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    San Francisco Giants Top 20 Prospects- John Sickels

    1) Kyle Crick, RHP, Grade B+: There are a few control issues to address, but I'm a big fan of his stuff, size, fresh arm, and San Francisco's track record of developing similar prospects.

    2) Chris Stratton, RHP, Grade B+: He was one of my favorite college pitchers from the 2012 draft. I felt he was a real steal at 20th overall.

    3) Clayton Blackburn, RHP, Grade B+: I don't understand the reluctance among prospect watchers to give this guy his due. Sure, he's physically mature and not projectable. But he already has good stuff, his command is outstanding, and he dominated Low-A one year out of high school.

    4) Gary Brown, OF, Grade B: Borderline B-. For a guy who runs as well as he does, he sure gets caught stealing a lot. I think he's a better hitter than he showed last year, but not as good as his Cal League-inflated stats in '11. Glove and legs will get him to the majors even if his bat disappoints, perhaps long enough for him to make the necessary adjustments to stay in the lineup.

    5) Joe Panik, SS, Grade B-: He wasn't terrific at San Jose and the grade drops one notch from last year's B, but I still like his instincts, makeup, contact skills, and chances to adapt at higher levels.

    6) Heath Hembree, RHP, Grade B-: Command and injury issues hampered him in Triple-A, but he looked back to normal in the Arizona Fall League. Expect he can help in the bullpen in '13.

    7) Mike Kickham, LHP, Grade B-: I've liked him since he was in college, nice power lefty arm. Command still needs some work, but I trust the Giants to develop him more than most teams.

    8) Martin Agosta, RHP, Grade B-: Another power arm that I like a lot, this one from the 2012 draft. We need to see what he does in pro ball, so this grade could rise (or fall) once he gets settled in.

    9) Andrew Susac, C, Grade B-: Borderline C+. Disappointing season in the Cal League and this grade may seem a notch high, but I think the tools are still in there and he hit quite well in August/September. Double-A will test his bat.

    10) Francisco Peguero, OF, Grade C+: Tools are obvious, as are his very serious flaws. Even a marginal improvement in his plate discipline would take him a long way. Giants have to hope that he's a late bloomer with his skills. High risk property.

    11) Mac Williamson, OF, Grade C+: At this point, you can pretty much throw the C+ guys into a hat; there are about two dozen valid ways to order them. I'll go with Williamson, who has the highest offensive upside left on the board here but limited pro experience. Raw power is his calling card and he showed better hitting skills than expected in short-season ball.

    12) Chris Heston, RHP, Grade C+: Heston does not have the same kind of stuff as the relievers behind him on the list, but he's much closer to the majors and has a chance to start so I want to highlight that. Throw the radar gun away with this guy. As Michael Fiers and Tom Milone show, you don't have to have a blazing fastball to get people out, if you know what you're doing. Heston knows what he is doing.

    13) Steven Okert, LHP, Grade C+: Saw him in college and loved him, good stuff, nice delivery, gets tons of grounders. Underrated.

    14) Stephen Johnson, RHP, Grade C+: Needs some command work, but pushes 100 MPH. Yet another future bullpen arm.

    15) E.J. Encinosa, RHP, Grade C+: Erratic in college but has great stuff, fits into the Giants system of molding pitchers.

    16) Josh Osich, LHP, Grade C+: Another guy who would slot nicely as a power bullpen arm, if he can manage to avoid the doctors.

    17) Adalberto Mejia, LHP, Grade C+: Held his own in the Sally League at age 18/19, jumping directly from Dominican Summer League. If you are looking at just youth and projectability you could put him as high as 12th.

    18) Edwin Escobar, LHP, Grade C+: Outpitched Mejia but a year older, granted that is still young for Low-A. As with Mejia, this is a matter of taste how you rank them in comparison to the lively relief arms and Heston. I think both lefties could be mid or back rotation starters eventually and grades could go higher next year.

    19) Adam Duvall, 3B, Grade C+: We'll have to see how the bat looks outside the California League. Not a great fielder, but positional scarcity factor puts him ahead of Ricky Oropesa for me.

    20) Ricky Oropesa, 1B, Grade C+: Has pop, but high strikeout rate and difficult position premium push him back.

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    Surprised he ranked Stratton and Blackburn so high, and I think Brown and Panik might both be a notch too low.

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    What exactly has Brown or Panik shown to deserve to be ranked higher?


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    Seems about right, pitchers moving into the top positions. I'm really curious about how Stratton will do in a full season in the minors along with how quickly they plan to move him along if he's successful.

    I feel as if Brown has something to prove the first few months this year, he's into his mid-20s now. I'm curious to see whether he will be able to be a starting OFer at the major league level.

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    Ratings seem pretty good for what's in the system. I really like Blackburn--reminds me of Matt Cain at a similar stage. Blackburn, Mejia, and Escobar all showed excellent control last season as well. Mejia started pretty rough, went to the bullpen, and showed great improvement in general when he returned to the rotation. The Giants look to have a bright future in terms of pitching, and I look for Hembree, Brett Bochy, Heston, and Osich in the Giants BP over the next couple of years. Position players are somewhat suspect, which is a major reason for interest in bringing Scutaro and Pagan back. Brown needs to show up big at Fresno this season with OBP and SB%. Needs better command of strike zone and more success in stealing bases--thrown out too much, as already mentioned.

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    I like that he ranked our pitching higher than Brown & Panik, that seems right to me. Blackburn has been a beast, we all know about Crick and Stratton is supposed to be pretty-close to MLB-ready. Agosta and Williamson are two guys that intrigue me.



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    I like that we still have some young arms in the system, I think at we can expect some good things from Crick and Blackburn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leandres_sf View Post
    I like that he ranked our pitching higher than Brown & Panik, that seems right to me. Blackburn has been a beast, we all know about Crick and Stratton is supposed to be pretty-close to MLB-ready. Agosta and Williamson are two guys that intrigue me.
    I think Crick is still a few years away. Still only 20. LoA has been his highest level and needs to get the walks down. Maybe thinking of someone else?

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    We also have some potential bullpen studs as well. Hembree, Kickham, Okert, Johnson and Osich are all guys to keep an eye out for. I'm also a little surprised Bochy didn't crack the Top 20. He could easily be in over a guy like Duvall.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SFrush90 View Post
    I think Crick is still a few years away. Still only 20. LoA has been his highest level and needs to get the walks down. Maybe thinking of someone else?
    Sorry, that was 2 separate thoughts...

    1) We all know about Crick

    2) Stratton being nearly MLB-ready



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    Ya I was thinking the same about Bochy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leandres_sf View Post
    Sorry, that was 2 separate thoughts...

    1) We all know about Crick

    2) Stratton being nearly MLB-ready
    Oh. Duh. Now I see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFrush90 View Post
    Oh. Duh. Now I see it.
    Eh, I could have made myself more clear. I'm sick at home, on a bunch of cold meds



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    Quote Originally Posted by 5pointer View Post
    What exactly has Brown or Panik shown to deserve to be ranked higher?
    I personally think Brown is better than what his numbers showed, and Panik is a bit underrated. Nothing wrong with these rankings though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roylikeswaffles View Post
    I personally think Brown is better than what his numbers showed, and Panik is a bit underrated. Nothing wrong with these rankings though.
    All they have to do is put up better numbers and they'll climb.



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