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Stock Up, Stock Down for San Francisco Giants' Top 10 Prospects Entering Week 8

Jason MartinezContributor IMay 19, 2014

Stock Up, Stock Down for San Francisco Giants' Top 10 Prospects Entering Week 8

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    Duvall makes his Top 10 debut after hitting three homers and knocking in eight runs last week.
    Duvall makes his Top 10 debut after hitting three homers and knocking in eight runs last week.Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

    The San Francisco Giants own the best record in the National League at 28 wins and 17 losses. The roster is deep, and unlike the past few seasons, there is talent on the way from the upper minors. 

    Even though that talent doesn't include the next Buster Posey or Madison Bumgarner, as was the case during their World Series run of 2010, there are several solid prospects who can fill a need during the 2014 season. 

    Of the 10 prospects on this week's rankings, at least three could debut in the majors sometime over the next few months.

    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. Adam Duvall, 3B/1B (Triple-A Fresno)

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    Last Week's Stats

    10-for-22, 3 HR, 2 2B, 3B, 8 RBI, 4 BB, 6 K

    Pablo Sandoval, who was hitting .171 with two homers and 28 strikeouts on May 9, has finally heated up. And it was probably just in the nick of time.

    His current nine-game hitting streak (14-for-36, 3 2B, HR) has likely put to rest any thought of Adam Duvall being called upon to take his place. 

    That's no fault of Duvall's, though. 

    The 25-year-old is on a tear down in Triple-A with a league-leading 15 homers, including nine in the month of May. While the opportunity to start at third base probably isn't in the cards, barring an injury to Sandoval, Duvall has a shot to earn a call-up to provide some right-handed power off the bench. 

    If he continues on his current path, he could also go into the offseason as the leading candidate to man the hot corner in 2015 should Sandoval bolt as a free agent. 

     

    2014 Stats

    .283 BA, 15 HR, 6 2B, 2 3B, 44 RBI, 17 BB, 37 K in 43 games

     

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9. Andrew Susac, C (Triple-A Fresno)

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    Last Week's Stats

    2-for-17, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K 

    Susac had just two hits last week, but he made them count. His pair of homers on May 13 helped lead Triple-A Fresno to a 7-4 victory over Reno (Diamondbacks).

    The 24-year-old finished off the week in an 0-for-10 slide, dropping his OPS to .958, but hitting four homers in five games after missing more than two weeks with a concussion is an impressive feat. 

    Expect Susac to get a September call-up, though he could've been in line much sooner if not for backup catcher Hector Sanchez's recent streak of 16 hits in 41 at-bats to boost his average from .120 to .288. 

     

    2014 Stats

    .289 BA, 6 HR, 5 2B, 18 RBI, 11 BB, 19 K in 24 games

     

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

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    Last Week's Stats

    5.2 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 4 K in one start

    A first-inning two-run homer to power-hitting prospect Stetson Allie and a solo homer to shortstop prospect Alen Hanson accounted for all three runs allowed by Ty Blach in 5.2 innings of work in Richmond's 3-0 loss to Altoona (Pirates) on Saturday.

    The 23-year-old lefty had a season-high four strikeouts and didn't walk a batter for the fourth time on the season. He continues to shut down lefty hitters (.143 BA), which could lead to a role as a lefty specialist in the Giants bullpen sometime in the next season or two.

     

    2014 Stats

    2.57 ERA, 42 IP, 36 H, 6 BB, 17 K in eight starts

     

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7. Kendry Flores, SP (High-A San Jose)

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    Last Week's Stats

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

    The only good news in Flores' disastrous start on Saturday is that his team battled back from a 6-1 deficit to win 7-6 in 11 innings at Visalia (Diamondbacks).

    Of the 14 batters that the 22-year-old right-hander faced off against, only five were retired. He allowed seven hits, including homers to Socrates Brito and Ryan Court, and a walk before getting the hook in the second inning. 

    Flores has now allowed an alarming six homers over his last 21.2 innings pitched. 

