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San Francisco Giants: MLB-ready trade deadline targets, Part 2

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 23 : Maikel Franco #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on during a pitching change against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on June 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 23 : Maikel Franco #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on during a pitching change against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on June 23, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MAY 22: Cole Irvin #47 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches in the first inning during the game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on May 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MAY 22: Cole Irvin #47 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches in the first inning during the game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on May 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) /

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For a better idea of which San Francisco Giants players might interest the Phillies, check out the Sell-off Series.

Current MLB Players
Maikel Franco
Vince Velasquez
Edgar Garcia
Nick Pivetta

Blocked Triple-A Players
Deivy Grullon

Pitchers
Cole Irvin
Kyle Dohy
Luke Leftwich
Tyler Viza

Franco really only fits for the Giants in a world where they also trade Evan Longoria at the deadline, which given his contract and current status on the injured list is very unlikely. Still, with a few years of team control left, good contact skills and plus power, Franco is an appealing player.

Pivetta and Velasquez have always racked up strikeouts and have shown middle-of-the-rotation flashes, though both lack consistency. The stuff is there, and they would be interesting projects for the Giants who have the MLB experience to immediately occupy a rotation spot.

Garcia is a standard middle relief prospect who has really struggled in 25 MLB innings this year. He pairs a mid-90s fastball with an above-average slider and is still only 22 years old, so there’s some upside. He’ll need to develop better command to take the next step.

Grullon is considered a defense-first backup catcher with raw power, but his lack of bat speed could be an issue at the next level. That said, he’s 23 and he’s slugged over .500 at Triple-A the past two seasons.

Irvin is a pitchability lefty in the mold of Ty Blach or Andrew Suarez. His changeup is his only potentially above-average pitch, but he’s comfortable using his entire four-pitch mix. Dohy is a wild southpaw who has the potential to develop three above-average pitches, but his violent delivery limits him to the bullpen.

Leftwich seemed like a close-to-ready middle reliever to enter the year, but he’s been unable to adjust to Triple-A thus far. Viza is a 24-year old starter striking out nearly a batter an inning at Triple-A, but he also has an ERA in the mid-6s.

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