Mid-Season Top 40 Prospects: #13

13. Josh Osich – LHP, 24 yo, AA: How sweet would it be to see Heath Hembree lighting it up from the right side and Josh Osich from the left in the next couple years? The Giants drafted Osich in the 6th round of the 2011 draft out of Oregon State. He offered some of the best power stuff in the draft that year, and likely would have been a first round pick if not for having Tommy John surgery in 2010. Osich was both a starter and reliever in college, but has pitched strictly out of the bullpen for the Giants. He’s got a big body, and can dial his fastball up around 97-98 from the left side. He posted a 3.62 ERA in 32 innings last season for San Jose (his first season of pro ball), and the Giants had him return to Hi-A for the first half this year as well. In 40 innings of work this season, he racked up 48 strikeouts and 12 saves to go along with a 2.45 ERA. By the all-star break, Osich was beginning to embarrass hitters with his fastball, and he’s now been promoted to AA for the second half. He’s a little older than you’d like a top prospect, but if he can stay healthy and keep cranking that fastball up, he’s not that away from a call-up.

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Mid-Season Top 40 Prospects: #16

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#16. Roger Kieschnick – OF, 26 yo, AAA: Kieschnick is a guy who I feel could be seeing his window closing with the Giants. Unfortunately, he’s never gotten the chance to show what he can do in AT&T Park. The athletic lefty was taken in the 3rd round in 2008 from Texas Tech, and he burst onto the scene with 23 HR and 110 RBI in his first professional season at San Jose. After spending two rocky seasons in AA, Kieschnick opened 2012 in AAA Fresno, where he hit .306 with 15 HR in 55 games. A season-ending shoulder injury probably cost him a shot at making his MLB debut. Injuries have been a theme for him during his pro career. This season, he’s cooled down considerably after a hot start. He strikes out in bunches, but I’m still impressed by his ability to hit for extra bases (37 in 78 games), and he’s known for his defense and arm in the outfield. His 9 triples really stand out, and I think his athleticism and tools could be of use for a major league team. I just don’t know if the Giants are that team anymore.

Mid-Season Top 40 Prospects: #17

#17. Edwin Escobar – LHP, 21 yo, Hi-A: Escobar is a left-handed starting pitcher from Venezuela who is really coming into his own these days. Originally signed by Texas, he came to the Giants in a trade for Ben Snyder in 2010. Snyder never made it to the bigs, and Escobar put up some impressive numbers in Lo-A last season (2.96 ERA, 122k/32bb in 22 starts). He’s been even better in San Jose this year, posting a k/9 of 11.4 and a bb/9 of 2.0 (both career bests) through his first 13 starts, with an ERA sitting in the low 3’s. He tosses a low-90’s fastball, and I think the Giants have a real sleeper here if he can continue his progression of the past year and a half.

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