The SF Giants start to the 2023 season has been nothing short of exceptional, and while they've got some veterans playing big roles, it's the youth movement that has made this team so fun to watch, with the likes of Patrick Bailey, Thairo Estrada, Camilo Doval, Blake Sabol and Casey Schmitt all names who have come through the minor league system.
3 SF Giants prospects get promoted through the minor league system
Thankfully, the minor league system is still thriving despite their promotions to the big league level, and with several top names making statements throughout the year, there's plenty of names to keep an eye on, and now, three more of those names are being rewarded with much deserved promotions.
First up we have the Giants 2022 first-round pick in two-way star Reggie Crawford, who has been promoted from the Single-A San Jose Giants to the High-A Eugene Emeralds following some impressive showings.
Sure, the stats don't jump off the page, as he has a 4.09 ERA, but with a 14.7 K/9 rate and incredible velocity and stuff to go along with a .250 batting average and an .851 OPS, the move has been well earned, and his progression is something for all Giants fans to keep an eye on.
Then we have a very overlooked name in John Michael Bertrand, who doesn't crack the Giants' official top-30 prospect list according to MLB, but after a strong start with the High-A Emeralds, he's now on his way to the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels.
The 25-year old has made 11 appearances (8 starts) in 2023 with Eugene thus far, tallying a 5-2 record with a 2.92 ERA over 49.2 innings, and while he's been undervalued, he has slowly risen through the Giants system, and could be a sneaky good option for the team in time if he continues this rise.
Lastly is the least surprising name of all in the form of Mason Black, who will take another step closer to the big leagues as he moves to Triple-A Sacramento River Cats following his Pitcher of the Month accolade in June with Double-A.
Despite the 1-5 record, Black has been fantastic in recent months, giving up just 1 earned run in his last 6 starts (26.1 innings), and now the 23-year-old is on the verge of the major leagues or becoming a major piece in a trade at the deadline. Either way, he's earned this move after some fantastic performances and will bolster what is already one of the best pitching staffs in the minor leagues alongside No. 1 prospect Kyle Harrison.