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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, Diego Rincones
Jun 1, 2021; St. Lucie, Florida, USA; Venezuela right fielder Diego Rincones (30) celebrates with teammates at home plate after connecting for a home run in the tenth inning to win the game against Colombia during the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier series at Clover Park. Rincones is an outfielder in the SF Giants organization. (Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports)

SF Giants midseason minor league MVPs
High-A hitting: OF Diego Rincones

It was hard to choose the offensive MVP award for the Emeralds. The Giants have had plenty of prospects have incredible bursts of production at High-A. However, most of the team’s hitters have also shown signs of streakiness, with plenty of cold spells. Yet, one player remained the most consistent hitter before he was promoted to Double-A, Diego Rincones.

Rincones had one of the best May’s of any hitter in the organization, and that helped earned him a spot in the Venezuelan Olympic team, where he was a key cog of their squad. Among all hitters with 100 plate appearances for the Emeralds, Rincones has the highest batting average, SLG, OPS, and wRC+. Even though Rincones’ counting stats are now buried due to his limited appearances, but he was certainly the Emeralds’ best hitter whenever he was in the lineup.

Runner-up: INF Tyler Fitzgerald

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

Even though it’s just four starts, those four starts by Kilian in Eugene before getting promoted to Richmond still echo loudly compared to the rest of the Eugene pitching this year. Perhaps more importantly, no pitcher has stepped up in place of him since his promotion. Among all pitchers that started at least four games for Eugene this year, Kilian leads the team in ERA at 1.25. The pitcher with the second-lowest mark is Seth Corry, with a 5.40 ERA. Kilian also had the lowest FIP with 1.11, with Aaron Phillips having the second-lowest with 4.78. Kilian dominated, and no other starter has even approached league-average production to this point in the season, making Kilian the sole player who appears twice on this list.

Runner-up: RHP R.J. Dabovich

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