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30 Teams 30 Days - San Francisco Giants

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Overview - The Giants streak ended. For the last three even numbered years they won the World Series. Not 2016. It was the Cubs destiny and they eliminated the Giants in the playoffs. A bullpen collapse was the Giants undoing, blowing 30 save opportunities, the most in the major leagues. They signed Mark Melancon to a free agent contract to address the bullpen needs. They also let go bullpen stalwarts Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla.

Strengths - Their strongest position is having Buster Posey behind the plate. It was a down offensive year for Buster, but his defense behind the plate remains solid and his handling of the pitching staff always puts them in the top five in the major leagues. At 30 years of age he could be hitting the down side of his career. Brandon Crawford is about as solid a shortstop you can get. He was one of three Giants to win a Gold Glove. Second baseman Joe Panik was one and Buster Posey was the third. Crawford can also generate some offense with a .430 slugging percentage based on his 28 doubles, 11 Triples and 12 homeruns. The other Brandon, Belt did not win a gold glove but he has got the defensive tools to win one at first base. His bat lacks homerun power but he hit the gaps for 41 doubles and shows the patience to walk 104 times. The starting pitching has two aces at the top of the rotation in Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto. After that it gets a little fuzzy. Mark Melancon has been one of the best closers in the game the last couple years. Last year he saved 47 games. It will be tough for the Giants to blow 30 leads with Melancon in the pen.

Weaknesses - The outfield lacks an impact player. Left field is a big hole. If Buster Posey plays first on the days the Giants want to rest him from his catching responsibilities Brandon Belt can always move to left field. Otherwise they will have to turn to unproven players in Mac Williamson, Jarrett Parker, Kyle Blanks or Gorkys Hernandez. Denard Span had some issues defensively in centerfield and failed to have a good year offensively. He hit .266 but only .217 against lefthanders. Hunter Pence failed to stay healthy for a second year in a row, limited to just 106 games. At 34 he is on the sliding scale down in his career. They lack a lefthander in the bullpen to get the tough lefthanders out late in the game. Will Smith is the only true commodity. Eduardo Nunez does not provide a lot of power at third. He also only hit .174 versus lefthanders in his 50 game trial with the Giants. With the Twins he finished with a .764 OPS. The Giants would like to see him turn into that kind of player. He may turn into a utility player with the Giants signing of Jae-Gyun Hwang. Hwang put up good offensive numbers in Korea but there was not a lot of offensive success with the three Korean bats who signed major league contracts last year.

Non-Roster Invitees - Myworld has to wonder if Michael Morse or Jimmy Rollins has anything left. If they can show they do in spring training they can be players who come off the bench. Rollins may have to learn to play a utility role, moving to defensive positions he is not familiar with. David Hernandez has a good enough arm to slot into the bullpen. If Kyle Blanks can stay healthy his bat would be interesting to put out in left field. The 6′6″ power hitter has not been healthy in the last couple years, bothered by foot problems.

Breakout Prospects - The rotation is pretty solid but a lot of that depends on the health and effectiveness of Matt Cain. Tyler Beede, Andrew Suarez and Ty Blach are all pitchers they can call on. Beede throws from the right side and Blach made his major league debut last year. None of the three has an overpowering fastball but rely more on command to get hitters out. Christian Arroyo, the teams 2013 first round pick should make his major league debut in 2017. He is more a utility player, with his power too light to play the hot corner and lacking sufficient range to play short on an extended basis.

Prospects to Watch - Chris Shaw has some power to play first. A major injury to Brandon Belt would need to happen for him to get any significant playing time in 2017. Last year he combined for 21 homeruns between High A and AA. The strikeouts are a bit frequent and his defense falls short of Belt. Reyes Moronta is a pitcher who can hit triple digits with his fastball. The Giants are grooming him to be a closer but he needs to keep his weight in check. Last year he saved 14 games and averaged 14.2 whiffs per nine innings. We can’t really get excited about anyone else down in their farm system.

Expected Finish - They will not catch the talented Dodgers roster but they should win enough games to slide into the wild card game.

MyWorld’s Top 100 Prospects - 100 -91

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

They are not really our top 100 prospects. They are a collection of top 100 lists that we have put together and then assigned values, i.e. 10 points for a number 1 and 9.9 for a number 2 all the way down to a .1 for a number 100. The numbers are compiled and averaged. Below are the 100-91 prospects.

100. Bobby Bradley 1B (Indians) 0.85 - When Bradley is ready for the major leagues Carlos Santana will move to DH. There is pop in is bat, but also a lot of swing and miss. He will hit 30 plus homeruns in the majors but may also fall below .250 with his average. Don’t expect an upgrade over Santana at first base and his lack of speed makes the outfield not an option.

99. Casey Gillespie 1B/3B (Rays) 0.88 - Casey will have to hope for a better career than his brother Conner. The Rays drafted him in the first round but he appears to be more a gap hitter. The homeruns will not be frequent but he could hit for a decent average with lots of doubles. It doesn’t hurt that he is a switch hitter and can play two positions, though he appears to be more suited defensively for first base.

98. Franklin Perez RHP (Astros) 1.03 - The Venezuelan has increased his fastball to where it is now hitting in the mid-90s. At 6′3″ and 220 pounds he has a good frame for pitching. He also throws two breaking pitches (slider and curve) and a change so he has the repertoire to start. Another good season at High A will raise his profile.

97. Grant Holmes RHP (Athletics) 1.03 - Originally drafted by the Dodgers in the first round in 2014. They soured on his numbers and less than overpowering fastball (92-95) trading him to the Athletics in the Rich Hill and Josh Reddick trade. Lefthanded hitters had his way against him (.303) and in five starts California League hitters smacked him around for a .355 average. He will begin his Athletic career in High A.

96. Luiz Gohara LHP (Braves) 1.05 - The Brazilian pitcher can throw hard, his fastball zipping across the plate in the mid to high 90s, sometimes even hitting triple digits. His big issue is getting control of his pitches. Lefties with hard fastballs tend to take a bit longer to develop. His secondary pitches also need improvement (slider/change) otherwise he will end up in the bullpen.

95. Cody Reed LHP (Reds) 1.2 - Cody also has a slider/fastball combination, but his fastball sits more in the 93-95 range. He got beat and battered a bit in 10 starts with Cincy (7.39 ERA, .328 opposition ave) so it will be back to AAA where he needs to enhance the change to give him a third pitch. He also gave up 12 homeruns in the majors in just 48 innings of work.

