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Ranking the San Francisco Giants’ Top 5 Prospects of Spring Training

Ranking the San Francisco Giants' Top 5 Prospects of Spring Training

San Francisco Giants Edwin Escobar
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The San Francisco Giants aren't touted as having a star-studded farm system flush with future big-league talent. Certain players have flashed serious signs of future promise in Spring Training, though. The Giants' opening day 25-man roster has taken shape due to cuts over the past week, but some prospects, namely left-handed pitcher Edwin Escobar, are hanging tough in camp. This slideshow ranks the Giants' top five prospects of Spring Training:

5. Gary Brown (OF)

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5. Gary Brown (OF)

San Francisco Giants Gary Brown
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The Giants' 2010 first-round draft pick has yet to make his big league debut. Brown has been up-and-down in four seasons of minor league action, but could be on the verge of taking strides toward at least earning a cup of coffee in the big leagues. Brown has been mostly impressive in Spring Training, recording a .409 on-base percentage with five hits in 18 at-bats with two stolen bases. At 25 years old, Brown is at a crossroads.

4. Ehire Adrianza (SS)

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4. Ehire Adrianza (SS)

San Francisco Giants Ehire Adrianza
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Adrianza exploded onto the scene at the start of camp, crushing a two-run home run in his first game of action. He could potentially begin the regular season as the Giants' starting second baseman, depending on whether veteran Marco Scutaro is able to fend off nagging lower-back pain. Adrianza is out of minor-league options, forcing pressure on Giants' coaches to grant him a roster spot. He owns an .806 OPS with six RBI in 27 at-bats this spring.

3. Edwin Escobar (LHP)

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3. Edwin Escobar (LHP)

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Escobar had been stellar in camp until getting rocked in his most recent start. He stands a solid chance to earn some big-league experience in the 2014 season, regardless. Escobar is one of the Giants' most coveted prospects. He offers supreme value as a left-handed starting pitcher and could potentially contend for a permanent rotation spot next season. Escobar's biggest flaw is command. He's walked eight batters in 8.2 innings of work in camp.

2. Derek Law (RHP)

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2. Derek Law (RHP)

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The battle for the Giants' final bullpen spot could come down to a competition between the two most impressive prospects in camp, one of which is Law, who has allowed just one hit in 3.2 innings pitched. The Giants' 23-year-old farmhand is on the verge of becoming a household name. He owns a solid 2.57 ERA in 140.0 innings of work in three minor-league seasons. He's a future staple of the Giants' bullpen and could make his debut on opening day.

1. Erik Cordier (RHP)

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1. Erik Cordier (RHP)

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Cordier is the type of player the Giants need in their pen. The flame-throwing right-handed reliever consistently registers at least 95 mph on the radar gun. He would become the Giants' most explosive pitcher if he were to make the opening day roster. At 28 years old, Cordier needs to make a move. He's already spent eight seasons across five levels in the minors. He hasn't allowed a run, while striking out seven, in 5.0 innings of work in camp.