5 Best San Francisco Giants Prospects No One Is Talking About
The San Francisco Giants have promoted several prospects to the major leagues in the past few weeks.
Injuries hit the Giants hard, which necessitated giving their minor league prospects an opportunity. The players that have recently gotten their first shot in the big leagues include Andrew Susac, Adam Duvall, Joe Panik, Matt Duffy and Jarrett Parker.
Although the Giants minor league system definitely needs improvement, there's still some talent there.
Let's take a closer look at five prospects that have largely flown under the radar but are gaining momentum.
All stats are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.
No. 5: Erik Cordier, Relief Pitcher
Erik Cordier opened some eyes in spring training. He threw the ball well and showed a live fastball in the mid-90s.
Cordier is currently pitching for the Giants' Triple-A affiliate in Fresno. In 46 innings of work, Cordier has allowed 33 hits and 26 walks, while striking out 62. The strikeout total in comparison with the number of innings pitched is quite impressive, and Cordier's ERA is 3.13. He also carries a 1.283 WHIP.
At the age of 28, Cordier must make a move soon, or the opportunity will have passed him by.
No. 4: Mario Lisson, 3rd Base
After coming up in the Royals organization, Mario Lisson spent the past three years pitching in Mexico.
Prior to the 2014 season, Lisson joined the Giants organization, and he is currently playing in Richmond, the Giants' Double-A affiliate.
With experience at both corner infield spots, as well as the corner outfield positions, Lisson could ultimately become a valuable major league player based on his versatility.
In 300 at-bats, Lisson is hitting .277, with an OBP of .378 and an OPS of .861. He has 14 home runs and 67 RBI.
With Richmond, Lisson has played mostly third base, which could prove valuable if the Giants do not sign Pablo Sandoval. At the age of 30, the time is now for Lisson.
No. 3: Steven Okert, Relief Pitcher
Steven Okert opened the 2014 season pitching for the Giants' High-A affiliate in San Jose and then was promoted to Double-A Richmond.
His cumulative body of work this season is 56.2 inning pitched. Over that span, he has allowed 50 hits and walked 20, while striking out 76. His ERA is 2.22, and his WHIP is 1.235.
Okert has demonstrated excellent stuff as his gaudy strikeout numbers indicate.
Only 22 years of age, Okert has the potential to be a very good lefty out of the bullpen for the Giants. He will likely benefit from one more year in the minors to get just a bit more experience.
The Giants' current bullpen features left-handed relievers Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy has used three lefties out of his bullpen in the past. His comfort zone in doing that could give Okert more of an opportunity next season.
Okert is definitely someone to watch over the next year. He could also be a September call-up, which will give him a taste of the majors.
No. 2: Kendry Flores, Starting Pitcher
Kendry Flores is currently pitching in San Jose, the Giants' High-A affiliate. He has worked 105.2 innings, allowed 101 hits and 32 walks, while striking out 112. These are good numbers in a hitters' league.
Flores has an ERA of 4.09 and a WHIP of 1.235. He has allowed 14 home runs which is a primary cause of his slightly inflated ERA.
Only 22 years of age, the future is bright for Flores. Look for him to be promoted to Richmond for the 2015 season.
No. 1: Brett Bochy, Relief Pitcher
Brett Bochy is the son of Giants manager Bruce Bochy. Over the past year, the Giants reliever has developed into one of the team's top pitching prospects.
Currently pitching for Fresno, Brett has worked 44.2 innings, allowed 39 hits and 23 walks, while striking out 39. His ERA is 3.43, and his WHIP is 1.388.
The Giants traded right-handed reliever Heath Hembree and starter Edwin Escobar to the Boston Red Sox, in exchange for Jake Peavy.
The emergence of Bochy as a legitimate big league prospect helps soften the blow of losing Hembree. Look for Brett to be reunited with his dad in September when the rosters expand.