94. Jahmai Jones OF (Angels) 1.23 - The Angels do not have the strongest farm system but the second round pick in 2015 has been a pleasant surprise. Speed is his best asset with developing power. He does not have any one outstanding tool, but he has five above average tools that will play.

93. Tyler Beede RHP (Giants) 1.25 - Beede was drafted in the first round of the 2013 draft. He’s been a bit slow to develop for a pitcher drafted out of college, but his fastball had dropped in velocity as he tried to acclimate to professional baseball and pitching twice a week instead of once. The fastball is back in the low 90s and there is more swing and miss in the hitter’s swing. He could make his major league debut this year after starting the season in AAA.

92. Ronald Acuna OF (Braves) 1.32 - Acuna had it rough over the winter having to play baseball in Australia. The Venezuelan has the potential to bring to the major leagues five impressive tools, with the speed to steal bases and play centerfield, the arm to play right and the hit tool to fit in the .300 neighborhood and as he matures the power to fit in a corner outfield.

91. Albert Almora OF (Cubs) 1.32 - With Dexter Fowler gone via free agency Cub fans will see a lot more of Almora patrolling centerfield. He has excellent defensive tools. The big concern is whether his bat can survive against major league pitching. In a brief major league 100 plus at bat debut Almora hit .270 with a .763 OPS. They will take that kind of production with his defensive tools.

Dae-Ho Returns to Korea but Hwang Departs

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Dae-Ho Lee decided it was better to go back home and play as a regular in Korea than to continue to pursue a major league career that was only offering him a part time opportunity. A record KBO contract of $12.9 million over four years offered by the Lotte Giants was a nice inducement. The Lotte Giants have not been a player in the post season for a long time but it is hoped with the return of Lee they can regain some of their playoff magic back in the day when Lee was one of the top sluggers in the KBO.

On the other side of the ledger the Lotte Giants lost a third baseman, losing Jae-gyun Hwang to the San Francisco Giants. That contract is for a little less money, $1.5 million if Hwang should make the major league roster. The Lotte Giants and KT Wiz in the KBO reportedly offered him more money to stay in Korea, but he took the lesser contract for the opportunity to play major league baseball. Last year he was posted by the Lotte Giants but did not receive an acceptable offer from a major league club to cut him loose. This year he was an unrestricted free agent and improved numbers (.335, .394, .570 with 27 homeruns) got major league teams more interested in him.

Hwang will be competing with Eduardo Nunez and Connor Gillespie for the third base job. Neither Nunez or Gillespie put up eye shattering numbers to guarantee them a starting position.

Breakout Prospects and Prospects to Watch NL West

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Myworld continues to look at prospects who will have a major league impact in 2017 and other prospects to watch to see if they will find themselves on the cusp of making the major league team in 2018. Some of these prospects to watch are veteran minor leaguers trying to over come surgery, former top prospects who have tripped in their minor league ascension or Cubans who have no history at the professional level in the United States but were stars in Cuba. Today myworld takes a look at the NL West.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Breakout Prospect (Socrates Brito OF) - He had his opportunity to make an impact last year but stumbled with a .179 average in 79 at bats. Above average speed and minimal power makes centerfield an ideal position for him, but his arm is suited for right. In AAA he showed the ability to hit for average (.294) but he needs to improve his patience (13/65 walk to whiff ratio). His lack of patience was even more pronounced in the major leagues (2/23). Despite his speed he does not seem to rack up a lot of stolen bases. If he can establish a little more power he could fit in the seventh or eighth spot in the batting order but a poor OBA makes it difficult for him to win a leadoff role. With very little in the outfield Brito has an opportunity to establish himself this year if he can improve on his ability to get on base.

Prospect to Watch (Andy Yerzy C) - Myworld was going to put Peter O’Brien on this list but the Diamondbacks traded him after putting him on waivers. So we will take a look at the Canadian Yerzy, who impressed at the high school homerun hitting contest at the 2015 All Star game in Cincinnati, making it to the finals. This upped his draft stock with the Diamondbacks selecting him in the second round of the 2016 draft. Teams are always looking for lefthanded hitting catchers and when one shows the power as Yerzy the eyes light up. He is a clone of O’Brien, needing a lot of work defensively and his plate discipline is below average (4/38 at two levels) but there are tools there that the Diamondbacks can work with. And he hits lefthanded.

Colorado Rockies

Breakout Prospect (Jeff Hoffman RHP) - It is always tough for pitchers to succeed in Colorado. The 2014 first round pick got six starts at the major league level last year and fared well finishing with a 4.88 ERA. The opposition tagged him at a .287 clip and his 17/22 walk to whiff ratio was disappointing. Those numbers will have to improve if he is going to have success in 2017. He throws three very good pitches in a fastball, curveball and change, though his fastball has not gained the high 90s it had prior to his Tommy John surgery. Jeff was drafted by the Blue Jays in the first round and the Rockies acquired him in the Troy Tulowitski trade. All Hoffman has to do is pull ERAs just above 4.00 and win games when Rockie bats score more runs than the opposition. After all, the altitude is not friendly to visiting pitchers either.

Prospect to Watch (Forest Wall 2B) - The Rockies drafted him in the first round supplemental draft in 2014. The defensive work at second base is below average but the bat is supposed to be good. There was some talk about moving him to centerfield but that has not come to fruition. If Wall is going to play his bat will be his ticket to the major leagues. Last year he hit .264 with a .355 slugging. That is not going to cut it with a below average glove at second base. In 2015 he slugged .438 at Low A with a better strikeout to walk ratio. He needs to bounce back to be a viable player for the Rockies in the future.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Breakout Prospect (Jose Deleon RHP) - The Twins want Deleon included in any trade for Brian Dozier. The Dodgers are reluctant to trade Jose. The 24th round pick out of Puerto Rico has given the Dodgers a number of reasons to want to keep him. His mid-90s fastball and excellent changeup give the Dodgers at least two reasons. There was a bit of a struggle in his major league callup (6.35 ERA and .288 opposition average) but his minor league numbers were dominant (2.61 ERA and .194 opposition average). Coming into the 2016 season he averaged 12.3 whiffs per nine innings. In AAA he struck out 111 in just 86.1 innings.

