(Prospect) lists are the hit generators of hit generators for websites. While the list articles telling me why there are 29 reasons being 29 is awesome and what not are really starting to get annoying, prospect lists done by competent individuals will never get annoying. The future is an exciting thing, whether you are a fan of a winning organization or an organization that’s re-building. The idea to organize lists in the fashion screen-shotted came from a tweet I saw Anna use sometime last year. The writers/outlets with links to those articles that will have lists of the Giants prospects that I’m using are:
Baseball America (no subscription required for page linked)
Baseball Prospectus (article to be out within the next week or so, I imagine)
John Sickels, MinorLeagueBall.com
Keith Law, ESPN (2013’s Top 100 prospects was out in early February)
MLB.com (probably February also)
What we have so far is captured below, with the players sorted by average ranking thus far. Position, prospect, some notes I took away, where they may start in 2014 (my guess based on reading), and what their estimated time of arrival (ETA) may be, also based on my guess from reading:
- Lots of pitching in the farm, but the only frontliner is Crick. The other prospects that could be starters, guys like Adalberto Mejia, Chris Stratton, Clayton Blackburn, Martin Agosta, Ty Blach, Joan Gregorio, are ones that project to be more mid-rotation or back-end rotation guys.
- Gary Brown has indeed become the name of disappointment for Giants fans and scouts are seeing him right now as an extra outfielder, if that
- I feel like I’ve seen Clayton Blackburn comp’d with Joe Blanton a bunch now
- Jury’s not set on what to expect from Christian Arroyo, even after a stellar Arizona League showing. All we know is that the Giants really liked him while the rest of us were wondering why him so early.
- I am very curious to see how 2014 treats Andrew Susac and what happens with Hector Sanchez as a result, especially if Susac continues to improve — I do believe Hector is a good back-up catcher to have
- As for prospects that swing the bat and are remotely close: Help us, Mac Williamson. Can he get to the .250 average-20 HR line at the MLB level? Just got out of hitter-happy High-A San Jose, so we’ll see how 2014 goes.
- Heath Hembree‘s ready
- Joe Panik: Utility player at the MLB level? Signs pointing to that at the moment.
- Derek Law, one of the boys called out by VP Bobby Evans at the Town Hall, what will 2014 bring for the baby Giant reliever and how fast will he climb the ladder?
When the organizational prospect rankings come out, from what I’ve read, expect the Giants to be in the middle of the pack, maybe back-middle. Read from the lists and their analysis what you will, but I remember listening to a podcast with now-Houston Astros Director of Pro Scouting Kevin Goldstein, Keith Law, and now-MLB.com’s Jim Callis that everybody has their opinion, analysis, and sources they trust, and while you may think there is some sort of “gotcha” moment to be had because you may like one list over the other, they’re all going to stand by their work.