Stock Up, Stock Down for San Francisco Giants' Top 10 Prospects Entering Week 6

Jason MartinezContributor IMay 5, 2014

Stock Up, Stock Down for San Francisco Giants' Top 10 Prospects Entering Week 6

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    Panik makes his debut in the rankings after collecting 11 hits over his past four games.
    Panik makes his debut in the rankings after collecting 11 hits over his past four games.Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

    The big league San Francisco Giants continue to roll with five consecutive victories, allowing them to maintain a two-game lead in the NL West. But unlike last week when the farm system could not keep up, losing 17 of 27 games, winning was contagious throughout the organization this time around.

    With an overall 16-10 record, led by Triple-A Fresno and their perfect 7-0 record, the Giants continue to see bright spots from their minor league system. They even have four prospects in their current top 10 rankings, including two who are new to the list this week, who could reach the majors in 2014.

    Here's the updated list and a look at how each player has fared through the first five weeks of the 2014 MLB season.

10. Derek Law, RHP (Double-A)

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    Last Week's Stats

    3 IP, ER, H, BB, K, 3 Sv in three appearancese

    The 23-year-old Derek Law nearly made the Opening Day roster after an impressive spring, which would have been quite a jump from High-A to the majors.

    While he is making a stop in Double-A, it might not be a long one. Aside from giving up a ninth-inning homer to Pittsburgh Pirates power-hitting prospect Stetson Allie in a game that he ended up finishing in a 2-1 victory, Law has been nearly perfect.

    Opponents are hitting just .122 against the former ninth-round draft pick, who could be in line to strengthen the Giants bullpen by midseason.

     

    2014 Stats

    0.73 ERA, 12.1 IP, ER, 5 H, 5 BB, 14 K, 8 Sv in 12 appearances

     

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9. Joe Panik, 2B (Triple-A Fresno)

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    Last Week's Stats

    13-for-30, 3 2B, 6 RBI, 3 BB, SB

    Like Gary Brown, Panik is a former first-round draft pick—he was taken 29th overall in the 2011 draft—whose stock has dropped drastically since reaching the upper levels of the minors.

    But like Brown, he's making up for a disappointing 2013 season (.680 OPS in Double-A) by putting up big numbers in Triple-A and giving the Giants some solid options to help at some point in the season.

    The 23-year-old Panik, who can play a passable shortstop but is a much better fit at second base, could give the Giants a left-handed hitting option to fill at second base if Brandon Hicks (.817 OPS, 5 HR in 23 games) comes back down to earth and Marco Scutaro's back injury continues to sideline him.

     

    2014 Stats

    .344 BA, HR, 5 2B, 3B, 18 RBI, 12 BB, 14 K, SB in 31 games 

     

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8. Ty Blach, LHP (Double-A Richmond)

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    Last Week's Stats

    12.2 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 K in two starts

    Consecutive stellar outings for the 23-year-old lefty have him back in the rankings and back on the radar down on the farm. 

    Ty Blach followed up 6.2 scoreless innings last Monday against Bowie with another quality start on Sunday, allowing two earned runs, including a homer by New York Yankees top prospect Gary Sanchez, before leaving with a 4-3 lead after six innings.

    Since allowing three earned runs through the first four innings of his 2014 debut, Blach has allowed just three earned runs over his last 25.1 innings (1.07 ERA).

     

    2014 Stats

    1.84 ERA, 29.1 IP, 24 H, 6 BB, 10 K in six starts

     

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7. Gary Brown, OF (Triple-A Fresno)

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    Last Week's Stats

    11-for-35, HR, 2B, 6 RBI, 2 BB, SB 

    The former first-round pick continues to rebuild his value and make a case for a big league promotion with his strong performance in Triple-A. Four more multi-hit games this past week, including consecutive three-hit games on Friday and Saturday, have Brown's batting average up to .290. 

    In the meantime, Juan Perez continues to play sparingly in the majors and is now 1-for-16 after grounding out in his lone at-bat on Sunday. A Perez-for-Brown swap by the next time the rankings are released wouldn't be a big surprise.

     

    2014 Stats

    .290 BA, 2 HR, 5 2B, 3 3B, 15 RBI, 14 BB, 23 K, 5 SB in 31 games

     

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6. Kendry Flores, RHP (High-A San Jose)

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    Last Week's Stats

    9 IP, 4 ER, 11 H, 4 BB, 9 K in two starts

    Flores' up-and-down season in the Cal League continues with one bad start and one good one this past week.

