So far, prospects have made their mark and shined in the spring. When you think of top farm systems, the Giants don’t come to mind, but some prospects are underrated.
Roger Kieschnick is one of those prospects. He checks in at 219 pounds, but he can fly. He has plenty of pop in his bat and can hit line drives far. The Giants aren’t a team known for power, but Kieschnick could help change that. He can hit the ball deep to all fields, and if a mistake is made, he will square it up and crush it into the gap. Kieschnick has potential, and I can see him having success in the majors if his talent translates well.
Gary Brown is also a highly-touted prospect among Giants fans. He has great range in center field, and while he has seemingly regressed as a hitter, he could still be a player similar to Gregor Blanco, but with a bit less speed and a bit more power. Brown isn’t a star prospect, but he has potential and is certainly someone for Giants fans to keep an eye on. If he can compliment his stellar defense with good hitting, Brown could hit leadoff or second for the Giants.
Heath Hembree showed the right closer's mentality when he escaped a jam to preserve San Francisco's 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, March 3. He can throw hard and is thought of as the closer of the future. Nick Noonan was thought of as the Chase Utley of the future, according to Kevin O'Brien of the blog Optioned to Fresno. While his career hasn't been great, he has posted some good hitting numbers over time.
Noonan can play defense as well, and so can Francisco Peguero. Peguero has made some nice plays in left field, and he has done well with the bat as well. He is on a hot streak right now, and he's ripping baseballs all over the field. Against the D-Backs, he had three hits and three RBI. One of those hits was not on a well-hit ball, but Peguero hustled and beat the throw. The other two were crushed into the outfield. Peguero has problems with strikeouts, but he has pop and can be a good player to have when hot. This spring, his batting average is .550.
The Giants also have some lesser-known players turning a few heads, such as Adam Duvall, Ricky Oropesa, Brock Bond and Jackson Williams. Oropesa, who has lots of pop but isn't great at much else, has shown he can hit, and Duvall, who is thought of by some as one of San Francisco's 10 best prospects, has flashed some power. While Williams is buried among lots of other catchers, he is hitting the ball. And Bond's spring average is .500, as he recorded two hits on Monday, March 4 against the Chicago White Sox.
While the Giants get lots of heat for their farm system, there are prospects ready to play. I could see Peguero making the Opening Day roster and even seeing time in left field, because Andres Torres and Blanco aren't all that exciting at the plate. Kieschnick could also supply some power, and Hembree and Brown are guys who can make a splash as soon as midseason. The Giants have talent in the farm, and it could help them down the road.