Even though the Giants never had a premier prospect since Buster Posey, the state of the farm system coming to the 2016 season is a positive one. The front office did a very good job on drafting prospects that go to The Giants Way, the coaches did a very good job making the prospects exceed other people's expectations and develop them to solid ballplayers.
The Giants farm this season is loaded with a lot of solid potential players that can help the big leagues in the very near future. The Giants had one of the drafts last year, giving the farm a vast assortment of prospects from power pitching, power hitting, exciting but raw tools, and solid overall-types. Signing Lucius Fox gives the farm another potential high-ceiling player 3-5 years from now.
While the Giants seem to develop hitters better than pitchers in very recent memory, the farm is loaded with pitchers more with high-octane relievers on the pen and contact-oriented pitchers on the rotation. The hitting prospects also isn't too shabby, with several high-ceiling and exciting position players, with more pure hitting prospects than power-hitting prospects but also having several players with solid tools across the board.
All in all, the Giants farm system is in a great state and there should be no initiative to change it because it's proving its worth.
My 2016 Top 35 Prospect List
9. Aramis Garcia- I see his defensive potential higher than most guys. I hope he hits for average better this season while still continuing to improve his overall skillset behind the dish.
Highest Ceiling Players Not In The Top 5
Jordan Johnson- With an electric three-pitch mix plus an above-average command of the baseball, he's got a ceiling of a #3 starter, possibly #2 as long as he's healthy.
Mac Williamson- The most exciting of the position players not named Lucius Fox, he is a potential All-Star player if given enough playing time.
Michael Santos- If he gets healthy throughout 2016, his advanced control of his pitches makes him have a ceiling of a mid-rotation starter.
Sam Coonrod- If he improves his changeup, he can be a mid-rotation starter.
Chase Johnson- With a plus fastball and curveball as well as a serviceable changeup, his ceiling is a mid-rotation starter.
Highest Floor/Players With Little Risk
Clayton Blackburn- Has proven his worth in the PCL, he's a lock to be a back-end starter and little risk due to his advanced pitchability.
Ty Blach- What you see is what you get from him. He can help as a spot starter or as a long reliever.
Josh Osich- He looks like a big league reliever last year and it will stay this season.
Kyle Crick- He already shattered his chance of being the ace that the Giants dreamed of. He still got definite bust potential out of the bullpen. While I have already foreseen it in 2014, I think he can still be good out of the pen.
Jalen Miller- Not really impressed with his debut season, he got definite bust potential while still being very young. He can improve this year but his season last year tells me that his hit tool is still very raw, his power is still nonexistent and the good to great defense that scouts saw on him is questionable given the bad defensive stats.
Lucius Fox- He never even played in pro ball so the bust potential is definitely there. Once he puts on the numbers, he can be out or still on this list.
Ray Black- Even with his prodigial fastball velocity, his command is still raw and there's always the injury risk given his background. The Giants will probably rush him because of his age.
Possible Breakout Players
Jordan Johnson- If he repeats his dominance in the lower levels last season to this season in San Jose most possibly, he can soar into the top 10 quite easily as the ceiling's that good.
Steven Duggar- The player with the most exciting tools in my opinion in the recent draft class, Duggar got a broken swing but having the best plate discipline for a Giants prospect is something else. If he repairs is swing this offseason, he can be special
Tyler Brown- Teammate of Phil Bickford in JC, he hit so, so well in AZL (even better than Jalen Miller and Kelvin Beltre) and he could continue this hitting storm this season.
Hengerber Medina- Transitioned from hitting to pitching, he is poised for an American stint.
Victor Concepcion- Master of command in the DSL, he's poised to make the jump to America.
Kyle Crick- He should be here. I'm still so, so, so optimistic about him when he did the transition to a bullpen arm which I thought way before. The most electric combo of pitches in the organization, he should just relax.
Steven Okert- Another one who deeply disappointed, he should fare better next season.
Michael Santos- Got injured 3/4 of the 2015 season, look for him to be better this season and hopefully, he can stay healthy for a year.
Best Tools: Hitters
Hit- Christian Arroyo
Power- Chris Shaw/Jarrett Parker
Speed- Johneshwy Fargas
Arm- Johneshwy Fargas
Glove- Ronnie Jebavy
Best Tools: Pitchers
Fastball- Ray Black
Changeup- Tyler Beede
Slider- Sam Coonrod
Curveball- Chase Johnson
Control- Clayton Blackburn
This is the end of the primer for this season. Everything that a lot of prospects have worked on in the offseason will show up when the Minor League season starts. I hope you all enjoy reading it! Let's go Giants!