Monday, February 18, 2013

DrB's 2013 Giants Top 50 Prospects: Honorable Mention Part 5

Demondre Arnold, RHP.  DOB:  3/18/1992.  6'3", 208 lbs.  B-R, T-R.
Low A:  5-2, 5.43, 56.1 IP, 48 BB, 45 K, GO/AO= 1.45.

Arnold had a terrible second half of the season going from a 3.03 ERA in the first half to a 8.75 ERA post All-Star break.  Was he tired?  Hurt?  Opposing hitters figure out his stuff?  Gotta get that walk rate down!  It was pretty much the same all season, so maybe the first half was just luck?

Jackson Williams, C.  DOB:  5/14/1986.  5'11", 200 lbs.  B-R, T-R.
AAA:  .247/.281/.417, 11 HR.

A defense-first catcher who might have a chance for a Eli Whiteside/Chris Stewart type career as a backup catcher if the chance ever presents itself.  Could be a decent backup plan if The Hector regresses and the Giants decide he needs more seasoning.

Ryan Lollis, OF.  DOB:  12/16/1986.  6'2", 185 lbs., B-L, T-L.
High A:  .296/.347/.418, 5 HR, 5 SB in 318 AB.
AAA:     .309/.393/.434, 3 HR, 2 SB in 175 AB.

Lollis is probably just an organizational guy but he had a nice season at two levels.

Brett Krill, OF.  DOB:  1/24/1989.  6'4", 220 lbs.  B-R, T-R.
Low A:  .288/.335/.388, 5 HR, 8 SB in 448 AB.

Krill is a personal favorite going back to his pre-draft days at UCLA.  Put up a nice BA for Augusta, but the power numbers were disappointing.

Mitch Delfino, 3B.  DOB:  1/13/1991.  6'2", 210 lbs.  B-R, T-R.
College(Cal):   .355/.413/.485, 5 HR in 200 AB.
Rookie AZL:  .208/.283/.333, 2 SB in 48 AB.
Short Season:  .269/.315/.341, 12 2B, 2 SB in 167 AB.

Not much that stands out about his stats, but we'll include him in the HM list because he reportedly impressed at fall instructionals where he was named organizational MVP.

OK, that concludes the Honorable Mentions from DrB's 2013 Giants Top 50 Prospects list.  Anybody I missed?  Can't include everybody, you know.  I will try to put something together about the DSL players who bear watching called Dominican Dandies in the next few days.


  1. I like Shayne Houck from the 2012 draft, our 29th rounder from Kutztown, Vogelstrong's alma mater. Its not the most well known league, but he dominated it, ROY & MVP honors. He was one of those dreaded college seniors, so he's behind the 8 ball with age. He appears to have a hit tool though, and its a question of where he might fit on the diamond. He played 3B, he might be strictly a LF in pro ball. Put up 291/410/491 in Rookie ball, with 20BB/21K, 6 2B/2 3B/4 HR. For what its worth, the Giants played him mostly at 3B and a little 1B in 29 games. I assume he'll move on to Augusta next year.

    They're scrapper types, but Ryan Jones and Matthew Duffy are interesting, out of Michigan State and Long Beach State respectively. Jones looks like a 2B all the way, not sure about Duffy's ability to stick at SS. Also our 10th rounder Trevor Brown might get some play as a utility guy. The Giants definitely draft with an eye towards versatility. But like you said, you can't include them all.

    We drafted a ton of lefties, a few haven't really had a shot yet including Ty Blach, Joseph Kurrasch and Chris Pickering. Our 34th rounder, last guy signed in the draft, Zach Edgington out of UCSB actually had excellent #s in rookie ball, 32K/6BB/19H in 28 IP. He's already 23, so like Houck, behind that age 8 ball. But the Giants don't pay attention to that factor, and when you get beyond top prospects, I really question the age/level uses at times.

    1. Thanks for the suggestions. I think Baggs put Ty Blach in BA's Giants Top 30. He gets most of his info from talking to Giants player development people, so at least that gives you an idea of how he's viewed from within the organization.

  2. OT (Brandon Crawford): Sorry to put this here, but I think it's worth noting. In writing about Ozzie Smith in The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, James notes that "a shortstop in modern baseball normally records about 28% of his team's assists" (596). The higher the percentage, the better the shortstop's range. If I read Fangraphs correctly, the Giants had 1638 assists last year, and of these, Crawford had 394, about a quarter. But he played only 1100 innings of the ca. 1450 the team played, since he was platooned with Arias some of the time. If one takes this limited playing time into account, one can extrapolate that he was creating assists at a rate of about 32%l as a near-rookie struggling at bat. Everyone by now, except for ostriches, recognizes Crawford's brilliance--here is a stat that measures it in terms of outs he himself created for the Giants.

    1. Apparently Dodger catcher, AJ Ellis, wrote a column for the LA Times or something like that during the postseason and stated that Crawford is the best defensive SS in baseball. The Giants rivals are taking note.

    2. AJ Ellis on Brandon:

      I'm prepared to say with confidence that Brandon Crawford is the best defensive shortstop in baseball. His combination of instincts, hands and arm strength separates him from the rest.