     

    2014 Stats

    5.45 ERA, 39.2 IP, 43 H, 13 BB, 40 K in eight starts

     

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6. Christian Jones, SP (Low-A Augusta)

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    Last Week's Stats

    6.2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K in one start

    A week after taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning—he allowed a single with one out and finished with one earned run and three hits allowed in 7.1 innings—Christian Jones was equally impressive in his last start on Saturday. 

    The 23-year-old lefty, who recently added a two-seam fastball to his repertoire, made it through 3.2 innings before allowing a hit this time and finished with only two singles allowed in 6.2 shutout innings. 

    An 18th-round pick out of the University of Oregon in last year's draft, Jones could be rewarded with a promotion to High-A San Jose in the near future.

     

    2014 Stats

    2.88 ERA, 34.1 IP, 23 H, 6 BB, 36 K in seven starts

     

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

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    Last Week's Stats

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

    Stratton's quality start in Game 1 of a three-game series at Visalia looked all the more impressive after his fellow rotation mates, Kendry Flores and Joe Kurrasch, were knocked out early in Games 2 and 3, respectively. 

    After retiring the first 13 hitters of the game, the 23-year-old Stratton ran into trouble. A double, two singles, a walk and a sacrifice fly later, San Jose was down 2-1. Two errors led to two unearned runs in the sixth, ending Stratton's day with a 4-1 deficit. 

    Despite the near-5.00 ERA, Stratton continues to show enough for the organization to remain hopeful that the former first-round pick can have a successful rise up the ladder and into the big league rotation within the next few years.

     

    2014 Stats

    4.97 ERA, 41.2 IP, 41 H, 16 BB, 40 K in eight starts

     

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

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    Last Week's Stats

    6 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 2 K in one start

    The biggest concern for Mejia might be the amount of long balls allowed. He allowed six homers over the last 23.1 innings pitched, including back-to-back homers to David Adams and Michael Ohlman in a 5-3 loss to Bowie (Orioles) on Wednesday. However, Mejia's age (20) at Double-A, impressive walk-to-strikeout ratio (6-30) and ability to battle and pitch deep into games (six innings in four of his last five starts) should give the Giants hope that he'll put it all together at some point.

     

    2014 Stats

    5.35 ERA, 35.1 IP, 39 H, 6 BB, 30 K in seven starts

     

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3. Edwin Escobar, SP (Triple-A Fresno)

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    Last Week's Stats

    5 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 6 K in one start

    As is the case with Ty Blach in Double-A, Escobar's right-lefty splits (.203 BA vs. lefties; .359 BA vs. righties) suggest that he could be an effective situational lefty reliever should the Giants need help in that area. 

    But since they seem just fine with three lefties in their current 'pen—Javier Lopez, Jeremy Affeldt and David Huff—the 22-year-old Escobar will continue to develop as a starter in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, where he's done just enough to remain on the prospect radar.

     

    2014 Stats

    5.60 ERA, 45 IP, 59 H, 16 BB, 41 K in seven starts

     

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2. Clayton Blackburn, SP (Double-A Richmond)

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    Last Week's Stats

    6 IP, 3 ER, 10 H, BB, 2 K in one start

    A week after striking out 10 batters in 5.1 innings, Blackburn was back to his usual self, with opposing hitters putting the ball in play in a majority of at-bats. Ten of those balls found holes, unfortunately, though the 21-year-old was able to limit the damage against Bowie (Orioles). 

    The right-handed Blackburn continues to be effective against lefty hitters, holding them to a .191 batting average. Righties, on the other hand, boosted their average to .405 after Tuesday's loss. Neither side has homered against him, though. 

     

    2014 Stats

    3.05 ERA, 38.1 IP, 45 H, 7 BB, 29 K in seven starts

     

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

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    Last Week's Stats

    6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, BB, 6 K in one start

    The most positive development of the season occurred on Friday as the wild and inconsistent Kyle Crick dominated a very good Altoona (Pirates) lineup with two-hit ball over six shutout innings. 

    On the verge of a demotion after walking 18 hitters in his first 15.2 Double-A innings, the 21-year-old has now walked just two over his last nine innings while allowing only one run and five hits. 

     

    2014 Stats

    3.28 ERA, 24.2 IP, 20 H, 20 BB, 29 K in seven starts

     

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