Prospect Rankings

By Joe Ritzo

Several former San Jose Giants have found themselves on recently released top prospect lists. Baseball America’s top 30 San Francisco prospects includes 17 players that have suited up for San Jose. Additionally, several others on the list are projected to play in the California League with the Giants this season.

Kyle Crick is the consensus #1 prospect in the Giants farm system entering 2014

Kyle Crick is the consensus #1 prospect in the Giants farm system entering 2014

Baseball America Top 30
(bold indicates former San Jose Giant)
1. Kyle Crick, RHP
2. Edwin Escobar, LHP

3. Chris Stratton, RHP
4. Adalberto Mejia, LHP
5. Mac Williamson, OF

6. Christian Arroyo, SS
7. Heath Hembree, RHP
8. Ty Blach, LHP
9. Joe Panik, 2B
10. Clayton Blackburn, RHP
11. Andrew Susac, C
12. Derek Law, RHP

13. Keury Mella, RHP
14. Kendry Flores, RHP
15. Ryder Jones, 3B
16. Angel Villalona, 1B
17. Joan Gregorio, RHP
18. Ehire Adrianza, SS
19. Gary Brown, OF

20. Mike Kickham, LHP
21. Martin Agosta, RHP
22. Juan Perez, OF
23. Josh Osich, LHP

24. Steven Okert, LHP
25. Chase Johnson, RHP
26. Jose DePaula, LHP
27. Cody Hall, RHP
28. Stephen Johnson, RHP
29. Roger Kieschnick, OF
30. Erik Cordier, RHP

Notes –
* This list is yet another example of how star-studded the 2013 San Jose rotation was – five of the top 10 (Crick, Escobar, Mejia, Blach, Blackburn) were members of the Giants starting staff last year.

* Six players on the top 30 list are projected to begin the 2014 season in San Jose. All six are pitchers headlined by #3 Chris Stratton, San Francisco’s first-round draft pick two years ago. #14 Kendry Flores, #17 Joan Gregorio and #21 Martin Agosta joined Stratton in the Augusta starting rotation a season ago and are expected to move up to San Jose as well. #24 Steven Okert and #28 Stephen Johnson were both key members of the GreenJackets bullpen last year and should also earn promotions to the California League.

* Seven of the top 10 and 20 out of the 30 players overall are pitchers. Crick is #1 for a second straight year.

* Andrew Susac is the lone catcher on the top 30 list. Mac Williamson at #5 is the only outfielder in the top 18 (Gary Brown fell from #4 last year to #19 this year). #16 Angel Villalona is the only first baseman listed.

* Five players on the top 30 list have already seen time in the big leagues: Hembree, Adrianza, Kickham, Perez and Kieschnick.

* In addition to Okert and S. Johnson, relief pitchers on the top 30 list include: #7 Hembree, #12 Law, #23 Osich, #27 Hall and #30 Cordier.

* San Francisco’s top three draft picks from 2013 have also cracked the top 30 in #6 Arroyo (first round), #15 Jones (second round) and #25 C. Johnson (third round). The trio are all projected by Baseball America to open this season with Class-A Augusta.

* The players that saw the biggest jumps in their Baseball America prospect ranking from last year to this year:
– Escobar #14 to #2
– Williamson #15 to #5
– Blach unranked to #8
– Law unranked to #12
– Flores unranked to #14
– Villalona unranked to #16
– Gregorio unranked to #17

Baseball Prospectus has also come out with a top 10 San Francisco Giants prospects list:

1. Kyle Crick, RHP
2. Adalberto Mejia, LHP
3. Edwin Escobar, LHP
4. Kendry Flores, RHP
5. Clayton Blackburn, RHP
6. Andrew Susac, C
7. Keury Mella, RHP
8. Joan Gregorio, RHP
9. Martin Agosta, RHP
10. Ty Blach, LHP

Nine of the 10 players listed here are pitchers with Susac the lone exception. And while Escobar got the nod at #2 behind Crick according to Baseball America, it’s Mejia that garners Baseball Prospectus’ #2 slot. Potential 2014 San Jose starting pitchers Flores, Gregorio and Agosta are all rated in the top 10.

1 Comment

Why isn’t Jarrett Parker on this list, hit over 300 in Arizona fall league this last season ,great defensive outfielder, can steal a base at will. And has a head for the game. Plus a fine young man. I should know I was his host while in SJ.

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