On the Farm, Week 23: Prospect Decliners of 2014

At long last my season of “On the Farm” has come to an end. I was thinking to myself while writing this that it’s a shame to end the year on a down note by talking about some prospects whose years didn’t go as expected. Oh well, we can change up the format next year! As with all struggles they open the door to triumphant returns and there’s no doubt we haven’t heard the...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: Why they made no Trades

The 2014 Trade Deadline was one of the best in recent memory. It saw the Oakland A’s and Detroit Tigers exchange jabs in an arms race for American League supremacy. It saw the St. Louis Cardinals improve themselves with the acquisitions of John Lackey and Justin Masterson. It also saw the San Francisco Giants and Dodgers surprisingly stand pat and do nothing. What was the Giants...
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

DFP: The Deadline Cometh

Did the Cubs Win? Nope. Maybe they should have pinch hit a few pitchers. Trade Deadline Update The deadline is at 3 pm CT. The Cubs were active yesterday. No word yet on the where Emilio Bonifacio is headed, but the Royals have been mentioned, which is almost too cruel. The Giants are also a potential destination, and have released Dan Uggla. Grant Brisbee made a joke about Kyle...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Newcomer First Impressions

So…I’m just going to leave the sweep by the Dodgers alone…but let’s talk about these new acquisitions. I don’t think Jake Peavy is going to save this team, but the trade wasn’t a bad trade, because of the cost.  The last few years, the Giants have done a good job of understanding which of their prospects were disappointing.  With the obvious exception of Zack Wheeler...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss


Ok guys, today I went to probably my favorite Spring Training game of all time – the San Francisco Giants B-squad vs. the Giants futures. There was no one in the stands, it was nerdy, and I loved it. Here are some things that I took away from Sundays game: 1. Madison Bumgarner is good at baseball. He made light of the futures line-up by tossing four shut-out innings. He gave up...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants Top 10 Prospects

The San Francisco Giants have done a tremendous job of developing prospects over the last decade and many homegrown players contributed to the team’s 2010 and 2012 World Series victories. General Manager Brian Sabean has been a stabilizing force for the franchise as he continues to find the right mix of veteran acquisitions and prospects to keep the Giants competitive almost every...
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Top Prospects – Part 2

Giants’ Top 10 lists have been rather intriguing and spread out…at least, after Kyle Crick.  There are varying thoughts about which of the mess of pitchers the Giants have are ahead of the others, there are disagreements about the ceilings of the low-ceiling offensive players, as well as how much to believe in some short-season stats. That’s not going to stop me from entering...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Profile: Mac Williamson

  Picture courtesy of Marko Realmonte Welcome to our second Minor League Profile series. This time the spotlight lands on OF Johnathan Mackensey “Mac” Williamson.  Like the center of our first profile, Kyle Crick, Williamson was also invited to join the San Francisco Giants at their Spring Training camp.   Williamson is a 22-year-old, right-handed power-hitting OF from Wake...
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February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Top Prospects – Part 1

Yeah, so the old Top 10 Lists, like we’ve done here and here, don’t really fit this year. It’s really Kyle Crick and all the other Giants prospects.  Yeah, that’s the system in 2014. So, we’re going to do something a little more different and fun.  At least, I hope it’s fun for you. I’ll run down quick prospect recaps for everyone we mention down here.  Also, you’ll...
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February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor League Player Profile: Kyle Crick

  RHP Kyle Crick – Courtesy of Welcome to the first official Minor League Profile series. Given the recent (one day before this article was written) announcement of non-roster invitees to Spring Training, it seemed that now was a great time to start. We’ll try to do one every week and help give you additional insight into the San Francisco Giants farm system. First...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants Left Field Situation

As we’re in the midst of the Winter Meetings, the San Francisco Giants will look to fill the gaping hole they have in left field.   With a weak free agent class and the lack of depth within the Giants minor league system, Brian Sabean will need to be creative if he wants to fill the Giants weakest position. I see the Giants looking for a veteran power hitter who can add some...
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December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Top-10 Giants Prospects, According to Baseball America

Most of us know Andrew Baggarly as the Giants beat writer and sideline voice for CSN Bay Area. Many of us also know him as a witty Twitter voice and a multiple-time Jeopardy champion. But he also contributes to the highly-respected analytical magazine Baseball America. And each year, the publication creates a list of each team’s top-10 prospects list. And this year Baggarly...
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December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Q&A: Kyle Crick, San Francisco Giants Pitching Prospect

