San Francisco Giants: How the Farm System Fared this Season
Coonrod was recovering from Tommy John surgery for most of the 2018 season. He threw in 11 innings and struck out 23, which is a nice little caveat. Though he did post a 5.4 ERA, what matters most is that he’s back to being healthy, and can strike people out.
Cave spent all of 2018 with the Augusta Green Jackets, starting 26 games. He threw a total of 116.2 innings, and struck out 118. However, his WHIP and ERA reflect his true issues as he posted a 1.54 and a 5.20 respectively.
Hinojosa missed a good portion of 2018 thanks to a PED suspension, and one has to consider how much longer he’ll be on this list. In his limited time this year, he hit .261 and had a .327 OBP. However he hit for very little power, and his glove isn’t good enough to cover up his lack of XBH power.
Herb had a somewhat disappointing year. He was injured for a good part of the first half, and finally got going again in the second. In 13 starts in Sacramento, he posted a 5.35 ERA and only struck out 59 in 70.2 innings. A bit of a step back from his nice end to 2017 and solid spring training.
Howard spent all of 2017 with Richmond. His gap to gap power was evident as he had 32 doubles, but didn’t show off power anywhere else. He hit for .273 and struck out only 50 times. His glove is good enough to get him to the big leagues, the question is if his average can be good enough to translate.
Miller is easily the most improved prospect for the San Francisco Giants. He was a Cal-League All-Star and had his best year in the big leagues. Miller slashed .276/.321/.434/.755 hitting 14 homers and 35 doubles. The high school draft pick is finally showing signs of improvement and will most certainly advance to Richmond next year.
Rivera was the Giants fourth round draft pick this year. He was a highly touted relief prospect out of an Alabama Community College. The problem is the Giants used him mostly in starters role. We’ll see how they use him in 2019, but the returns on him as a starter were not good. You’ll certainly see him in Augusta to start the season.
Johnson was OK at best in 2018. While he started out nicely in Richmond, he struggled with the jump to Sacramento, and you’ll likely see him repeat in Sacramento, especially with how many solid young pitchers the Giants already have.
Doval was one of the lone bright spots on the Augusta pitching staff. He has a big fastball and struck out 78 in 53 innings. His 1.26 WHIP wasn’t too bad either. He’s only 21 and definitely has a future as a reliever. A solid year in pro baseball for the young man.
Wong was fantastic in Salem-Keizer, posting a 2.30 ERA in 11 starts. He only threw 27 innings though as he was on a bit of an innings limit after a full year of college ball. Wong will certainly be someone to watch for as he moves up the ladder.