The Giants have been a winning club for most of my lifetime, and I am very grateful for that. They weren’t very good when I was beginning college though, and for that I am also grateful. I was fresh out of high school when I discovered names like Noonan, Villalona, Alderson and Bumgarner. With those names came a whole new world of wonder for me, and I have been a minor league junkie ever since. Although I sift through the box scores of each Giants affiliate every night and read countless prospect lists, I often have a very hard time creating my own rankings. I am not a scout, nor do I pretend to be. I base my list off of what I have read in scouting reports by others, as well as my own opinions of what makes a good baseball “prospect.” But the minor leagues are a passion of mine, and I have tried to put my best ranking together.
At this point, most baseball “experts” consider the Giants farm system to be one of the weakest. Obviously, I’m a little biased, but I don’t buy into this notion for one second. I will say, it is a very hard system to rank individual players, as there really aren’t any A+ level guys right now. However, it is not a system that lacks talent or depth. This system still excites me, and I will delve into my rankings through a series of posts to follow.