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San Francisco Giants Top 20 prospects for 2018: mid-season review

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Checking in on the Giants prospect list

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Continuing with our mid-season organization reviews, we turn our attention to the San Francisco Giants.

This list was originally published February 28th, 2018




1) Heliot Ramos, OF, Grade B+: Age 18, first round pick in 2017 from high school in Puerto Rico; hitting .238/.311/.373 with eight homers, 28 walks, 103 strikeouts in 357 at-bats; glove strong, flashes enormous offensive potential but still working out the strike zone; given his age in full-season ball his stock is holding up.

2) Chris Shaw, OF-1B, Grade B/B-: Age 24, first round pick in 2015 from Boston College; .260/.305/.521 in Triple-A, 20 homers, 16 walks, 116 strikeouts in 311 at-bats; no big change in profile, highly-impressive power with contact questions, walk rate continues to slip but other numbers holding up; no big change in scouting reports either.

3) Austin Slater, OF, Grade B/B-: Age 25, eighth round pick in 2014 from Stanford, .344/.417/.564 in 195 Triple-A at-bats, .300/.419/.360 in 50 major league at-bats; seems legit to me, he’s hit for average everywhere and has added improved patience to boost his OBP; main question remains home run power but a surge in his late 20s is plausible.

4) Steven Duggar, OF, Grade B-/B: Age 24, sixth round pick in 2015 from Clemson University, .272/.354/.421 with 11 steals, 39 walks, 103 strikeouts in 316 at-bats in Triple-A, .286/.314/.408 in 49 major league at-bats; better physical tools than Slater, not as polished with the bat; although they profile differently I think Duggar can also have an offensive surge in his late 20s.

5) Sandro Fabian, OF, Grade B-: Age 20, signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2014 for $500,000; hitting .212/.254/.326 with six homers, 13 walks, 75 strikeouts in 316 at-bats in High-A; still stands out for arm strength and raw power, but operative word is still “raw.”

6) Andrew Suarez, LHP, Grade B-: Age 25, second round pick in 2015 from University of Miami Hurricanes; 3.99 ERA in 95 innings in the majors, 83/23 K/BB, 96 hits; exactly as expected based on his scouting profile.

7) Tyler Beede, RHP, Grade B-: Age 25, first round pick in 2014 from Vanderbilt; going backwards due to command problems, 6.63 ERA in 72 innings in Triple-A, 69/56 K/BB, 75 hits; walked eight in 7.2 innings in two major league starts; may need change of scenery, conversion to relief, or both.

8) Shaun Anderson, RHP, Grade B-: Age 23, third round pick by the Boston Red Sox in 2016 from University of Florida, traded to Giants last July; 3.77 ERA in 105 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, 101/28 K/BB, 105 hits; solid all-around prospect with few weaknesses who sneaks up on people.

9) Garrett Williams, LHP, Grade B-/C+: Age 23, seventh round pick in 2016 from Oklahoma State University; ugly numbers in Double-A, 6.04 ERA with 65/50 K/BB in 67 innings, 78 hits allowed, huge slippage in all metrics compared to strong 2017 season in A-ball; command has collapsed.

10) Aramis Garcia, C-1B, Grade B-/C+: Age 25, second round pick in 2014 from Florida International University; hitting .232/.281/.407 with 11 homers, 17 walks, 72 strikeouts in 280 at-bats in Double-A; reliable receiver but still needs work on throwing; good power in the bat but still needs work with the strike zone; stagnant year basically.

11) Jacob Gonzalez, 3B, Grade B-/C+: Age 20, second round pick in 2017 from high school in Scottsdale, Arizona; son of former major leaguer Luis Gonzalez; hitting .242/.310/.362 with eight homers, 25 walks, 86 strikeouts in 359 at-bats in Low-A; defense at third base is very rough, has a horrid .860 fielding percentage which is actually better than the .837 he posted in rookie ball; bat has also been disappointing so far but too soon to worry given age/pedigree.

12) Reyes Moronta, RHP, Grade C+: Age 25, signed out of Dominican Republic in 2010; very successful season in the majors, 1.76 ERA in 46 innings, 54/25 K/BB, 22 hits; better control would be nice but hard to argue with the overall results, should continue to perform.

13) D.J. Snelten, LHP, Grade C+: Age 26, ninth round pick from University of Minnesota in 2013; 4.50 ERA in 36 Triple-A innings with 35/20 K/BB; claimed on waivers by the Baltimore Orioles in June, then went on the disabled list with shoulder problems a few days ago; was much more effective in ’17 so I wonder how much the injury is a factor here.

