Saturday, September 24, 2016

Down on the Farm: 2016 San Jose Giants Season Review Part 1

2016 was a season of comings and goings for the San Jose Giants with only 2 position players accumulating more than 300 AB's.  The rest either played the first half and were promoted to AA or else were promoted from lower levels midseason or else missed a lot of time due to injury.  Here's how it broke down:

Full Season Starters:

Ronnie Jebavy OF.  DOB:  5/17/1994.  B-R, T-R.  6'2", 205 lbs.  Drafted in Round 5, 2015.  .247/.305/.385, 28 2B, 5 3B, 12 HR, 24 SB, 34 BB, 153 K, 535 AB.  The tools look good.  Extra base power.  Speed to steal bases.  Played CF on D.  The glaring thing is the K's.  He'll have to cut down on those.

Jonah Arenado 1B.  DOB:  2/3/1995.  B-R, T-R.  6'4", 230 lbs.  Drafted in Round 16, 2013.  .254/.286/.422, 36 2B, 17 HR, 18 BB, 110 K, 516 AB.  Exciting power.  The walk rate is so low, but he kept the K rate at barely over 20% which is pretty good for a young power hitter.  He's got time.  Tremendous potential here.

Missed Time With Injuries:

Jose Vizcaino Jr. 3B.  DOB:  4/5/19914.  B-R, T-R.  6'3", 220 lbs.  Drafted in Round 7, 2015.  .261/.342/.424, 17 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 29 BB, 69 K's, 295 AB.  Hit .417 over his last 10 games before going down with an ankle injury on 7/21 which caused him to miss the rest of the season.

Aramis Garcia C.  DOB:  1/12/1993.  B-R, T-R.  6'2", 220 lbs.  Drafted in Round 2, 2014.  .257/.323/.340, 6 2B, 2 HR, 14 BB, 47 K, 144 AB.  So-so start to the season which was cut short by a HBP to the face.  He got back for a few games at the end of the season and will try to make up for the lost AB's in the AFL.

Movin' On Up to the Eastside:  The Giants gave aggressive placements to no less than 5 2015 position player draftees.  These 3 stayed healthy and performed well enough to get even more aggressive midseason promotions to AA Richmond in the fearsome Eastern League.

Chris Shaw 1B.  DOB:  10/20/1993.  B-L, T-R.  6'4", 235 lbs.  Drafted in Round 1S, 2015.  .285/.357/.544, 22 2B, 16 HR, 28 BB, 70 K, 270 AB.  Maybe a few too many K's, but a tremendous display of power.  Enough to convince the Giants brass that he needed a bigger challenge in AA, where there was some adjustment.

Steven Duggar OF.  DOB:  11/4/1993.  B-L, T-R.  6'2", 195 lbs.  Drafted in Round 6, 2015.  .284/.386/.462, 12 2B, 4 3B, 9 HR, 44 BB, 66 K, 264 AB.  Duggar also earned himself a mid-season promo to AA where he just turned it up a notch.

CJ Hinojosa SS.  DOB:  7/15/1994.  B-R, T-R.  5'10", 175 lbs.  Drafted in Round 11, 2015.  .296/.378/.442, 14 SB, 3 3B, 6 HR, 36 BB, 46 K, 260 AB.  Another aggressive placement for a 2015 draftee who made that decision look good.  Another mid-season promo to AA where he had some adjustments.

Movin' On Up From the Eastside:  2 callups from Augusta and a midseason placement of an Indy League signee.

Dylan Davis OF.  DOB:  7/6/1993.  B-R, T-R.  6'0", 205 lbs.  Drafted in Round 3, 2014.  .278/.344/.544, 10 2B, 18 HR, 22 BB, 61 K, 248 AB.  You may not think a K rate of 20+% is all that great, but it's down from around 30% when he first turned pro.  Hit a total of 26 HR's between Augusta and SJ. Might have made the biggest progress in his game of all Giants prospects in 2016.

Miguel Gomez, 3B.  DOB:  12/17/1992.  B-S, T-R.  5'10", 185 lbs.  .267/.302/.500, 9 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 8 BB, 28 K, 172 AB.  After kicking around short season ball for seemingly forever, Gomez torched the SAL in the first half.  He kicked the power up a notch after a promo to SJ while suffering a drop in BA for the first time in his career.  The BA recovered late as he hit .324 over his last 10 games.  This guy can obviously hit.  Giants have a decision to make as he has 5 years of pro service and is eligible for the Rule 5 draft unless the Giants put him on the 40 man roster.

TJ Bennett, 2B.  DOB:  7/22/1992.  B-L, T-R.  6'3", 215 lbs.  .284/.357/.482, 15 2B, 9 HR, 20 BB, 67 K, 222 AB.  Older indy league signee.  IDK if he can stick at 2B, but has tremendous size for the position.  Showed impressive power in a half season with SJ.  Definitely worth a look at higher levels.  Sleeper alert!


Johneshwy Fargas OF.  DOB:  12/15/1994.  B-R, T-R.  6'1", 170 lbs.  Drafted Round 11, 2013.  .172/.255/.216, 3 3B, 9 SB, 12 BB, 40 K, 134 AB.  You can't steal first base and Fargas just didn't get there often enough to use his speed.  Back down to Augusta where at least he got his feet back under him and did well.  Big challenge to stick in SJ next season!


  1. Spot on. Davis, Shaw and Duggar are all showing a lot of promise at this point. Garcia had one disappointing season. Hopefully he lights it up in the AFL and gets back on track. Any word on how his defense is progressing? I have read that his glove is behind his hitting skills.

    1. Garcia has always been more of an offensive catcher but seen as adequate behind the plate. The injury causing lack of playing time did not help reverse that situation. He needs to stay healthy next year to get experience behind the plate and show the tremendous pop in his bat that we hope for.