Prospect to Watch (Willie Calhoun 2B) - He is a small second baseman, standing just 5′8″, a little taller than Jose Altuve. The quick lefthanded bat managed to drive 27 balls over the fence in AA. This was a breakout season for him when you consider in 2015 he hit just 11 homeruns. He did show power in junior college with 31 homeruns in 61 games. It will be interesting to see if his small, powerful frame can continue to send balls over the fence. His defense is not exemplary and the fact he did not steal any bases last year says a lot about his foot speed. The Dodgers have yet to acquire Brian Dozier so second base is still an open spot for Willie.

San Diego Padres

Breakout Prospect (Manuel Margot OF and Hunter Renfroe OF) - It is tough for teams to compete for a playoff when they have two rookies patrolling their outfield. The Padres know they are in rebuilding mode and it is time to see what these two talented players can do. Margot has the greater set of tools with the speed and athleticism to play center field. His power is good enough to split the gaps. Last year in a September callup he hit .243 in 37 at bats. Five of his nine hits went for extra bases (four doubles and one triple), but he failed to draw a walk, giving him a low OBA. Renfroe is the slugger who mashed four homeruns in a brief 35 at bat September callup. He is a little more plodding than Margot, but he has enough speed to cover the outfield. His arm is one of his best attributes so right field appears to be the perfect position for him. The Padres have to hope this duo reminds them of when the Red Sox brought up Fred Lynn and Jim Rice as rookies.

Prospects to Watch (Josh Naylor 1B and Javier Guerra SS) - Josh Naylor was drafted in the first round by the Marlins. They traded him to the Padres shortly after he cut Stone Garrett with a knife that was classified as horse play but some reports have stated was a little more serious than that. Not a lot of players are packed with the power that Naylor possesses but there is also a lot of swing and miss to his game. Last year could be classified as a disappointing season for him with his 12 homeruns resulting in a ugly .407 slugging percentage. That is a little south of .500 that teams want to see from their first baseman. Slow foot speed would make a move to the outfield not wise. Guerra had an off season where his average dropped more than 100 points to a .202 clip. His OPS also fell below .600 and his walk to whiff ratio (34/141) was ugly. All of the tools exist for him to play a quality defensive shortstop, but the bat has to work to get him in the lineup.

San Francisco Giants

Breakout Prospects (Christian Arroyo SS. Clayton Blackburn RHP) - We can’t get really too excited about any Giant making an impact this year. Arroyo is more suited for a utility role. With Brandon Crawford staffing short his only opportunity to get a full time gig in the lineup will be at third base. Myworld doesn’t think he has the power for that position. A move to the outfield would not be to his advantage because of below average foot speed. He did have a career minor league average of .303 coming into 2016 but hit just .274 at AA, so he can hit. A more likely player to make an impact is Blackburn. The problem with Blackburn is his stuff is more back of the rotation starter. His fastball is in the low 90s with average breaking balls and change. What he does have is command with the ability to locate the pitches and miss the barrel of bats.

Prospect to Watch (Chris Shaw 1B) - We like his power bat, which could eventually move Brandon Belt to left field. The 2015 first round pick hit 12 homeruns in his rookie season in 2015. He slugged 21 homeruns last year, but struggled in he AA Eastern League only slugging .414. There is not any speed to his game so a move to the outfield is out of the question and his defense is a little stiff at first. Expect him to repeat AA. If he has some success first base may be his position in 2018, or he could become trade bait for another team to allow the Giants to stock up on veteran players in a playoff run.

Bay Area Rosters Based on the Draft

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

Below would be the rosters for the two Bay area teams, the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics if both teams relied solely on the domestic draft to stock their players. Oakland and their money ball philosophy has not born a lot of major league ball players and the Giants attempt to continue to draft solid starting pitching through the draft has seemed to dry up after the selection of Madison Bumgarner in 2007.

San Francisco Giants

2005 - Johnny Monell (27 - DNS) C, Sergio Romo (38) RHP
2006 - Tim Lincecum (1) RHP, Emmanuel Burriss (1) SS
2007 - Madison Bumgarner (1) LHP, Nick Noonan (1) UTL, Charlie Culberson (1) UTL, Johnny Monell (30) C, Paul Clemens (36 - DNS) RHP
2008 - Buster Posey (1) C, Conor Gillespie (1) 3B, Brandon Crawford (4) SS, Eric Surkamp (6) LHP
2009 - Zack Wheeler (1) RHP, Tommy Joseph (2) 1B, Brandon Belt (5) 1B, Chris Heston (12) RHP
2010 - Jarrett Parker (2) OF, Adam Duvall (11) OF, Alec Asher (23 - DNS) RHP
2011 - Joe Panik (1) 2B, Andrew Susac (2) C, Josh Osich (6) LHP, Ray Black (7) RHP, Derek Law (9) RHP, Kelby Tomlinson (12) 2B, Clayton Balckburn (16) RHP, Cody Hall (19) RHP
2012 - Chris Stratton (1) RHP, Mac Williamson (3) OF, Trevor Brown (10) C, Matt Duffy (18) 3B
2013 - Christian Arroyo (1) 3B


C - Buster Posey, Trevor Brown, Johnny Monelll, Andrew Susac
1B - Brandon Belt, Tommy Joseph
2B - Joe Panik, Emmanuel Burriss, Kelby Tomlinson, Nick Noonan
3B - Conor Gillespie, Matt Duffy, Christian Arroyo
SS - Brandon Crawford, Charlie Culberson
OF - Adam Duvall, Jarrett Parker, Mac Williamson
SP - Madison Bumgarner, Zack Wheeler, Tim Lincecum, Paul Clemens, Chris Stratton
RP - Sergio Romo, Eric Surkamp, Chris Heston, Alec Asher, Josh Osich, Ray Black, Derek Law and Cody Hall

Oakland Athletics

2005 - Cliff Pennington (1) SS, Vin Mazzaro (3) RHP, Justin Smoak (16 - DNS) 1B, Anthony Recker (18) C
2006 - Trevor Cahill (2) RHP, Andrew Bailey (6) RHP, Mike Leake (7 - DNS) RHP
2007 - Sean Doolittle (1) RHP, Collin Cowgill (29 - DNS) OF
2008 - Jemile Weeks (1) 2B, Tyson Ross (2) RHP, Preston Guillmet (22 - DNS) RHP, Chris Rusin (23 - DNS) RHP, J.R. Graham (46 - DNS) RHP
2009 - Grant Green (1) UTL, Max Stassi (4) C, Ian Krol (7) LHP, Sam Dyson (10 - DNS) RHP, Dan Strailey (24) RHP, Mike Zunino (29 - DNS) C, Mike Bolsinger (33 - DNS) RHP
2010 - Michael Choice (1) OF, A.J. Griffin (13) RHP, Aaron Judge (31 - DNS) OF, Andrew Knapp (41 - DNS) C
2011 - Sonny Gray (1) RHP, Blake Treinen (7) RHP
2012 - Addison Russell (1) SS, Matt Muncy (5) 3B/OF
2013 - Dillon Overton (2) LHP, Ryan Healy (3) 3B


