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. Joey Bart 6-2, 215 C Power arm and a power bat, playing a premium defensive position. Good catch and throw skills.
  • 2. Heliot Ramos 6-2, 185 OF Potential high-ceiling player the Giants have been looking for. Great bat speed, early returns were impressive.
  • 3. Chris Shaw 6-3. 230 1B Lefty power bat, limited defensively to 1B, Matt Adams comp?
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. Stephen Duggar 6-1, 170 CF Another toolsy, under-achieving OF in the Gary Brown mold, hoping for better results.
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. 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
  • 8. Heath Quinn 6-2, 190 OF Strong hitter, makes contact with improving approach at the plate. Returns from hamate bone injury.
  • 9. Garrett Williams 6-1, 205 LHP Former Oklahoma standout, Giants prototype, low-ceiling, high-floor prospect.
  • 10. Shaun Anderson 6-4, 225 RHP Large frame, 3.36 K/BB rate. Can start or relieve
  • 11. Jacob Gonzalez 6-3, 190 3B Good pedigree, impressive bat for HS prospect.
  • 12. Seth Corry 6-2 195 LHP Highly regard HS pick. Was mentioned as possible chip in high profile trades.
  • 13. C.J. Hinojosa 5-10, 175 SS Scrappy IF prospect in the mold of Kelby Tomlinson, just gets it done.
  • 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.

2019 MLB Draft - Top HS Draft Prospects

  • 1. Bobby Witt, Jr. 6-1,185 SS Colleyville Heritage HS (TX) Oklahoma commit. Outstanding defensive SS who can hit. 6.4 speed in 60 yd. Touched 97 on mound. Son of former major leaguer. Five tool potential.
  • 2. Riley Greene 6-2, 190 OF Haggerty HS (FL) Florida commit.Best HS hitting prospect. LH bat with good eye, plate discipline and developing power.
  • 3. C.J. Abrams 6-2, 180 SS Blessed Trinity HS (GA) High-ceiling athlete. 70 speed with plus arm. Hitting needs to develop as he matures. Alabama commit.
  • 4. Reece Hinds 6-4, 210 SS Niceville HS (FL) Power bat, committed to LSU. Plus arm, solid enough bat to move to 3B down the road. 98MPH arm.
  • 5. Daniel Espino 6-3, 200 RHP Georgia Premier Academy (GA) LSU commit. Touches 98 on FB with wipe out SL.

2019 MLB Draft - Top College Draft Prospects

  • 1. Adley Rutschman C Oregon State Plus defender with great arm. Excellent receiver plus a switch hitter with some pop in the bat.
  • 2. Shea Langliers C Baylor Excelent throw and catch skills with good pop time. Quick bat, uses all fields approach with some pop.
  • 3. Zack Thompson 6-2 LHP Kentucky Missed time with an elbow issue. FB up to 95 with plenty of secondary stuff.
  • 4. Matt Wallner 6-5 OF Southern Miss Run producing bat plus mid to upper 90's FB closer. Power bat from the left side, athletic for size.
  • 5. Nick Lodolo LHP TCU Tall LHP, 95MPH FB and solid breaking stuff.