The 2013 season is all but over for the San Francisco Giants. After winning the World Series last year, they have fallen hopelessly out of the playoff chase.
The one benefit this provides the Giants is that they will be able to look at some of their young prospects. Rosters can be expanded on September 1 and the Giants would be wise to see what some of their young players can do at the big league level.
The process has already begun as injuries and ineffectiveness have forced the Giants to bring up several minor league players ahead of schedule. Already in San Francisco are Brett Pill, Roger Kieschnick, Nick Noonan, Francisco Peguero and Jean Machi.
The unfortunate reality of the situation is that the Giants do not have any prospects ready for the Majors who can be considered impact level. The Giants' top prospects are still in A-ball, either in San Jose or Augusta. These players are at least a couple years away and that's if everything goes well.
Nevertheless, now is a good time for Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean to start planning the rebuild of the 2014 roster. It's important to see if any of the Double-A or Triple-A prospects can be expected to contribute next year.
Given the dearth of solid big league prospects at the higher levels of the Giants' farm system, Sabean will have an extremely tough job of solidifying the roster for next season.
Let's take a look at seven of the prospects the Giants should look at now, as decisions are looming.
All minor league stats are courtesy of milb.com. Major league stats are courtesy of baseball-reference.com.