San Francisco Giants: How the Farm System Fared this Season

SF Giants prospect Joey Bart visits Oracle Park soon after being drafted with the second overall pick. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SF Giants prospect Joey Bart visits Oracle Park soon after being drafted with the second overall pick. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 26: Abiatal Avelino #46 of the San Francisco Giants hits a single to right field against the San Diego Padres in the bottom of the third inning at AT&T Park on September 26, 2018 in San Francisco, California. The single was Avelino’s first major league hit of his career. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

#20- Garrett Williams-RHP

Williams was a seventh round draft pick in 2016, and has yet to really gain control of his stuff. While his fastball and curveball flash above average potential, his command is atrocious. 61 walks in 81 innings with only 73k’s for Williams this year. He posted nearly a 2.0 WHIP (1.92). Williams won’t be on this list much longer, and he’s still got a lot of work to do.

#19- Melvin Adon-RHP

Adon is starting to slip on prospect boards, sadly. Adon boasts a booming fastball but not a whole lot else. He gets hit a ton though, despite posting a decent K-BB ratio. His numbers were below in the CAL-League, which is usually known as a hitters league. Adon is another that isn’t long for this list.

#18-Juan De Paula-RHP

De Paula only made one appearance with the Augusta Green Jackets since his trade from the Yankees. However you can definitely see why they liked him. The lanky 21 year old struck out 9 in five innings in his only appearance with Augusta. His fastball is mid 90’s but could grow if he actually fills out his 6’3″ frame. He’ll add a few pounds at 165 currently. The Giants definitely have a diamond in the rough if they can get him to have better control. I wouldn’t be surprised if he shoots up their rankings next year.

#17-Abiatal Avelino-INF

Avelino was the other piece that the Giants got for Andrew McCutchen. He made his debut in the big leagues with SF getting three hits in 11 At Bats. Not bad. He had his best year at the plate in the minors, slashing .283/.329/.438/.767 and posting a career high of 15 homers. The Giants seem to have yet another Ehire Adrianza on their hands, with a more advanced bat. Could he earn a backup role in the middle infield next year? He sure as hell could as his glove at short might be enough to put him in that conversation over Alen Hanson.

#16-Ray Black-RHP

Black had a big year in the Giants organization. He made his major league debut and struck out a ton of dudes and had an overall good season in the bigs. His ERA might be the only stat that’s worrisome, but his peripherals say that will come back to earth. Both his FIP and xFIP are half of what his ERA is, and usually guys who strike out more guys than they have innings pitched, AND have a 3-1 K/BB Ratio are better than a 6.17. That should come back to earth, and he’ll definitely feature in the bullpen next year.

#15-Aramis Garcia-C

This one is the most interesting year. Normally a bat first guy, Garcia struggled mightily at the plate in 2018 during his stint in the minors. But with Buster Posey‘s injury and no other concrete roster option behind the dish, Garcia played backup behind Nick Hundley for the rest of the season. He proceeded to tie for ninth best on the team in homers in only 65 at-bats. While he certainly may not continue to post those numbers, and he’s he third best catching prospect in the organization, he may have played his way into a job in 2019.

#14-Seth Corry-LHP

Corry was the Giants third round draft pick last year, and finally got to some short season ball with Salem Keizer this year. The Giants are clearly taking it slow with him, but the now 19 year old Corry had a decent showing. He struggled against much older competition in Salem-Keizer this year, posting a 5.49 ERA in 19.2 innings. However he did show out really well in 38 innings in the Arizona Rookie League. He posted a 2.61 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 17 walks. Not bad. He’ll likely start out in Augusta. He has good potential but you’ll have to be patient with the young lefty.

#13-Gregory Santos-RHP

Santos was phenomenal for Salem-Keizer until he got blasted in the head with a come back liner. Santos’ numbers are still quite nice, and were really impressive over the latter half of the NWL season. The Giants certainly made out well in the Eduardo Nuñez trade. Santos is only 19 and will certainly start out in Augusta next season. The hope is that he continues to progress like he has in the last year.

#12-Alexander Canario-OF

Canario was a big time prospect in the DSL who showed a nice knack for power. However, he struggled in his first bit of time stateside. The 18 year old outfielder made his debut in the Arizona League this year, hitting .250 and posting a .761 OPS. He’ll probably get another year in non-full season ball before he makes his full-season debut, but I could be wrong about that.

#11-Logan Webb

Logan Webb was the best prospect pitcher in the Giants organization not named Shaun Anderson this year. We’ll get to Anderson in a bit, but Webb was fantastic in his return from Tommy John. He’s only 21 and has made his way up to Richmond in AA. Webb posted a 1.82 ERA in 20 outings in San Jose, and then posted a 3.82 ERA in six outings in Richmond. I’d like to imagine him on the Andrew Suarez path. He’ll get moved quickly from Richmond next year if he starts out strong, which is consistent with how they handled both Suarez and Anderson over the last two years. He’s a nice prospect coming up the boards, and has relatively little innings on his arm in the minors thanks to Tommy John.