C - Anthony Recker, Max Stassi, Mike Zunino, Andrew Knapp
1B - Justin Smoak
2B - Cliff Pennington, Jemile Weeks
3B - Matt Muncy, Ryan Healy
SS - Addison Russell, Grant Green
OF - Collin Cowgill, Michael Choice, Aaron Judge
SP - Sonny Gray, Mike Leake, Trevor Cahill, Tyson Ross, Chris Rusin
RP - Vin Mazzaro, Andrew Bailey, Sean Doolittle, Preston Guilmet, J.R. Graham, Ian Krol, San Dyson, Dan Strailey, Mike Bolsinger, A.J. Griffin, Balke Treinen, Dillon Overton

Shortstop Prospect Review

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Shortstop was a very talented position this year so myworld will take a look at the top 20 prospects at the position as rated by Baseball America to see how their 2016 season went.

1. Corey Seager (Dodgers) - Not much needs to be said here. Corey is on his way to winning the NL rookie of the year award, leading the Dodgers to the NL West Division crown. He’s hit for power and average and kept his miscues on the field to a minimum.

2. J.P. Crawford (Phillies) - Still the Phillies shortstop of the future despite his struggles at AAA (.244). He hit well at AA but with only seven homeruns and 12 stolen bases at the two levels his offensive production falls short of what is expected. He finished the season with a .688 OPS. While his defense will get him to the major leagues the Phillies would like to see a little more offense. Freddy Galvis is all that stands in his way in the major leagues.

3. Orlando Arcia (Brewers) - Compared to his 2015 season his offensive production in AAA was a bit of a disappointment this year. Like Crawford defense is his calling card and a late season major league callup has seen his offensive struggles continue. The Brewers could always move Jonathan Villar back to short if they feel Arcia is not yet ready for the major leagues to begin the 2017 season. It is only a matter of time before he takes over the position.

4. Trea Turner (Nationals) - With an earlier callup and more at bats he would be giving Seager a run for the rookie of the year honors. Turner has moved to centerfield and has filled the leadoff roll for the Nationals, hitting .340. What has been a surprise to his season is the power he has shown in his bat.

5. Dansby Swanson (Braves) - A trade the Diamondbacks will ultimately regret and could lead to massive changes in the administration. Swanson has been rotating with Ozzie Albies for the Braves shortstop job, but Swanson appears to have the upper hand at the position. Swanson got the head start with the first September callup. He should provide an offensive bat with power for the position.

6. Jorge Mateo (Yankees) - His ultimate position may be at second base after the season for Didi Gregorious this year and the late season acquisition of Gleyber Torres. Mateo has shown a little pop but speed is his big tool. A mid-season suspension because of his impatience about not being promoted to AA is the only taint to the 2016 season, though his offensive numbers have fallen short of what he produced last year. His stolen base production especially dropped in half from 82 to 36.

7. Raul Mondesi (Royals) - The only player to appear in a World Series game before he ever appeared in a regular season game. Offense will be the big question mark for the son of Raul Mondesi Sr. He lacks the power of his father but has a smooth glove to play the position. A mid season major league callup has resulted in an offensive struggle to hit major league pitching (.181). The Royals would like to see better than a .484 OPS at the position.

8. Brendan Rodgers (Rockies) - The Rockies 2015 number one pick may have to find another position after the explosion from Trevor Story, who was rated 19th on this list. Story was a first round supplemental pick in 2011 and got the first opportunity. Rodgers is expected to have the bat and the power to play third base, but Nolan Arenado sits there. Fortunately, the Rockies have a couple more minor league seasons to figure out what they want to do with Rodgers, but his potent bat will get him in the lineup.

9. Gleyber Torres (Cubs) - The Yankees acquired Torres from the Cubs in the Aroldis Chapman trade. The Yankees will have to find a position for him. He did hit 11 homeruns and slugged .421 and at age 19 it is expected his power will continue to develop, so third base could be an option. The Yankees currently have a hole there, with Chase Headley the current alternative. Miguel Andujar is a possible suitor for Torres in the minor leagues.

10. Tim Anderson (White Sox) - Last year with the Dodgers Jimmy Rollins lost his shortstop job to Corey Seager. This year he lost the position to Tim Anderson. Tim lacks the offensive numbers of Seager but his glove is better. It has been a disappointing season for the White Sox but Anderson gives them a building block at shortstop.

11. Willy Adames (Rays) - The Rays picked up Adames from the Tigers in the David Price trade. The Rays are still unsettled at short but Adames had a solid season to punch his ticket in for the position in 2017. He had a solid season at AA so expect him to take over the position at the mid season mark.

12. Javier Guerra (Padres) - He was the big piece the Padres acquired from the Red Sox in the Craig Kimbrel trade. The 2016 season was a big disappointment with a .199 average and 141 whiffs. The Padres hope the 2016 season is an anomaly and will hope for a bounce back in 2017.

13. Nick Gordon (Twins) - Another son for Tom Gordon from a different mother than Dee Gordon. Nick shows good speed but lacks power. His defense will get him to the major leagues, but his lack of offense may make a utility role his best option.

14. Amed Rosario (Mets) - The Mets have been hunting for a shortstop for a long time. What they have had at the position for the last couple years have been good bats who lacked range to cover the position. Amed should solve all that. His bat should be good enough to create some havoc, after hitting .341 in a mid-season callup to AA. Power is not there but his defense is something the Mets have not seen at the position in a long time.

15. Christian Arroyo (Giants) - He will not supplant Brandon Crawford at the position. He could be one of those in between players who lacks the range to play short and is a little short of power to play third. Second base could be his ultimate destination. He does not have a lot of speed and his power is absent so he is a bit vanilla in the talent department. A utility role could be his best hope for a major league job.

