Mid-Season Top 40 Prospects (21-22)

#21A: Bryce Bandilla – LHP, 23 yo, Hi-A: A bit of a caveat here, as I realized way too late that I had forgotten Bandilla. Rather than re-ordering the entire list, I decided to make him the first player outside the top 20. Bandilla is a sturdy lefty (6’4”, 235) drafted out of the University of Arizona in 2011. After using him primarily as a starter in his first professional season, the Giants decided to move him to the bullpen full-time this year. He’s been a strikeout machine in San Jose, sitting down 69 batters in 41 innings. He’s also walked 22, and owns a 4.7 bb/9 through his first 99 career innings, so he may not always know where the ball is going. 97 mph f from the left side will certainly make up for the lack of control at this point.

#21B. Adam Duvall – 3B, 24 yo, AA: Duvall is a hitter in the Giants organization who is really growing on me. The Giants took him in the 11th round of the 2010 draft out of Louisville, and he’s hit for big power at every stop he’s made. He opened a lot of eyes with a 30-HR campaign in Hi-A San Jose last season, and he really started the year on a tear in AA Richmond this year.  He missed quite a bit of time with an injury, and his numbers have evened out since returning, but 7 HR and an .815 OPS in the pitcher-heavy Eastern League are still very promising numbers. He’s considered a below-average defender at third, but his bat could make him a productive first-baseman if the Giants decide to move him there.

#22. Angel Villalona – 1B, 22 yo, AA: Villalona earned a franchise record $2.1 million signing bonus as a 16 year-old from the Dominican Republic in what seems like ages ago. He was a Baseball America top-50 prospect with elite power potential as recently as 2009, but missed 3 years of development after involving himself in a murder scandal in the DR. The Giants weren’t willing to give up on their large investment, who played the first half of 2013 in San Jose  and showed some of the same power he was known for as a “baby.” If he can develop some plate discipline, Villalona still has a chance to work his way up the ladder.

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