Six SJ Giants Recognized Among Cal League’s Top Prospects
By Joe RitzoSix San Jose Giants were recognized among the top 20 prospects in the California League by Baseball America last week.
3. Kyle Crick, RHP
6. Edwin Escobar, LHP
10. Adalberto Mejia, LHP
15. Ty Blach, LHP
18. Mac Williamson, OF
20. Clayton Blackburn, RHP
Five of the six are pitchers – all members of the original Giants starting rotation in April. Crick is the second-highest pitcher on the list overall trailing only Modesto’s Eddie Butler (#2). Escobar, Mejia and Blach are the top three left-handed pitchers while Williamson is the third-highest outfielder. Escobar is the only one of the six San Jose players that did not finish the season in the California League (was promoted to Double-A Richmond in July).
San Jose had the most players chosen in the league for the top 20 list. The Inland Empire 66ers and Lake Elsinore Storm both had three players recognized while the Stockton Ports, Modesto Nuts and High Desert Mavericks each had two players selected.
During the season, Crick (best pitching prospect, best fastball), Blackburn (best breaking pitch), Blach (best control) and Williamson (best power prospect) all received mention on Baseball America’s “Best Tools” in the California League list.
Last year, Joe Panik (#20) was the only San Jose player among the Cal League’s top 20 prospects according to Baseball America. In 2011, Gary Brown (#3), Zack Wheeler (#4), Tommy Joseph (#11) and Chris Dominguez (#17) were on the league prospect list.
Baseball America’s top 20 prospect lists are generated from consultations with scouts and league managers.