2016 San Francisco Giants Farm System Report

Beede and Bickford headline the 2016 San Francisco Giants Farm System Report

2016 San Francisco Giants Farm System Report

The Giants Farm System is one of the more intriguing ones in all of baseball as most publications say that they have a "lack of organizational depth" well that may be true to a point, you can't argue with the track record of home grown talent.

The San Francisco Giants have captured three World Series Titles over the last six year with a simple roster philosophy;  mid-season acquisitions and home grown talent. Courtesy of Fan Graphs, this chart below breaks down the roster of every team in the majors and the Giants have the most home grown talent on their 40-man roster than any team in the bigs.

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That's good news and bad news if you are in the San Francisco Giants farm system developing - it's encouraging if you are steadily progressing through the minors as you might get a call-up however there comes a point where there is a logjam for a position. Case in point - at catcher with Buster Posey.

Before we talk about the top catcher in the system, let's dive into the Giants pitching. The Giants current rotation is made up of (in no particular order)  Bumgarner, Cain, Cueto, Samardzija, Peavy and Heston. That's a solid rotation that comparatively speaking and is one of the more impressive ones in the majors.

Waiting in the wings for their chance are the following prospects - righties Clayton Blackburn, Chris Stratton and lefty Ty Blach all of whom are very close to being ready as all three had solid years at Triple-A Sacramento in 2015. Not far behind them are right-handers Tyler Beede and Kyle Crick. (Beede ranks as the Giants #1 prospect). The Giants drafted righty Phil Bickford in the first-round in 2015 and in the second-round Andrew Suarez from Miami. Both of which could be fast moving prospects as they are extremely advanced for their age. That is six (potentially seven) quality arms that could be ready within the next year or two depending on development. In the 'pen, Osich has earned a spot at the Major League Level after flying through the minors last year. The Giants have six flame-throwing pitchers that can hit high 90's or triple digits that have been improving in the minors- Ray Black (7th round in 2011), Rodolfo Martinez (2013 free agent signing), Derek Law who is recovering from Tommy John surgery will be pitching by mid-season, Chase Johnson (3rd round in 2013), Jordan Johnson (23rd round in 2014) and Sam Coonrod (5th round in 2014). That's a lot of power from the right side. 

Aramis Garcia is their top catching talent in the minors and has spent this spring training absorbing as much info as possible from Buster Posey. Garcia offers a great arm with a quick, accurate release however he still needs refining behind the dish. The Giants received a lot of eye-browing raising when they selected shortstop Christian Arroyo with the 25th overall pick in the 2013 draft. Arroyo has quickly ascended to be one of the top three Giants prospects on all lists after posting a .304 average with 28 doubles, 42RBI and 9 homers at High-A San Jose last year.

Kelby Tomlinson did a marvelous job filling in for the injured Joe Panik in 2015 and is expected to make the big league roster to start the season. Not far behind him is fellow infielder Austin Slater. Slater is a high-average hitter who posted .290 or above at High-A and Double-A last year with low strikeout totals. Slater draws comparisons to Jeff Keppinger for his ability to always put the ball in play, his line drive stroke and being a tough out. Lucious Fox will be a fun prospect to keep an eye on this year after signing a record $6-million dollar bonus (the record for a non-Cuban international amateur). Fox is highly touted because of his blazing speed and ability to get on base. Fox is a shortstop that profiles as a lead-off hitter.

2016 San Francisco Giants Farm System Report Prospects:

Prospect on the Rise

Ronnie Jebavy : Jebavy was a 5th round pick by the Giants in 2015 and posted impressive numbers after dominating Conference USA - .263 average, 23 stolen bases, 10 doubles and 44 runs in just 63 games at Short-Season Salem Kaiser. Jebavy was a relative unknown until he transferred to Middle Tennessee State and led the Conference with 24 stolen bases and ranked second with a .361 clip in 2015. He profiles as a corner outfielder and along with Fox will be a great prospect to watch this year.

Prospect on the Fall

Kyle Crick: I know I mentioned him above as a top pitching prospect in the Giants Farm System but he may ultimately be best suited in a reliever role. Crick dominated in 2013 as a starter posting a 1.57ERA in the hitter friendly California League with 95K's in 65.1 innings pitched. Since then, injuries and poor command have derailed his progress. In 2015 Crick spent the year at Double-A Richmond and after 11 starts he pitched in relief the remainder of the season (24 games). He walked 66 batters and struck out 73 in 63 innings. The walks will not be tolerated at the higher level. 2016 will be a big year for Crick, if he can prove he can throw strikes and be healthy, than he will more than likely get a call-up during the season.