San Francisco Giants Top Prospects 2015

San Francisco Giants Top Prospects
Below are the 2015 San Francisco Giants Top Prospects:
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Opening Day payrolls
(Major League contracts plus signing bonuses):
2014: $149,089,475
2013: $136,908,777
2012: $131,355,298

A Look Back… Last 5 Years Draft Picks

Year Name/Position School/Hometown Pick
2014 Tyler Beede/RHP Vanderbilt 14
2013 Christian Arroyo/SS Hernando High School, Brooksville, Fla. 25
2012 Chris Stratton/RHP Mississippi St. 20
2011 Joe Panik/SS St. John’s 29
2010 Gary Brown/CF Cal State Fullerton 24

2015 San Francisco Giants Top Prospects

Rank/Overall Name Position
1/46 Kyle Crick RHP
Kyle Crick
Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Slider: 50 | Curveball: 45 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 40 | Overall: 55
In high school Crick was a infielder and played on his football team as a defensive end. During his senior campaign he made the switch to the mound and full-time baseball. He immediately saw success overpowering hitters with his 95-98mph fastball. Flash forward to present day, Crick still posses one of the better power arms in the Giants system. However, the control and command issues have got the best of him over the last few years. His second best pitch is his slider, it hovers between 86-88mph with great late deception. When his curve is on, it’s tough to hit however it’s inconsistent. He has had problems repeating his delivery which is a sign of the command/control issues. Since the Giants have hung their hat on developing pitchers, I wouldn’t be too concerned with his regress.  What his future holds depends on this season, a front-line starter or a reliever, one way or the other he may make his MLB debut this year.

2 Tyler Beede RHP
Tyler Beede 
Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Curveball: 45 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50
Tyler Beede was a first round draft pick in 2011 by the Blue Jays and opted not to sign instead he joined Vanderbilt. During his junior season he helped Vandy win the College World Series and was selected 14th overall by the Giants. Beede offers three quality pitches and profiles as a #2 starter. His fastball sits at 92-95mph and he has plus changeup. At 6’4 , 200LBS he has the build as a workhorse. Similar to Crick, he struggles to consistently repeat his delivery, throwing his control out of whack. Scouts love his makeup and how aggressively attacks hitters. Expect to see him start at High-A San Jose to begin the 2015 campaign
3 Andrew Susac C
Andrew Susac
Top Position Prospect : C
Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 50 | Run: 30 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50
Susac is one of the top backstops in all of baseball, he ranks int he top 10 overall (LIST). He made his MLB debut during the Giants World Series run in 2014. The Sacramento native will begin the 2015 campaign at home with the new Triple-A affiliate, Sacramento River Cats. His at-bats were limited during spring training because of an injury and by starting him in Triple-A he should receive plenty of abs. The Giants fully expect to see Susac in SF during the season. Known more for his defensive prowess, Susac offers a lightning fast pop-time (from catching the ball to hitting the second the baseman) that lead to catching the speedy Billy Hamilton five times while in the California League. Because the Giants have the face of MLB Buster Posey, Susac is a highly-valuable backup. If he was on any other team, he would be the starting catcher. Offensively he made strides to adjust his swing to be more compact and it has been successful. His glove will keep him in the bigs and if he delivers a .250-.265 average as most scouts think, he will have a successful career. Behind the plate, he is still working on framing pitches.


