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Baseball America Top 10 Giants Prospects


1. Angel Villalona, 3b
2. Tim Alderson, rhp
3. Madison Bumgarner, lhp
4. Nate Schierholtz, of
5. Henry Sosa, rhp
6. Nick Noonan, 2b/ss
7. Eugenio Velez, of/2b
8. Wendell Fairley, of
9. John Bowker, of
10. Emmanuel Burriss, ss

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Best Hitter for AVG - Noonan
Best Power - Villalona
Best Strike-Zone Discipline - Noonan
Fastest Baserunner - Burriss
Best Athlete - Fairley
Best Fastball - Sosa
Best Curve - Alderson
Best Slider - Steve Edlefsen
Best Changeup - Erick Threets
Best Control - Alderson
Best Defensive Catcher - Jackson Williams
Best Defensive Infielder - Brian Bocock
Best Infield Arm - Bocock
Best Defensive OF - Antoan Richardson
Best OF Arm - Mike McBryde

By Andrew Baggarly
December 14, 2007

For the first time since 1996, the Giants must build a baseball team without Barry Bonds as their cornerstone. The front office finally signaled this new direction in late September, announcing it would not deign to the 43rd-year-old slugger's wishes and bring him back for one more season.

So Bonds leaves San Francisco as the all-time home run king and general manager Brian Sabean, who signed a two-year extension in July, is charged with rebuilding a club while knowing that ticket holders and his own bosses aren't blessed with infinite patience.

A former eagle-eyed scout who helped build the Yankees' late-1990s dynasty, Sabean says he's committed to rebuilding San Francisco's farm system and churning out homegrown position players to match the constant stream of pitching talent the organization has produced. The Giants haven't signed a player who has developed into a homegrown all-star since drafting Will Clark with the No. 2 overall pick in 1985.

Since the season ended, San Francisco has made several front-office changes that will affect scouting and player development. Longtime minor league instructor Fred Stanley was promoted to farm director, replacing the retiring Jack Hiatt. The Giants also hired John Barr away from the Dodgers and appointed him scouting director. As a crosschecker, he helped bring players such as Jonathan Broxton and Russell Martin to Los Angeles. Barr's arrival freed up resident pitching guru Dick Tidrow to assist Sabean more actively on the major league level.

San Francisco begins the rebuilding process fully aware that National League West rivals Arizona and Colorado already have graduated impressive young talent to the major leagues, having ridden it to the NL Championship Series. The Dodgers also have a young nucleus in addition to being the only team in the division that can match the Giants' financial resources, while the Padres have an improving farm system.

If San Francisco has a saving grace, it's the best crop of young pitchers in the division and perhaps in all of baseball. Matt Cain's 7-16 record belied an outstanding season. Rookie Tim Lincecum brought his Cirque du Soleil delivery to the major leagues in May and led all major league rookies with 150 strikeouts. Though Barry Zito didn't live up to his $126 million contract in his first season as a Giant, he had a [sign in to see URL] ERA over his final two months, brought reliability to the rotation and is still just 29. Kevin Correia emerged in a late-season audition as a starter, and while Noah Lowry couldn't finish the season because of a bone spur in his elbow, he led the staff with 14 victories.

San Francisco planned to dangle one or more arms as trade bait as it attempts to form a competitive lineup. The Giants don't have any near-ready position prospects who project as surefire regulars, and neither Sabean nor manager Bruce Bochy has a track record for handing everyday jobs to unproven players.

They were able to restock the system with six of the first 51 picks the 2007 draft, but spent five of them on high school players who won't help anytime soon. If it hope to contends in the near term, San Francisco must place some faith in its homegrown players, be creative in acquiring more talent—and get a bit lucky, too.


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4 of which were drafted out of High School in this last draft and 1 that was signed as a 16 year old last offseason. Only 2 are even close to MLB level (Sheirholtz and Velez).

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Didn't know Burriss was faster than [sign in to see URL] to know. That Velez kid can scoot.
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Re: Baseball America Top 10 Giants Prospects


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sfgiantsfan1285 wrote:
1. Angel Villalona, 3b
2. Tim Alderson, rhp
3. Madison Bumgarner, lhp
4. Nate Schierholtz, of
5. Henry Sosa, rhp
6. Nick Noonan, 2b/ss
7. Eugenio Velez, of/2b
8. Wendell Fairley, of
9. John Bowker, of
10. Emmanuel Burriss, ss



The sad thing about this list is that only one of these guys has played more than 5 games in AAA (Schierholtz). Velez had a surprisingly good Sep callup, but I expect him to play in AAA in 2008. Even sadder is that almost half of that list (incl #2 and #3) were drafted last year, and that 70% of that list was signed in the past 2 years.

There are also a number of pitchers where it could be argued that they should be on the list. They are all at A or below as well.

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Best Changeup - Erick Threets




I suppose by "changeup" they refer to best ability to resemble a pitcher.

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Threets resembles a pitcher?

Granted, I haven't seen him in a couple years, but I seem to remember that he looked more like a shaved gorilla.
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Threets resembles a pitcher?

Granted, I haven't seen him in a couple years, but I seem to remember that he looked more like a shaved gorilla.



I meant changeup as in pulling a fast one. Like he's fooling everyone into thinking he's a pitcher.

A shaved [sign in to see URL] no control...

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alderson is the giants next pitching phenom, that guy will be in the bigs within 2 years
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I read somewhere that some people expect Alderson to make the big club at some point in 2008.

Not that I believe it, but it's nice to hear such confidence in a Giants prospect. I wish they could pick some position players like that, but I won't complain too much if Alderson and Bumgarner turn out like they are projected.
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I read somewhere that some people expect Alderson to make the big club at some point in 2008.

Not that I believe it, but it's nice to hear such confidence in a Giants prospect. I wish they could pick some position players like that, but I won't complain too much if Alderson and Bumgarner turn out like they are projected.



He's 18, I think at the very earliest 2009, more like a september call up in 2010 and start in 2011.

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