Ty Blach LHP (AAA)
6'2" 200 lbs. R/L Video: Credits to Roger Munter and Lauren Chinn
Blach was drafted in the 5th round by the Giants in 2012 and has slowly but steadily worked his way into respectability due to his immense feel for pitching and his command even though he got mediocre velocity. He got to my top 10 prospect list because he reached his ceiling as a command-first guy just awaiting an opportunity in the Majors.
Blach is already filled out his frame that's will be durable to handle 150 innings if given the opportunity. He looks fit, athletic and not much fat. He stands in the middle of the rubber in his windup and he slowly moves to his set position which is pretty much what you want for a mechanics, allowing him to repeat his mechanics really well. Leg kick reaches up to his chest and his glove is just above it. It is a sound leg kick that allows him to have good balance on the mound. He got a "tall and fall" delivery where he stays upright to the plate with a short extension in his drive to the plate. I don't really like tall and fall but what it does is to have Blach a really good downhill plane on all of his pitches. Arm path is sound and I am confident that he's going to be healthy on his left arm. He does a good job in staying closed in his delivery and releasing his pitches in a close to high 3/4 release point. He does a really great job of finishing his pitches in a north-south path that allows him to be in a good fielding position. (Credits to minorleagueball for this video where he showcased the really good effect of finishing in a good fielding position and a little bit of reflexes.)
He doesn't have plus velocity but what he does well is he mixes his four-pitch repertoire in keeping hitters off balanced and commanding it. His repertoire is highlighted by his really good changeup with excellent arm movement and good fade in it. (Here's a video showing that credits to Giant Potential. Skip to 2:15). His fastball sits in high-80s to low-90s with some sink and cut on it. His curveball and his slider are average pitches but will generate some swing and miss. His very repeatable delivery allows him to have plus command and this season, he lowered his BB/9 to just 0.92 which is outstanding. He can get hit hard sometimes due to his lack of plus velocity but he throws quality strikes which is really good and he could be on the Majors because he's pretty much a finished product.
My Grades: FB 50 | CH 55+ | CB 45+ | SL 50 | CMD 60
Ceiling: #4 Starter Floor: Spot Starter/Long Reliever ETA: Sept. 2015/2016
Jalen Miller SS (ROK)
6'1" 185 lbs. R/R Video: Credits to Prospect Pipeline and FanGraphs
The Giants drafted Jalen Miller as their first pick in Day 2 of the 2015 MLB Draft, round 3 to be exact. He's listed as the #41st best prospect in the draft by MLB.com and #43 by FanGraphs. He's an athletic shortstop that possesses five above-average tools across the board.
He's skinny guy with tremendous athleticism that got a chance to surely add 10-20 more pounds of pure muscle and still retain the athleticism. That kind of projection makes me think he'll add even more raw power in his 15-homer projection, possibly a 20-homer guy. He got a really quiet bating stance in the box, making him balanced at the plate. He's timing with the pitches with more of a small step forward than a leg kick shown in FG video where he plays in game conditions while in BP videos in PP, he turns his left leg in his small step. His bat in the FG video also lower than in the PP video. I don't really know what's his real stance but he got above-average bat speed thanks to his strong wrists. In the FG video, he does a good job of rotating on his original position but he could add some more loft in his swing to be more of a homer threat. But he's more of an extra base hit guy for me and utilizing his speed. Overall, it's an average hit tool now as well as his power tool with projection to be an above average one.
He also got good speed (6.90 60-yard dash from Perfect Game) that can steal 20 bases consistently in the future. His speed will reflect well in his defense. He got the quickness, the strong arm (84 MPH in the IF from Perfect Game), and the range to stick at shortstop long-term although a possible move to third base or second base can be also considered. His intelligence, feel of the game and makeup also earns high praises from scouts. For me, he's a steal that we got a chance to draft and sign him. He's so young (18.5 years old) and he can develop nicely with the right coaching and potentially be a 20-20 guy with 20 doubles and the Brandon Phillips comparison isn't far fetched.
My Grades: Hit 50+ | Power 50+ | Speed 55 | Arm 55 | Glove 55
Ceiling: Potential All-Star player Floor: Everyday 2B ETA: Late 2018/2019
Mac Marshall LHP (?)
6'2" 185 lbs. R/L Video: Credits to FanGraphs
Marshall was drafted last year and was part of the Brady Aiken fiasco along with Jacob Nix. He went to Chipola JUCO to re-enter in this year's draft. He suffered some injuries this year but he went to the Giants as the third player that the Giants drafted this year that didn't signed in previous drafts.
He got a good frame and a good body with a chance to add a bit more to his frame but I don't really expect him to have a lot of projection. 10-15 pounds is good for him to make him more durable. I love his mechanics more on the first portion of the video compared to the rest because it's toned down and simpler. His leg kick is more toned down and it's just a simple leg lift and his glove now reaches neck level which is better in obtaining balance on the mound than raising his glove to head level and more intense leg kick. He drives well to the plate, staying closed from his glove to his right leg, and he got a good arm path with no inverted W. He does a good job on hiding the ball pretty well in his arm drive. He also lands closed to the plate and releases his pitches on a high 3/4 release point. He finishes his pitches in a north-south arm path and with good energy distribution. He ends on a pretty good fielding position but not the best of the bunch.
Marshall got a three-pitch mix to work with. His fastball doesn't have a whole lot of velocity, ranging from 89-92 MPH but it can peak at 95 MPH which I hope he could improve to somewhere in the 91-94 MPH range with more muscle and he can generate a good running movement on it. His changeup is his main putaway pitch, with excellent deception thanks to the same arm speed as his fastball and it got the great drop and the sink that you would expect in a great changeup. His curveball is his breaking ball that got a chance to be an above-average offering with good break on it. His easy and repeatable mechanics will enable him to have a potentially above-average command in the future. He can add a potential cutter in the future. He got the feel for pitching to succeed and he can be a good starter for the Giants in the future.
My Grades: FB 50 | CH 60 | CB 50+ | CMD 50+
Ceiling: #3-4 Starter Floor: #5 Starter/Long Reliever ETA: 2018
This the end of part 4! I hope you enjoy reading it!