Much like the Atlanta Braves’, which I examined earlier today, the San Francisco Giants’ system features tons of depth on the mound, but positional talent is scarce. Their lone near big-league-ready hitter, speedster Gary Brown—who fell out of Prospect Pipeline’s top 50 prospects after a favorable preseason ranking—endured a major regression after leaving the hitter-friendly California League (High-A). I’m not sold on either SS Joe Panik or C Andrew Susac, though both of them have the tools to reach the major leagues over the next two seasons.
In my opinion, the team’s top-three pitching prospects, right-handers Kyle Crick, Clayton Blackburn and Chris Stratton, are each projectable and likely to reach the major leagues. Beyond that, they house a slew of arms who may have a brighter future in the bullpen than starting rotation.
They do possesses numerous bats with power potential in OF Mac Williamson, 1B Ricky Oropesa and 3B Adam Duvall, though each player will have to prove their ability at higher levels.
In all honesty, either of the three could rank as high as No. 10 on this list; however, I’ll always prefer a younger, more athletic prospect than a hitter who seemingly benefited from age vs. level.
Having said all that, here’s a look at the San Francisco Giants’ top 10 prospects headed into the offseason.
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