The Giants' first title was pure joy and relief as the team had never won it all in San Francisco, since their arrival in 1958. This year, the feeling was more about total excitement and fun, as the Giants staved off six elimination games, three each against the Reds and Cardinals.
By defeating the Rangers four-games-to-one in 2010, then sweeping the Tigers this year, the Giants proved they are a quality team and a top-flight organization. No longer can the naysayers claim the Giants' victories were a fluke.
One of the critical factors to the Giants' good fortune is the influx of home-grown players coming up through the system in the past few years. With the high cost of acquiring free agents, the only way to bolster your roster and maintain some semblance of salary control, is by developing your own young players.
Looking at the main contributors in 2012, we see several home-grown players, such as Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford. In addition, pitchers Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, Sergio Romo and Brian Wilson grew up in the Giants' organization.
Let's look at the next crop of top Giants' prospects and see who we may see making an impact in San Francisco at some point in the near future. None of these players is "untouchable", but what minor league player really is?