San Francisco Giants: The Good and the Bad from the Arizona Fall League

The SF Giants will pick No. 13 in the 2020 MLB Draft. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco Giants sent a number of players to the Arizona Fall League this year. Many of the players they sent were sent there to gain extra repetitions.

Especially on the pitching side, the San Francisco Giants tend to send pitchers who missed substantial time during the regular season. This year, Sam Wolff, Melvin Adon, Garrett Williams, and Chase Johnson were selected to play for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Adon, Wolff, and Johnson missed time this year due to injuries. Williams jumped back-and-forth between the rotation and the bullpen as he battled command issues.

On the hitting side, Heath Quinn, C.J. Hinojosa, and Matt Winn joined their pitcher counterparts from the Giants. Similarly, all three missed time this season due to injury.

Typically, the Arizona Fall League is hitting-friendly. Teams will not normally send all of their top pitching prospects. They may send one or two legitimate prospects, but teams are reluctant to send anyone who had a full workload during the regular season.

In regards to the San Francisco Giants, the performances from the pitching side and the hitting side are very black-and-white. A distinct line in the sand can be drawn between good and bad. The good came from the pitching side, and the bad came from the hitting side.

It certainly is encouraging to see our pitchers have such success in what is primarily a friendly hitting environment.

But on the flip side, it’s disappointing to see Quinn and others struggle to really hit at all in the Arizona Fall League.