Mid-Season Top 40 Prospects: #16

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#16. Roger Kieschnick – OF, 26 yo, AAA: Kieschnick is a guy who I feel could be seeing his window closing with the Giants. Unfortunately, he’s never gotten the chance to show what he can do in AT&T Park. The athletic lefty was taken in the 3rd round in 2008 from Texas Tech, and he burst onto the scene with 23 HR and 110 RBI in his first professional season at San Jose. After spending two rocky seasons in AA, Kieschnick opened 2012 in AAA Fresno, where he hit .306 with 15 HR in 55 games. A season-ending shoulder injury probably cost him a shot at making his MLB debut. Injuries have been a theme for him during his pro career. This season, he’s cooled down considerably after a hot start. He strikes out in bunches, but I’m still impressed by his ability to hit for extra bases (37 in 78 games), and he’s known for his defense and arm in the outfield. His 9 triples really stand out, and I think his athleticism and tools could be of use for a major league team. I just don’t know if the Giants are that team anymore.

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