San Francisco saw an end to their even year success with a loss in the National League Division Series last season. The Giants finished second in the NL West for a third consecutive year as they finished with a 87-75 record. Although the 3-1 postseason defeat was a disappointment, the team remains aligned for continued success with star power on both sides of the ball. Madison Bumgarner remains under control through the 2019 season, while the game’s best catcher in Buster Posey is signed through 2022.
Despite a number of high-profile acquisitions (Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija), injuries and generally sub-par performance has slowed the Giants’ production over the past season and a half. As the outfield grows older and pitching ages, San Francisco will look internally for consistent efforts. Young names such as Christian Arroyo, Steven Okert and Ty Blach have emerged in the past eighteen months to join former prospects like Joe Panik and Hunter Strickland.
San Francisco Giants Minor League System
The majority of San Francisco’s top prospects are overwhelmingly field players. Christian Arroyo leads the group as he’s already making contributions at the Major League level while outfielders Steven Duggar and Austin Slater do not appear too far behind. Tyler Beede stands atop the rankings as he continues to adapt his game for higher competition. While he lacks the appeal of other top arms through baseball, Beede was among the best in the Eastern League last season.
Lower in the rankings is a slew of right-handed pitchers who follow the teams stereotypical build on the mound. Names likes Joan Gregorio and Dan Slania can be expected to join the higher ranks at some point in 2017 though their ceilings do not project well for long-term contributions. Attention can be focused on the Richmond pitching staff. The Double-A roster carries five names that appear on the list as San Francisco looks to have the answers for their aging starters within their system.