2014 San Francisco Giants Top 10 Prospects — Update

Lacking a whole lot of upside bats, the Giants’ top two offensive prospects — Mac Williamson and Christian Arroyo — have either suffered an injury (Williamson) and will miss a significant amount of time or taken a large step backwards. The club did, however, continue to stockpile young, power arms by selecting Vanderbilt right-hander Tyler Beede with the 14th pick in the draft this June.  


For a look at the club’s Top 10 Prospects heading into the year click HERE




1.  Kyle Crick, RHP, Age: 21

The good news: Crick leads the entire Class AA in strikeout rate, 10.60 K/9, and strikeout percentage, 27.2%. The bad news: he’s walked 43 in 63.2 innings. Front-of-the-rotation type potential, but it’s a question as to whether he can put it together.


2.  Tyler Beede, RHP, 21

The #6 player on my Collegiate Draft Big Board, Beede, who was originally drafted in the first round by the Blue Jays three years ago, was the 14th pick this June. The Vanderbilt right-hander has front-of-the-rotation potential, but like Crick, his control needs to come a long way.


3.  Edwin Escobar, LHP, Age: 22

It’s been an up-and-down year, though mostly down, for the 22-year-old southpaw in his debut in Class AAA. In 19 games, Escobar has posted a 4.90 FIP while setting a career low in strikeout rate (7.97 K/9).


4.  Clayton Blackburn, RHP, Age: 21

After maintaining his strikeout rate during his jump to high Class A last season, Blackburn’s swing-and-miss ability has taken a noticeable step backwards in the Eastern League. And outside of his 10-strikeout performance against Richmond in early May, Blackburn’s averaged 5.9 K/9. Above-average to plus control.


5.  Mac Williamson, RF, Age: 23

Williamson was off to a scorching start back in high Class A, hitting .318/.420/.506, before succumbing to Tommy John surgery. It is surprising, however, that the organization pushed him back to San Jose after he hit .292/.375/.504 last season.


6.  Christian Arroyo, SS, Age: 19

Arroyo was a bit of a surprise pick last June, going 25th overall, but he seemed to put some of those questions aside after an impressive showing in rookie ball (.326/.388/.511). The club pushed him to low Class A after an 18-game stint in short season ball this season and so far he’s looked overmatched (.203/.226/.271).


7.  Adalberto Mejia LHP, Age: 21

Mejia looked primed for a breakout season after his showing in high Class A in 2013 (9.21 K/9 and 2.38 BB/9), but he’s been disappointing through his first 15 starts in the Eastern League (7.41 K/9 and 2.51 BB/9).


8.  Andrew Susac, C, Age: 24

Susac’s bat keeps improving at every stop. After hitting .244/.351/.380 during his debut in high Class A in 2012, the former second round pick batted .256/.362/.458 with Richmond last season and upped the bar even higher this season (.273/.386/.465). He’s also thrown out a career high 39% of would-be base stealers this season.


9.  Kendry Flores, RHP, Age: 22

His production – 10.0 K/9 and 2.87 BB/9 – has been masked by some bad luck (.336 BABIP, 1.26 HR/9, and 62.1% LOB) and a poor ERA (4.94).


10.  Joan Gregorio, RHP, Age: 22

Gregorio breezed through five games in low Class A before the organization deemed him ready for San Jose. Another high upside arm that’s struggled through some poor luck.



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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.