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GM Brian Sabean and Manager Bruce Bochy
A few short years ago, the San Francisco Giants had arguably the weakest minor league system in baseball. Very few players came up through the system and made any impact for the Giants.
General Manager Brian Sabean has done an excellent job rebuilding the Giants' farm system and it is now beginning to pay off. All five of the Giants starting pitchers, sans Barry Zito, are home grown, as is closer Brian Wilson.
The Giants are also beginning to see top position player prospects emerge. In 2008, Pablo Sandoval emerged as a young star. Last year saw Buster Posey burst on the scene and help lead the Giants to their first World Series title in San Francisco.
Brandon Belt was supposed to be the impact player this year, but a slow start briefly derailed him and he was sent back to the minors. When he returned from Triple-A Fresno, the Giants were looking for Belt to begin hitting the ball with authority.
Unfortunately, Belt was hit on the wrist and suffered a hairline fracture. He is due to return in two or three weeks. If he gets on track, he can make a significant impact on the lackluster Giant offense.
The Giants have strengthened their minor league system and now have potential Major League players developing. In addition, there are more decent prospects in the system which be traded, which can also pay big dividends.