Another week, another division bites the dust. We wrap the NL West with the San Francisco Giants…a team that I’m not sure I could name five players on. Good thing I’m only responsible for the minors! Er, fantasy baseball minor leagues that is. Be specific, Mike. First lesson in Blog Academy…we are precise with our words…we are precise with our words. This is just the opposite of the Padres – only one Top 100 (a catcher…vomit!) and a bunch of 45s or lower, and I don’t mean cool records. I mean guys that don’t really project to be everyday players. But don’t worry. I’ve included my favorite video of San Francisco to make this worth your while!
You thought it was going to be the chase scene from Bullitt…
1. Joey Bart, C | Age: 22 | ETA: 2020
Bart slides right into the top slot of this system after being drafted in the first round in 2018 (2nd overall). He’s a catcher, yeah, but should be good for 20+ homers in the majors. I think he’s comparable to other offensive catchers like Mejia in San Diego and recent graduates like Alfaro or Sanchez in terms of overall value. In his first taste of pro ball, Bart hit .294 with 13 homers in 228 plate appearances.
2. Marco Luciano, SS | Age: 17 | ETA: 2023
Things get dicey pretty quick. When your next best thing is a 17-year-old, you know it’s slim pickin’. Luciano’s a decent buy though. Scouting reports have some of the buzz words you like to see – easy power, bat speed, quick hands, strong arm. In our terms, it’s a possible 20-homer threat at short down the road. Likely gonna be a long road though.
3. Heliot Ramos, OF | Age: 19 | ETA: 2021
None of these guys are stellar, so putting this list together is kind of like throwing spaghetti at the wall. Except the spaghetti can read, so I have to watch what I say. Who am I kidding? There’s zero chance Heliot Ramos is reading this. Here’s what Heliot has going for him: plus power and speed and a lot of time left to develop. Here’s what he doesn’t: a 25% strikeout rate. Chances he fixes that and busts out over the next year or two? I’d say 50/50. Roll them dice if you have a slot to burn.
4. Chris Shaw, 1B/OF | Age: 25 | ETA: 2019
Shaw has big power from the left side but strikes out a ton. Like over thirty percent. Steamer is spotting him about 200 plate appearances in 2019 with seven homers. I might take that in a deep league for some depth on my bench and hope he runs into more homers, but man those Ks are woof.
5. Heath Quinn, OF | Age: 23 | ETA: 2020
Quinn doesn’t have Shaw’s power, but he has a better approach and likely a higher floor. He was kind of old for High-A in 2018 (injury issues), where he hit .300 with 14 homers, so he’ll move quickly if he can put the injury bug behind him. He should split time between AA and AAA in 2019. Ceiling is likely 15-18 homers with a few steals.
6. Abiatal Avelino, 2B/SS | Age: 23 | ETA: 2019
Avelino spent his entire minor league career with the Yankees organization (signed along with Miguel Andujar) but came to the Bay area in the McCutchen deal last season (I’m praying he grows his dreads back in Philly BTW). Avelino has average tools that might fit on a super deep roster. He’ll likely end up as a utility infielder. *Dodges tomato* Hey! At least I gave you a Full House video!
7. Alexander Canario, OF | Age: 18 | ETA: 2022
Canario has average pop and speed. He’s also shown some patience. That’s a good box to check off early if you’re keeping score. Canario’s spent the past two seasons in rookie ball and I’d expect his first full season of plate appearances to come in 2019. Probably the most interesting player in the bottom half of this list.
8. Jacob Gonzalez, 3B | Age: 20 | ETA: 2021
Almost there! I feel like we just ran a mile on a hot day with jeans on. This is only the eighth prospect though. So this is the part where you get in the car and the car is hot so there’s like at least 90 more seconds of severe discomfort. Nnnnnggghhh. Hold on. Must…finish…post! Gonzalez has plus power and an average hit tool, but so far the results have been underwhelming.
9. Shaun Anderson, RHP | Age: 24 | ETA: 2019
Hey Mike, what’s it like to write a blurb about a C-Grade 24-year-old pitching prospect? I’d tell you kind reader, but I’m too busy screaming into a pillow. Above-average fastball and slider. Changeup with some potential. Mid-rotation ceiling. I just…I just. Okay. One more! We can do it! RAWR!
10. Gregory Santos, RHP | Age: 19 | ETA: 2022
Riskier than Anderson – but with better raw stuff – Santos made his Giants debut in 2018 and put up some good numbers in 12 starts. He struck out 46 batters in 50 innings and walked just 15. Window open? Anderson. Rebuilding and willing to gamble? Santos. If he turns out to be an average reliever?…this post was all a dream and I am not responsible for your suffering. Aaaaaaaaand we’re done. Man, that AC feels good.