The San Francisco Giants have produced several homegrown stars in the past few years. These players have been instrumental in helping the Giants win two of the past three World Series titles.
Position players who have come up through the Giants' farm system include Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt.
In addition, pitchers Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum and Sergio Romo all spent their formative years in baseball with the Giants' organization.
The ability to develop and promote players within your organization brings a certain inherent amount of pride. Each player who comes up through the organization truly feels like a Giant. Most importantly, player development is critical for financial stability.
The free-agent market is extremely expensive, whereas with young talent developed within the Giants' organization, the club maintains much more salary control over that player. It takes several years before a player is able to hit the open market as a free agent.
The Giants' minor league system needs to improve quickly, as nobody seems ready to move forward into the big leagues. The Giants are waiting on several top prospects to mature and gain experience.
The 2013 First-Year Player Draft is an opportunity for teams to fortify their minor league systems. With the top picks already made in this draft, let's take a closer look at the Giants' top prospects.