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…

Grade A

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.


Grade B

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.


Grade C

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.


2019 Index

  1. Tyler says:
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    Hey Mike,
    Be curt ad pithy, be snide and caustic…I am sure it is hip, it might even be trending,
    but never forget that there is a portion of the audience who are fans,
    Go to the ball game
    follow the minor league development of our team
    have season tickets
    fill out the scorecard every game
    love the team

    so when I wade through all of your minor league reports
    waiting for my team
    know that I am waiting
    as a fan
    and when you arrive on my team
    respect it
    as much as I do
    when I attend 81 games
    plus a preseason or two
    and dream a dream
    a postseason series

    know how many other teams have won as many world series as us in the last ten years?
    a little respect, please…
    bring a better opening than…
    “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…
    We are not another team…
    We have won three WS this decade…how about your team?
    That’s what I thought.

    P.S. “a catcher…vomit!” yeah our last one won an MVP…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Go Giants!

      • Tyler says:
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        @Mike: sorry i misread the post, I geuss my appropriate comment should have been… First!

        “What do you do during the offseason?
        Stare out the window and wait for spring.”

        Go Giants.

        • Tyler says:
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          @Tyler:
          PPS… I miss Matt Duffy…lead the Rays, and would have lead the Giants in Batting Average…. remember that stat…it describes when the batter gets hits.

          Hits are things that win ballgames, not how hard it exits the bat…

          Also, I really hope that Bart is good, because BART in SF is pretty good.

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            Word…Bart looks like the real deal. I hope Hanson works out for you guys. I’ve always liked him.

            • Tyler says:
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              @Mike: As do I, but I also watch every Sweet Timmy Tim comeback, and mourn Nunez’s helmet losing SBs, and have Strickland and Belt in mind, when reading today’s rumors of Giants interest in Harper.

              Fan is short for fanatic.

              • Mike

                Mike says:
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                haha…well I respect the true fan. I’m in my garage with the radio on win or lose. Man, the constant Harper/Machado rumors are getting old. I’m tired of reading the “no news” news on those two.

  2. Brusn says:
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    Hey mike.

    6×6 h2h dynasty with qs and k/Bb.

    My team is still in championship window. Would like to upgrade SP. Right now have Verlander, clevinger, price, madbum, wood, Quintana, stripling, gausman, teheran, minor, Salazar. Also have peacock, betances, and seranthony to help with ratios and Ks.

    Carrasco is on the block. The other owner likes kirillof, jazz, and Luis Garcia (was) from my minors. Also has some interest in brusdar, yusniel, mountcastle, esteury ruiz. Thinking of starting with jazz, garcia, and either a draft pick or one of the other 4 guys he has interest in. Im trying to avoid putting kirillof in the deal but if the other owner is insistent on him being the headliner, I’m curious if you’d do it?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would if you feel like Carrasco puts you over the top to take the title. Gotta go for it now if the window is open.

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