The San Francisco Giants have had an intriguing season. While the farm system showed signs of progress early, much like the big league club, the on-field development took a hit in the second half. Despite that, many prospects still had strong seasons. We’ll take a look at how they fared in 2018.
The San Francisco Giants have a much improved farm system. With plenty of top prospects in the organization now, and an improving crop of players we’re going to take a look at some of the best performers. We’ll take a look at how the Top 30 fared, as well as those who aren’t on the Top 30 that either have a future there, or turned some heads this season. First, let’s take a look at how the affiliates all finished in 2018.
Salem Keizer was the lowest level affiliate for the year that wasn’t related to the DSL or Arizona Rookie League. They went 36-40, finishing second in their division, but 15 games back. Augusta was the next step up, and they finished 67-70. San Jose had a rough year going 59-81, and Richmond didn’t fare much better going 62-76. Sacramento rounded out the losing records with a 55-85 record, although most of their top talent was raided by the San Francisco Giants.
Minor League team success doesn’t always translate to Big League success, however it wasn’t a very pretty year for most of those teams. What probably matters more though is the development of some of their young studs across all levels. Before we break down the performances of those “Top-30” prospects, let’s take a look at some of the top performing guys who don’t appear on that list!