jolbert Cabrera

Pitchers: Jason Bahr, Garrett Cave, Camilo Doval, John Gavin, CJ Gettman, Peter Lannoo, Joey Marciano, Jose Marte, Olbis Parra, Aaron Phillips, Eduardo Rivera, Frank Rubio, John Russell, Franklin Van Gurp

Catchers: Rob Calabrese, Jeffry Parra, John Riley

Infielders: Orlando Garcia, Manuel Geraldo, Jacob Gonzalez, Ryan Kirby, Shane Matheny

Outfidlers: Jean Angomas, Logan Baldwin, Heliot Ramos, Malique Ziegler

Top 30 Prospects: Heliot Ramos (1), Jacob Gonzalez (11), Garrett Cave (21), Malique Ziegler (30)

The Low-Down: Low-A ball is interesting, but the Giants have some of their more intriguing prospects at this level. Heliot Ramos is already a top-100 prospect, and deservedly so. It will be hard to not keep an eye on him as he’s one of the more interesting prospects so far. Jacob Gonzalez and Malique Ziegler are two to also keep an eye on.

Jacob Gonzalez’s bat will likely be fine, but the question surrounding him is whether or not his glove is good enough to stick at third. I’d look to see how well he does defensively, and what he does at the plate with an established routine. Ziegler had crazy good numbers a the CC level, but struggled against pitching against D-1. He’s a freak athlete though so the defense and speed will be there.

Who else to keep an eye on: While normally at levels this low, you don’t normally pay much attention to players who aren’t top rated prospects. But there are still gems you find everywhere. Franklin Van Gurp might just be a gem. In the Arizona Rookie League, he struck out 41 and walked 7 in 29.1 innings. I’m not sure he’s a future starter. But if his strikeout stuff is that nasty, then the bullpen could definitely be his calling.