Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Giants Depth Charts: Centerfield
If you take Giants management at their word in their end-of-season press conference, and there is no history of them ever straying too far from from what they say in that yearly forum, centerfield is the position most likely to get an upgrade from outside the organization this winter. This means that last year's starter at the position, Denard Span, will almost certainly not be playing the position in 2018, whether that is due to a move to LF, a trade out of the organization or some other destination. Gorkys Hernandez is left standing at the top of the current depth chart pending the expected addition. Jarrett Parker could probably play there in a pinch, but otherwise, that's it for the MLB 40 man roster.
AAA: Steven Duggar has been drawing raves for his CF defense, both in August for the Sacramento River Cats and now the AFL Scottsdale Scorpions. His bat seemed a bit rusty after missing most of the season with an injury, but the Giants seem to think he could take over CF with just a bit more seasoning. From their history and public statements, don't expect them to hand him the job in spring training, though. Slade Heathcott is an intriguing name on he current Sacramento roster. I am not sure if this means he is signed for next season or if he is a minor league FA. Heathcott was steady all season for AA Richmond but did not really get traction after a late season promo to Sacramento.
AA: There are no CF listed on the current Richmond Roster. Caleb Gindl finished the season as their starting CF, but he seems to have disappeared.
High A: 2017 2'nd round draft pick, Bryan Reynolds, had a fine first full pro season playing all 3 OF positions for San Jose. Analysts are divided on whether he can play CF at the MLB level. Ronnie Jebavy keeps bumping more highly ranked prospects out of CF with his sensational defense but he has never found traction with his bat.
Low A: Johneshwy Fargas and Ashford Fulmer are still looking for traction on their pro careers and are probably organizational players at this point.
Short Season: Malique Ziegler has tools and got off to a great start for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes but totally collapsed in the second half casting a huge dark cloud over his future. Was it injury? Fatigue? Pitchers finding his holes? Bryce Johnson played CF in college but played mostly LF for S-K.
Rookie AZL: If Heliot Ramos, the Giants 2017 first round draft pick, is not their CF of the future, I will be one disappointed and sad Giants fan. It will take some time to get there, but he's the #1 Giants prospect in my book right now. Nick Hill is probably already on organizational player.
DSL: Jose Patino has not made much progress while repeating the DSL twice.