The Giants will spend the next few days drafting guys that I've never heard of. Those guys will flail away in the minor leagues for a few years until they either disappear forever or become the September call-up I've never heard of. Due to injury and incompetence this season, the line between Fresno and San Francisco has been blurred, especially in the infield.
Joaquin Arias, Charlie Culberson, Conor Gillaspie and Eric Hacker have all had a cup of tea with the big team. Other guys, like Brandon Crawford, Manny Burris, Brett Pill and Hector Sanchez, are Giants farmhands who've been forced into significant roles due to lack of depth at their respective positions. Is there anyone left? Or has the farm system been sufficiently raided?
When glancing down the Fresno roster, a few things pop out. First, Todd Linden? Like, the Todd Linden? Was not expecting that. Secondly, there are a few guys having stellar first halves. It's likely that at some point they will be forced into service at the major league level. Unless, of course, you think that Theriot guy is the future. I just don't see it.
Roger Kieschnick and Nick Noonan. Names that might ring a bell for Giants scouting nerds everywhere. These top picks, who have weaved their way through the system, are approaching their "best by" date, and may be able to contribute this year.