Friday, February 9, 2018

DrB's 2018 Giants Top 50 Prospects: #19 Ryan Howard

Ryan Howard, IF.   DOB:  7/25/1994.  B-R, T-R.  6'2", 195 lbs.  2016 Round 5.

A+:  .306/.342/.397, 21 2B, 9 HR, 7 SB, 4.1 BB%, 14.3 K%, 565 PA.

Howard is pretty much a cookie cutter Giants IF prospect.  A SS in the minors who is probably not quite good enough defensively to be a MLB starter there, high BA, occasional pop, a little speed, high contact.  He had a very consistent season for San Jose maintaining a BA above .300 for all but a few days at the beginning of the season.  He should move up to AA Richmond in 2018.  If he hits there, he'll be almost ready to be brought up as an injury fill-in or utility player.


  1. Does he look a lot like a RHB Joe Panik?
    San Jose comps are similar except Panik was a year younger, then didn't do so well at Richmond.

    Is this an "old" team:
    Panik 27-102d
    Belt 29-295d
    Jackson 31-008d
    Posey 30-319d
    Crawford 31-019d
    McCutchen 31-122d
    Longoria 32-125d
    Pence 34-302d

    It could be a lot younger with a different CFer:
    Duggar 24-097d
    Hanson 25-110d

    When Pence, McCutchen, and maybe Jackson are replaced in 2019, it will have a different face.

    Pitching is another matter...

    1. Add Slater 25-058d
      And Ryder Jones 23-247d?
      Some of his problems last year may be that he was only 23 yo.

    2. RH Joe Panik is a very solid comp for Ryan Howard.

      Giants team is neither old nor young. The question is whether this group of players, who should all be within the prime age-range of their careers, are good enough to win now and what happens as they age as a cohort and get toward the end of their prime window in another 3-4 years when most will still be under contract?

    3. Hopefully not the 2013 (and on) Phillies!

      Giants need at least 4 of the Duggar-Slater-Shaw-Reynolds-Howard-Quinn-Garcia-Hinojosa octet to join Panik and the old guys and have a team ready for the Ramos-Gonzales-Fabian-Candalario infulsion in the 20's.
      They also have to stop giving away talent.

    4. Well, Reynolds is already gone, so count him out of the octet. Stop giving away talent? What talent have they given away? I've got Adam Duvall and Luis Castillo out of how many trades?

    5. Oops on Reynolds, but the Giants have had a tendency to trade prospects near the top. Everyone has good and bad trades -- I personally like what they have done thus far, but there is a tomorrow. They probably need to keep their best prospects now -- unless there is another Stanton!

  2. The Giants are in agreement with left-hander Derek Holland on a minor league contract, reports Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News

    1. I was going to post this. I'm not sure what the play is because he's been pretty bad and injury prone the past few years. Of course, the Giants are going to Lincecum's showcase... So I'm guessing they're feeling kind of desperate../.

    2. To quote the doc: still "Another case of the Giants trying to catch lightning in a bottle."

    3. Holland was once a promising young LHP with Texas who just had to overcome his command issues to be a star. He never quite did, although he had several solid season with Texas in a hitter's environment.

    4. It's like the Giants reacquired Matt Moore.

    5. ........except on a minor league deal rather than a $9 M contract.

  3. Kinda neat to trade Heston then get him back -- can the Giants use him> somehow>