Saturday, February 13, 2016

DrB's 2015 Giants Top 50 Prospects: Honorable Mention Part IV

Jack Snodgrass, LHP.  DOB:  12/10/1987.  6'6", 220 lbs.

AA:  4-3, 4.14, 50 IP, 4.86 K/9, 3.60 BB/9, GO/AO= 1.41.
AAA:  1-2, 4.84, 22.1 IP, 8.06 K/9, 4.84 BB/9, GO/AO= 1.09.

Fringy prospect who has slowly worked his way up to AAA.  Might be best as a lefty specialist reliever.


Daniel Carbonell, OF.  B-R, T-R.  DOB:  3/29/1991.  6'3", 196 lbs.

AA:  .146/.173/.194, HR, 9 SB, 1.9 BB%, 24.8 K%, 214 PA.
A+:  .279/.327/.419, 6 HR, 9 SB, 4.6 BB%, 18.1 K%, 282 PA.

Carbonell completely washed out of AA, but got his feet back under him in San Jose.  By the end of the season, he might have been the second best hitter on the team after Christian Arroyo.  Will he do better in AA this year?


Hak-Ju Lee, SS.  B-L, T-R.  DOB:  11/4/1990.  6'2", 170 lbs.

AAA(Rays):  .220/.303/.304, 3 HR, 20 SB, 9.7 BB%, 29.2 K%, 360 PA.

Lee was once one of the top prospects in the game.  Injuries contributed to his declining fortunes, but his approach is a problem too and it is related to the organization he was playing in.  As you can see, he's been trying to be a 3-true outcomes type hitter, an approach probably insisted on by the Rays management.  The problem is that approach does not work if you don't produce all 3 outcomes and Lee has no power to speak of.  Now that the Giants signed him as a minor league FA, he is in an organization that will foster an approach that fits his tool profile better, but will changing his approach that dramatically work at this late stage of the game?  Very interesting storyline for this season!


Phil McCormick, LHP.  DOB:  9/7/1988.  6'1", 184 lbs.

AA:  4-3, 2.04, 57.1 IP, 5.97 K/9, 3.30 BB/9, GO/AO= 2.33.
AFL:  0-0, 4.15, 8.2 IP, 6.23 K/9, 4.15 BB/9.

Makes up for a low K rate with an elite GB ratio.  Has been a lefty reliever who could go more than 1 inning.  He could continue on that path, become more of a lefty specialist or even start.  Fringy prospect, though.


Ricky Oropesa, 1B.  B-L, T-R.  DOB:  12/15/1989.  6'3", 225 lbs.

AA:  .254/.311/.424, 24 2B, 17 HR, 7.6 BB%, 25.7 K%, 499 PA.

Most of Ricky's HR's came during two hot streaks, but he ended the season tied for the 4'th most HR's among qualified hitters in the EL and 14'th in OPS.  Here's hoping he gets a chance to show what he can do in the PCL this year.  For those of you an social media, there's a video out there of Ricky taking batting practice in a batting cage with Matt Duffy looking on from the side.  If you see it, I think you will agree that Ricky really does look like he is in the best shape of his life.

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