The good news is that help is on the way in the farm system. Clayton Blackburn, Kyle Crick, Chris Stratton, Martin Agosta, Edwin Escobar and Michael Kickham all have the tools to eventually help the beleaguered big league rotation. Some of those arms could also be used as trade bait if the Giants decide to seek a more experienced starter via the trade market.
With Tim Lincecum, Barry Zito and Ryan Vogelsong all possibly headed to free agency this winter, the Giants could have as many as three openings in the rotation next year. Let's take a look at how the top arms and the rest of the prospects performed during the season's seventh week.