4 Ty Blach LHP
Ty Blach
Scouting grades: Fastball: 50 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 60 | Overall: 50
What’s not to like about a lefty who throws strikes an works quickly?
That’s exactly what you are getting with Ty Blach. He’s been overcoming critics since being drafted back in 2012 posting impressive numbers at every level. He has two plus pitches that keep hitters honest; a fastball that he can spot on both sides of the plate and a changeup that creates a ton of ground ball outs. His fastball tops out at 92mph. His curve and slider are both works in progress but show promise. His mechanics are clean and repeats his delivery. We really like that he does not make many mistakes. Perhaps being “not-flashy” or boring for fans is ok. We like what we see with Blach. He is an advanced pitching prospect that does not have a lot of development left but profiles as an innings-eating #4 starter.
5 Adalberto Mejia LHP
Adalberto Mejia
Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 50 | Curveball: 45 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50
Mejia will try to rebuild his prospect status after testing positive for a stimulant (Sibutramine, a stimulant used for weight loss that is banned in the U.S) resulting in missing the second half of the 2014 season (50-games). Mejia was one of the youngest pitchers in Double-A last season and should return their in 2015. He is a lefty (6’3″ 195LBS) who is armed with a fastball that jumps on hitters and three other average offerings. His fastball sits a 90-92mph routinely and he can get it up to 95 if he needs to. His off-speed pitches show promise but they need more refining and consistency. Despite the frustrating 2014 season, Mejia still projects as a mid-rotation starter. His delivery is clean and he works in an efficient manner.
6 Keury Mella RHP
Keury Mella
Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50
Mella is right-handed power-pitcher who routinely hits 97mph on radar guns with his fastball. He is one prospect that could quickly move the ranks because of his quality stuff. His breaking pitches leave hitters baffled and he consistently throws strikes. Mejia’s curveball also also receives high praise as he throws it in any count. It does need a little refining but that comes with innings. During the 2014 season he suffered a strained rotator cuff that cost him two months but he pitched well in his return in last August. The Giants have done a wonderful job scouting and developing Dominican pitchers. Many scouts look at his makeup and think a spot in the bullpen is his projection because of his approach and mechanics. He’s more than likely headed to begin the 2015 season in High-A San Jose.


7 Clayton Blackburn RHP
Clayton Blackburn
Scouting grades: Fastball: 50 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 45
Blackburn is one of the Giants quality young arms. He’s a little on the heavy side (6’3″ 230lbs) but he makes up for it with his pitching ability. He makes quick work of hitters with a two-pitch approach; his sinker and slider. He generates a ton of ground balls because of the heavy sink and gets hitters to rolll-over with his slider. He pounds the lower half of the strike zone routinely. He worked through oblique injuries last season but still projects a a back-end rotation starter. Blackburn offers above-average command which is extremely impressive for a minor league prospect and a guy his size. He will head to Sacramento to begin the 2015 season in Triple-A.
8 Ray Black
RHP
Ray Black
Scouting grades: Fastball: 80 | Curveball: 55 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45
Black is one of three Giants prospects that hit triple-digits on radar guns. Hunter Strickland and Derek Law are the others. (Strickland made his MLB debut in 2014 and Law is recovering from Tommy John surgery). Black didn’t make his pro debut until 2014 after going through labrum surgery.  His fastball routinely hits 100mph and at one point last season the radar gun read 103. Holy crap that’s fast. In additional to his over-whelming fastball is his improve curve. Towards the end of the 2014 season ti started to show swing-and-miss potential. They made some mechanical adjustments which give him a greater opportunity to stay healthy. Make no mistake, he is a guy that we could see in SF as early as this season.
9 Daniel Carbonell OF
Daniel Carbonell
Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 50 | Run: 75 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 50The Giants signed Daniel Carbonell to a major league contract in mid-June of 2014. He played 31 games in the minors posting above-average batting average (.336) and speed (11 SB). The Giants really like what they have in Carbonell to the extent that they have kept him at major league camp for spring training for the duration. He is expected to begin the 2015 season at Double-A Richmond. He projects well as a fourth outfielder and a quality bat off the bench. Scouts are not pleased with the way he looks at the plate but as long as he can deliver (i.e. Hunter Pence) who cares. More than likely he will continue to bat exclusively right handed as opposed to the switch-hitting he did in Cuba. He was a low-risk, decent reward signing for the Giants.
10 Steven Okert LHP
Steven Okert
Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50Okert is another quality lefty that the Giants are consistently developing. Many scouts believe that Okert is the Giants best pitching prospect and projects as a dominant reliever in the bigs. He flashes a 93-95mph fastball. Left-handers stand no chance against Okert as he throws a snappy slider that forces them to chase. As for righties, yeah… good luck. He throws breaking balls that start on one side of the plate and end at their feet. His changeup is a work in progress but profiles as a MLB average pitch once fully developed. His command is another area that he needs to improve but the Giants are thrilled to have him in their system. He was drafted twice by the Brewers but ended up not signing.


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