Tuesday, October 3, 2017

2018 MLB Draft: First Taste of What's To Come

It's been a long, sometimes unwatchable season for the San Francisco Giants that started with a walk-off loss and ended with a walk-off victory. September has been a grind for the fans and is a real test of patience and loyalty to the club. Me, I haven't really watched the final month of the season as I'm resting and dedicating myself into my studies.

While plenty are going to be watching the postseason, I'm honestly delighted that this will be the first time in my life as a Giants fan that the club will be picking at the top of the draft. The Pablo walk-off homer might have cost the Giants their first ever first overall selection in the 2018 MLB draft as well as more than $500,000 in bonus pool but with no clear-cut number 1 draft prospect, the Giants is still in a lofty spot to dream big and MASSIVELY (yes, massively) raise the bar of the talent in their pipeline with the first selection (2nd overall pick) almost guaranteeing a spot in the Top 100 prospect list in the mid-season (unless some guy named Heliot will shine even more next year). 

If you're not going to read this, you'll just probably think that draft the best possible guy that the Detroit Tigers will not pick. I can get behind that idea but with the way top teams have been playing the bonus pool game up top in the recent years, it's not a guarantee that the front office will just shell out slot money on their first round selection. 

With that said, here are my thoughts on the best of the best in next year's draft class.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Prospect Reports for the 2017 Giants: Bahr, Howard, Anderson, Genoves

Hello! I know it's still very early in the season but I feel it's time to whip out my full prospect reports for the Giants prospects because I feel I'm going to run out of time while I'm doing my thesis. I have put hundreds of hours watching tons of videos of prospects from various sources, recording MiLB broadcasts from the start of the 2017 season and rewatching it, looking at the finer details, comparing past to current videos. I hope you like reading my reports that I made for you kind reader even though I'm not a real scout. I wish I can do an audio file for a better way to say what I want to say on every prospect but I don't know how to upload one here on this site.

In my second set of reports, I'm going to share my thoughts on 2017 draftee and an inspiring athlete in Jason Bahr, San Jose Giants infielder Ryan Howard, newest addition to the organization righty Shaun Anderson, and top international signee of the organization a few years ago Ricardo Genoves.

FanGraphs profiles will open upon clicking the prospect names.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Prospect Reports for the 2017 Giants: Ramos, Gonzalez, Corry, G. Williams

Hello! I know it's still very early in the season but I feel it's time to whip out my full prospect reports for the Giants prospects because I feel I'm going to run out of time while I'm doing my thesis. I have put hundreds of hours watching tons of videos of prospects from various sources, recording MiLB broadcasts from the start of the 2017 season and rewatching it, looking at the finer details, comparing past to current videos. I hope you like reading my reports that I made for you kind reader even though I'm not a real scout. I wish I can do an audio file for a better way to say what I want to say on every prospect but I don't know how to upload one here on this site.

In my first set of reports, I'm going to start with the top 2017 draftees Heliot Ramos, Jacob Gonzalez, and Seth Corry and the breakout prospect for this season, lefty pitcher Garrett Williams. 

FanGraphs profiles will open upon clicking the prospect names.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Out In Front: Post-Trade Deadline Opinions + Something Extra

For what it's worth, the Giants didn't made any deal at the trade deadline and opting to wait it out and evaluate the waters in the offseason. I think that's pretty fair considering what the Dodgers got for Yu Darvish which is like swapping 75 cents for a dollar. We could've seen some of the core players like Joe Panik, Brandon Belt, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, and Hunter Pence get dealt to playoff contenders but based on the value that the prime cuts of meat received, it's a fair decision to stand pat. But, the Giants did trade one of their decent players in Eduardo Nuñez to the Red Sox for minor leaguers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Out In Front: Giants Signed Jack Conlon + Something Extra

Hello! In this edition of Out In Front, I'm going to share my opinions on the Jack Conlon signing and some juicy trade deadline stuff in Something Extra.

Friday, July 14, 2017

2017 Mid-Season Special

It's the time of the season where the summer weather is blistering and the Mid-summer Classic, also known as the MLB All-Star Game, was already done and plenty of fun happened. In the Minors however, plenty of ball have already been played and the short season affiliates already played a significant amount of games to evaluate them, especially the 2017 draftees. 

For the Giants, the minor league records of almost every team are disappointing but there are plenty of impressive prospects to get behind on with plenty of great lines and exciting tools. I'm giving you my updated top prospect list with plenty of thoughts on the guys. I didn't put Hwang Jae-gyun because I don't really consider him as a prospect but if he's a prospect, he'll be here. You already know about the Tiers list so I'm cutting out the chit chat and let's get going.

Stats are written by the time I wrote it which is on a day-to-day basis (putting thoughts on 4-7 prospects a day) so plenty might not be updated. Data courtesy of FanGraphs and MiLB.com.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Out In Front: Short Season Prospect Notes

Hello! I'll be back in my blog posting my stuff until some procedures regarding Giants Farm will be sorted out. This time, I'm going to take a look at the debut of prospects in short season ball, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and the Arizona League Giants.