Saturday, December 16, 2017

Giants trade Matt Moore to the Rangers for 2 prospects -

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This is the Matt Moore that Giants fans will have seared into their memory. Getting the hook. 
Every time he started it seems, I dreaded and wondered, "How many innings before he allows five runs." Sadly, it was often very early, within 3 innings before it was obvious he was torched.

The lost, dazed and confused look is another lasting memory. But for the Giants, it's prospect-palooza as they pick up two here and maybe another two on the come when they deal Hunter Pence, in another "salary dump" 

Giants trade Matt Moore to the Rangers for 2 prospects -

At least the Giants prospect bloggers will wet their pants with delight, as the two prospects we just picked up will be lauded as the next coming. The description "a couple of buckets of balls" is more apt. These prospects have one chance in a hundred of making an impact anywhere near the major league level.

But the prospect-nati would gladly see Bumgarner traded for one Clint Frazier, two Kyle Cricks and one Gary Brown. Ridiculous.

The Giants track record in player development is already pretty poor. Why would you want to give them more prospects? And yet, these fools persist in their "prospect love". I'm glad some of these fools are nowhere near running an organization, it's just that those that are running it seem to be dumb on the opposite side of the spectrum. They never met an aging veteran or a reclamation project, on the down side of productivity, that they didn't like. And liking them wouldn't be so bad, they seem to have a fetish about throwing gobs and gobs of money at them.

And there's a guy on the payroll right now, who deserves to have gobs of money thrown at him, who currently barely out-earns Matt Moore, who they just paid another team to take off their hands. It would be foolish, I repeat foolish, for the Giants to screw up this negotiation, or take the chicken-shit way out by trading him for a Clint Frazier and two or three buckets of balls.

The Giants don't seem to understand or can't properly execute a simple plan:
The Giants must develop their own young players, so they get productivity during the
pre-arbitration/free-agency years. Players are underpaid relative to productivity during the pre-arb years, fairly paid during the arb years and overpaid during the free-agent years.  
Maybe if they were as good at player development as they are at real-estate development, the roster would be in better shape:
 Construction of Mission Rock – Housing, Retail and Office Development
Revenues will further soar with the construction of the Mission Rock complex, a mixed-use development over 28 acres to be built next to AT&T Park where construction began prior to the 2017 season. Construction will continue in several phases likely for the next decade. (The Business of Baseball: 2017 Ranking San Francisco Giants, 2017)

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I'm not sure that given the Giants prior track record with free-agents, that giving them more money is such a great idea. Hopefully, they allocate more to better scouting, especially at the HS level, and coaching, player development at the minor league level.

The days of drafting college bats like Posey, Belt, Crawford and Panik, throwing them in the microwave (minors) for 1,000 AB's and poof, out comes a major-league hitter, should be over. Time to roll up your sleeves and teach HS kids how to hit like men. That's four to six years of sweat equity rather than two or three.

Time to man up on the player development side, Gigantes.

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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.