The Giants are not the youngest team, nor do they have the best minor league system (for the record, FanGraphs had their future talent ranked as 20th in the bigs).
I hate to say this, but this might be as good as it gets, especially with Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain’s contract clocks ticking. The Giants need to really consider going for another World Series now.
At 20 years old, Zack Wheeler is one of the top pitching prospects in the low minors. As seen in multiple examples over the past couple years, the Giants are capable of developing talented starters.
The San Francisco rotation is stacked right now, and while Wheeler could be a great addition five years down the line, the Giants could very well draft another talented college pitcher in that time period.
Wheeler is dominating high-A ball right now and could very well finish the year in Double-A Richmond. As we’ve seen with other prospects, his trade value will only decrease if he gets stuck at a level either due to poor performance or a logjam ahead of him.
While he is regarded as a top prospect, Wheeler makes for a significant trading chip that could land the Giants an important piece for the stretch run. While he wouldn’t be the only piece, Wheeler could be a negotiating chip in a deal for Mets star Jose Reyes.
Minor leaguers Charlie Culberson (2B), Conor Gillaspie (3B), Thomas Neal (OF) and Brett Pill (1B) all have proven track records and could be the spark the Giants need down the stretch as well.