Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Down on the Farm: Review of DrB's 2013 Giants Top 50 Prospects #41-50

41.  Austin Fleet, RHP:  AAA  1-5, 3.52, 61.1 IP, 17 BB, 47 K.  High A  6-2, 3.92, 57.1 IP, 16 BB, 54 K.  Kind of a strange season for Fleet as he shuttled between Fresno and San Jose and between the bullpen and starting.  Pretty much the same results in all roles.  A 3.52 ERA in Fresno is not bad, but a relatively low K rate combined with an extreme flyball tendency is not particularly encouraging for future success.  I'll say stock is stable.

42.  Conor Gillaspie, 3B:  MLB(White Sox)  .245/.305/.390, 13 HR.  Traded to the ChiSox at the end of spring training.  Surprisingly strong season.  It looks like he may have platooned 3B with Jeff Keppinger.  I seriously doubt he hits double digit HR's in AT&T Park.  Stock is up, but with another organization.

43.  Carter Jurica, SS/2B:  AAA  .249/.329/.319, 38 BB, 83 K in 357 AB.  May have helped position himself for a future utility role by playing quite a bit of SS, but that is not a good batting line for the PCL, or anywhere for that matter. Only hit .219 after the All-Star break.  Stock is down.

44.  Dan Burkhart, C:  Released before the season started.  I did not see that coming!  Stock is off the exchange!

45.  Edward Concepcion, RHP:  Only pitched 9 innings all season.  Pretty tough to see any future for him at this point.  Stock is way down!

46.  Jesus Galindo, OF:  Low A  .273/.342/.322, 48 SB, 6 CS, 31 BB, 80 K in 326 AB.  Classic CF/Slap and Dash guy with a decent OBP to go with his SB skills.  Can he hit for enough power to survive at higher levels?  Stock is up.

47.  Chris Marlowe, RHP:  High A  3-2, 3.97, 70.1 IP, 35 BB, 55 K, GO/AO= 1.44.  Pitched quite well before a midseason injury.  Struggled after coming back in July.  Recovered with a nice 2.70 ERA over his last 10 appearances.  Stock is stable.

48.  Steven Neff, LHP:  AZL  0-0, 0.96, 9.1 IP, 3 BB, 16 K.  Short Season  1-0, 2.49, 21.2 IP, 5 BB, 23 K.  I assume he was coming off injury.  He's always put up nice K rates and can develop into a nice lefty specialist if he can stay healthy and start moving up to higher levels.  Stock is stable.

49.  Derek Law, RHP:  Low A  0-3, 2.31, 35 IP, 10 BB, 48 K, 3 Saves.  High A  4-0, 2.10, 25.2 IP, 1 BB, 45 K, 11 Saves.  AFL  0-0, 0.00, 3.1 P, 1 BB, 5 K's.  Did he really have just 1 BB against 45 K's for San Jose?  Wow!  I did not realize that until I looked up his stats for this post!  Needless to day, stock is way, way up!!

50.  Kentrell Hill, OF:  Short Season  .200/.280/.267 in 45 AB.  Disappointing year for Hill.  Was he coming off an injury?  Stock is down.


  1. Kentrell Hill went the way of Dan Burkhart. Hard business, this professional b-ball.

    Law's K/9 and K/BB are off the chart. 6'3, he doesn't throw as hard as Hembree or Hall, but he still throws pretty hard. He's holding serve in the AFL so far. The future of the Giants bullpen could, emphasis could, look like that murderer's row the Cards are trotting out there.

    1. And just like clockwork... BA has a profile on Derek Law (non-paywall):

      Stabbing motion? Don't tell Hector Sanchez haters about this...

    2. Thanks for the URL, very surprised to see his name mentioned with Zach Wheeler early on. Nice video on there too, if anyone is interested.

      It was noted that despite a good 2012 season, he was held back to repeat in 2013 at Augusta, but I have to think that the Giants wanted Kline to get his hands on him and work with him on certain things for 2013, and once he got that down, then promoted him. I don't think level for pitching is all that important, anyway, down in the lower minors, TINSTAAPP means that pitchers either know it or they don't, so he can get his work done at any level and not be developmentally handicapped by repeating a level, unlike a hitter. He's looking like he could make the majors sometime in 2014, but probably only if someone falters mid-season for some reason - injury, performance - and give the Giants an opening to bring him up. Looks like minors major restocking of bullpen will start in 2014 and rotation in 2015.

  2. Derek Law: Another case of the "Great Baseball Name" effect! He can't fail.

    1. He had a great season. Looking forward to his progress in the next level(s).

      With relievers, we have balance between immediate and longer term help.

      With starters, we need immediate high quality help but not likely to get it for another 12 to 18 months.

  3. Not quite sure what to make of Jesus Galindo. I've still got a little taste of Velez left in my mouth, which doesn't help the cause. But Velez had a big league career, which is more than most can say. How high would you say Galindo's stock is up this year?

  4. Galindo? Well, he's not top 10, that's for sure! I would say he probably moves up into the top 30, but not top 20. How's that?

  5. Gillaspie also benefited from playing in a hittters homepark, gaining 60 points in OPS, plus his defense was not good by any measure, and pretty bad by others. And after a very good first month, he wasn't as good after that, .233/.294/.372/.666 in the rest of the season. I see him performing much like Brian Buscher for the Twins when they got him via Rule 5 Draft from us, OK but not good by any measure, and he certainly wouldn't have been a starter with us. Good luck to him, maybe he can do enough to reach arbitration process.