To say the Giants have been one of the more uninspired farm systems of late is an understatement on par with saying Kate Upton is busty. We know. It’s a defining characteristic of this organization. It’s been so bad that people were actually excited about Christian Arroyo, a player that’s truly nothing more than system depth. To put it lightly 2017 was a disastrous campaign for the Giants, as they finished with the league’s worst record, despite paying the luxury tax. Sure Madison Bumgarner’s (first) freak injury played into that, but there were bigger issues. First amongst them is a lack of exciting bats in the lineup. The San Francisco organization did a good job this off-season, acquiring both Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria, for underwhelming prospect packages. They also drafted a few exciting talents in top Puerto Rican prospect Heliot Ramos, Jacob Gonzalez son of former Arizona Diamondbacks star Luis Gonzalez, and Seth Corry, an intriguing lefty from the Utah Prep ranks. With the number 2 overall pick in the draft this year, San Francisco has a great opportunity to add onto a strong foundation from last year’s class. It’s the San Francisco Giants Top Prospects for 2o18.

 

1. Heliot Ramos, OF | Age: 18 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: .348/.404/.645, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 10 SB

One of the top teenagers available in the 2017 draft, San Francisco scooped up Ramos with the 17th overall pick. The Puerto Rican phenom repaid the Giants faith handsomely, by blitzing the rookie level AZL to the tune of .348/.404/.645. His speed, power, and free-swinging ways were on display in a big way. It’s yet to carry through to his full-season debut in 2018, but it’s really important to keep in mind he’s the third youngest player in the Sally League, and seeing more advanced pitching possibly for the first time outside of instructs. He’s struggled on the bases early, struggled to identify breaking balls, and had a few scares in the field, including a collision with teammate Jean Angomas. His swing is long and powerful, with bat speed apparent with each hard cut. His hands are noisy pre-swing, with a big uppercut bat path, his knees are somewhat buckled, but his hips rotate cleanly, and his weight transfer is easy, with a little toe tap as he gets into his swing. I like Ramos a ton, and once he adjusts late rin the season, expect to see some gaudy numbers. ETA: 2021

2. Chris Shaw, OF/1B | Age: 24 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .292/.346/.525, 24 HR, 79 RBI, 0 SB

As the son of a former Boston College Eagle (suck it Rudy & Grey!), my rooting interest in Shaw is a little more personal. Add on the fact that he’s a Masshole, and we have a player near and dear to my heart. Shaw is your prototypical nonathletic corner outfield/first base type. Tons of raw power, lots of swing and miss, but really muscle for all fields homers, even in cavernous AT&T. Shaw is  a one trick pony, but one of the better bets to have some fantasy impact in 2018. So far in 2018 he’s hitting for power in AAA, but striking out a bit more than you would like to see. ETA: 2018

3. Alexander Canario, OF | Age: 18 | Level: RK | 2017 Stats: .294/.391/.464, 5 HR, 45 RBI, 18 SB

I’m going big on this one, but in a system full of Meh, you need to boost up your roses. Make no mistake Canario is a rose. Blessed with five tool ability, and off the charts athleticism, Canario is a name to watch, and a target in deep dynasty setups, where you can sit on a player for half a decade. The swing is simple, quick, and clean from the rightside, and he kind of reminds me of recently acquired Giant Andrew McCutchen. ETA: 2022

4. Jacob Gonzalez, 3B | Age: 19 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: .339/.418/.458, 1 HR, 21 RBI, 0 SB

It’s funny when you read about Jacob Gonzalez, it’s always mentioned that he has far more raw power than dad “despite a massive power spike in the early 2000s”. Read between the lines on that one, but regardless of hearsay, the Legacy Gonzo is a corner infield prospect with a combination of power and hitting ability. An advanced approach for a prep player has allowed him to translate to full-season ball relativley well for a teenager. The biggest questions in Gonzalez’s profile surround his defense, with many evaluators questioning his ability to stick at the hot corner. Still a nice gamble in deeper formats. ETA: 2021

5. Andrew Suarez, LHP | Age: 25 | Level: MLB | 2017 Stats: 10-10, 155.2 IP, 3.30 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 135 Ks, 42 Bb