16. Ozzie Albies (Braves) - The Braves traded Jose Peraza to the Reds last year after seeing what they have in Albies. With the acquisition of Swanson the ultimate position for Albies may be second base. Fortunately for Albies the Braves have no player at the position with the talent to block him. Speed is his best tool, power his worst.

17. Jorge Polanco (Twins) - Polanco may get an opportunity to play short before Nick Gordon. His defense is not as flashy but he shows a better bat. He has held his own in the major leagues with a .283 average, playing second, third and short. A utility role may be his ultimate position.

18. Deven Marrero (Red Sox) - Deven is blocked at short by Xander Boegarts. His glove is smooth but his bat comes up short. A utility role or trade to another team is all he can hope for, but even after a trade his .198 average in AAA falls far short for what teams want to see in a bat at the position.

19. Trevor Story (Rockies) - A Jose Reyes domestic assault charge gave Story an opportunity at short and he ran with it, slugging 27 homeruns in 97 games before an injury ended his season early. He will get consideration for rookie of the year but failed to get the at bats to win the award. The big question with Trevor is his ability to play defense to stay at the position.

20. Gilbert Lara (Brewers) - Arcia will have to fail at the shortstop position if Lara hopes to get the job. Lara is still in rookie ball as an 18 year old so the Brewers have plenty of time to see if Arcia can earn the position. Lara has shown a quiet bat, but he is still young and developing. Defense is his calling card.

Nats Win with the Three R’s

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

The Nationals used the three R’s to beat the Giants 1-0. Ramos, Roark and Revere gave the Nationals the victory. Tanner Roark pitched seven innings of shutout ball to get the win. He needed a game saving over the shoulder catch by Ben Revere in the seventh, a blast by Brandon Belt to the warning track in center field with runners on second and third to prevent two runners from scoring. Finally, to get the win he needed a solo shot from Wilson Ramos in the bottom of the seventh to plate the only run in the game.

Madison Bumgarner went the full eight innings for the Giants. He had a no hitter until the fourth when Anthony Rendon hit a two out double over the head of Gregor Blanco. That would be the only hit he would allow until Wilson Ramos deposited a ball two rows into the right field bleachers to lead off the seventh inning. He did walk two batters and hit another but pitched brilliantly in the loss. It was his fourth complete game of the season.

Tanner Roark had more of a struggle. His only 1-2-3 inning was the first. He stranded runners on first and third in both the third and fourth innings and first and second in the fifth inning. Trea Turner turned a nice double play in the sixth to end that inning, tagging Eduardo Nunez running to second for the second out and throwing to first to nip Joe Panik for the third out. In the seventh a two base error by Daniel Murphy put runners on second and third with two outs. Brandon Belt crushed a ball to center field. Ben Revere turned to chase the ball, making an over the shoulder catch at the warning track to rob Belt of at least a double.

Shawn Kelley retired the side in order in the eighth. Mark Melancon came on in the ninth to secure his first save opportunity for the Nationals. In his previous appearances the Nationals had large leads that did not qualify for saves. He provided no drama, retiring the side in order and striking out the last two hitters. It felt kind of nice not to sweat out the last inning with the tying or winning run on base.

Game Notes: Madison Bumgarner does not have overpowering stuff, hitting 92 with his fastball. He changes speeds so adroitly, with a high 80s slider, a mid 80s change and a slow mid 70s curve ball, all those pitches making it difficult to get the bat head around on his low 90s fastball…Jayson Werth extended his consecutive game OBA streak to 38 with a walk in the first inning. It was the only time he got on base. He is only hitting .248 during the streak (33 for 133)…Brandon Crawford makes the difficult plays look easy at short…The fourth inning may have been the best opportunity for the Giants to score. Joe Panik lined a single to center and third base coach Roberto Kelly held Buster Posey at third, even though the struggling Gregor Blanco was on deck. The throw from Revere was off line and Ramos had to go out in front of the plate to catch it. Blanco grounded out to second to end the inning…No pitcher in baseball has gone seven or more innings without allowing a run more times than Tanner Roark, according to He has done it seven times…The win gives the Nationals a 4-3 advantage in the season series. If this was a best of seven the Nationals would be advancing.

Nunez Leads Giants Over Strasburg and Nats

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

Coming into the game Eduardo Nunez was hitting .100. He had only recently been acquired by the Giants after hitting close to .300 for the Twins. After his fourth at bat of the game resulting in his fourth hit Nunez was hitting .250. Matt Cain quieted the Nats bats once again, extending his shutout streak against them to 10 innings despite putting eight men on base in five innings and the Giants evened the series with the Nats after the 7-1 win. The two teams are now 3-3 against each other and play the rubber match on Sunday.

The first hit for Nunez occurred in the first inning when he lined a double down the left field line and took advantage of the weak arm of Jayson Werth to hustle into second. He failed to score but it took an excellent catch from Ben Revere to rob Buster Posey of a double to put the zero on the scoreboard.

In the fourth with the score 0-0 he laced a ball off the top of the wall in centerfield, just short of a homerun and took advantage of the weak arm of Ben Revere in center to scamper into third with a leadoff triple. Those few inches prevented Nunez from hitting for the cycle. Buster Posey drove him in with a single just past the glove of shortstop Danny Espinosa to score the first run. The inning was not complete. Brandon Crawford followed with a single to right field. Hunter Pence laid down a beautiful bunt that landed in no man’s land along the third base line to load the bases. Stephen Strasburg struggled finding the plate with his breaking pitches and walked Joe Panik to force in a run. Strasburg recovered and struck out Gregor Blanco, who would strike out in all four of his at bats and got Matt Cain to strike out to limit the damage to two.

In the bottom of the fourth the Nationals had the opportunity to change the complexion of the game. A walk, single and hit batsman loaded the bases with just one out. The slumping Ben Revere came up to the plate grounding a weak ball to first. Brandon Belt threw home to retire Wilson Ramos. Stephen Strasburg came to the plate. He had doubled earlier in the game and scratched out three hits in his last appearance. For this at bat he grounded to short to end the inning.

In hindsight Dusty Baker should have pinch hit for him. The Giants knocked him out of the game in the fifth. It was Eduardo Nunez who started the inning off with a triple into the right center field gap. With the infield in Brandon Belt scored Posey with a bloop double down the left field line that may have been caught by Espinoza if he was playing in his normal spot. Belt also took advantage of the weak arm of Werth and hustled into second. Buster Posey lined a single into left field with Belt stopping at third. Brandon Crawford drove in Belt with a deep fly out to center. That ended the night for Strasburg.

