The San Francisco Giants farm system has come a long way in a short period of time, and by this time next year, leaguewide top 100 prospect lists could be littered with Giants prospects.
Right now, the San Francisco Giants remain in the second-tier of the NL wild-card standings. After taking three out of four from the Philadelphia Phillies, they are now 3.5 games behind of the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild-card spot, but there are four teams between them and the Redbirds.
If the San Francisco Giants find a way into the postseason, the 2019 season will be remembered as one final piece of magic pulled off by manager Bruce Bochy. If they don’t, it will be remembered as a year of transition with Farhan Zaidi stepping into the role of president of baseball operations.
Zaidi inherited what many considered to be one of the worst farm systems in baseball. Years flipping prospects for veterans, combined with poor drafting, seemed to deplete the organization of young, impact talent.
In hindsight, the problems may have had less to do with scouting and more to do with player development. Granted, one season is a small sample, and the past few seasons saw Giants prospects get hit with a disproportionate number of bad-luck injuries, so this season may just be a reversal of fortune in the karma department.
Still, it seems that at every level of the system, hitters are drawing more walks, pitchers are recording more strikeouts, and players are improving as the season goes along in ways we haven’t consistently seen in the past.
As a result, the Giants have been quietly climbing up organizational prospect rankings, and they are now firmly ranked in the middle of the pack league-wide.
Only time will tell, but there are reasons to believe that this season may only be the tip of the iceberg. Even after making the controversial decision to hold onto their top assets at the trade deadline, the San Francisco Giants farm system is flush with prospects.
San Francisco already has four players ranked in Baseball America’s most recent top 100 prospect list, and it’s not out of the question to think that number could double to eight by next year.
Only three teams in Baseball America’s history have ever had more than that. If the Giants do reach that status, they may have the best farm system in baseball and be primed for their next dynasty.
So let’s get to know those eight prospects.