With a farm system that hasn't been well-regarded in years, the San Francisco Giants were hopeful that things would begin to head in a positive direction in 2014. But with top prospect Kyle Crick having walked more than a batter per inning thus far in his Double-A debut and top-hitting prospect Mac Williamson undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery, it's hard to be too optimistic.
And yet, there have been some positive developments over the first quarter of the minor league season.
While the number of potential impact major leaguers stands at zero unless Crick can turn things around, they have a deep core of solid pitching prospects and a handful of hitters who could help out the big league team in some capacity in the near future.
It's also helpful that the big league team is very good—they're currently 24-14 with a two-game lead in the NL West—because there is not a sense of urgency to rush any prospect to the majors. They can continue to develop at their own pace and will only advance to the next level when they've earned that privilege.
Here's a look at the team's top 10 prospects and how each player has fared through the first six weeks of the 2014 MLB season.