Kyle Crick isn’t a nibbler. The 6-foot-4 right-hander’s approach is to attack hitters, and while his command isn’t where it should be, he’s going about things the right way. In 14 starts this year for high-A San Jose — an oblique injury kept him on the shelf for part of the season — he logged a 1.57 ERA and struck out 12.5 batters per nine innings. Crick is a power pitcher...
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December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

2014 Top 10 Prospects: San Francisco Giants

Despite their penchant for dealing prospects for veterans, the Giants have amassed an impressive group of young arms that ranges from potential frontline starter to back-end innings-eaters (and everything in between). What the organization lacks, though, is a potential impact bat.   #1 Kyle Crick | 65/A+ (P) Age G GS IP H HR K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP 20 21 19 84.1 57 2 12.70 5.34...
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December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Very Final Statistical Report for the Arizona Fall League

The author has published a weekly statistical report for the Arizona Fall League each week since its brief season commenced back in October — not necessarily because such a thing is of great utility to prospect analysis, but more because, for those of us not currently present in the Greater Phoenix area, it’s one of the few ways to participate in that very compelling league....
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Penultimate Statistical Report for the Arizona Fall League

The author has published a weekly statistical report for the Arizona Fall League each week since its brief season commenced back in October — not necessarily because such a thing is of great utility to prospect analysis, but more because, for those of us not currently present in the Greater Phoenix area, it’s one of the few ways to participate in that very compelling league....
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November 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Cain, Lincecum, Bumgarner . . . Crick

It’s no surprise that the San Francisco Giants have had extreme success in recent years when it comes to drafting and developing star pitchers. It’s been a serious trend in the organization. In 2002, they used the 25th overall pick on 17-year old Matt Cain. Seven years later he made the first of three (and counting) All-Star game appearances. In 2006, they used...
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November 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants Prospects Kyle Crick and Andrew Susac Make the Fall Star Game

It’s not exactly a well-kept secret that we’re excited about the players in the San Francisco Giants farm system. There isn’t a surplus of surefire prospects, but there are a few that have us pretty geeked. And two of those prospects just made the roster for the Fall Star Game (previously the Rising Stars Game), the All-Star event of the Arizona Fall League, and the premier...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants Top Prospect Lists

Here is the composite list of San Francisco Giants Top Prospects from across the web. The list will be updated as often as new lists are released. After each list, I’ll list the top 5 from that list. Closer to the beginning of the season, I’ll release the 85% Sports Top 20 Prospects for the Giants, along with averages and a composite ranking for each player listed. Updated...
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October 30, 2013  |  Discuss

7 Giants Prospects Playing in the Arizona Fall League

While the San Francisco Giants roster regulars are at home, catching up with the families, restoring and rehabbing injured pieces, and getting rested up for another even-year run at a title, the Minor League youngsters with MLB aspirations are working as hard as ever. Apparently the organization forgot to tell some of them what the “off” in “offseason” means. Sure enough...
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October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

2014 Minor League Preview: San Francisco Giants

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2013 (28) | 2012 (21) | 2011 (24) | 2010 (29) | 2009 (8) 2012 Affiliate Records MLB: [76-86] NL West AAA: [68-75] Pacific Coast League – Fresno AA: [70-72] Eastern League – Richmond A+: [83-57] California League – San Jose A: [82-55] South Atlantic League – Augusta A(ss): [47-29] Northwest League — Salem-Keiser Arizona...
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October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: October 16, 2013

Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of the daily performances by Indians prospects. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Indians players in the Arizona Fall League and the Caribbean Leagues.  The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game. Arizona Fall League: Jake Lowery (Peoria Javelinas...
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October 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Video: Kyle Crick

Kiley shares video of one of the higher upside arms in the AFL, Giants hard-throwing RHP Kyle Crick.
October 13, 2013  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants Prospects Dominate the California League Top-20

To anyone worried about the future of the San Francisco Giants: don't be. In addition to having recently locked up four of their biggest stars to long contracts - Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Madison Bumgarner, and Matt Cain - it turns out that the Giants prospects are pretty darned good to. Meaning the future of the team is in pretty good hands. Baseball America recently...
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October 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Beltran Trade Reunions

Seeing Zack Wheeler having a struggle against us helps a little.  It doesn’t change that he has a 3.42 ERA in 17 games this season, so it’s not like he sucks.  But it helps knowing that he won’t dominate against us…yet. Of course, having Kyle Crick in the minors, who looks even better than Wheeler did, helps a lot more.
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September 18, 2013  |  Discuss
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