The Giants scored another run off Blake Treinen who was working his third inning after getting the final out in the fifth. Again it was Eduardo Nunez to start the inning with a single past the glove of the first baseman Daniel Murphy. Brandon Belt hit another bloop double down the left field line advancing Nunez to third. Nunez scored when Buster Posey drove a deep fly to right.

A leadoff walk by Oliver Perez to Hunter Pence led to a run in the eighth. Pinch hitter Ehire Adrianza drove him in from second with a line single into left center. Denard Span ended the day for Perez with a double into left center to advance Adrianza to third. That brought in Jonathan Papelbon to face the 4 for 4 Eduardo Nunez, who was a homerun short of the cycle. Papelbon struck out Nunez, getting him to swing and miss at his 93 mile per hour fastball.

The Nationals scored their first run in the bottom of the eighth. With two outs Wilson Ramos, Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa all singled. With runners on first and third and two outs Ben Revere came up and increased his stranding runners this game to 8 with a weak fly to center field.

Papelbon may not have given up a homerun to Nunez to give him the cycle. In the top of the ninth he did groove one to Brandon Belt who deposited it into the second deck over the Nats right field bullpen to lead off the ninth and up the score to 7-1. Papelbon walked the next hitter and gave up a single to Brandon Crawford. He ended what appeared to be a disastrous inning by getting Hunter Pence to ground into a double play.

Game Notes: Ben Revere had a ruinous day for the offense, stranding 8 runners. His average has now dropped below .210…Gregor Blanco struck out in all four of his at bats. Hunter Pence also had trouble making contact, striking out twice and grounding into a double play in another at bat. He did walk and lay down a bunt single…Jayson Werth looks like an arm the Giants chose to run against. His throws to the bases were weak and usually off line…Brandon Belt struck out his first two times to the plate, then blooped two doubles to the opposite field before unleashing on a homerun into the second deck in right field…Bryce Harper struck out in all three of his at bats. He swung and missed at two sliders. Dusty Baker took him out of the game after his third strike out and replaced him with Brian Goodwin, who made his major league debut. Bryce had complained of a sore neck…Brian Goodwin hit a deep fly to the warning track in right field in his first at bat…Wilson Ramos stayed hot with three singles in his four at bats…Ben Revere did save a run in the first inning with an excellent running catch to the scoreboard in right field, robbing Buster Posey of a double…Stephen Strasburg hustled into second with a double down the right field line in the bottom of the third. The National bats stranded him at third with the second Bryce Harper strike out of the game. When he came out to pitch in the fourth the Giants and Eduardo Nunez raked him for two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth…The Nationals were no hit by Matt Cain in his previous start of five innings. They were not no hit on Saturday but again they could not score in his five innings of work, giving him 10 shutout innings against the Nationals in his two starts…Jayson Werth extended his on base streak to 37 games with a walk in the fifth. It is the longest major league streak this season. Otherwise he went 0 for 4.

NL West Predictions and Looking Forward

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Myworld was not so predictive in the NL West, but the race is not over yet. The Diamondbacks seem to have self destructed and the loss of Clayton Kershaw to back problems seems to have derailed their hopes. Myworld’s predictions are in parenthesis.

San Francisco Giants (2) - The Giants continue to rely on the magic of Bruce Bochy and the even numbered years. Hunter Pence has been injured most of the year but who would have suspected the big RBI producer for this team would be shortstop Brandon Crawford. The starting pitching continues to be strong with the duo of Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto leading the charge. They hope that recent acquisition of Matt Moore will add a third piece to this rotation, but Matt needs to find his old ways of dominance prior to the Tommy John surgery.

The farm system is not a strength. 1) Chris Shaw displays a power bat but a recent promotion to AA has found him struggling. He plays the same position as Brandon Belt so something will have to give. Belt has the better defensive tools to move to the outfield. 2) Christian Arroyo has the same problem as Shaw, with Brandon Crawford playing his position at the major league shortstop level. Arroyo may have to settle for second base or a utility role. His bat is more gap oriented. 3) Tyler Beede throws in the mid-90s with a good changeup and curve ball. 4) Tyler Beede is not as overpowering but has command of multiple pitches with his best being a changeup. 5) Joan Gregorio is a whopping 6′7″ with a big fastball. With his height his hand appears to be right in the hitters face as he releases the ball.

Los Angeles Dodgers (1) - The injury to Clayton Kershaw could derail the Dodgers. Without him the starting pitching is only left with Kenta Maeda and a bunch of average. Rich Hill becomes an important new acquisition to add a quality arm to the rotation. Yasiel Puig continues to digress and has been replaced by the bat of Josh Reddick in right field. The lineup appears to be filled with low average hitters who can hit for a lot of power. Corey Seager is the one star on this team. As the season progresses Kenley Jansen may find his save opportunities limited.

The Dodgers seem to be focusing on the Cuban market despite their lack of success there. Julio Urias would be their top prospect but he may get too many major league appearances to qualify next year. That leaves the big bat of 1) Cody Bellinger. He doesn’t have big time power but at this point it may be equal to Adrian Gonzalez. Cody is also a quality defender. 2) Jose Deleon is a quality pitcher who will be the next man up after Julio Urias. He mixes in a quality fastball with a good change. 3) Alex Verdugo could be the next outfielder in a bevy of players the Dodgers have trotted out there. He doesn’t have any one outstanding tool, but a number of above average tools creating a poor man’s five tool player. 4) Willie Calhoun has shown some surprising pop (22 homeruns) for his 5′8″ frame. He doesn’t have the speed of Jose Altuve and his defense at second base still needs a lot of work, but his bat is electric. 5) Walker Buehler had a mid-90s fastball but Tommy John surgery has prevented him from having a 2016 season. He was the Dodgers first round pick in 2015.

Colorado Rockies (5) - Losing Trevor Story for the year hurts their finish to the season. He was on pace to break the rookie record for homeruns in a season in the National League. Carlos Gonzalez is still around hitting for average and power. Despite all the trade talks he remains on a team in the rebuilding mode. Nolan Arenado is the player the team needs to build around. Pitching is always a problem with the high altitude they play in. Pitchers need to be content with won loss record instead of ERA. Jonathan Gray gives them some glimmer of hope for the future.

