Re-Ranking the S.F. Giants' Top 10 Pitching Prospects Post-Draft
The San Francisco Giants are known for their pitching throughout the league.
The Giants added to their plethora of pitching in the first round of the draft by selecting Chris Stratton. The big righty just adds to a talented farm system.
After the draft, the Giants have even better pitching in their farm system. These 10 pitchers top the list as the Giants' best pitching prospects.
1. Heath Hembree
Heath Hembree will one day make Giants fans forget Brian Wilson's beard, as he can be a lights-out closer for San Francisco.
Hembree may be in San Francisco sooner than later. Though Santiago Casilla is doing a fine job in place of Wilson, Hembree is the closer of the future and has big league ability right now.
While playing in Triple-A for the Fresno Grizzlies, Hembree is 1-1 with 12 saves and a 4.44 ERA so far in 2012. The ERA may not be great, but opponents are only hitting .181 against Hembree.
The Giants have a great closer for the future who hits the upper 90s with his fastball and has a solid slider to compliment the fastball.
2. Eric Surkamp
Eric Surkamp may not have overpowering stuff, but he can still be a quality starter for the Giants.
However, an elbow injury has kept Surkamp from pitching in 2012.
Surkamp found time in the majors in 2011 and had mixed results. In six starts, Surkamp went 2-2 with a 5.74 ERA.
Giants fans may be reminded of Kirk Rueter when they watch Surkamp, and he should contribute when healthy in the near future.
3. Kyle Crick
Kyle Crick has the ability to be an absolute machine in the bigs for the San Francisco Giants.
The former first-rounder is a big, athletic righty. Crick is still raw, but he has plenty of time to develop a changeup to compliment an electric fastball.
So far in 2012, Crick is 2-4 with a 3.12 ERA at Class A. In 11 games started, opponents are only hitting .199 against him.
Crick is young and raw and could be at the front of their rotation at some point down the road.
4. Clayton Blackburn
Clayton Blackburn was an absolute steal in the 2011 draft for the Giants.
Blackburn fell all the way to round 16, and the Giants couldn't have been any happier. The big right-hander is very polished for a high schooler.
In 2012, Blackburn has been solid at Class A. In 12 games started, Blackburn is 4-2 with a 3.17 ERA, to go along with 75 strikeouts in 65 innings.
Blackburn is young but polished, and he has four quality pitches he can throw for a strike.
5. Chris Stratton
The Giants selected Chris Stratton for their first-round pick in this year's draft, and they may have gotten a huge steal.
Stratton, the SEC Pitcher of the Year in 2012, was an absolute stud for Mississippi State this year. The junior went 11-2 with a 2.38 ERA after improving from a disappointing sophomore season.
The Giants should see Stratton in the majors sooner than later. If he's a reliever or starter to begin with in the bigs, Stratton will succeed.
Stratton has a fastball that sits between 90-95 and has four quality pitches that will produce at the next level.
6. Seth Rosin
Seth Rosin has made a fantastic transition from starter to closer for the Giants.
Rosin is your prototypical big right-handed reliever. He stands 6'6" and weighs 250 pounds, putting fear into the opposing hitters.
In 2012, Rosin is 1-0 with a 5.28 ERA and 10 saves at Class A. Rosin is built to pitch and has excelled in his new role.
Rosin can eventually be the Giants' closer, set up Hembree or be quality trade bait.
7. Josh Osich
Josh Osich could be much higher on this list if it wasn't for having Tommy John surgery in 2010.
Osich has a plus fastball and solid change. The Giants still need to figure out if they will develop Osich or just ride on his fastball and changeup to make him a short reliever.
In 2012, Osich has pitched just 11.2 innings at Class A. The lefty is 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA and one save.
Either as a reliever or starter, Osich should find success at the next level.
8. Martin Agosta
Martin Agosta is a hometown fan who could be another steal of the 2012 draft.
Agosta is local pitcher from St. Mary's who was taken in the second round by the Giants. It doesn't get much better for a local fan.
In his junior season this year, Agosta went 9-1 with a 2.18 ERA
The undersized (6'1", 180 pounds) Agosta sits in the low-to-mid 90s and has a quality changeup and breaking ball that gives him a solid repertoire.
9. Mike Kickham
Mike Kickham is an interesting prospect for the Giants.
Kickham stands 6'4" and weighs 205 pounds. As a big lefty, Kickham has a lot of potential.
At Double-A this season, Kickham is 5-5 with a solid 2.82 ERA. He has 63 strikeouts in 70 innings, but also 40 walks.
Kickham has the build of an ace and has a lot of potential, but he must become more consistent.
10. Joan Gregorio
Joan Gregorio has potential written all over him.
Gregorio is only 20 years old, and the Dominican is long and lanky. Standing at 6'7", he only weighs 180 pounds, but he clearly has room to fill.
This season at Class A Shortened-Season, Gregorio only has two starts and looks good. Gregorio is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA.
Since 2010, Gregorio is 10-3, and the Giants have to love the potential he possesses.