San Francisco Giants: How the Farm System Fared this Season
Quinn had a tough first year after being injured for most of the season. He had a very strong season with San Jose and will certainly feature in Richmond next year. A .300 average with an .861 OPS and 14 homers, Quinn was a major bright spot for San Jose, and arguably one of the only ones after their horrendous season. Quinn is a nice fourth outfield piece or more if he fills his potential. He does have a knack for power, but lacks speed. He could probably only fill out left field at AT&T Park.
Gonzalez had a rough go about in Augusta for his first year in the big leagues. He slashed .227/.296/.331/.627 and only posted 30 XBH. He’ll need another year in Augusta, but because of his age and bloodlines, it’s almost way too early to write him off.
Fabian will surely take a tumble down this list. His age and potential still provide hope, but he did nothing to boost his profile in San Jose. A .585 OPS in a hitter friendly league doesn’t impress much.
Beede has become severely disappointing. His stuff is absolutely electric, but there is absolutely no command there. He was blasted in his first few big league debuts, and didn’t even get a call up for when the 40 man roster expanded. Numerous pitchers in the system have leapfrogged him, and you could very well see his trajectory in the rankings equate to a Kyle Crick level drop.
Hjelle was a pitcher of the year in the SEC in 2017, and followed up with another solid year in 2018. The Giants selected him in the second round of this year’s draft, and he will likely not disappoint when you see him in San Jose next season. He struggled a little bit in Salem-Keizer, but was on an innings limit. A lot of people like what Hjelle can do, and you can count me as one of them.
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Luciano was the massive IFA signing the Giants made this summer, and has yet to debut in any sort of fashion. He’ll probably start out in the DSL next year so it will be a while before we get a big read on him. But he’s someone that Giants fans should get excited about in the next couple of years.
Shaw is a baller and shame on the Giants for not giving him as many chances to do damage at the big league level this year. He’s hit 24 homers in the minors and showed some nice tweaks to his plate approach and swing in his time in the big leagues this year.
At some point he’s got to get up here and start producing, and it’s time they give him a real chance. He’s 24 and will likely turn 25 by next season. He’s done it all at the minor league level, so get him in the bigs and keep him there.
Anderson went from being a “4-5 starter” prospect when he was in Boston, to a possible No. 2 or No. 3. He had a stellar year in Richmond, and really came on strong during the second half of his time in Sacramento. A timeline for him? It could probably be similar to Suarez’s. If the Giants endure any sort of injuries to their starting staff next year, Anderson very well could be given a chance.
Ramos is going to be a superstar. As an 18 year old he hit 43 XBH in the SAL league. While his overall numbers don’t look fantastic, Ramos was a stud for much of the second half of the year. He does need to work out his plate approach a bit, but he has all the tools to become a big time prospect.
Bart is going to also be a superstar. He posted a .952 OPS in the NWL and will likely start next season with San Jose. He’s been calling his own games for a few years now, and will likely be a quick mover as long as his bat shows progression at each level. Buster’s replacement isn’t too much longer for his big league debut.