David Dahl was recently called up and appears to be having so much success he will have too many at bats to qualify as a prospect next year. 1) Brendan Rodgers may be one of the best prospects in baseball now. The 2016 number one pick may have to find another position with Trevor Story cementing himself at short but he has a good power bat that will hit for average. 2) Jeff Hoffman was a first round pick of the Blue Jays in 2014 who the Rockies acquired for Troy Tulowitski. He has a mid-90s fastball with quality secondary pitches in a curveball and change. 3) Raimel Tapia may not have a big frame that can hit for power, but he hits .300 wherever he goes. 4) Ryan McMahon has the pop in his bat but plays the same position as Arenado. His lack of speed would make him a liability in the outfield so he may have to move to first base. 5) Riley Pint is the Rockies 2016 first round pick who can hit triple digits with his fastball. His biggest challenge will be finding the plate with more consistency.

San Diego Padres (4) - The Padres constructed a poor house last year with the acquisition of a number of high priced veterans who could not produce. They have now torn down the house and starting the construction with younger materials. Wil Myers has shown that his acquisition has been worthwhile, hitting 20 homeruns. Trading away Matt Kemp will make more room in the outfield for the callup of younger players in September. They have traded away their closer and most of the rotation to start the season so the pitching will struggle with young arms.

!) Anderson Espinoza has a quality arm that they needed to trade All Star Drew Pomeranz to acquire. He has a small frame but his fastball can hit triple digits with quality secondary pitches. If he can not hold up in the rotation he could work out as a closer. 2) Manuel Margot is another ex-Red Sox who the Padres acquired last year for Craig Kimbrel. He is a four tool player with excellent center field defense, whose power is a little short. His speed will get him 30 plus stolen bases per year. 3) Hunter Renfroe is an RBI machine with big time power. His speed is adequate for the outfield, with a strong arm to fit in right. 4) Javier Guerra is another ex-Red Sox acquired in the same Craig Kimbrel trade. He has the tools to be a quality shortstop with the potential for a power bat. This year has been a struggle (.196) with his inability to make consistent contact the reason for his low average. 5) Josh Naylor was one of the players snagged in the Andrew Cashner trade. He has big time pop but is slow afoot and will be restricted to first base on defense.

Arizona Diamondbacks (3) - This season has been a disaster for the snakes. They gave up a lot to get Shelby Miller and he has flopped. They paid out some big bucks for Zack Greinke and he has been a disappointment who has had trouble staying healthy. Archie Bradley was the Lucas Giolito of his time but he may never get it and Robbie Ray is a strikeout machine but gives up runs in bunches. The offense is just not strong enough to make up for the bushel of runs the starting pitching coughs up. Jake Lamb has had a nice season, outpacing Paul Goldschmidt as the best hitter on the team. Jean Segura has had a nice bounce back season playing second base.

The farm system does not look pretty after they traded most of their future pieces to the Braves. It would be much richer if they could get back the players they traded to the Braves. 1) Branden Shipley is being a given an opportunity in the rotation and may pitch too much to make the prospect list next year. He has a good fastball with sold secondary pitches and good command. 2) Socrates Brito may not have enough power to play a corner outfield but he has the defensive chops to play centerfield, with the arm to fit in right. An injury has slowed his 2016 season. 3) Peter O’Brien will not be a major league catcher and his defense is lacking in the outfield. He has shown big time pop in the minors, but he has failed to hit when give major league opportunities. A struggle to make contact may make him a low average 30 plus homerun type. 4) Vicente Campos was a recent pickup for Tyler Clippard. Campos was originally acquired from the Mariners by the Yankees when he had a triple digit fastball. That fastball is now mid-90s but with improved command and better secondary pitches. 5) Anfernee Grier runs well to cover a lot of ground in centerfield. His bat is a little suspect and his arm is better suited for left field.

NL West Review of Number One Picks

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

The Diamondbacks have a habit of trading their number ones and the Braves have taken advantage of their generosity. The Rockies keep drafting pitchers and like the search for Nemo they hope to find ‘the one” who will lead them to the playoffs. The Padres are starting fresh after trading most of their prospects the previous season. The Giants seem to have a fascination with right handed pitchers who lack overpowering stuff.

Arizona Diamondbacks

2015 - Dansby Swanson SS - He was packaged to the Braves in the trade for Shelby Miller, who has struggled in the starting rotation for the Diamondbacks. The Braves are trying to figure out whether Ozzie Albies or Swanson is their shortstop of the future. Swanson is only hitting .250 in AA with a .396 slugging after having some success in High A earlier in the season (.333/.526). Swanson has the bat to move to third.

2014 - Touki Toussaint RHP - Another pitcher traded to the Braves to eliminate them of the draining contract of Bronson Arroyo. Dave Stewart believes his command will always be lacking to make a starting rotation. That assessment has rung true his first two years with a 48/67 walk to whiff ratio in 2015 and an even worse 31/33 ratio this year. His three year career minor league ERA is 5.66.

2013 - Braden Shipley RHP - Somehow the Diamondbacks have found the patience not to trade Shpley. At 6′1 he is slight of frame and his strikeout numbers do not give evidence of overpowering stuff. Expect him to start in the middle of the rotation if he does make it.

2012 - Stryker Trahan C/OF - He is no longer a catcher and has disappeared from the prospect lists. Still in High A, but with only seven games played and a .167 average in 2016. A propensity for the strikeout has left his career minor league average at .222. He does have some pop with three seasons of double digit homeruns.

2011 - Trevor Bauer RHP - They had some issues with his independence and traded him to the Indians in a three team trade that included the Reds and Didi Gregorius. Trevor is now a main staple of the Indians rotation and Didi a shortstop with the Yankees.

Archie Bradley RHP - Early in his career the Diamondbacks envisioned him as the ace of their future rotation. Now they just hope at some point in his career he makes their rotation. He has had his opportunities to start in the major leagues but has struggled and been demoted for more minor league work. He will not make a long career on his minor league success.

2010 - Barrett Loux RHP - He did not sign was granted free agency and signed with the Texas Rangers, who later traded him to the Cubs. Health has been an issue with only three starts since 2013.

Colorado Rockies

2015 - Brendan Rodgers SS - Trevor Story seems to have captured the shortstop job, but his swing and miss issues could still open the door to Rodgers. Brendan has the bat to play third with 8 homeruns and a .492 slugging percentage in his full season Low A debut.