    The 22-year-old right-hander was the victim of bad luck last Monday, when a pop-up that would've ended the third inning with what had been a 2-0 deficit was dropped by first baseman Brian Ragira. A walk and a grand slam later, it was 6-0, and Flores' day was done after just three innings of work.

    He rebounded yesterday, however, allowing just two earned runs over six innings at Lancaster. His team let him down once again, though, as the bullpen coughed up a 5-2 lead late in the game.

     

    2014 Stats

    4.02 ERA, 31.1 IP, 28 H, 9 BB, 31 K in six starts  

     

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5. Chris Stratton, RHP (High-A San Jose)

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    Last Week's Stats

    6.2 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, BB, 3 K in one start

    Stratton got the best of a talented Lancaster lineup in their second matchup of the season. In his second start of the season in Lancaster, the 23-year-old allowed four runs and nine hits over five innings. A return to Lancaster nearly a month later resulted in his second victory of the season as his team held onto a 5-4 win.

    While his ERA is close to 5.00, Stratton is doing a decent job of battling in a hitter-friendly league and could even earn a ticket out of the California League later in the season.

     

    2014 Stats

    4.83 ERA, 31.2 IP, 31 H, 11 BB, 29 K in six starts  

     

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4. Adalberto Mejia, LHP (Double-A Richmond)

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    Last Week's Stats

    5.1 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 K in one start

    Mejia ran out of gas after pitching five strong innings with Yankees top prospect Gary Sanchez's homer accounting for one of the two runs against him.

    Instead of leaving the game with a final line of five innings, two earned runs, three hits, one walk and four strikeouts, the 21-year-old lefty stayed in the game four batters too long. After a single, homer, flyout and single, Mejia's overall numbers weren't pretty, and his ERA had ballooned over 5.00.

    After starting his Double-A career without allowing a homer over 15 innings of work, Mejia has now allowed three in 8.1 innings.

     

    2014 Stats

    5.40 ERA, 23.1 IP, 24 H, 5 BB, 22 K in five starts  

     

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3. Clayton Blackburn, RHP (Double-A Richmond)

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    Last Week's Stats

    7 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, K in one start

    Although he allowed eight hits and two walks in his last start, Blackburn limited the damage by inducing four double plays, including one in each of the first three innings. The 21-year-old threw 53 of his 84 pitches for strikes while limiting his opponent to two earned runs or less in his fifth consecutive Double-A start. 

    The former 16th-round pick has been tough on left-handed batters, holding them to a .189 batting average, while right-handed hitters have a .388 batting average. Neither side has homered against the right-hander.

     

    2014 Stats

    2.00 ERA, 27 IP, 29 H, 6 BB, 17 K in five starts 

     

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2. Edwin Escobar, LHP (Triple-A Fresno)

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    Last Week's Stats

    6 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 2 K in one start

    Ryan Vogelsong appears to have righted the ship after a rough start, allowing just one earned run over his last 13 innings, so Escobar's chances of reaching the majors anytime soon are continuing to dip. All he can do is continue to put up solid numbers in Triple-A and wait for his chance.

    And he's done just that with a quality start on Friday, giving him a 2.07 ERA over his past three outings.

    With Matt Cain landing on the disabled list with a finger laceration, per Chris Haft of MLB.com, the 22-year-old Escobar could at least get consideration for a big league call-up, though Yusmeiro Petit is almost guaranteed the spot after he tossed six shutout innings filling in for Cain last week.

     

    2014 Stats

    4.80 ERA, 30 IP, 34 H, 9 BB, 30 K in six starts 

     

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1. Kyle Crick, RHP (Double-A Richmond)

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    Last Week's Stats

    3 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, 5 K in one start

    Another rough start for the team's top prospect could have him one step closer to a demotion back to High-A. 

    Since a solid Double-A debut, Crick has walked 16 batters in 10.2 innings, including the first two hitters of his start on Saturday. After a single loaded the bases with nobody out, the 21-year-old nearly escaped the jam by striking out the next two hitters, but a two-run single followed, and Crick was on his way to his fourth consecutive shaky outing. 

     

    2014 Stats

    4.60 ERA, 15.2 IP, 15 H, 18 BB, 20 K in five starts 

     

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