The San Francisco Giants have some good, young talent in their minor league system. Unfortunately, most of their top prospects are a year or two away from being ready to make the jump to the majors.
The lifeblood of the Giants over recent years has been the development of their home-grown talent. Several current Giants have advanced through their minor league system and are now playing key roles in San Francisco.
The Giants have four starters among their position players who came up through the system, including Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford.
The pitchers have been even more integral to the Giants' success. Home-grown talent includes Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Sergio Romo.
Building from within enables the Giants to indoctrinate their young talent to the way they want the game to be played. In addition, promoting young players gives the Giants much better control over their salary structure.
In today's market, acquiring players via the free-agent market is very costly. It is much more beneficial for the Giants to develop their own players through the system and retain control over those players for several years.
Let's take a look at five of the Giants' top prospects and evaluate their development this year.
All stats are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.