The San Francisco Giants' run of dominance over the last four seasons has been built predominantly on the team's ability to acquire and develop amateur talent.
Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Pablo Sandoval, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum and Sergio Romo form the Giants' current homegrown core. Brian Wilson and Jonathan Sanchez were late-round draft picks who played key roles on the 2010 title team.
Zack Wheeler, one of the game's top prospects, was drafted by the Giants and then used as a trade chip to acquire Carlos Beltran at the 2011 trading deadline. The Giants also used the farm system to acquire right fielder Hunter Pence and second baseman Marco Scutaro in deadline deals last July.
Ryan Vogelsong, an All-Star in 2011 and the team's best pitcher last postseason, was also drafted and developed by the Giants before being used in a trade to acquire Jason Schmidt more than a decade ago. He returned to the organization on a minor league deal prior to 2011 and is now a staple in the rotation.
General manager Brian Sabean and top lieutenants John Barr, Dick Tidrow and Jeremy Shelley have done an excellent job of acquiring amateur talent. Barr, Tidrow and Shelley were rewarded with promotions on Wednesday for their work in the front office. Sabean, the game's longest-tenured GM, could be the recipient of a long-term contract extension in the near future for his efforts in guiding the Giants to two of the last three World Series championships.
With talents like Wheeler, Posey, Bumgarner, Crawford and Belt exiting the minor leagues via promotions and a trade, the team no longer possesses a top-notch farm system. However, most of the Giants' top prospects are in camp this spring.
Let's take an in-depth look at each of the current Giants prospects who are at spring training.