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San Francisco Giants Top Minor League Tools
With the minor league season officially wrapped up, it’s time to look back at the each organization’s top tools. Note: only everyday players with 250+ plate appearances, starting pitchers with 80+ innings, and relievers with 40+ innings were considered. For more Top MiLB Tools click here.
Hit Tool: Mac Williamson, RF
Power: Mac Williamson, RF
Eye: Andrew Susac, C
Base Stealer: Jesus Galindo, CF
K-Ability: Kyle Crick, RHP
Control: Ty Blach, LHP
[/pullquote] Best Hit Tool: After a strong debut in 2012, San Francisco opted to bypass low Class A and push right fielder Mac Williamson straight to the California State League. And the former Wake Forest product showed a fairly complete offensive toolkit. Williamson hit .292/.375/.504.
Best Power: Again, right fielder Mac Williamson showed why he was the franchise’s top offensive prospect in 2013. Williams slugged 31 doubles, a pair of triples, and 25 homeruns while posting an above-average .212 Isolated Power.
Best Plate Discipline: After a bit of disappointing debut in high Class A in 2012, Andrew Susac, who batted .244/.351/.380 with San Jose, rebounded nicely this season in the Eastern League, showing more patience and pop. The 23-year-old backstop posted a 68-to-42 strikeout-to-walk rate and has walked in 13.2% of his career plate appearances.
Best Base Stealer: Jesus Galindo is coming off of his fourth straight professional season with at least 40 stolen bases. The spry center fielder sports an 84.8% career success rate, and despite a below-average bat he could develop into a useful depth option in a few years.
Best Ability to Miss Bats: San Francisco’s system has a handful of pitchers with the ability to miss bats on a regular basis – Edwin Escobar, Clayton Blackburn and Adalberto Mejia to name a few – but Kyle Crick, who lost part of the season due to an oblique injury, has the most upside of any arm in the system. Crick, 20, punched out 33.8% of the batters he faced this season and more than 29% for his career.
Best Control: A fifth round pick in 2012, the Giants pushed Ty Blach straight to high Class A for his professional debut this season. And the southpaw more than held his own: 2.90 ERA, 3.13 Skill Independent ERA, 8.1 K/9 and an impressive 1.2 BB/9.
Photo of Mac Williamson Courtesy of Kenny Karst via MiLB.com.