It was a fairly eventful week for the San Francisco Giants, although not much of the news has been good. They are currently slumping at the worst possible time as they have lost four of their past five games with a huge series against the Rangers next that will also mark the return of Bruce Bochy to San Francisco.
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Elsewhere in the Giants' world, more bad news arrived when AJ Pollock had to hit the injured list with an oblique strain. Heliot Ramos was the roster move to replace him and Ramos could be fun, but it is never good news when basically the only guy a team acquires at the trade deadline get hurt with a notoriously tricky-to-heal injury.
The Giants' farm system was not immune to the bad news, either, as top prospect Marco Luciano had to leave his game on Tuesday early with a hamstring injury. One hopes that the injury isn't too serious as it does seem somewhat likely that San Francisco could use him down the stretch in 2023.
If you are looking into deeper dives, we took a look at what the best Giants lineup of all-time would look like based on WAR. As a small spoiler, the Giants' all-time outfield is absolutely loaded whereas the infield is a bit thinner than you would expect.
Around the rest of the league, the #1 overall pick in this year's draft by the Pirates, Pael Skenes, is already making Pittsburgh feel pretty good about that pick as Skenes had a 1-2-3 inning in his debut while touching 101 MPH with his fastball. It does not seem likely that he will be in rookie ball for very long and the rest of the league is thankful for that.
Also, the fine folks over at MLB Pipeline released their newest top 100 prospects list yesterday. Jackson Holliday is the latest top prospect in baseball according to Pipeline with Kyle Harrison being the highest ranked Giants prospect at #20. The Giants placed three prospects overall on the list with Luciano and Carson Whisenhunt joining Harrison.