Looking back at the 2014 performances of my top 50 Giants prospects from last winter. While many of these guys wouldn’t make the top 50 next year, 7 of them ended up in the majors this year. In that light, I think I have to look at this season as a very positive one overall (especially when you consider the contributions of guys Joe Panik, Andrew Susac, Adam Duvall and Matt Duffy). We’ll hit on the first few tonight, then try to keep knocking them out over the next week or so.
50. Gustavo Cabrera – The potential 5-tool stud CF didn’t swing a bat this season, at least not that I know of. There have been absolutely no updates on his injury situation (he nearly cut his hand off last November) this year. Until we hear otherwise, I think he needs to be left off any prospect lists at this point.
49. Rando Moreno – Skinny middle infielder with a strong glove was given a mildly aggressive assignment to San Jose this year, but he simply couldn’t get going offensively. He was eventually sent back to Augusta, where he hit .197 with 1 HR. He did steal 26 bags this year, but the stock is definitely way down.
48. Chris Dominguez – The 27 year-old had a solid season for Fresno, including an impressive 21 HR/21 SB mark. The Giants added him to the 40-man roster this month and has made his MLB debut. His skillset (big power, big arm, defensive versatility) will always be intriguing, but this month could well be the only major league action he ever sees in a Giants’ uniform (even with Pablo potentially leaving this offseason).
47. Ian Gardeck – Hard-throwing righty began the season in San Jose and was eventually shut down (either for performance or injury issues). He spent some time with Salem-Keizer before returning to the Cal League for a handful of games at the end of the year. He’s got one of the harder fastballs in the system, but a 6.99 ERA and more walks than IP definitely don’t help his stock for next season.
46. Chris Marlowe – Marlowe was a 5th rounder from the Panik/Crick/Susac class of 2011, and he paired a pretty decent fastball with one of the better breaking balls in the system. He either retired or was released from the organization (maybe both?) before the season started.
45. Ricky Oropesa – Another high pick (3rd round) from 2011, he struggled offensively in his second go around with AA Richmond. Stock is way down after hitting .241 with 5 HR in 349 AB for the year.