Wednesday, January 25, 2017

DrB's 2017 Giants Top 50 Prospects: Honorable Mention Part 2

Tyler Horan, OF.  DOB: 12/2/1990.  B-L, T-R.  6'2", 230 lbs.  Drafted 2013 Round 8.

2016 AA:  .265/.337/.460, 12 2B, 4 3B, 12 HR, 4 SB, 9.6 BB%, 24.5 K%, 323 PA.

Much better season in 2016, but is getting lost in the crowd of Giants OF prospects.  If he has potential for a MLB career, it will likely be in another organization.


Matt Winn, C.  DOB:  8/5/1992.  B-R, T-R.  6'1", 200 lbs.  Drafted in 2015 Round 14.

2016 A:  .230/.325/.393, 13 2B, 3B, 13 HR, 11.5 BB%, 28.6 K%, 384 PA.
2016 AA:  .250/.288/.411, 3 2B, 2 HR, 5.1 BB%, 20.3 K%, 59 PA.

Winn gets high marks for leadership.  Has some pop in the bat.  Kind of a 3-true-outcomes type hitter, which is not all bad in a catcher.  Ceiling is backup MLB catcher, but more likely AAAA.  Future manager?


Kyle Crick, RHP.  DOB:  11/30/1992.  6'4", 200 lbs.  Drafted in Round 1S 2011.

2016 AA:  4-11, 5.04, 109 IP, 5.53 BB/9, 7.10 K/9.

Crick stayed in the Richmond rotation all season.  He improved his walk rated from unbelievably terrible to merely very bad.  He did that by pitching to contact so his K rate dropped too.  He's gotta show more improvement in 2017.


Preston Claiborne, RHP.  DOB:  1/21/1988.  6'2", 225 lbs.  Minor League FA.

2016 AA:  2-1, 2.38, 45.1 IP, 2.58 BB/9, 9.73 K/9, 3 Saves.

Came up in the Yankees organization.  Solid numbers after missing 2015 with an injury.  Has a chance to be a useful bullpen arm at the MLB level.


Ray Black, RHP.  DOB:  6/26/1990.  6'5", 225 lbs.  Drafted in 2011 Round 7.

2016 AA:  1-4, 4.88, 31.1 IP, 9.19 BB/9, 15.22 K/9, 6 Saves.

Ray Black, he of the triple digit fastballs, looked like he was on the cusp of the major leagues last year at this time.  Instead, he got a wild hair up his nose and his ERA and BB/9 ballooned.  He allowed just 1 run over his last 15 appearances, but still has 14 BB's in 14 IP over that span.  The oft injured Black last pitched on 8/5/2016.  The Giants put him on the 60 day DL in September to create 40 man roster space.  What to expect in 2017 is anybody's guess, but it's looking more like Black will end up being a minor league legend.


  1. Im gonnna say Tyler Horan will be trade bait this season.

    1. Not sure how much value he has. Maybe part of a package?

    2. He'd be Adam Duvall in the Leake deal.

    3. Maybe a team that lacks power that has room Horan has decent power. So maybe the Rangers, depending how this season goes might be a fit not sure on who we would grab from them maybe a bullpen piece.

    4. I have a hard time seeing a 27 yo corner OF without AAA experience being traded. Maybe the kind of player who would get sold to a foreign league.