With the prospect profiles finally complete, I thought we’d wrap up with a look at where the top 50 came from. Turns out 40 of these guys were drafted by the Giants, which is very nice to see if you’re a believer in the Giants’ ability to draft and develop, but not so great if you’re a downer like Keith Law who thinks the system is bottom 5 in baseball. I’ll take the optimistic route.
I think the 2013 draft class is a perfect example of this discrepancy. While the pundits knocked the Giants for their “reach” on Christian Arroyo – the #2 prospect in the AZL according to Baseball America – the organization went out and snagged some serious college sleeper talent, then hit it big on the back end with prep picks like John Riley, Johnshwy Fargas, Jonah Arenado and Dylan Brooks. Not too shabby if you ask me.
Actually, I look at the 3 most recent classes and see a ton of value. While Chris Stratton’s first full season might have drug the 2012 class down a bit, Mac Williamson, Ty Blach and Matt Duffy are looking like potential steals. Shilo McCall is hanging in there as the top prep pick, while there looks to be some nice bullpen talent among the Johnson, Okert, Encinosa, Gardeck group.
Speaking of talent, I hope you noticed that 3 of my top 5 are 2011 draftees. Joe Panik was the first pick among that group, and he comes in 4th on the top 50 (maybe even 5th depending on how you value Derek Law). Shankbone has made this point many a time, but this 2011 class could be the group that bolsters the Giants for years to come. That’s a good-looking group. 2010 on the other hand, seems to be fading big time. What will the Parker/Brown/Duvall trio do this year to counter?
On top of the 40 draft picks, you’ve got 8 players the Giants signed on the international market. International free agency has been a serious issue for this organization in recent years. Aside from Pablo, I don’t know that I can name another foreign signee that’s made any significant contribution for the MLB club in recent years… Hector Sanchez? It’s a promising group at the moment, but most of these guys are a ways off. Mejia leads the pack, but the trio of Flores/Gregorio/Mella has some serious upside. On the other side, Angel V. and Gustavo Cabrera are the last hope. If Cabrera can rebound from his accident, he could shoot to the top of this list. At this point though, we just don’t know what to expect from him going forward.
So 48 of the top 50 are guys signed or drafted by the organization. That’s pretty good, but it also shows the front office’s lack of willingness to split these guys up in recent years, for better or worse. One of the imports is Escobar, who is turning out to be one of Sabean’s most underrated prospect trades (which he generally doesn’t take part in). Strickland is the other, but he’s a guy the Giants really like as well.
Here’s the group broken down, with some positional rankings below.
2013 Draft: 12 (Arroyo, Ryder Jones, Ragira, Chase Johnson, Slania, Vander Tuig, Snelten, Horan, Riley, Fargas, Arenado, Brooks)
2012 Draft: 12 (Williamson, Blach Stratton, Agosta, Duffy, Stephen Johnson, McVay, McCall, Hollick, Okert, Encinosa, Gardeck)
2011 Draft: 11 (Crick, Susac, Blackburn, Panik, Law, Osich, Hall, Bandilla, Mizenko, Oropesa, Marlowe)
2010 Draft: 4 (Brown, Duvall, Chuckie Jones, Parker,
2009 Draft: 1 (Dominguez)
International FA: 8 (Mejia, Mella, Flores, Gregorio, Villalona, Galindo, Moreno, Cabrera)
Other Orgs: 2 (Escobar, Strickland)
RHP: 19 | LHP: 8 | C/IF: 13 | OF: 10
- Chase Johnson
- Stephen Johnson
- Vander Tuig
- *Christian Jones
- Ryder Jones
- Chuckie Jones
Just for fun, here’s the “All-21 and Under” team.
- Ryder Jones
- Chuckie Jones