Spring training is upon us and all is right in the baseball world. This is the time of the year where optimism reigns supreme and hope springs eternal.
Coming off a disappointing 2013 season, the San Francisco Giants are looking forward to a much brighter year in 2014.
General manager Brian Sabean signed all of the Giants' own free agents and potential free agents that he wanted to keep. These include Hunter Pence, Tim Lincecum, Javier Lopez and Ryan Vogelsong.
In addition, Sabean ventured into the free-agent market and secured the services of starting pitcher Tim Hudson and outfielder Michael Morse, who will open the season in left field.
The spring will also be a great time for the Giants' brass to get a good look at their young prospects.
The Giants minor league system is stocked with some good, young talent, although the best prospects are still most likely a year or two away.
It's critical for the Giants that some of these prospects become solid major league players. This enables the team to have better control over their salary structure. Veterans and free agents are inherently much more expensive than younger players in their first few years in the big leagues.
Let's take a closer look at the Giants' top prospects and see how they might fit into the future of the San Francisco Giants.
All stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com.