And, with that, the mid-season prospects update is underway!
A quick note: I caved and decided to go with a top 30 list, with 10 HM’s added on (5 extra pitchers, 5 hitters). I hope you find these profiles informative, and I’m excited to hear your feedback on these players. Thanks, as always, for reading.
Gustavo Cabrera, CF, Age 18
There’s still no official word on Cabrera’s status after nearly severing his hand last winter in the Dominican Republic. I doubt you’ll see his name this year, but don’t rule him out for next season. Age is on his side, and if he can come back at full strength, he will immediately move into the top 15 players in the system. He’s already got a mature build at 6-2, 190, and has a chance to be a 5-tool stud CF someday if everything comes together.
Kelvin Beltre, SS, Age 17
DSL Giants (R)
Beltre signed this winter for $650k, and is currently playing his first pro season in the Dominican Summer League. He’s not as highly regarded as teammate Mikey Edie, but Beltre is still an exciting prospect. He’s not big, but reports say he shows great bat speed from his smaller frame. If he can stick at SS and develop the bat, he could have a bright future.
Johneshwy Fargas, CF, Age 19
The Giants took Fargas in the 11th round of the 2013 draft out of Puerto Rico, and he might just turn out to be the steal of that class. He was impressive in 30 games in the AZL last summer, and has drawn the assignment of starting
CF for Salem-Keizer this year. I love this kid’s potential. He’s athletic, fast, and seems to have a pretty good idea of what he’s doing at the plate. Did I mention his arm has also been clocked at 97 from the outfield? If he can develop some power down the road, we might just be looking at a 5-tool talent here.
Tyler Horan, LF, Age 23
Horan was a college slugger at VA Tech who the Giants snagged in the 8th round of the draft last year. I was a little surprised he didn’t get assigned to San Jose this spring after hitting .295 with 4 HR in short-season ball last summer. He has, however, been a pretty steady presence in the Augusta lineup, and earned SALLY mid-season All-Star honors. The Greenjackets play in one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in all the minors, but Horan still managed to log 28 extra-base hits (7 HR) in the first half. He’s limited defensively, and he strikes out a ton, but his left-handed power bat could play very well as he moves up the system.
Jesus Galindo, CF, Age 23
San Jose (A+)
I’ll admit that I’m not in love with Galindo, but you just can’t ignore a switch-hitting CF with that kind of speed. The Giants had him spend two years in Augusta before sending him to San Jose, but he’s having a pretty nice season at the plate so far in the Cal League (which doesn’t always mean a lot, as we’ve found out). He is, however, finding out that stealing bases in advanced-A isn’t nearly as easy as stealing them in low-A. In his two years in the SALLY, he stole 88 bags with only 17 CS (84% success). So far in San Jose, he’s already been nabbed 11 times in 33 tries (67% success). Personally, I don’t think he gets on base enough to ever profile as a leadoff hitter, and I don’t think he’ll hit enough to be a MLB regular. I do, however, think his tools will eventually get him to the big leagues, where he could become a valuable defensive replacement and pinch-runner.