San Francisco Giants Top Minor League Tools

Williamson, Mac

Williamson, Mac

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.

San Francisco Giants Top Prospects for 2013

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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.

 



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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.


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