SF Giants Prospects: Tier 4 (#22-30)

We have separated the Giants top 30 prospects into four tiers of players, with the players in each tier being somewhat comparable to one another overall. Today, we unveil tier four.

Let's just get right into this! Here is roughly the bottom third of the SF Giants top 30 prospects the way that I see it: 

22.  Tyler Rogers  RHP  AAA

He doesn’t have the mid-90s fastball and the nasty slider but what Rogers brings is the true submarine style of pitching. His fastball is in the mid-80s but it has nice sink and stays low in the zone. He will bring a nice change of pace in the high octane bullpen that the Giants are building.

23.    Rodolfo Martinez  RHP  AA

Martinez is one of those pitchers that looks like he will be a part of the high octane bullpen that the SF Giants are building. He should see some time in Sacramento this season, and could threaten for a spot in the bullpen come 2018. 

24.    Reyes Moronta  RHP  A+

You might argue that I put Martinez ahead of Moronta but Martinez has been better than Moronta in High A in terms of stuff (mid to high-90s fastball). Both pitchers’ command were similar but the wheels fell off for Martinez once he got promoted in terms of velocity and command while Moronta has been steady. My can guess is that Martinez got a dead arm. If Martinez can regain the 102 MPH fastball that he had in the middle of the season, he’ll stay ahead but Moronta’s creeping up. And if the two can sustain their success from San Jose in 2017, the two will be a big part of the Giants 'pen for a long time.

25.     Miguel Gomez  3B/1B/C  A+

All that Gomez does is hit. He improved his conditioning and he actually looked fit physically and he reaped the rewards this season. The problem for him being this low is his age. Gomez is 24 and split time between Augusta and San Jose in 2016. His defense was also suspect before, but he’s a passable third baseman at best right now. Lots of Giants fans can see some Pablo Sandoval traits in him, and they may not be wrong.

26.     Jalen Miller  2B  A

It was another season of struggle for Miller in his first full season and that’s nothing to be ashamed of because the SAL is unforgiving for young players with a developing bat. Miller’s defense has improved and flashed above average, but his bat and his eye are still raw. 2017 is the year that he should put up some stats in San Jose, or he’ll start to slowly fade.

27.    Jordan Johnson  RHP  A+

Johnson’s season was a disaster as he has showed his true stuff for the first time. He started well (1 start with fewer than 3 ER in 7 starts) but when the hot California summer came, his stuff and mechanics faltered, relying more on his changeup because his fastball command isn't quite up to par. He picked it up at the end (2 starts with fewer than 3 ER in his final 8 starts). I will still give him the benefit of the doubt entering 2017 but he needs to shrug off an ugly 2016 and learn from it.

28.    Ryder Jones  1B/3B  AA

Last season, Jones finally put his raw power into good use, hitting 15 home runs with Richmond. While he still plays 3B once in a while, his defense at first impressed me. In the end, he still needs to impress with his bat in terms of hitting for a good batting average to be a Major Leaguer.

29.     Clayton Blackburn  RHP  AAA

A year after winning the PCL ERA title, there had been some chatter if Blackburn or Blach would pitch in the Majors first, and we got our answer. Blackburn still pitched to contact but his style didn’t play as well this time in the unforgiving PCL. Based on his 2016 season, I can say that Blackburn’s future is going to be a spot starter.

30.     Tyler Cyr  RHP  A+

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Cyr is a promising reliever with a knockout fastball-curveball combo from the right side. Command has plagued him in college and in his first taste as a pro but has improved on attacking the zone and the results have been very good. He has the ability to move quickly in the system if he keeps improving the command of his fastball.

Check back tomorrow for the third tier of prospects! 

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