San Francisco Giants: Top 10 prospects discussion

By Marc Delucchi
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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Which prospects are closest to making an MLB impact?

Honestly, when it comes to the top prospects, no one.

September of 2020 is the soonest I could foresee Bart reaching the majors, and he’s the closest of the top 10 crop.

That doesn’t mean there are no prospect arrivals on the horizon for the San Francisco Giants.

Left fielder Chris Shaw already has some major league experience and he has taken strides this year improving his walk-rate and cutting down on strikeouts. Also, I just caught a RiverCats game in Reno and Shaw looked very good in left field. He had a pretty active day and looked like someone who could be an average defensive outfielder, which for a while seemed impossible.

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Offseason acquisitions Mike Gerber, Zach Green, and Sam Selman will all rank among my top 30 prospects and are enjoying very productive seasons at Triple-A. Selman and Green are both former early picks who due to injuries, and in Selman’s case struggles with control, never panned out with their previous organizations. The San Francisco Giants claimed Gerber on waivers this offseason from the Detroit Tigers in Farhan Zaidi’s first official move.

Selman has closer potential, combining a high-velocity fastball with an impressive wipeout slider. His biggest weakness early in his career was his command, and that has become his strength. Selman has struck out nearly 45 percent of the batters he’s faced this year, while walking less than 8 percent with 53 strikeouts against just nine walks in 32 innings.

Gerber and Green both have great power with significant swing-and-miss. They’ve combined to slug 36 home runs, but they’ve also struck out 158 times on the year. Green won’t be 26 until next season and may be a good enough athlete to play third base. Gerber has more defensive flexibility, with the ability to play all three outfield positions.

Looking further down the system, hard-throwing Melvin Adon has MLB stuff with a fastball that touches triple digits and a good slider. After struggling out of the gates, it looks like things are starting to click at Double-A. Over his last 10 innings of work, he’s allowed just two walks and two earned runs while striking out 15.

The 25-year-old is already on the San Francisco Giants 40-man roster, which helps his chances of earning a call-up sometime soon.

Which prospects just missed the cut?

Nice try, I won’t spoil everything.

My San Francisco Giants top 30 prospects list will be coming out in the next few days with full reports on each prospect.

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Until then, you’ll just have to remain in suspense on who falls just outside the top 10.