San Francisco Giants: Stock Up, Stock Down for Top 10 Prospects for Week 5

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San Francisco Giants: Stock Up, Stock Down for Top 10 Prospects for Week 5
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Joe Panik continues to swing the bat well at Double-A.

The defending champion San Francisco Giants enter play on Sunday night in first place in the National League West with an 18-12 record. Their minor league affiliates are playing well, too.

The San Jose Giants are in second place at 19-10 in the High-A California League. The Augusta Green Jackets are in third place at 17-11 in the Low-A Southern Atlantic League. The Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies are just 15-15, but they're only two games back of first place in the Pacific Coast League. The Giants' Double-A affiliate—the Richmond Squirrels—have the organization's worst record at 14-15.

Minor league baseball isn't really about wins and losses, however. Instead, it's about having talent that can help the big league team via promotions or trades.

The Giants are a little light on position players in the farm system right now. Graduating Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt to the majors in recent seasons has depleted some of the talent. The real strength of the current minor league system is the pitching depth.

Let's take a look at how those arms and the rest of the top prospects did in the fifth week of the season.

 

All statistics and standings in this article are courtesy of MiLB.com and Baseball-Reference.com.

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