The San Francisco Giants All-Prospects Team
In this slideshow, I will show you the Giants' future team to come with all their prospects. The Giants have gone from a pretty bare minor league system to now a fruitful one in my opinion. Led by some young phenoms everyone knew were going to be great, to some late round draft pics that have shown a lot of potential, there is much to like with these young Giants.
We all knew Buster Posey would be good from the beginning. In college, he led the Florida Seminoles and won the Golden Spikes award in college, the equivalent to the MVP in the MLB. Buster has already risen in the minor league ranks quickly, starting in Single-A for the San Jose Giants and now he is already in Triple-A for the Fresno Grizzlies. With Bengie Molina in the last year of his contract and likely not to be resigned, we could see Buster possibly starting as early as next year.
First Base—Angel Villalona
Angel Villalona has the potential to be an unbelievable power hitter, but right now, he is very young and has terrible plate discipline. The Giants are hoping more plate discipline will come as Villalona matures. However, Villalona has been shelved for the rest of year with an injury, so that could set back his development.
Second Base—Nick Noonan
Noonan was ranked as the Giants' fifth-ranked organizational prospect. He was drafted in the first round with pick 32. Noonan is a solid hitter and has exceptional speed, with 47 steals in 51 attempts. Noonan will likely stay in the minors another year, but could come up in 2011 and be mentored by Freddy Sanchez, who is a similar type of player.
Brandon Crawford, the young shortstop out of UCLA, was tearing it up in A ball for the San Jose Giants, hitting .371 with six longballs when he got sent up to AA ball. He has since cooled off considerably, batting .250 with 3 home runs, but I think if Crawford keeps improving, he could be a good major league shortstop with some pop.
Third Base—Pablo Sandoval
Pablo Sandoval has been up with the Giants this whole season and is having an All-Star year. The Panda has been a huge part of an otherwise historically bad offense. Pablo has a .332 average with 16 longballs and 64 RBI. He has also become a talented third baseman considering he is a converted catcher. And did I mention he's only 22 years old?
Thomas Neal has been flying under the radar for a while, but not any longer. This year in A ball, Neal has hit .347 with 17 home runs! For two straight months, Neal has hit .414 and .415, garnering the honor of Player of the Month in Single-A. Neal could be on a fast track to the pro, maybe as soon as next year, and he's an exciting player. Remember the name Thomas Neal.
Velez has been up to the pros and back down to the minors this year, but in his most recent stint in the pros, Velez has hit safely in eight straight games, while providing a much needed spark for the Giants offense. It will be very interesting to see how long Velez can keep this up.
John Bowker has been tearing it up in Triple-A, smashing double digit home runs, but when he has gotten his shot in the majors, he hasn't quite shown his whole potential. Bowker has only one home run and is batting .156, but Bowker could get it going and be a major contributor to the Giants this year in a playoff run, as well as for years to come.
Starting Pitcher—Madison Bumgarner
Madison Bumgarner is considered the number one prospect in the Giants organization. This kid is only 19 years old and already a stud. At AA Madison, he is 7-1 with a 2.01 ERA. In spring training, Bumgarner baffled Manny Ramirez on a three-pitch strikeout. Bumgarner may possibly make his debut this year on August 5, when the Giants need to fill the spot left by Sadowski, which is also when Bumgarner is slated to pitch for his minor league.