Mike Nikorak RHP - Nikorak needs to find the strike zone after walking 32 in just 17 innings last season. His fastball whips across (or away from the plate) at 95 plus but he is still a major work in progress.

2014 - Kyle Freeland LHP - Injuries last season limited him to just 9 starts. He is not overpowering as his weak strikeout totals will advertise but lefthanded movement could make him a situational lefty if he does not make the rotation.

2013 - Jonathan Gray RHP - A hard thrower who could hit triple digits out of high school. His fastball has slowed down at the professional level as he focuses on command. He may have found a spot in the Rockie rotation in 2016 with 10 starts and a 4.85 ERA.

2012 - David Dahl OF - The man may lack a spleen but he has a bat that should get him to the major leagues. The ideal spot for him would be centerfield, but he can fit in all outfield positions. He has yet to match his rookie league .379 average but should find no trouble finding the .300 neighborhood in the major leagues.

2011 - Tyler Anderson LHP - The Rockies have recently called up a Tyler Anderson to pitch in their rotation. Injuries limited him to just three starts in the last two years. In three 2016 starts he has been effective, but as myworld looks at his innings it has to be another Tyler Anderson they are calling up. This Tyler has yet to pitch in June which would seem odd calling him up to pitch in the show.

2010 - Kyle Parker OF - Now with the Reds after the Rockies released him on April Fools 2016.

Los Angles Dodgers

2015 - Walker Buehler RHP - Elbow soreness prevented him from pitching in 2015. August Tommy John surgery will prevent him from pitching in 2016. He did pitch for Vanderbilt and led them to two College World Series finals.

Kyle Funkhouser RHP - Kyle did not sign preferring to return to Louisville. This year the Tigers made him their fourth round pick. Early season struggles dropped his stock in the draft from first rounder to fourth rounder.

2014 - Grant Holmes RHP - Despite his 6′1″ frame he strikes out a number of hitters with his mid -90s heat. In 2015 command was an issue with a walk every two innings. This year he is getting more pitches across the plate but giving up more hits. Expect him to fit in a mid-rotation starter role.

2013 - Chris Anderson RHP - A lack of command has dropped his prospect stock. This year his 27/20 walk to whiff ratio in six starts and 28 innings got him a demotion back to High A to work out of the bullpen on his delivery. In four appearances covering four innings he has yet to walk a hitter, striking out three.

2012 - Corey Seager 3B - He moved to shortstop though many still think his future is next store at third base. It will be hard to put up the numbers he generated last year but he should be an All Star performer for the Dodgers regardless of what position he plays. His bat will play at any position.

2011 - Chris Reed LHP - He pitched for Great Britain in the World Baseball Classic. The Dodgers traded him to the Marlins in 2015 for another lefthander Grant Dayton. The fact he throws lefthanded makes it a good bet he will find his way onto some teams bullpen.

2010 - Zach Lee RHP - No one expected the Dodgers to sign him since he had his sights sent on playing quarterback for LSU. Now that he has been signed the Dodgers are wondering when they will start getting some major league quality starts from him. His minor league numbers have not offered a lot of hope and in his one major league start last year he got bounced around for seven runs in less than five innings. With an ERA over 5 and hitters batting over .300 against him in the Pacific Coast League the 2016 season does not offer a lot of early promise.

San Diego Padres

2015 - no pick.

2014 - Trea Turner SS - They never really had him. He was the player to be named later in the trade that got them Wil Myers. Myworld feels he does not have the arm to play shortstop, especially when compared to Desmond or Espinosa.

2013 - Hunter Renfroe OF - One of the few prospects the Padres could not trade in their ill fated effort to acquire aging veterans that would give them a pennant. The Padres need to find room for him in the outfield. In 58 games he has slugged 13 homeruns and driven in 44. His defense will not be great but it would be an improvement over Matt Kemp.

2012 - Max Fried LHP - A high school teammate of Lucas Giolito. Scouts went out to watch Giolito but after his arm issues Fried was drafted before his teammate. The Padres packaged him in a deal to acquire Justin Upton. Ironic that he should miss the 2015 season because of Tommy John surgery. The 2016 season finds him starting at Low A where he is struggling a bit with command (34 walks in 59 innings) but it is a rehab type of year for him.

2011 - Corey Spangenberg 2B - Drafting second baseman in the first round rarely leads to success. It is better to draft the more athletic shortstops who move to second base. Corey has reached the majors but his numbers are uninspiring. A lack of power and speed makes him a blah type of player.

Joe Ross RHP - He was included in the Trea Turner trade to the Nationals for Wil Myers. Now he is a key cog in the Nationals starting rotation. He will probably be no better than a back end of the rotation starter but teams need those type of player to make the playoffs.

2010 - Karsten Whitson RHP - did not sign. He had shoulder surgery in 2013 and was drafted by the Red Sox in the 11th round of 2014. An injury prevented him from playing in 2015.

San Francisco Giants

2015 - Phil Bickford RHP - A first rounder by the Blue Jays in 2013 he again became a first rounder of the Giants in 2015 and signed. A fastball/slider combination has gotten him more than 9 whiffs per 9 innings, but his fastball sits at a rather pedestrian low 90s.

Chris Shaw 1B - Brandon Belt stands in his way after signing an extension for the Giants. Outfield fences have not been much of an impediment for Shaw. In over 100 games covering two half seasons he has slugged 25 homeruns with 76 RBIs and a .911 OPS. He still has a couple years in the minor leagues before the Giants have to find a position for him.

2014 - Tyler Beede RHP - Another first rounder selected by the Blue Jays who they did not sign that the Giants pounced on. Beede is another pitcher who lacks overpowering stuff, with a strikeout rate of just over six per nine innings. He should find himself in the back end of a rotation.

2013 - Christian Arroyo SS - Currently blocked by Brandon Crawford, Christian can still fill a utility role for the Giants once he is ready. Not a lot of outstanding tools to stand out above other players at his position. The bat does generate a lot of line drives to the gaps.

2012 - Chris Stratton RHP - A fringe fastball and lack of overpowering stuff finds him as bullpen fodder. Chris made his major league debut with three relief appearances, but don’t expect much more.

2011 - Joe Panik SS - One of those players drafted as a shortstop who slid over to second base parlaying that into a solid major league player. He does not offer a lot of power, but plays a solid defense and sprays the gaps.

2010 - Gary Brown OF - The Giants finally released him a couple years ago and he is probably organizational fodder for some minor league team.