Sunday, February 14, 2016

DrB's 2016 Giants Top 50 Prospects: Honorable Mention Part IX

OK, we'll wrap up the HM's with this post.


Kleiber Rivas, C.  B-L, T-R.  DOB:  6/22/1995.  5'11", 200 lbs.

R:  .273/.359/.394, HR, 9.8 BB%, 9.8 K%, 41 PA.

Rivas has always seemed to hit well when he's played, but he's only had a total of 247 PA's in 4 professional seasons.  It's pretty hard to get traction on your career at that pace.  I'd love to see what he could do in a full season of playing time.


Cody Brickhouse, 3B.  B-R, T-R.  DOB:  12/23/1996.  6'3", 210 lbs.

R:  .208/.358/.245, 19.1 BB%, 27.1%, 68 PA.

Brickhouse was a HS catcher drafted in the 15'th round.  He played 3B in the few games in which he appeared in Arizona and is now listed on his bio page as a 3B.  Very SSS to go on here, but it looks like his inclination is to be a 3 true outcomes guy.  Love the size.


Kevin Rivera, 2B.  B-R, T-R.  DOB:  6/12/1996.  5'11", 170 lbs.

R:  .292/.330/.393, 4.3 BB%, 19.1 K%, 94 PA.
SS:  .188/.235/.188, 5.9 BB%, 11.8 K%, 17 PA.

Big improvement in his AZL numbers from last season.  Extremely SSS in S-K.  Had to fight for PT in a crowded MI situation in the Giants lower minors.


Nathanael Javier, 3B.  B-R, T-R.  10/10/1995.  6'3", 185 lbs.

R:  .183/.202/.242, HR, SB, 1.6 BB%, 27.6 K%, 124 PA.

It's OK to sacrifice walks for contact, but if you don't walk and are also striking out a lot, that is no bueno.  Between injuries and suspensions, it seems like Javier's pro career is off the tracks and he needs to find a way to get it back on track.


Hector Santiago, SS.  B-R, T-R.  11/18/1997.  6'2", 180 lbs.

R:  .048/.130/.048, 8.7 BB%, 60.9 K%, 23 PA.

I included Santiago in the HM list mainly on the strength of his 12'th round draft slot.  As you can see, he was overwhelmed in his pro debut, but he did not turn 18 yo until after the season.  Love the size for a SS.


Trevor Brown, C.  B-R, T-R.  DOB:  11/15/1991.  6'2", 195 lbs.

AAA:  .261/.319/.343, 17 2B, 2 HR, 6.7 BB%, 16.9 K%, 314 PA.
MLB:  .231/.279/.308, 7.0 BB%, 18.6 K%, 43 PA.

Hard to know what to make of Trevor Brown.  He was about as far under the radar as you can get until he suddenly showed up in AT&T Park after rosters were expanded in September and ended up as the #2 catcher on the depth chart.  He seemed particularly agile behind the plate and seemed to handle MLB pitchers like a veteran.  6 of his 9 hits came in a 3 game stretch, though.  It is unclear what his role will be if Susac is fully healthy this spring and even more unclear after the Giants added veterans George Kottaras and Miguel Olivo to the spring training roster.  Anyway, here he is.  I don't feel like he is a top 50 prospect, so I put him here in the HM list, which is in no particular order.



John Riley, 1B.  B-R, T-R.  2/14/1994.  6'0", 210 lbs.

Low A:  .207/.301/.311, HR, 9.7 BB%, 34.8 K%, 155 PA.
SS:  .246/.364/.377, 5 HR, 14.4 BB%, 28.4 K%, 229 PA.

Riley was a late round pick out of HS in 2013.  The Giants gave him a large signing bonus to keep him from college.  I think he has family connections to the Giants through Dave Righetti.  He's struggled to make contact in pro ball, but then just went off in August with a .320/.433/.520 line.  He's starting to get a bit long in the tooth for his level of play, but they say power hitters tend to develop late.  It looks like K rates are always going to be in issue for him, but the power potential is there.


We'll try to get the Dominican Dandies wrapped up tomorrow.

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