Monday, January 23, 2017

DrB's 2017 Giants Top 50 Prospects: Honorable Mention, Part 1

No particular order to these.  Definite tier break after #50.


Rando Moreno, IF.  DOB:  6/6/1992.  B- R, T-R.  5'11", 164 lbs.  International FA.

2016 A+:  .248/.317/.288, 141 PA.
2016 AA:  .215/.261/.271, 189 PA.
2016 AAA:  .299/.325/ .381, 156 PA.

Moved around wherever he was needed in 2016 which tells you he is probably an "organizational" player.  Nice BA in AAA, but not so much elsewhere.  No pop.


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

2016 AA:  .284/.348/.384, 3 HR, 11 SB, 235 PA.
2016 MPL:  .261/.281/.413.

The guy who is built like a football wideout.  Not a lot of pop for a guy that big. 2016 was in improvement, but running out of time.


Matt Lujan, LHP.  DOB:  8/23/1988.  6'1", 200 lb.

2016 AAA:  0-5, 4.04, 49 IP, 4.22 BB/9, 8.27 K/9.

Lujan has worked his way up the Giants organizational ladder one level at a time.  Still an outside chance to be a lefty reliever in MLB, but getting awfully old to be a prospect.


Ali Castillo, IF.  DOB:  6/19/1989.  B-R, T-R.  5'10", 165 lbs.  Minor league FA 2016.

2016 AA:  .317/.359/.392, 9 2B, 3 3B, 6 SB, 5.5 BB%, 10.9 K%, 220 PA.
2016 AAA:  .309/.342/.354, 6 2B, 3B, 4 SB, 4.2 BB%, 10.5 K%, 191 PA.

Reputed to be a defensive wizard.  Hit for average in 2016, but with no pop.  Outside chance to be a reserve IF for some team some day.


Orlando Calixte, IF.  DOB:  2/3/1992.  B-R, T-R.  5'11", 160 lbs. Minor League FA 2017.

2016 AA(Royals):  .295/ .333/.403, 9 SB, 2 HR, 14 SB, 5.9 BB%, 20.4 K%, 152 PA.
2016 AAA(Royals):  .265/.320/.428, 17 2B, 5 3B, 9 HR, 5 SB, 7.6 BB%, 18.5 K%, 367 PA.

Versatile IF who has played a bit of OF.  Has hit for average with some power and speed.  Giants added him to the 40 man roster after signing him to a minor league deal.  Will compete with Ehire Adrianza and Kelby Tomlinson for a reserve IF spot in 2017.


  1. There was some hype and some expectation when Daniel Carbonel signed. What happened? Injuries or just didn't live up to expectations.

    1. Just too raw, requiring too much time to develop for the age he started out at.

  2. FYI:

    "...that the Giants will sign infielder Jae-Gyun Hwang to a minor league deal with a spring training invite."

  3. Everybody Hwang Chung tonight!! I just watched some videos on this guy and aside from the ridiculous bat-flips he actually looks pretty decent. His balance through the swing and power to all fields is very intriguing. He is hitting sinkers down in the zone and fastballs high and outside to all fields with power. None of the pitches he hits are down the middle and he seems to adjust to location and hammers away. Time will tell but seems like a pretty sweet signing with a ton of upside and not much downside unless he gets too bat flipping happy and Posey gets beaned because of him.....

    1. I've seen video of Hwang and like him a lot. Great signing by the Giants with no risk since it is a minor league deal. I could see Hwang winning the starting 3B job forcing Nunez to utility role, to the OF or making him trade bait.