Cove Chatter Top 50 Season Review (#44-40)

Giants are headed to Pittsburgh. I don’t care if it is just one game, it feels great to be back in the postseason. The road warriors have all the playoff experience in this matchup, and it’s time to put it to use. Can’t wait for Wednesday.

Taking a little break from the 25-man speculation to continue our review of the preseason Cove Chatter Top 50.

44. Jarrett Parker – Earned a MLB promotion along with Matt Duffy, but never made it onto the field in his incredibly brief career. It’s easy to forget he was such a high draft pick (2nd round 2010), but Parker certainly has some tools to offer. He likely won’t ever make enough contact to be a big league regular, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see him smack 20+ HR next year in AAA.

43. Dylan Brooks – 6 foot 7 Canadian righty is being brought along slowly, but I really like what he did in the AZL this summer. 45 K in 34 IP, but he also walked 15. He’s young for his draft class, but I get the feeling he’s a mature beyond his years type of arm. Low-90’s fastball with that type of frame? Maybe it’s time to fly him out to Augusta next year and see how he responds.

42. Jonah Arenado – While his brother looks like a star in the making in Denver, the younger Arenado hasn’t quite taken the next step in his development with the Giants. He’s young, no doubt, but his K rates were a little concerning this summer in rookie ball. Believe me, I’m not writing him off at all, but I’d like to see him make some strides next year.

41. EJ Encinosa – I was expecting the big righty to make a strong jump this year, but he pitched only 26 innings for Salem-Keizer. I’m not really sure what the deal is, as he’s a former 7th round pick out of Miami. He’s 23… does he finally break camp in a full-season league next year?

Steven Okert: milb.com
Steven Okert: milb.com

40. Steven Okert – Stock was a bit down after a good but not great 2013 in Augusta. Turned things around in a hurry with a Derek Law-type campaign in the Cal League. Lefties who throw 96 can move QUICKLY, and Okert is speeding his way up the organizational ladder now after striking out 92 hitters in 68 innings between SJ and Richmond this season. Stock is way up at the moment.

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