19. 1B/3B Zach Green
Current Level: Triple-A
Acquired: FA (2019)
Future-Value Grade: 40
One of the best transactions of Farhan Zaidi’s inaugural offseason with the San Francisco Giants went entirely unnoticed. Green, a 2012 third-round pick by the Philadelphia Phillies, was able to declare himself a minor league free agent after the Phillies declined to add him to their 40-man roster.
The Giants signed the Carmichael, California native to a minor league contract and he’s reasserted himself as a prospect.
Staying healthy was the biggest issue for Green during his time in the Philadelphia organization. He’s had surgery on his wrist, elbow, and hip over his career and dealt with a number of other issues.
Green’s power has always been his calling card, but questions about contact and defense remain. Still, he’s putting a charge into the juiced Pacific Coast League ball.
Through 54 games, Green already has 21 home runs, and he’s slugging .741 with an ISO (isolated power) over .300. He’s walking at a solid 12.9 percent clip, but he’s also striking out at a 32.7 percent rate.
The Giants remain optimistic that Green can handle third base, but he’s also played first base and scouts thought he was destined for a move across the diamond even as a high schooler. He’s relatively athletic for someone with a broad 6’3” frame, but remains inconsistent at the hot corner.
Green’s big league success will come down to his ability to make contact. With Brandon Belt, Evan Longoria, and Pablo Sandoval currently manning the corners, Green is blocked this season. However, he has a chance to play his way into a future role if he can take a step forward with his contact rate.