14) Julian Fernandez, RHP, Grade C+: Age 22, signed by the Colorado Rockies out of the Dominican Republic in 2012; claimed by Giants in 2017 Rule 5 draft, can hit 102 when healthy but not healthy, had Tommy John surgery at the end of spring training.

15) Tyler Herb, RHP, Grade C+: Age 26, 29th round pick from Coastal Carolina by the Seattle Mariners in 2014, traded to Giants last summer for Chris Heston; weak season with 6.32 ERA in 37 innings between Triple-A and rookie ball injury rehab, 27/17 K/BB, 42 hits; missed most of May and June with undisclosed injury, back in action now but ineffective.

16) C.J. Hinojosa, INF, Grade C+: Age 24, 11th round pick in 2015 from the University of Texas; hitting .278/.373/.376 in 133 at-bats in Double-A, 18/15 BB/K, five steals; missed 50 games for “drug of abuse” suspension; profile hasn’t changed, runs well, decent OBP skills, versatile glove.

17) Heath Quinn, OF, Grade C+: Age 23, third round pick in 2016 from Samford; hitting .307/.376/.502 with 10 homers, 26 walks, 65 strikeouts in 241 at-bats in High-A; nice year, repeating the league though after injury-plagued ’17; ready to move up to Double-A at any time.

18) Melvin Adon, RHP, Grade C+: Age 23, signed out of Dominican Republic in 2015; 4.87 ERA in 78 innings in High-A, 71/34 K/BB, 82 hits; can hit 98 but inconsistent with secondary pitches, overall command, might do better in bullpen.

19) Alexander Canario, OF, Grade C+: Age 18, signed out of Dominican Republic in 2016; hitting .284/.409/.432 in 95 at-bats in rookie ball, eight steals; attractive combination of OBP, speed, and good reports on offensive potential including raw power; stock moving up.

20) Gregory Santos, RHP, Grade C+: Age 18, signed by the Red Sox out of the Dominican Republic in 2015, traded to Giants along with Shaun Anderson in Eduardo Nunez deal; 3.16 ERA in 37 innings in Northwest League, 35/13 K/BB, 2.55 GO/AO; heavy sinker can hit 97, mixes in promising curveball, stocking moving up, don’t overlook him.


Jason Bahr, RHP; Traded to Texas Rangers on July 8th, having a fine season with 2.71 ERA, 111/26 K/BB in 93 innings in High-A, stock moving up.

Kelvin Beltre, 2B; Fighting injuries, hitting.208/.283/.323 in 96 at-bats in High-A

Garrett Cave, RHP; 4.79 ERA in 83 innings in Low-A, 81/55 K/BB; needs better control, might do better in bullpen

Sam Coonrod, RHP; Tommy John surgery

Seth Corry, LHP; 2.73 ERA in 33 innings in rookie ball, 36/15 K/BB; must be watched closely in 2019

Tyler Cyr, RHP; out with elbow fracture

Miguel Gomez, 2B; .304/.318/.448 in Double-A/Triple-A; 4-for-13 during May MLB trial; in the bench mix

Joan Gregorio, RHP; Gave up 11 hits in six innings in April then went on AAA disabled list.

Ryan Howard, INF; .268/.336/.383 with 30 walks, 38 strikeouts in 295 at-bats in Double-A; utility projection

Domenic Mazza, LHP; 2.88 ERA in 34 innings between High-A and Northwest League injury rehab, 22/8 K/BB

Ismael Munguia, OF; hitting .337/.371/.522 in 92 at-bats between rookie ball and Low-A; small sample but promising, keep an eye on this one.

Diego Rincones, OF; .355/.385/.536 in 110 at-bats in NWL; again, small sample but young and promising

Dereck Rodriguez, RHP; A very positive surprise, 2.75 ERA in 59 major league innings, 47/15 K/BB; never had sexy scouting reports but actual track record was solid and he has maintained this in the majors, feel for pitching a big plus, doesn’t seem flukey to me overall although 3.75 ERA is more likely than 2.75 in the long run.

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Rodriguez is the big winner here, a minor league free agent made good. Reliever Ray Black is another breakout and Logan Webb and Camilo Doval may not be far behind. Outfielder Malique Ziegler and infielder Jalen Miller should also be watched.

2018 first rounder Joey Bart become the top prospect in the system immediately.