Ed Szczepanski, USA Today

SF Giants Prospects: Risers, Upside and Tools

Today we take an optimistic look at the players that have risen in the rankings, the players that have some of the most upside outside of the top five, and which players have the highest upside in the SF Giants farm system.

For a few years now, the San Francisco Giants farm system has not been ranked anywhere near the top of the overall leaderboards, but that doesn't mean that they haven't produced some solid players from their system. Joe Panik was never ranked as the Giants top overall prospect by Baseball America, and Matt Duffy was ranked once by BA, coming in 9th after the 2014 season. Having depth certainly increases a team's chances of fielding a competitive roster at the big league roster year after year, but with the team that the Giants currently have at the major league level, there aren't many openings. Having a couple of players here and there that can be called upon in a pinch could be more than enough to get the Giants through the next few seasons if they can stay healthy. 

With all of that in mind, here is a look at some of the prospects that rose up the rankings, have some of the most upside outside of the top five, and who has the best overall tools in the system. 

Biggest Risers 

Steven Duggar- A change in the swing (specifically, the bat path and the angle of attack) resulted to a big boost in average last season. Partner it up with his impressive eye at the plate, and an above average hit tool is a big possibility.

C.J. Hinojosa- Came out of nowhere, his eye is very good and his swing produces hits at a constant rate. Kind of like Arroyo-lite, he should be good.

Sandro Fabian- A guy with average tools the first time I saw him, he’s better than I thought when I saw his videos in Arizona League.

Austin Slater- His power stroke massively improved and he should be ready to join the outfield conversation in one to two years.

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Matt Gage- He produced the stats to back up his breakout campaign, highlighted by three near no-nos. 

Five Highest Ceiling Prospects Outside The Top 5

Chris Shaw- If his hitting checks out and if the defense is at least average, he can be an above-average masher of baseballs.

Sandro Fabian- He has a long ways to go but the bat and the defense showed promise to be an above average OF.

Heath Quinn- If the offense continues to show up in 2017, he fits the mold of a classic RF.

Matt Krook- Still a long ways to go but if everything clicks, his ceiling is as high as it gets, possibly a #2 SP.

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Jalen Miller- His bat is still as raw as a piece of meat in the butcher’s shop but if he can make significant strides with the bat and the defense continues to improve, he’ll be an above average second baseman.

Best Tools (Descending from 1st to 3rd)


Hit: Christian Arroyo, Miguel Gomez, Steven Duggar

Power: Chris Shaw, Dylan Davis, Heath Quinn

Speed: Ronnie Jebavy, Steven Duggar, Johneshwy Fargas

Arm: Johneshwy Fargas, Steven Duggar, Sandro Fabian

Glove: Ronnie Jebavy, Steven Duggar, Bryan Reynolds

Athleticism: Steven Duggar, Johneshwy Fargas, Jalen Miller



Fastball: Ray Black, Reyes Moronta, Rodolfo Martinez
Tyler Beede, Tyler Cyr, Garrett Williams

Slider: Andrew Suarez, Joan Gregorio, Steven Okert
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Command: Ty Blach, Andrew Suarez, Clayton Blackburn

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