The San Francisco Giants have done a great job of developing minor league talent that can contribute at the big league level. This is critical to the Giants, as it helps indoctrinate each player to the training and methodology of the organization.
Equally important, developing homegrown talent also helps to maintain control over the teams' budget, while the player is in his first few years in the majors.
With the high cost of players acquired through the free-agent market, bringing up your own players through the system is far more cost effective. Only when a player reaches arbitration eligibility or gets to his free-agent years does his salary start to skyrocket.
Several current Giants are products of the system.
These include pitchers Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Sergio Romo.
Position players Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Pablo Sandoval all came up through the Giants' minor league organization.
Let's take a look at five minor league players who will get the opportunity to play in the Majors this year.
All minor league stats are courtesy of www.baseballreference.com