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San Francisco Giants: Who needs to be added to the 40-man roster?

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Ryan Howard #89 of the San Francisco Giants poses during the Giants Photo Day on February 21, 2019 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Ryan Howard #89 of the San Francisco Giants poses during the Giants Photo Day on February 21, 2019 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)
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SCOTTSDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 21: Ryan Howard #89 of the San Francisco Giants poses during the Giants Photo Day on February 21, 2019 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)

The San Francisco Giants will need to find room on the 40-man roster for several prospects who are set to become Rule 5 Draft eligible this offseason.

Each offseason, teams need to add prospects to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from being scooped up by other teams in the annual Rule 5 draft. The San Francisco Giants are no exception.

So who is eligible to be selected?

According to MLB.com: “Players who signed with their current club at age 18 or younger and have played professionally for at least five years are eligible to be selected, as are those who signed at 19 or older and have at least four years of professional experience.”

Last offseason, the San Francisco Giants added three players to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from Rule 5 eligibility—starting pitcher Logan Webb and relief pitchers Sam Coonrod and Melvin Adon.

Webb showed some flashes during eight second-half starts, Coonrod posted a 3.58 ERA in 33 appearances, and Adon split the season between Double-A and Triple-A and racked up 77 strikeouts in 55.1 innings.

While there are no prospects as highly regarded as Webb set to be added to the 40-man this time around, there are still some prospects who rank among the team’s top 30 that could be worth an add, which would, in turn, put them one step closer to making their MLB debut.

Ahead is a look at the notable prospects the San Francisco Giants will need to add to the 40-man or risk losing this winter. Included is where each player ranks among the team’s top 30 prospects, according to Baseball America and MLB.com.

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