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Jonathan Sanchez BL TL 6’2” 165 age 23


Jonathan Sanchez BL TL 6’2” 165 age 23

A 2004 27th rounder, Sanchez inpressed everyone by taking the Sally League strikeout title in his first full season as a pro. That earned him a post season promotion to the Cal League playoffs, helping give San Jose the title. He hides his low 90’s fastball well, and it’s obivous that younger hitters couldn’t pick it up. The batters won’t be mismatched at higher levels; he’ll need to develope better complementary pitches to succeed. It’s hard to project a low-A pitcher, but Sanchez probably has a Major League Future – if he does some work.

Comparables: Cory Stewart, Lindsay Gulin, Doug Davis


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Seung Song BR TR 6’1” 190 Age 26


Seung Song BR TR 6’1” 190 Age 26

It’s been a long time since Song was highly esteemed, but he’s far from washed up. He’s only been derailed once, when he broke his forearm in 2004. He still has a tendency to get way too fine with his pitches, and the walks create rallies. The Giants tried to convince him to pitch to contact and promoted him aggressively but the experiment sputtered in AAA. Still, it was a worthwhile flyer for Sabean to take and the Giants might yet get a good pitcher for all their troubles

Comparables: Kiko Calero, Luther Hackman, Joaquin Benoit


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Jack Taschner BL TL 6’3” 190 Age 28


Jack Taschner BL TL 6’3” 190 Age 28

Taschner was a 2nd rounder in 1999 whose development was curtailed by shoulder surgery in ’99, a nerve procedure in ’01, and Tommy John surgery in ’02. Taschner’s fastball is finally back up to 95 MPH, and it look like his hard breaking slider is good enough to strike out major leaguers. Health should be a sure thing as he’s pretty much run out of thins that can go wrong- with his arm anyway.

Comparables: Sid Monge, Al Osuna, Brad Havens

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MERKIN Valdez BR TR 6’3” 170 age 24


MERKIN Valdez BR TR 6’3” 170
age 24 but probably 34 (you cant trust DR birth certificates:crazy2emoticon

Although he’s one of the system’s most promising arms, Valdez wasn’t pitching at 100% all year and was moved to the pen in August to protect his sore elbow. Valdez’s fastball didn’t look as unhittable as it did in 2004, he has problems with mechanics, and both his breaking and off-speed stuff are works in process at best, so you have to squint pretty hard to see him as a future ace. In Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novels, the Merkin was mother of the spiders. You could probably get a lot of strikeouts that way, using one of your four right arms to throw your mid-90’s fastball from unusual angels. Then again, it might mess up your mechanics, and this Merkin has trouble enough on that score already.

Comparables: Jason Ryan, Victor Santos, Todd Wellemeyer


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Brian Wilson BR TR 6’1” 205 age 24


Brian Wilson BR TR 6’1” 205 age 24

The Giants aren’t afraid to be aggressive promoting their relievers, so when Wilson blew guys away in short stints at single A and Double A, they pushed him on up to Triple A, where he did finally slow down. Everyone who saw him at Augusta and Norwich swear by his 97 MPH fastball, but he’ll need to spot it better than he did at Fresno to get out of the sandbox and make it to the show.

Comparables: Doug Nickle, Jerome Gamble, Brandon Villafuerte

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Chris Begg BR TR 6'4" 195 age 26


Chris Begg BR TR 6'4" 195 age 26

Begg went begging after the draft, bouncing around three different independant leagues before getting his shot with the Giants. He's a four pitch righty with mediocre stuff who needs pinpoint control to succeed. HE didn't have that control in 2004, so the team sent him down to AA in '05 to see if that woud help. He did put things back together again, but does the team really want a right-handed Kirk Rueter whose stuff is even more marginal?


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Hamels started toward the dugout after what he thought was a strike. Lincecum didn't get the call & buzzed ump Dana DeMuth w. a fastball that slammed off the backstop & then froze Hamels w. another 3rd strike. 4/28/10 Timmy the ump killer.
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