Thursday, February 14, 2013

DrB's 2013 Giants Top 50 Prospects: Honorable Mention Part 3

Alberto Robles, 2B.  DOB:  9/14/1990.  5'11", 155 lbs.  B-R, T-R.
Rookie AZL:  .380/.429/.420, 4 SB, 5 BB, 7 K's in 50 AB.
Low A:          .167/.205/.167, 2 SB, 1 BB, 8 K's in 42 AB.

Robles spent a couple of years in the DSL where he had more walks than K's both years.  Mixed results in his stateside debut.

Jose Valdez, RHP.  DOB:  8/1/1988.  6'7", 250 lbs.  B-R, T-R.
High A:  6-4, 2.83, 57.1 IP, 28 BB, 78 K, GO/AO- 1.20, 7 Saves.

Valdez is a huge physical talent who has been in the Giants organization seemingly forever.  Last year was statistically his best season, but to be stuck in A ball after all these years is not what you are hoping for.  Has a spring training invite.  Look for him to be a guy who opens some eyes, or maybe not.

Fabio Castillo, RHP.  DOB:  2/19/1989, 6'1", 235 lbs.  B-R, T-R
AA:   2-1, 2.89, 37.1 IP, 12 BB, 28 K, GO/AO= 2.27
AAA: 2-0, 4.82, 18.2 IP, 14 BB, 13 K, GO/AO= 1.71.
DWL: 0-1, 1.86, 19.1 IP, 6 BB, 13 K, GO/AO= 1.65.

Hard throwing RHP who once pitched in the Futures Game signed as a minor league FA out of the Rangers organization.  Command problems stalled his progress in the Ranger's organization.  Will compete for a bullpen role with the Giants, but will most likely start the season in Fresno.

Scott Shuman, RHP.  DOB:  3/28/1988.  6'3", 205 lbs.  B-R, T-R.
AA:  0-1, 8.83, 34.2 IP, 47 BB, 54 K, GO/AO= 1.50.

Selected out  of the Rays organization in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.  Unlike in the MLB phase, the Giants do not have to offer him back to the Rays if he fails to stick at any particular level.  Hard thrower with obviously severe command/control problems.  Can the Giants fix him?

Johnny Monell, C.  DOB:  3/27/1986.  5'11", 205 lbs.  B-L, T-R.
AA:  .257/.345/. 449, 11 HR, 41 BB, 84 K in 323 AB.

Monell repeated AA in 2012 and improved slightly on his numbers from 2011.  Lefthanded hitting catchers with pop do not grow on trees and with many MLB teams emphasizing platooning, it would seem there must be a place for him somewhere in MLB as some point.  Word on the street is he is being held back more for defense than his hitting.


  1. In life, you get your day-traders, your Buffetts and your business-builders.

    In baseball, it's more like the first and the third - you can flip players or you can engage in manufacturing value-added products.

    You get your raw products, via the central allocation board and garage sales, and refine them. It's the old-fashioned way and still the best way.

    Fix some of those wild beasts, you can get rich.

  2. OT: Fangraphs did a Mock Draft, thought you would be interested to see how that came out DrB.

    First Giants picked was Posey, relatively early though the picker noted in the post-draft comments that he jumped the gun there. Sandoval was next, then Cain.