The San Francisco Giants may have issues with their current roster especially with Thairo Estrada on the injured list, but that hasn't stopped them from hanging around in the National League West as the first half comes to a close. The Giants have gotten contributions from all over the roster to get to this point from the rotation to the lineup to the bullpen.
In particular, it has been contributions from the younger players on the roster that have kept the Giants afloat this year. Not only do they give San Francisco a chance to make the playoffs this year, but it also bodes well for the coming seasons that the Giants have the number of young guys ready to contribute in the big leagues that they do.
Who are the most important young players for the SF Giants' future?
That got us thinking: who are the young players that are the most important to the Giants' future? For some of these guys, it is going to be about keeping them in the organization for as long as possible. For others, it is going to be about getting them ready for the big leagues in the near future. Finally, for those that the Giants choose to trade away, it is going to be about getting proper value for them in return to fill the needs of the big league roster.
Lets take a look at the most important young players for the Giants future in no particular order.
This is an easy one. When the Giants gave Webb a five year, $90 million extension before the season, they were locking up an arm that could be at the front of their rotation for a long time. Webb has not disappointed this season as he has posted a 3.38 ERA and 2.4 fWAR through 18 starts this season. This is one of the best young pitchers in baseball and the Giants have him locked up through the 2028 season. You love to see it.
Marco Luciano is a name that Giants fans know well at this point. Luciano jumped on to folks' radars after he was signed out of the Dominican Republic for $2.6 million in 2018 and then again in 2019 when he absolutely raked in rookie ball. Luciano has cooled down since then and is no longer a mortal lock to be the Giants' shortstop of the future. However, he is still really important because he remains one of the Giants' best prospects and could either contribute in the big leagues OR be the centerpiece in a trade that gives their roster a big boost.