Sunday, January 29, 2017

DrB's 2017 Giants Top 50 Prospects: Honorable Mention Part 7

Garrett Williams LHP.  DOB:  9/15/1994.  6'1", 205 lbs.  Drafted 2016 Round 7.

2016 R:  1-0, 2.57, 7 IP, 3.86 BB/9, 6.43 K/9.
2016 SS:  1-2, 5.68, 25.1 IP, 4.97 BB/9, 7.82 K/9.

It's almost like a broken record, or in today's vernacular a GIF.  Once highly touted prospect whose stocked dropped due to control problems.  The Giants LOVE these guys!  Williams has been on scouting radars since he dominated Little League World Series competition at the age of 12.  Scouts love his low-mid 90's FB and his wipeout curveball, but he struggled with control to the point where he pitched very little in college due to his wildness.  The Giants will definitely give him a chance to work that out.  Although his walk rates had room for improvement in his pro debut, they were not impossibly bad. I would say the relatively low K rate is almost more worrisome, but the Giants may have ordered him pitch to contact at all costs as they did with Tyler Beede.  A lot of analysts have him in the Giants top 20 but I want to see him actually pitch well before I jump on his bandwagon.


Patrick Ruotolo RHP.  DOB:  1/15/1992.  5'10", 218 lbs.  Drafted 2016 Round 27.

2016 R:  0-0, 0.00, 5 IP, 0.00 BB/9, 12.60 K/9.
2016 SS:  2-2, 1.42, 19 IP, 6.63 BB/9, 17.60 K/9, 4 Saves.

Ruotolo is kind of the opposite of Garrett Williams.  Low round draft pick who performed well, albeit in a small sample size and a high walk rate of his own.  Giants seem to have started him out on the Closer Track, not necessarily a good thing, IMO.


Conner Menez, LHP.  DOB:  5/29/1995.  6'3", 195 lbs.  Drafted 2016 Round 14.

2016 R:  2-0, 2.57, 21.0 IP, 1.71 BB/9, 11.14 K/9.
2016 SS:  0-1, 7.20, 5 IP, 1.80 BB/9, 7.20 K/9.
2016 A+:  2-0, 4.94, 27.1 IP, 3.62 BB/9, 6.59 K/9.

Good sized lefty held his own after a promotion all the way to San Jose.  Is that where he will start 2017?


Chris Falwell LHP.  DOB:  4/14/1995.  6'7", 210 lbs.  Drafted 2016 Round 16.

2016 R:  3-1, 2.73, 33 IP, 3.27 BB/9, 5.45 K/9.

Good results in rookie ball but with unimpressive K and BB rates.  Also a college draftee in rookie ball is by definition unimpressive.


Jose Layer OF.  DOB:  5/28/1997.  B-R, T-R.  6'1", 160 lbs.  Drafted 2016 Round 13.

2016 R:  .283/.356/.377, 5 2B, 8.2 BB%, 11.5 K%, 61 PA.

The Giants have drafted 2-3 Puerto Rican HS prospects every draft for several years now.  Most have not made it out of rookie ball.  Layer may be one of the exceptions as he hit well with impressive peripherals in his pro debut.  Toolsy kid who seems like he may have some skills to go with the tools.  Sleeper!

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