Monday, February 11, 2013

DrB's 2013 Giants Top 50 Prospects: Honorable Mention Part 1

Let's take a quick look at some of the Honorable Mentions from my 2013 Giants Top 50 Prospects list.  I think you will find that there are interesting prospects in the system clear down in this range.  These are in no particular order.

Joseph Rapp, 1B.  DOB:  11/27/1989.  6'2", 225 lbs.  B-R, T-R.
College(Louisiana-Monroe):  .322/.418/.527, 9 HR, 7 SB, 32 BB, 59 K in 245 AB.
Short Season:  .272/.375/.464, 11 HR, 33 BB, 73 K in 239 AB.  Big Strong guy who looks like he has a pretty good hit tool to go with the power.  Strong walk rates but big time K rate to go with it.  The Augusta IF was weak last year, so I could see him starting at 1B for San Jose, unless Angel V starts there.

Joe Biagini, RHP.  DOB:  5/29/1990.  6'4", 215 lbs.  B-R, T-R.
Low A:  0-4, 7.41, 34 IP, 29 BB, 36 K, GO/AO= 1.56.
Short Season:  2-4, 4.27, 59 IP, 18 BB, 63 K, GO/AO= 1.56.  The Giants obviously see something here that is not apparent in the stats.  They drafted him in the 26'th round in 2011 out of UC Davis after he barely pitched there at all.  Then they gave him a 125 K signing bonus to keep him from going back to school.  Maybe he started to put it together at Salem-Keizer?  I expect to see him back in Augusta to start 2013.

Joan Gregorio, RHP.  DOB:  1/12/1992.  6'7", 180 lbs.  B-R, T-R.
Short Season:  7-7, 5.54, 76.1 IP, 23 BB, 69 K, GO/AO= 0.79.  A tall beanpole of a pitcher out of the DR.  He has worked his way up the Giants system one level at a time since his DSL debut in 2010.  He had ERAs < 3 in the DSL and AZL. His BB and K numbers remained strong but his GO/AO has been steadily dropping and the longball hurt him at Salem-Keizer as he allowed 9.  I'd expect to see him move up to Augusta for his age 21 season.

Travious Relaford, SS.  DOB:  5/13/1992.  5'11", 160 lbs.  B-R, T-R.
Rookie AZL:  .331/.412/.492, 13 2B, 4 3B, 0 HR, 19 BB, 17 K, 2 SB in 130 AB.
Low A:  .143/.143/.143 in 7 AB.  Late, late round draft pick in 2011 out of JC ball.  Seems very toolsy and raw.  Maybe he is the high ceiling SS prospect we all are hoping for?  Cousin of former big leaguer Desi Relaford.

John Polonius, SS.  DOB:  1/13/1991.  6'2", 170 lbs.  B-R, T-R.
College(West Virginia):  .308/.386/.408, 2 HR, 4 SB, 11 BB, 22 K in 147 AB.
Rookie AZL:  .300/.378/.408, 7 SB, 12 BB, 19 K's in 120 AB.  Undrafted FA sign.  Don't know much about him, but he sure looks good in a baseball uniform!


  1. Yeah, it seems like Biagini did figure out something in SK.

    Whoa, forgot about Joan. He's still on some Top 20 Giants prospects list. Where did he fall short for you DrB? My math on his BD says he's 21 this season, FYI.

  2. In basketball, they talk about reach and wingspan.

    At 6'7", you should get a little better angel unless you arms are short.

    What is his standing reach?

  3. Dr. B--

    Where does Angel Villalona fit in your list now? In the top 50 or Honorable Mention?

    1. I would probably put Angel V somewhere in the top 50 but very hard to place right now. I will do a separate writeup after all this is done.

  4. Did you guys see what Brandon Belt said when asked about the free spending Dodgers at the Fanfast? "All I can say is you can't buy chemistry"! Funny stuff being that the Giants are defending WS Champs, but it makes for good bulletin board material in a Dodger clubhouse! Can't wait for the season to start..


  5. I sure do like them sleeper shortstops, all right all right! Can't remember if Kutztown's finest makes your honorable mention, I like that guy too. And don't forget Demondre Arnold, who got himself into and out of scraps until the 2nd half of the season when teams had a book on him and cashed in on his free passes.

    I also like Justin "honey fitz" Fitzgerald as a break glass candidate next year.

  6. Boom, Bourn to the Tribe. Makes good sense for them, they forfeit what is currently the 71st pick of the draft. Gints 3rd rounder is now pick 100. Nice round number but it'll go down one more once Lohse signs. Like Wilson Pickett sings, 99 1/2 just won't do.

    Boras is a miracle worker, getting 4/48MM and a vesting option for a little in demand client.

    1. D'oh! I forgot the Braves now get their comp pick! We actually move down 1 spot in the 2nd round and still have the 101st pick in the third. I'm gonna shut up on exact pick predictions until the experts publish the list.