San Francisco Giants' Top Three Prospects

ChiCitySports .ComCorrespondent IMay 26, 2009

A look at the San Francisco Giants top three prospects:

SP Tim Alderson

Tim Alderson was drafted in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. He was drafted in the first round by the Giants. The Giants drafted Madison Bumgarner before they drafted Tim Alderson.
Alderson is an above average-pitcher and should be the third or fourth starter in the rotation in the future for the Giants. Alderson has good control, along with a mediocre fastball.
The best part of Alderson is his curveball. That is his best pitch and he can use his curve to get out of jams. Although his curveball is good, he still needs to develop it. If he develops it properly, that will be a dangerous pitch for him that could get him the majority of his strikeouts.

OF Rafael Rodriguez

The Giants made noise last year when they signed one of the Dominican Republic's best players. Rafael Rodriguez and Michael Inoa both went to California teams. Rodriguez went to the Giants, while Michael Inoa went to the A's.
Rodriguez has a lot of hype in him. He is a 17-year-old kid that will be an excellent player in the future. He has great pop in his bat, along with good speed. He also has a great outfield arm. You could call Rodriguez a “five-Tool” player if you wish. He's got it all.
He does have weaknesses. He is still very impatient at the plate, as he swings at pitches that are out of the strike zone and gets walked very little. Rodriguez should flourish into a great outfielder for the Giants, and should be a large part of a dangerous future Giants lineup that will include Angel Villalona, Pablo Sandoval, and Buster Posey.

SP Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner was drafted 10th in the 2007 MLB Draft. The Giants saw that Bumgarner had the potential to become an ace in the future. Bumgarner is not a power pitcher, but a control pitcher. He has flashes of Greg Maddux in him, as he can paint the corner with ease.
He can hit the gun at about 95 miles an hour with his fastball, but his weakness is mainly his movement. He has trouble with his curve and his change. Those are the pitches that hitters can usually hit. If Bumgarner works on his movement, he will be an ace in the near future.

Vikesfan101—VSN Writer