He is a below-average runner that will not stole a not of bases but his baserunning instincts is good, creating triples and extra base hits. He's a 3B in college but he got stints in RF and 2B which tells me that he's a versatile defender and he got a .961 fielding percentage which is good. His arm is good fits better in the OF but in the IF, it can be counted also. He's been a really pleasant surprise this season for the Giants and a testament that the Giants can also produce good hitters and not just good pitchers. He's proven that he's a lot more than what the scouting reports say and he can be a valuable player in the Majors soon.
My Grades: Hit 50 | Power 50 | Speed 45 | Arm 50+ | Glove 45+
Ceiling: Versatile Brock Holt-type player Floor: Bench bat ETA: 2016
Johneshwy Fargas CF (A)
6'1" 163 lbs. R/R Video: Credits to minorleagueball and FanGraphs
Puerto Rico is something that not a lot of teams are taking a good look at but recently, there are good, toolsy players that are coming out with future star Carlos Correa leading the way. The Giants are one of the believers in the talents that can be found in Puerto Rico and the prove that by taking Fargas in the 11th round in the 2013 MLB Draft. He's got a rail-thin frame where his uniform looks like it's really big on him. He's athletic and he got a lot of room to fill out to improve his durability and most especially his limited raw power at the plate.
He sets up at the plate with a wide stance and a high hand placement. His swing is a bit long for someone that isn't a power hitter but he's making it work this season. He got a small leg kick which is good but he tends to lunge forward when swinging, which can result to not fully utilize that the raw power that he got. He got a good approach, generating a good number of walks but he is still pretty raw offensively. In my opinion, he can learn the fundamentals of slap hitting (bunt singles, infield hits, hitting where the defense are not position, and others). That way he can really utilize the speed that he possess and could possibly be better results for him. His power is just mostly gap power and will likely to stay like that and if he ever puts on more muscle in his thin body, 8-10 homers is pretty much his standard number that I would expect.
He got plus to plus plus speed that causes havoc when he's on the bases (in the top 10 in SAL with 34 steals) and can easily extend singles into doubles if a fielder ever misplay a ball but he tends to be overaggressive when stealing (leads the SAL with 14 caught stealing). He needs to be smarter on the bases and improve on stealing (he can learn from Billy Hamilton's improvements this season). His arm is a legit plus, reaching 97 MPH in the outfield and can be converted to the mound if he never pan out. He got really good range thanks to his speed but he can still improve on his defensive instincts. He's still a raw product but he's still so young (20 years old) and he can still learn a lot from the coaches about baseball and a potential of having four really good tools (raw power can be just as good as average) is still a big reality.
My Grades: Hit 40+ (50+ ceiling) | Power 25 | Speed 65 | Arm 70+ | Glove 50+ | Name 80
Ceiling: Everyday CF Floor: Fourth Outfielder ETA: 2018
Mac Williamson OF (AAA)
6'5" 240 lbs. R/R Video: Credits to MiLB.com and Christian Williamson
In 2012, the Giants isn't really a powerhouse in terms of having top-flight position player prospects but when Mac Williamson was drafted in the 3rd round in 2012, the Giants received a guy that can potentially have a big impact on the Major League. He broke out in 2013 when he hit 25 HR but it come with a price of 132 Ks. He then had Tommy John which cost him almost all of 2014 and performed well in his return in 2015.
He is a big, strong, athletic, and really physical body with his body already filled out and his body just screams plus raw power all over it. His hit tool is the big question mark though. Even though he got a silent stance in the box with good balance, his swing tends to be big and long sometimes and his height will naturally generate holes in his swing especially when an opposing pitcher will throw him breaking balls. His stroke is a powerful one with a good path in it, which when he made loud contact with the ball. He got a leg kick specifically for timing like he's a guess hitter at the plate and not really relying on his wrists. He maintains good balance throughout his swing and finishes in a one-handed follow through. He does a good job this season in cutting down his Ks from a 22.1 K% in 2013 to 18.8% this year while maintaining the good walk rate. Once his hit tool is an average tool, he got a really good chance to hit 20+ bombs if he plays regularly even though he's not really posting eye-popping power numbers this year. Think of a two-thirds of talent of George Springer
His hulking body will limit him to a below-average runner in the basepaths but it's better when he's playing in the OF. A former pitcher before converting to a position player, he got the perfect arm to fit in RF and his arm strength is back since coming back from Tommy John surgery and his defense is good as well. He can be something pretty special if his hit tool raise a bit and can be a good player for the Giants in a while. I am still hopeful.
My Grades: Hit 45+ | Power 55+ | Speed 45 | Arm 60 | Glove 50
Ceiling: Everyday RF Floor: Bench bat/fourth OFer ETA: Late-2015/2016
Something Extra: Tyler Beede made his start earlier here (yesterday in America) and I covered his start on Twitter. He got to a bit of a jam in the first inning but got out of it and only allowed just one run. Chris Bostick stole a base and runners now have a 7-8 success rate against Beede as he works pretty slow in the stretch. Until then, Beede's on a cruise control in innings 2-5, with 1-2-3 innings on 2nd, 4th and 5th and just like what we saw on him when he just dominated CAL hitters. Beede showed signs of fatigued in the 6th inning where he allowed his first 2 of the 3 walks in his outing but got out of the bases loaded jam with no runs allowed. In the 7th, Beede fell behind in the hitters he faced but managed to get a double play out of it. His sinker is at 90-92 MPH (credits to Jon Laaser for replying on my tweet to him), cutter is a good pitch for him, he bounced right around 10 curveballs in the dirt especially in the 6th where he trusted his catcher for blocking some of the most important curveballs in his outing. Not sure if bouncing that much curveballs is a good thing but it's a gritty start for him. It showed his composure on tight spots and confidence in his pitches when he needed it.
That ends part 5 of the scouting report series. I am not sure when I will end this series. For as long as there are prospects to write, I will gather most of my thoughts for the players and write about them. That will be my motto probably. I can cover some draft prospects in the future and some of the top prospects in the MLB. I hope you enjoy reading this article. Cheers!