Yesterday we started off our look at the SF Giants top 30 prospects with the fourth tier of talent on the farm. Today, we continue with tier three.
13. Joan Gregorio RHP AAA
14. Chris Stratton RHP MLB
15. Steven Okert LHP MLB
16. Dan Slania RHP AAA
The four can be interchangeable easily because they are all similar. The four are starters now that will be a bullpen weapons in the Major Leagues (in case of Okert, he’s always been a reliever). Stratton and Okert already had a taste of the Majors last season and both have mixed grades in my mind. I can see that the Giants brass will give Stratton every chance to start and he should compete for the 5th spot in Spring Training. Gregorio has impressive stuff and the mechanics to be a deceptive reliever while Slania has the shortest arm action I have seen from a Giants prospect, like he’s throwing a football. The four project to be relievers in the long run.
17. Aramis Garcia C A+
Garcia was hit by a nasty face injury that made him miss two months of action. He’d been playing well before it, batting .298, 3 2B, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 8 BB, 20Ks in that span. He never recovered that early season magic once he came back from the injury though. His defense has improved but there’s still some room to grow. If his offense comes back in 2017 like how he started 2016, he’ll be a top 10 prospect in the system.
18. Dylan Davis OF A+
It’s not Chris Shaw or Austin Slater who lead the organization in homers in 2016. It was Dylan Davis with 26 and he also tallied up 92 RBIs. He has finally learned on how to utilize his power fully in games by having a better pitch selection. The swing and miss will always be present but he could hit enough to carve a Major League career. http://www.scout.com/mlb/giants/story/1750671-sf-giants-prospects-tier-4...
19. Cory Taylor RHP AA
Having been bounced around and across three levels, Taylor didn’t disappoint and surprised me by starting and starting very well even with just two quality pitches highlighted with his plus plus-quality sinker. A changeup and improved conditioning will work wonders for him but that sinker alone should catapult him at least to a bullpen spot in San Francisco. It’s that good.
20. Matt Gage LHP AA
Gage isn’t the type of prospect that would get you excited right away but he’s worth following. He’s similar to Ty Blach: while his stuff won’t blow hitters away, he gets outs on a daily basis with deception, size and command.
21. Matt Krook LHP A-
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While Krook has a high ceiling, there’s more risk than reward currently for him. His command last season after coming back from Tommy John came and went. His fastball velocity is also just in the high-80s, which leaves more to be desired. His curveball has been as good as advertised but a good curveball needs good fastball command and Krook doesn’t have that right now. If his command of his fastball improves in 2017, the sky’s the limit.