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SF Giants prospects: Midseason MVPs at each level

DENVER, CO - JULY 11: Marco Luciano #10 of National League Futures Team bats against the American League Futures Team at Coors Field on July 11, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 11: Marco Luciano #10 of National League Futures Team bats against the American League Futures Team at Coors Field on July 11, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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SF Giants, Caleb Kilian
Texas Tech Red Raiders pitcher Caleb Kilian (32) throws in the first inning against the Arkansas Razorbacks in the 2019 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. The SF Giants drafted him in the 2019 Draft. (Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports)

SF Giants midseason minor league MVPs
Double-A hitting: 1B Frankie Tostado

There is no more worthy of a hitter to win the mid-season MVP for the Richmond Flying Squirrels than Frankie Tostado. The first baseman leads the team in hits, RBI, and batting average, and is second in doubles, and SLG. A team-leading .363 BABIP fuels Tostado’s performance but performing the way he has in a pitcher-friendly league speaks volumes to how much the 23-year old has improved. His well-rounded .288/.332/.486 triple-slash suggests he should be ready for Triple-A competition whenever he gets the call. His eight home runs may not stand out, but we have seen plenty of power hitters have a spike in home runs once they leave Double-A East and head for Triple-A West.

Runner-up: 3B David Villar

SF Giants midseason minor league MVPs
Double-A pitching: RHP Caleb Kilian

Matt Frisbee was unhittable at Double-A early in the season and would have run away with this award had he not been so quickly promoted to Triple-A, but needless to say, he only made four starts. After getting promoted to Double-A, Caleb Kilian‘s done nothing but dominate. His 2.21 ERA is second in all of Double-A Northeast with a complimentary 2.29 FIP. He also leads the team in innings pitched, and among pitchers with at least 30 innings pitched, he allowed the least walks and is second in strikeouts, hits allowed, and runs allowed.

The 2019 8th rounder has seen his stock shoot up massively with the ability to consistently command his mid-90s fastball in and out of the zone. There has not a better performing pitcher in the Giants farm system than Kilian.

Runners-up: RHP Matt Frisbee & RHP Sean Hjelle

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