So far so good in Suarez’s short Major League time, he works fastball, slider, curveball, sinker and change. Relying mostly on his low-mid 90’s fourseamer and his high 80’s slider. His best pitch by far is the aforementioned slider, generating a 19.4% SwStr% to go along with a .120 batting average against. He scrapes his changeup vs LHP, instead using his four-seamer about 10% more than versus lefties. The sinker is his second best pitch versus lefthanders, getting whiffs 11.4% of the time while yet to be hit for a ball in play through three starts. He’s more of a mid-rotation type, but he does have some college pedigree having been a weekend starter for three seasons at the storied Miami program. Mid-rotation upside, with a back-end floor. ETA: 2018

6. Sandro Fabian, OF | Age: 20 | Level: A+ | 2017 Stats: .277/.297/.408, 11 HR, 61 RBI, 5 SB

A Dominican product signed in the July 2nd class of 2014, Fabian is a promising hitter with above average contact and power. A free swinger at times, Fabian’s approach needs polish, but he has a long pretty swing with a bat path conducive for power. He struggled early on in 2017 as a 19 year old at low-A Augusta, but adjusted well late hitting .370/.382/.510 in August. He was assigned to high-A San Jose this year, and has struggled early again. Fabian is a leap of faith in some ways, but the type that can pay off if you believe in the underlying hitting skills. I watched as much of Fabian as I could, and I really like his swing. He doesn’t look like a future .300 hitter, but I really think he could develop 25 homer pop. Could see him developing into a power-hitting rightfielder, with an RBI producing spot in the lineup. ETA: 2021

7. Steven Duggar, OF | Age: 24 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .262/.365/.445, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 10 SB

An excellent defensive outfielder with a solid combination of speed, gap power, and elite on base ability. Duggar will never hit for a high average, but his walk rates are routinely in the low teens. This in turn allows him to make the most of his above average speed. However, there’s quite a bit of downside, he strikeouts a lot, particularly for a player with below average power. When you have 10 homer power, you better hit for a .280+ average, or steal 30 bases. I don’t see the latter happening, as he’s just 7/11 on the AAA level. I don’t want to write off Duggar, because I believe his glove will get him opportunities, I’m just not sure he can be much more than a .260/12/12 guy. Not an exciting player to own, but he could have some value in 2018. ETA: 2018

8. Garrett Williams, LHP | Age: 23 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: 6-5, 97 IP, 2.32 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 96 Ks, 35 Bb

A seventh round steal for the Giants in 2016, Williams is a lefty with good stuff, and fringe control. His fastball is above average to plus at times, when he’s repeating his delivery. His curveball is above average sweeps in on lefty and is hard to pick up due to his arm slot. If Williams can harness his stuff and repeat his delivery enough to avoid a ton of walks he might have a chance as a starter, at worst I see a middle reliever floor. ETA: 2019

9. Tyler Beede, RHP | Age: 25 | Level: MLB | 2017 Stats: 6-7, 109 IP, 4.79 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 83 Ks, 39 Bb

Here’s to this being the last season I need to write about Beede. A former first round pick with college pedigree, and an up and down history of success at the professional level. His fastball has often gotten plus grades, but giant fluctuations in velocity have made it less effective at times. His collection of secondaries doesn’t have an above average pitch among them. His curveball is the best of bunch, and had been considered an above average pitch coming out of Vandy. He also throws an average cutter and a fringe changeup. He made some starts already this season, but he’s not a player I’m desperate to own in any formats. ETA: 2018

Other Names: Seth Corry, Aramis Garcia, Matt Krook, Joan Gregorio, Camilo Doval

   
  1. shaun BARRETT says:
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    I’m just here to test my avatar

  2. David says:
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    Ralph, Andujar or Riley in dynasty? Thanks

    • Another Dan says:
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      @David:

      I’d take Ralph every day In a dynasty !!

      Pre-season the other two were ranked 26 and 50 respectively in his top 100 prospects.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @David: I like Riley actually.

  3. fletch f. fletch says:
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    With Wander Javier having labral surgery does that drop him in your rankings or does the scouting report keep him where he is? I know he is several years away from a major league debut. I’m thinking about dropping him for Freudis Nova. I’ve read good things about him.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @fletch f. fletch: Drops him a little, he’s going to push his time table back and he’s so far off. I’d hold on Javier though.

