The Giants have not had a strong farm system for the last few years and that has been a big issue on the field at the major league level.
That being said, they still had some exciting years from four rookies. Dereck Rodriguez, Andrew Suarez, Reyes Moronta and Steven Duggar all looked like players that could be a big part of the future of Giants baseball.
Rodriguez was one of the best pitchers in the entire National League during the second half of the season and he put himself in the conversation for the Rookie of the Year award.
Suarez didn’t get the attention D-Rod did, or even the fanfare when he was called up that Tyler Beede did, but his steady performances throughout the year made him a pitcher the Giants could count on every fifth day.
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Moronta showed flashes of being as good as any relief pitcher on the team and is clearly a talent that could pitch in the ninth inning soon.
Duggar was only in the big leagues for a short time and eventually missed out on finishing the season due to injury. What he did do in that time was showed enough with his glove and bat to have many in the organization believe he could be their center fielder of the future.
All four could be kept as the building blocks for the Giants teams in 2019 and beyond. They also could each be traded to revamp the depleted farm system once and for all.
The Giants have the tenth pick in the draft in June and have seemed to have struck gold with their last two first round picks. Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos have both shown superstar potential, albeit in the low levels of the minor leagues.
We looked at Giants who were the most likely to stay in the organization in 2019 last month.
However, if the new GM decided to trade Bumgarner, Crawford, Belt, Panik, Rodriguez, Suarez, Moronta, Duggar and others, the rebuild would be in full swing. It would also mean the 2019 season would essentially be lost before it’s begun.
That isn’t something the Giants ownership and front office has done at any point in the last 25 years. They also have not fired someone in the front office in the last 25 years until this year. Evans being fired was the first domino and there will certainly be more.
How the next GM answers these questions will dictate the direction of the franchise and determine who will be offered the job.