San Francisco Giants Must Hold onto Clayton Blackburn

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San Francisco Giants Must Hold onto Clayton Blackburn
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Clayton Blackburn isn't pictured here but the Giants hope he will in a couple years.

Despite their second World Series in three years, the San Francisco Giants can't afford to slow down and risk falling behind. 

It doesn't help that the past several successful seasons have overshadowed the weakness of their farm system.

However, there is still elite talent at the lower levels, one of them being pitching prospect Clayton Blackburn.

Blackburn was the 16th-round pick in the 2011 MLB draft. He chose to opt out of enrolling at the University of Oklahoma and instead signed a major league deal straight from high school. 

Since then, the vaunted Giants minor league pitching coaches has helped him to pitch like a first-rounder instead of a 16th. 

Last season, in an attempt to shore up the offense, the Giants swung a trade for Carlos Beltran by trading top pitcher Zack Wheeler. The results signaled that it was a failure of a trade, but it made sense when it was done. 

This season, the Giants should seek to strengthen their in-house talent and hold onto Clayton Blackburn. 

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