  4. Member Berries says:
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    18 team keeper h2h 6×6 (with walks and holds)

    1. Trying to acquire Vladito

    Move Bregman for vlad ? Bregman and SP3 (2)?
    Wrong time to sell bregman? Where’s vlad Jrs keeper worth?

    2. Thoughts on Rosario for Hoskins ?

    3. Since Grey hired Ralph, shouldn’t Grey be able to claim all of propect jesus guys (although we all know deshizzz is Grey’s boy)?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Member Berries: Bregman for Vlad works!

      You can get Hoskins for Amed? Do it!

      Yes, when talking to anyone but me. Out in the world they’re all OUR GUYS!!!! Hence Hoskins getting snatched up by Grey in NL only Tout.

      • Member Berries says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        If you owned Vlad, Would you trade away Vlad for Bregman?

        Eddie Rosario *
        You see Eddie hitting similar Hrs as Hoskins?

  5. jose says:
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    Ralph,
    I have a couple questions on my upcoming draft, next week. As I have said I want to take 1B Alonso and SP Enyel De Los Santos. Which one has a better chance of lasting until the second round? I like them both and would like to get them both.

    I traded Adam Ottavino for an extra pick.
    I want to grab SP Chris Paddack of the padres. I have liked him since he was with the Marlins back in 2016, and before he had TJ for the Padres. He has picked up where he left off, putting up ceros and getting lots of Ks and very few walks.
    I believe he is pitching tonight for Lake Elsinor on Milb TV. I will be watching if he is.

    • jose says:
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      @jose: @jose:
      Paddack pitched six inning.
      He gave up two hits, one a solid hit and the other a ball that bounced over his head and the second baseman threw too late to first, stroke out ten and walked NONE.

      I hope he gets promoted to AA soon. He needs to be challanged, he is 22 years old.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @jose: definitely get Paddack. I’m writing about him now.

      I would think Enyel is more likely to make it until the second.

      • jose says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:
        I was going to ask you if I sould wait on Paddack and take a shot at Franmil Reyes, but after your entusiastic responce about taking Paddack, I think I am going to pass on Reyes.

        We are going to have two serpentin rounds of ten, as of right now I will have picks #2, #16 and #19, very little changes in the standing in a weeks time.

        How would you rank them? Alonso, De Los Santos and Paddack?

  6. Chris says:
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    Thanks Ralph!

    The Crew just brought up Peralta any chance he sticks?

    Thanks Ralph!

    Also, I’m in a 12 team h2h roto league. Just made a trade I recieved Rizzo and Scooter for Carrasco and Odorizzi. Now I have a question on some pick ups. After the Trade this is my staff:

    Kluber-Quintana-Clevinger-Weaver-Reynaldo-Trevor Williams-Hellickson-Suarez and Reyes-DL for St Louis. Diaz-Hand-Iglesias

    Best pitchers available are-Vince Velasquez (I get it but he gets K’s) and Tyler Anderson Road numbers are good. Or do I stash Vlad or Jimenez? Do I drop Kendrick-LoMo-Margot? Or just stay put!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Chris: nah, likely just a start or too. They’re in Colorado and the affiliate is Colorado Springs, likely makes it easy to keep him there.

      Go Lo-Mo for V2

  7. Another Dan says:
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    Hi Ralph,

    Hope things are good with you. MLB confirmed two London Red Sox – Yankee games in 2019. Just need to keep my eyes on Ticketing details.

    Good stuff again. There isn’t much to get too excited about in the Giants system. The draft might add some life to it. They are the team I follow the most and it’s nice to have some home-grown talent.

    In a 12 team roto 7×7 (BB, OPS, QS, HLD) have a trade offer for Albies. What’s your thoughts on him? Top 5 2B for next few years ?

    Offer isn’t good – Lucchesi, Moran (but I have Vladito, Riley), Soler (hot schmotato?) and Alonso (better than Bauers, Naylor, Jhailyn Ortiz ?). But I could negotiate if I want to sell.

    Best wishes,

    Another Dan

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Another Dan: Hey Dan! When I saw it announced I actually wondered if you’d be heading there.

      Let’s see what they get at 2. There’s a ton of good choices. I really think Sandro Fabian can be sneaky good.

