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San Francisco Giants Top 20 prospects for 2017: Mid-season review

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Finishing up our organization review series, we look at the San Francisco Giants.

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We continue our mid-season organization reviews with a look at the San Francisco Giants Top 20 Prospects from the beginning of 2017. The index for other team reviews can be found here.




This list was originally published December 20th, 2016.

1) Christian Arroyo, INF, Grade B+/B: Age 22, first round pick in 2013; hit .396/.461/.604 in 91 Triple-A at-bats, but just .192/.244/.304 in 125 major league at-bats; will obviously get more chances; on DL since July 3rd with broken hand.

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Tyler Beede
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2) Tyler Beede, RHP, Grade B/B+: Age 24, first round pick in 2014 out of Vanderbilt; 4.79 ERA in 109 innings in Triple-A, 83/39 K/BB, 121 hits; on disabled list with groin injury since July 25th and not expected back until fall; Pacific Coast League observers found him enigmatic, erratic from start to start with both stuff and command.

3) Bryan Reynolds, OF, Grade B-/B: Age 22, second round pick in 2016 out of Vanderbilt, good year in California League with .307/.359/.442 line in 443 at-bats; more game power would be nice but hard to complain overall.

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4) Ty Blach, LHP, Grade B-/B: Age 26, fifth round pick in 2012 from Creighton University in Omaha; 4.59 ERA in 139 major league innings, 67/32 K/BB, 155 hits; I think he’s capable of better.

5) Andrew Suarez, LHP, Grade B-/B: Age 24, second round pick in 2015 from University of Miami; 3.11 ERA in 142 innings between Double-A and Triple-A with 123/37 K/BB, 147 hits; the Ty Blach of 2018 and I don’t mean that in a bad way.

6) Steven Okert, LHP, Grade B-: Age 26, fourth round pick in 2012 from University of Oklahoma; solid in Triple-A (3.80 ERA in 21 innings, 18/6 K/BB) but still trying to lock down the majors (6.75 in 21 innings, 16/9 K/BB); I think he figures it out eventually.

7) Joan Gregorio, RHP, Grade B-: Age 25, 3.04 ERA in 74 innings in Triple-A, 61/35 K/BB; close to major league promotion until suspended on July 1st for PED use; will miss rest of season.

8) C.J. Hinojosa, SS, Grade B-: Age 23, 11th round pick in 2015 from University of Texas; hitting .279/.333/.352 in Double-A; should be very useful utility man due to glove.

9) Chris Shaw, 1B, Grade B-: Age 23, first round pick in 2015 from Boston College; hitting .290/.346/.526 between Double-A and Triple-A with 22 homers, 35 walks, 118 strikeouts in 420 at-bats; stock up, power is genuine.

10) Heath Quinn, OF, Grade B-: Age 22, third round pick in 2016 out of Samford; hitting .230/.288/.333 in High-A, 16 walks, 72 strikeouts in 230 at-bats; has the tools to be much better.

11) Steven Duggar, OF, Grade B-: Age 23, sixth round pick in 2015 out of Clemson; hitting .260/.371/.470 in High-A but limited to 115 at-bats by injuries; seven steals in seven attempts; easy to overlook but a typical Giants prospect who could overperform his press clippings eventually.

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12) Austin Slater, OF-2B, Grade B-/C+: Age 24, eighth round pick in 2014 out of Stanford; hit .290/.343/.430 in 100 major league at-bats until going on disabled list in July with groin injury; seems legit to me.

13) Chris Stratton, RHP, Grade C+/B-: Age 26, first round pick in 2012 from Mississippi State, 5.11 ERA in 79 innings in Triple-A, 71/22 K/BB; promoted to majors, 4.91 in 26 innings, 22/13 K/BB, fanned 10 in his start against the Nationals on August 13th; sleeper for ‘18.

14) Clayton Blackburn, RHP, Grade C+/B-: Age 24; traded to Texas Rangers on April 16th, has not had a good year in Triple-A; 5.33 ERA in 81 innings, 66/23 K/BB; was much better at this level in ‘15 and somewhat better in ‘16; I remain irrationally attached to him but not by enough to retain this grade heading into ‘18.

15) Aramis Garcia, C, Grade C+: Age 24, second round pick in 2014 from Florida International; hitting .266/.315/.474 between High-A and Double-A, 17 homers, 21 walks, 85 strikeouts in 369 at-bats; 33% of runners caught, progress has been slower than hoped when he was drafted but potential remains intriguing with power.

16) Reyes Moronta, RHP, Grade C+: Age 24, signed out of Dominican Republic in 2010; throws hard, missed part of season with injury, has 3.56 ERA in 30 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, 42/18 K/BB; relief option for 2018 control allowing.

17) Dan Slania, RHP, Grade C+: Age 25, fifth round pick in 2013 from Notre Dame; 5.55 ERA in 130 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, 104/53 K/BB, 146 hits; was overmatched in the PCL (7.82 in 61 innings) but there’s enough in the arsenal to earn another chance.

18) Sam Coonrod, RHP, Grade C+: Age 24, fifth round pick in 2014 from Southern Illinois; 4.69 ERA in 104 innings in Double-A, 94/42 K/BB, 96 hits; live arm might work better in bullpen.

19) Sandro Fabian, OF, Grade C+: Age 19, signed out of Dominican Republic in 2015; hitting .259/.278/.384 in Low-A with nine homers, eight walks, 82 strikeouts in 425 at-bats; young for the level and has good tools but raw; making jump from rookie ball in 2016 so he deserves some slack.

20) Jordan Johnson, RHP, Grade C+: Age 23, 23rd round pick in 2014 from Cal State Northridge; another guy who can hit 95; 4.48 ERA in 88 innings in Double-A, 64/33 K/BB, 85 hits; out with hamstring injury.


Tyler Cyr, RHP: 2.23 ERA in 44 innings in Double-A, 51/19 K/BB, 17 saves.
Dylan Davis, OF: Hitting .210/.274/.340 in Double-A, inadequate at age 24.
Rodolfo Martinez, RHP: Out most of season with strained oblique, 4.11 ERA in 15 innings, 15/6 K/BB between Triple-A and rehab work.
Cory Taylor, RHP: 4.64 ERA in 109 innings in Double-A, 89/55 K/BB; heavy stuff may work better in bullpen.

And that completes the organization reviews. Next up: Top 100 revision.