Tuesday, June 24, 2008


1 month ago: San Francisco Giants pitcher Alex Hinshaw makes his major league debut and throws against Houston Astros' Michael Bourn during the eighth inning of their baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, May 15, 2008. Houston won the game 8-7.

Maybe it's just me but does this guy look like a left-handed version of Tim Lincecum?

Hinshaw has that sort of wiry build that Lincecum brings, so maybe I'm just looking for lightning to strike twice. He's a 6-4, 190 left-hander from San Diego State and was the Giants 15th round pick in 2005. Generally, his K/IP number is over 1.0 and his WHIP is ~1.0. He had 50 K's and allowed 22 H and 19 BB in 41.1 IP in Class AA ball this year with a .155 AVG against so he appeared to dominate hitters there.
We'll have to see if that translates to the bigs.

In the real world, the Giants rotation would be Cain, Lincecum, Sanchez, Correia and Hinshaw. But since the Giants management does not have the stones that the Tigers and Jim Leyland have demonstrated, we get the Big Zit in the rotation every fifth day.

The Tigers, by contrast, were willing to send an effective, out of shape Dontrelle Willis down to Class-A ball instead continuing to let him stink up the joint at the major league level.

I'd rather see the kids play at this point, just so we have an idea of what the future holds. A decision needs to be made on Noah Lowry once he comes off the DL as well. Lowry was frequently mentioned in trade discussions, that may change once he comes back unless he can show anything near his old form.

There are a plethora of prospects for the Giants who either are around or past 25 years old, some of whom are still toiling in AA ball. The team really needs to find out what these guys can do, it's time to fish or cut bait. We'll take a look at some of these guys and the overall state of the Giants farm system in the weeks to come.

A major deal or free-agent signing is doubtful in the next couple of years given the Giants current roster, the farm system is the only way this team will advance.

Durham, Winn, Aurilia maybe Molina in a year or so should be out, the fruits of the last couple of drafts, needs to be mixed in.

I found the statistical breakdown I was looking for the other day when I asked if the Rays were for real. The Rays record vs. the presumptive AL contenders are as follows:

BOS 3-6
NYY 5-5
LAA 4-2
OAK 2-1
CWS 4-3
MIN 1-1

That's 19-18 overall, they have not played CLE or DET to date. Add in 8-3 vs. BAL, 5-1 vs. TOR and 4-2 vs. TEX and you have a pretty good record vs. their peers.
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Giants Top Minor League Prospects

  • 1. Tyler Beede 6-4, 215 RHP from Vanderbilt projects as top of the rotation starter when he works out his command/control issues. When he misses, he misses by a bunch.
  • 2. Chris Shaw 6-3. 230 1B Lefty power bat, limited defensively to 1B, Matt Adams comp?
  • 3. Bryan Reynolds 6-2, 210 OF Switch hitter with average speed and polished hitting approach. Fits Giants mold of high-floor, low-ceiling prospects.
  • 4. Stephen Duggar 6-1, 170 CF Another toolsy, under-achieving OF in the Gary Brown mold, hoping for better results.
  • 5. Sandro Fabian 6-0, 180 OF Dominican signee from 2014, shows some pop in his bat. Below average arm and lack of speed should push him towards LF.
  • 6. Aramis Garcia 6-2, 220 C from Florida INTL projects as a good bat behind the dish with enough defensive skill to play there long-term
  • 7. Heliot Ramos 6-2, 185 OF Potential high-ceiling player the Giants have been looking for. Great bat speed, early returns were impressive.
  • 8. Garrett Williams 6-1, 205 LHP Former Oklahoma standout, Giants prototype, low-ceiling, high-floor prospect.
  • 9. Heath Quinn 6-2, 190 OF Strong hitter, makes contact with improving approach at the plate. Returns from hamate bone injury.
  • 10. Seth Corry 6-2 195 LHP Highly regard HS pick. Was mentioned as possible chip in high profile trades.
  • 11. Jacob Gonzalez 6-3, 190 3B Good pedigree, impressive bat for HS prospect.
  • 12. C.J. Hinojosa 5-10, 175 SS Scrappy IF prospect in the mold of Kelby Tomlinson, just gets it done.
  • 13. Shaun Anderson 6-4, 225 RHP Large frame, 3.36 K/BB rate. Can start or relieve
  • 14. Garett Cave 6-4, 200 RHP He misses a lot of bats and at times, the plate. 13 K/9 an 5 B/9. Wild thing.

2018 MLB Draft - Top National HS Players

  • 1. Ethan Hankins 6-6, 215 RHP Forsyth Central HS (GA) Mi 90's FB tops at 96-98, plus breaking ball. Vanderbilt commit.
  • 2. Kumar Rocker 6-5, 250 RHP North Oconee HS (GA) Heavy 98 FB, sharp mid 90's slider. Vanderbilt commit.
  • 3. Matthew Liberatore 6-5, 200 LHP Mountain Ridge HS (AZ) High 3/4 arm slot, 91-93 FB tops at 95, with good feel for pitching. Arizona commit.
  • 4. Slade Cecconi 6-4, 195 RHP Trinity Prep HS (FL) High 90's FB tops at 97, with mid 80's breaking ball. Miami commit.
  • 5. Carter Stewart 6-6, 200 RHP Eau Galle HS (FL) Highest spin rate breaking ball in draft. Mississippi State commit.
  • 6. Luke Bartnicki 6-3, 210 LHP Walton HS (GA) Low 90's FB with command, workable slider. Georgia Tech commit.

2018 Top MLB College Draft Prospects

  • 1. Brady Singer 6-5, 200 RHP Florida Sergio Romo-esque slider from whippy low 3/4 arm slot. Mid 90's FB, sharp slider and change-up. 3.4 K/BB rate.
  • 2. Casey Mize 6-3, 210 RHP Auburn Forearm issues, 96 FB with split/slider mix, 6.2 K/BB ratio.
  • 3. Logan Gilbert 6-6, 205 RHP Stetson Loose arm action, 3 pitch mix, 93-96 FB 3.2 K/BB.
  • 4. Ryan Rollison 6-3, 200 LHP Mississippi Smooth delivery from 3/4 arm slot, 89-93 FB tops at 94/95. Late 1st, early 2nd rounder. 2.8 K/BB rate.
  • 5. Shane McClanahan 6-1, 175 LHP South Florida Thin build, 3/4 arm slot, tall and fall delivery. 93/96 FB range. 3.0 K/BB rate.

2018 Top MLB HS Draft Prospects in Tampa Bay Area

  • 1. Connor Scott 6-4, 180 OF Plant HS (FL) Florida commit.