Thursday, October 17, 2013

Down on the Farm: Review of DrB's 2013 Giants Top 50 Prospects Honorable Mention

Joseph Rapp, 1B:   Low A  .267/.328/.375, 6 HR.  Missed most of April and got off to a slow start.  Picked it up in the last 2 months with a .280 BA in July and .328 in August.  He hit .390/.431/.512 over his last 10 games.  I think this guy is a real sleeper who should move up to San Jose next year.  A ferocious hitter!  Stock is up.

Joe Biagini, RHP:  Low A  7-6, 5.03, 96.2 IP,  42 BB, 79 K, GO/AO= 1.51.  Pitched really well for 3 months then kind of fell apart, posting a 7.66 ERA in July and an 8.44 in August.  This was a big jump in IP for him this year and it is possible he tired down the stretch.    He only pitched in 3 games in August, so it looks like he was shut down early.  The Giants are giving this local kid every chance to succeed for a reason.  Stock is up.

Joan Gregorio, RHP:  6-3, 4.00, 69.2 IP, 17 BB, 84 K.  Strong season for this 6'7" beanpole.  Gave up 14 of his 31 ER in just 2 starts.  Had a 7 inning no-hitter with 10 K's and just 1 BB on July 18.  Stock is up!

Travious Relaford, SS:  3 levels  .201/.298/.257, 31 BB, 71 K, 10 SB in 268 AB.  Bounced around between Augusta, SJ, and Richmond.  Numbers are not encouraging.  Stock is stable to slightly down.

John Polonius, SS:  High A  .221/.286/.316.  Short Season  .270/.333/.372.  Dude looks good in a baseball uniform, but then, so did Sharlon Schoop!  Stock is down.

Jonathan Jones, 1B:  AZL  .225/.333/.433, 5 HR.  Short Season  .230/.338/.344, HR.  Can draw a walk and has some power.  That should keep him moving up in the system.  Stock is stable.

Randy Ortiz, OF:  Short Season  .253/.341/.320, 16 SB in 150 AB.  Classic slap and dash guy who can get on base and who bats RH, which does not help him.  Stock is stable.

Andrew Leenhouts, LHP:  Short Season  9-2, 2.39, 71.2 IP, 14 BB, 53 K.  Big lefty who reportedly has excellent mechanics  and command.  Earned a chance to prove it at a higher level.  Stock is up.

Emmanuel DeJesus, LHP:  I can't find him in  I'm not sure he pitched at all in 2013.  I think I read that he was released.  Very disappointing outcome from a kid who put up eye popping numbers in the DSL a couple of years ago.  Stock is way down or even off the market.

Gabriel Cornier, C:   .197/.316/.303 in 66 AB.  Draws walks, not much else.  Stock is down.

I will be away for a few days rooting for my daughter in the Nike Women's Marathon in SF this weekend.


  1. abreu goes to the chisox for an ungodly sum

    if i was a lower level draftee, with little chance to make it in the bigs...i would think strongly about getting an atty to challenge the current draft system

    its simple restraint of trade

    cant openly bid for foreign players, then make it so not a single american or canadian can go to the highest bidder


    1. I'm sorry, I didn't follow any of that. I think it went a little over my head... Care to try again?

    2. Jose Abreu of Cuba signs 6 yrs $68M with ChiSox.


    3. foreign players have no they go to highest bidder

      usa and canada players didnt care, as long as there was no cap on bonuses

      now there is a hard cap....and players cant choose not to accept...if they do...they lose a year

      restraint of trade

      and the bums got their asses kicked tonite

      what does 250 mil buy you?

      a team of jerks with nada to show for it



    4. This also causes foreign players to make less in the long run

    5. I guess the argument is that foreign players over the age of 23 are already established players in their own country and so are the equivalent of veteran free agents. I think what Bacci is pointing out here is that in the last MLBPA contract, the players sacrificed the earning potential of prospects in order to preserve their own unlimited earning potential. I suppose their argument is that you don't deserved to be paid the big bucks until you have established that you are, in fact, a MLB player, thus the 3 years of minimum salary followed by the arbitration system. After that, it's the stars that the fans are paying to see so they should be paid the lion's share of the payroll.

      While I can see that side of the argument, I also think Bacci has a valid point. Teams can't win without role players and they can't win without a farm system. There needs to be some evening out of the riches here. If draft of IFA bonuses are capped, fair enough, but then there also needs to be a hard salary cap at the MLB level, except that if you do that, I think you also need to have a minimum payroll floor too.

      Maybe you could build in some flexibility into the system by allowing teams to temporarily go below the floor during "rebuilding" years, but then would be required spend that extra money over the next 5 years or so or else forfeit the difference.

      I do like the fact that the new bonus structure in the draft gets players signed and onto the field more quickly but there are still enormous inequities in the system.

    6. either have a draft for all players (like the nba now does) or no draft at all. provide minor leaguers a living wage...which will open the door to more quality athletes choosing baseball. create development deals with asian and south/central american that everyone benefits and those countries dont feel like the mlb is stealing their best

      there is gonna come a day of reckoning...and the mlb just doesnt see it

      and i gotta say, im happy that leyland is retiring. one of the brightest minds in baseball, laid waste by the stupefying system of the al.

      while i watched bochy's baseball acumen improve over the years....i could also see leyland's dwindling

      it is time, gentlemen, to put the dh experiment to is not baseball


    7. That's kind of funny, because as I have watched run scoring dwindle, I've been kind of coming around on the DH a bit. I just get sick of watching potential rallies snuffed out because the opposing team can pitch around the #8 hitter then get the pitcher out. In addition, I'm not sure the pinch-hitting and double-switching is necessarily all that interesting to watch or necessarily proves one manager is better than the other.

      Believe me, I fully understand the other side of the argument and never thought I would ever have a positive thought about the DH. The game was designed to have all players participate on both sides of the ball, but baseball, and especially the NL, has got to find a way to score some more runs!

    8. Additionally, players such as Jose Abreu become unavailable to teams in the NL, but are a goldmine for teams in the AL. The equality and distribution of great hitters becomes skewed, and though NL teams like the GIANTS seem not to have a problem spanking the AL powerhouse Tigers/Rangers, I think fans of NL teams deserve the same quality of hitting acumen, regardless of league.

      On the other hand, defense and pitching are are premium in the NL, and that's a great thing for the history and legacy of the game - as well as for the teams who take part in the trend. Those parts of the game cannot be understated, though I fear there is a time approaching where the game may take on a different feel entirely (Dodger-Money & Fielder/Puig players abound).


  2. Gregoria will make a big jump on the prospect lists..

    Which little Giant had the greatest single offseason jump in the last 10 years?

    1. Pablo Sandoval comes to mind. DrB appears to take great pride at having the only list with Pablo's name just before Pablo made the jump to the majors and became an immediate star.

      Anon #1.

    2. I wouldn't say great pride, but yeah, I think I continued to have faith in The Panda long after most other analysts had written him off. Part of that was getting to see him play in person and observe his power potential and athleticism, in spite of his girth.

  3. My wife did the first NWM a number of years ago. What a spectacle. Hope you had a great time.

    1. Just got back. It is, indeed, a wonderful event. Getting to see and hear Joan Benoit speak in person was certainly a highlight. We kind of missed out on the shuttle services for spectators and it's really impossible to drive anwhere and park in SF, so the only part of the race was seeing my daughter off at the starting line. I was able to pick her out of the crowd of runners and wave. She saw me and waved back. That was another highlight. This was her first full marathon and she finished in 4 hours and 10 min, which I think is pretty darn good!