All week I have been counting down my top SF Giants prospects by the tiers that I have grouped them in. Today's tier is elite company in the Giants system, as only their top two prospects made it in. I have also included some of the other Giants prospects that I enjoy for no particular reason. Enjoy!
1. Tyler Beede RHP AA
2. Christian Arroyo 3B/SS AA
The two have been going 1A and 1B in my mind for the past 2 years now. I gave Tyler the nod for this year because of the steps forward that he took last season. Statistically, some will argue that Tyler benefitted vastly at home (1.63 home ERA) and Christian struggled (.224 BA). What really got me though is the eye test. Beede showed in 2016 what kind of guy that the Giants really expect from him when they drafted him, a future workhorse in the middle or top of the rotation. Even though Arroyo still displayed his masterful bat stroke and fielded many positions before settling at the hot corner, I give Tyler the slight edge because he's a pitcher--and a good one. Nonetheless, both will be integral to the Giants plans moving forward.
Other prospects that I like:
Jacob Heyward- The younger brother of Jason, he has impressed me with his bat speed and his competitive drive. His ability to draw walks and the overall hit tool will be a question to be answered moving forward. He looks poised to join the Top 30 if he produces a very good year.
Sandro Cabrera- Young but very skinny, Cabrera showed a good fastball-curve combination in the Arizona League but he has just made his Sally debut this season at age 21 (1 relief stint) and he’ll be 22 this year so there’s a lot of time to catch up to. Hopefully he has filled out his frame a little this offseason.
Gustavo Cabrera- His first taste of full season baseball, Cabrera fared pretty well but it was obvious that there are still a lot of things to work on as his bat looked very raw and he rarely draws walks. When he hits the ball well though, the ball flies.
Hunter Cole- Austin Slater has leapfrogged Cole on who’s the better prospect between them. While Slater improved his power stroke, Cole battled inconsistency and his bat still got too much swing and miss to be excited about his bat.
Ronnie Jebavy- The defensive wizard at center field, his questionable hit tool has been exposed and had been some sort of a power hitter rather than hitting for average, hitting 12 homers but with 153 Ks. His defense will continue to carry him towards the Upper Minors but the ability to hit for average must improve.
Garrett Williams- Quite an enigmatic pitcher, his fastball-curveball flashes plus when he’s on. The problem is that he rarely gets on even though his mechanics look repeatable. There’s some Kyle Crick in him so here’s to hoping he’ll figure it out.
Caleb Smith- The second best lefty reliever in the organization after Okert, hitters really had a tough time squaring up his pitches and he packs some deception as well but he’s 24 and yet to crack San Jose. If he continues to blow by hitters in 2017, he’ll be an asset from the left side. http://www.scout.com/mlb/giants/story/1751998-sf-giants-prospects-tier-2...
Ryan Howard- He’s the type of players that gets you. He has average tools across the board but plays up because of his instincts. But he still needs to improve on his tools for him to succeed.
Jean Angomas- One of my readers named Carmot’s has him as an under the radar player, but he has been stuck as a third string OF on the Augusta roster but he got tools that warrants some attention.
Gio Brusa- A corner OF power threat but he got a long swing and he needs to cut down on his strikeouts to make some noise.
Ricardo Genoves- Possibly the second best catching prospect in the organization, he’s still in Dominican Republic as a defense-first backstop. He hit well early but struggled with hitting for average as the season worn down. If he can continue to improve his hitting to pair up with his defense that’s starting to impress me (check out his catching workouts in his Instagram), he has a chance to play in the upper Minors or possibly the Majors 4 to 5 years from now.
Manuel Geraldo- A young and athletic player with good speed, Geraldo’s bat is still raw, but for me he’s a better prospect than his fellow Dominican Kelvin Beltre.
Johneshwy Fargas- Absolutely outmatched in his San Jose stint and since his demotion to Augusta, he has produced similar stats that he produced in 2015. The question in my mind is if this is his offensive ceiling. In 2017, he should answer that question because if his career as an outfielder is done, his arm being capable of throwing mid-90s fastballs could lead to a nice second career as a pitcher.
Jonah Arenado- Nolan’s younger brother still profiles as a corner infielder but there’s too many strikeouts and too few walks to excited.
Dillon Dobson- First baseman’s bat really needs to show up to have any value in that position and Dobson’s bat fared good in Augusta but he looks like a High Minors player than a true Major Leaguer.
Melvin Adon-A pitcher who throws in the mid-90s and has impressive slider is certainly going to intrigue me. The reason that he’s not that high for me is that he is going to be 23 this year and he is yet to reach full season ball. His command is also currently suspect so he needs time to catch up.
Malique Ziegler and Jose Layer- 2016 draftees out of Puerto Rico with exciting tools in the outfield, both will be on my list to follow in the 2017 season.