      Just hold on Albies. Unless someone starts offering something crazy.

      • Another Dan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Am definitely going to try. Make a weekend of it, do both games. It’s been a while since I caught my last live game. Very envious of your scouting dates !!

        Where does crazy start ? Would you trade him for a top 5 prospect or does it take a package?

        Best wishes,

        Another Dan

  8. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Great job as usual, Ralph! Love the info. I’m most intrigued by Fabian’s potential. Not to mention, if we’re going on iconic names alone, Fabian sounds MLB ready!

    Was wondering your updated take on Dustin Fowler. He seems very mature and has that great pedigree; do you see him as shaking off the rust soon and producing? Will he be an impact bat this year? Is he up for good or might Oakland do something stupid and demote him at some point? Just wondering how tightly to hold him if he doesn’t do much in the next couple of weeks. Thanks a lot!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @GrassyKnollRedding: Yeah like Fabian a ton.

      He’s the best option in Cf in the organization. I like his contact first approach. He takes a ding in OBP, he doesn’t walk much. But there’s some power, and a solid amount of speed. He was looking really good pre-callup in AAA.

  9. Chud says:
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    Good stuff Ralph!

    Is Mac Williamson someone to keep an eye on after he had some short lived fireworks before his concussion?

    Also in a dynasty would u rather own MFranco or Jose Martinez?

    Thanks!

  10. Landisimo3 says:
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    Rebuilding/Reloading in 12 team roto .. forever keep 10 + 10 farm / stash .. my farm is becoming LOADED thanks to lots of your takes.. was offered 2 different deals :

    My Taillon for his Austin Riley & K Ruiz

    My Newcomb for his L Urias & Verdugo

    Thoughts on either ?? Thank you as always

  11. David says:
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    Puig or Teoscar in dynasty? Thanks Ralph.

  12. Ryan says:
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    In my dynasty league I was offered Stanton and Ohtani(batter) for marte, lorenzo cain and juan soto. My other outfielder are Acuna and Harper. Anyway is this a trade I should do?

  13. Crock says:
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    Been offered a trade in my 14 team dynasty league. Everyone is kept forever so I never have to throw anyone back into the waiver pool. I finished 2nd last year and my team is competitive this year but I feel I’ve built a solid team for the future. Here’s my team:

    C. Tucker Barnhart
    1b. Hanley
    2b. Dee Gordan
    ss. Correa
    3b. Gallo
    Of. Mazara, Stanton, G.Polanco
    Utl. Suarez, C.Santana
    B. Kingery, Hamilton, Odor, T.O’Neill

    Sp. Yu Darvish, C. Morton, L. Castillo, M.Wacha, M.Stroman, A.Heaney, E. Rodriguez, B.Snell, C.Kuhl, D.Duffy, K.Maeda, T.Williams, J.Berrios, C.Smith, G.Marquez

    Rp. Greene, E.Diaz, B.Ziegler, Holland

    Minors: J.Guzman, M.Baez, V.Robles, F.Tatis, B.Bichette, J.Soto, E.Florial, T.Trammell, L.Robert, K.Tucker, E.Jimenez, J.Siri, R.Tapia

    So I’ve been offered Trout, Kyle Lewis and Kevin Maitan for Robles, Tatis, Soto and Bichette. I’m pretty conflicted on the deal. One it’s Mike Trout but on the other hand that’s a lot of young talent to give up to get him. What do you think?

    • Mike L says:
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      @Crock: I also play in a keeper forever but for you to have all that minor league talent makes me wonder how many teams are in your league or if you’re playing against a bunch of people who don’t know what they’re doing. The easy answer is if you can win with Trout its probably worth it. If you can’t then you should probably hold. Your team looks above average already minus another closer and a catcher so maybe its worth it adding another piece or asking for someone else who’s closer to being called than Kyle Lewis.

  14. Boozer says:
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    Pick up f peralta or Reyes sd? Thx!

  15. Alcibiades Escobar says:
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    This list reminds me of the scene in Major League when the construction workers are looking at the Indians’ spring training roster and one exclaims “Who are these fucking guys?”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

  16. Play Ball says:
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    Couple questions – 1) If Vlad comes up this year, when do you think it will be? ; 2) What type of counting stats do you see Franmil Reyes putting up after being called up?

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