Pitching wins baseball games. But you don’t have to remind the San Francisco Giants.
The Giants 2010 Championship run was built on the back of pitching that is unmatched in major league baseball (that’s right, Phillies fans—I’m looking at you). If San Francisco’s farm system is not currently littered with high profile pitching prospects, it is only because they have done such a stellar job of drafting players—pitchers in particular—who are simply too good to require extended time in the minors.
Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner have all been great for the Giants. The fact that they spent minimal time in the minors and that their success at the major league level was basically immediate only makes them seem more impressive. Watching these studs of the Giants rotation, it is easy to lose sight of what a normal career path for a starter looks like.
But just because there may not be another Tim Lincecum or Matt Cain waiting in San Jose or Fresno ready to jump a level or two or five and dominate major league hitters doesn’t mean that the Giants are devoid of young pitching talent.
On that note, here are five minor league pitchers in the Giants organization who are leading the farm system's rebuilding efforts.
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