Reviewing the Cove Chatter 100 (#40-31)

Part 2 of our Cove Chatter prospect rankings review. Not near as many 2015 success stories in this group as the last. So it goes… Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

#40: Stetson Woods, RHP – The towering young righty had a positive debut summer in 2014, but he struggled with his command and pitched only 18 innings in the AZL this year. There’s definitely still upside here, but I’d say he needs to take a step forward next season. Status: Stock down

#39: Gary Brown, CF – Prospects… can break your heart. The Giants DFA’d their former top dog at the end of spring training. He was claimed, then dropped by St. Louis before spending most of the season in AAA with Anaheim. Status: Out of Organization

#38: Nik Turley, LHP – This spot was originally filled by Mike Kickham, who is also no longer with the organization. Turley was signed as a MiLB free agent from the Yankees. He spent most of the year in Sacramento, and appears to be a free agent once again. Status: Out of Organization

#37: Angel Villalona, 1B – I threw Villalona a bone after he showed glimpses of hope with Richmond in 2014. He was sent back to San Jose (where he hit 13 HR) for most of 2015, but I will not be throwing him anymore bones. Status: Stock Down

#36:  Skyler Ewing, 1B – For a 6th round pick who hit 8 HR in Salem-Keizer the year before, Ewing’s 2015 season was quite a disappointment. Augusta can do some funny things to a hitter, and I’m certainly not writing him off… but .231-2-42 over a full season isn’t what we were hoping for. Status: Stock Down

#35: Johneshwy Fargas, CF – The toolsy Puerto Rican CF was one of the nice surprises of the summer. We knew about his speed and arm, but his bat made him an impact player most of the season for Augusta. Can he make the jump to San Jose? Status: Stock Up

#34: Brian Ragira, 1B – Ragira seemed like a candidate for promotion after hitting 20 HR in 2014, but the Giants sent him back to San Jose. His batting line and K/BB remained similar, but his HR total was cut in half. Next year could be a pivotal one for the former Stanford outfielder. Status: Stock Down

#33: Kelvin Beltre, SS – The notable 2013 international signee was mentioned as a candidate to jump right to Augusta for his first full season in America… so the talent is obviously there. His short career has been slowed by injuries so far though, and they limited him to 14 rookie ball games this summer. Status: Stock Stable

#32: Cody Hall, RHP – The big, hard-throwing righty was protected on the 40-man last winter after years of grinding through the system. He earned a September call-up, and appears to be a candidate for MLB bullpen help again this year. Pretty cool for a 19th round pick. Status: Stock Stable

#31: Erik Cordier, RHP – The big dude with the 100 mph fastball pitched very well in Sacramento last summer, but a rotation spot never opened for him. He was sent to Miami, where he logged some late-season MLB innings. Status: Out of Organization


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