The minor league season is almost underway and the SF Giants were busy finalizing the rosters for three of their four full-season affiliates.
SF Giants: Three of Four Minor League Rosters Announced
Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area has the breakdown for the Low-A, High-A, and Double-A affiliates:
With the canceled minor league season in 2020, the Giants were expected to be conservative with their minor league assignments to start the year, but the front office has proven to be aggressive with midseason promotion.
The minor league system underwent a series of changes in the offseason, most notably with San Jose moving down to Low-A and Eugene being added as the High-A affiliate.
Perhaps, the most surprising assignment is that outfield prospect Heliot Ramos is beginning the year in Double-A. The 21-year-old earned a promotion to Richmond at the end of the 2019 season where he slashed .242/.321/.421 with three home runs and 15 RBI across 106 plate appearances in the tough offensive environment of the Eastern League.
There was some expectation that he would begin the year in Triple-A, but his assignment to begin the year appears to follow the conservative approach that the Giants are employing. Ramos will be joined by several key minor league arms such Tristan Beck, Sean Hjelle, Matt Frisbee, and Sam Long in what will be an intriguing pitching staff in Double-A.
On a different note, the Giants’ Low-A affiliate might be the most talented minor league team in organizational history led by Marco Luciano, Luis Matos, Luis Toribio, Alexander Canario, and Kyle Harrison. 2020 2nd round draftee Nick Swiney is also beginning the year in San Jose, but if I had to guess, he will be in the conversation for a promotion by midseason.
The Triple-A roster is the only roster that has not been released but many of the names can be surmised such as Joey Bart, Conner Menez, and Justin Bour. The return of the minor league season is another sign that we may be returning to normalcy soon enough.