MLB.com releases midseason prospect ranking and top twenty SF Giants list

On Sunday evening, MLB.com released their midseason prospect ranking that included a top 100, as well as a top twenty for each ballclub led by former Baseball America editor Jim Callis, a respected voice in the industry. He and his team put together this list for your clicking pleasure. What is nice is that they included the 2014 draftees in this list to give fans an idea of where they believe these guys will fit into the system. As you will read the article, you’ll notice scouting grades, and an estimated time of arrival for the prospects. By ETA, here are the breakdowns that Callis’ team believes the prospects will make it to the bigs:

2014 — 3 (includes Kickham, who played for the big club in 2013)

2015 — 8

2016 — 3

2017 — 6

You’ll notice that Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree are not in the top twenty. The list also has three position players in the top ten, with no reliever cracking that top half of the list. Here’s the list, headlined by two strong arms with control issues:

1. Kyle Crick, RHP, 2011 Draft (49th overall), MLB.com’s #51 prospect overall

2. Tyler Beede, RHP, 2014 Draft (14th overall)

3. Andrew Susac, C, 2011 Draft (2nd round)

4. Adalberto Mejia, LHP (international signee)

5. Keury Mella, RHP (international signee)

6. Ty Blach, RHP, 2012 Draft (5th round)

7. Clayton Blackburn, RHP, 2011 Draft (16th round)

8. Joe Panik, 2B/SS, 2011 Draft (1st round)

9. Chris Stratton, RHP, 2012 Draft (1st round)

10. Aramis Garcia, C, 2014 Draft (2nd round)

11. Steven Okert, LHP reliever, 2012 Draft (4th round)

12. Luis Ysla, LHP (international signee)

13. Christian Arroyo, 2B/SS, 2013 Draft (1st round)

14. Ryder Jones, SS/3B, 2013 Draft (2nd round)

15. Mac Williamson, OF, 2012 Draft (3rd round)

16. Derek Law, RHP reliever, 2011 Draft (9th round)

17. Kendry Flores, RHP (international signee)

18. Matt Duffy, 2B/SS, 2012 Draft (18th round)

19. Joan Gregorio, RHP (international signee)

20. Mike Kickham, LHP, 2010 Draft (6th round)

We’ll see how many of these names will still be here on August 1st, or even at the beginning of Spring Training in 2015. With the higher-ups not giving GM Brian Sabean a lot of support for future moneys, it’s going to put the pressure on these prospects that are projected to be there in 2015 to be there for the big club to provide the Giants with some cheap talent for at least the next four years.

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