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Stock Up, Down for San Francisco Giants’ Top 5 Prospects

Stock Up, Down for San Francisco Giants' Top 5 Prospects

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The San Francisco Giants are going to call on their highly-touted minor league prospects at some juncture during the 2014 MLB season. After a hot start, the Giants have cooled off significantly, as they've frequently struggled to score runs while also failing to produce in clutch situations. Although the Giants have been mostly solid as a team, especially the pitching staff, they might soon look to the minors for help.

5. Mac Williamson (OF)

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5. Mac Williamson (OF) - Stock Down

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Williamson might be the Giants' best power-hitting prospect, although he failed to impress scouts during Spring Training. The 23-year-old outfielder owns a .295 BA over three seasons in the minor leagues. His stock is down at high class-A, where he ended last season. He's compiled an .827 OPS with two home runs and six RBIs so far in 18 games during the 2014 season.

4. Edwin Escobar (LHP)

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4. Edwin Escobar (LHP)

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The Giants might soon need Escobar at the major league level, considering Ryan Vogelsong's prolonged struggles and their need for an extra left-handed pitcher in the starting rotation. Although Escobar's stock is down so far this season at triple-A Fresno, he boasts enormous upside for the Giants. Escobar owns a 5.49 ERA in 19.2 innings pitched thus far in the 2014 MLB season.

3. Heath Hembree (RHP)

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3. Heath Hembree (RHP)

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The most confusing cut the Giants made in Spring Training was their decision to option Hembree to minor league camp. Hembree throws a fastball in the mid-to-upper 90s. He present significant value a future setup man and possible closer. Hembree's stock is up at triple-A after not allowing an earned run in 7.0 innings. He struck out 12 in 7.2 scoreless innings of work last season with the Giants.

2. Andrew Susac (C)

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2. Andrew Sucas (C)

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Backup catcher Hector Sanchez is a probable trade chip for the Giants this summer, specifically because of Susac's steady advancement both at the plate and behind the dish. His stock is up at triple-A, where he's posted a solid .845 OPS with two home runs and nine RBIs in 55 at-bats. Susac has taken major strides toward the big leagues in 2014 after failing to post an average better than .256 in his first two seasons. He's a valuable commodity.

1. Kyle Crick (RHP)

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1. Kyle Crick (RHP)

Kyle Crick San Francisco Giants
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The Giants have big expectations for Crick, whose stock is up at double-A after three starts this season. Crick, who throws a fastball in the mid-90s, has posted a 1-0 record with a 3.27 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 11.0 innings of work this season. His workload has been held in check, but he remains mostly impressive. Crick figures to be a future No. 2 starter for the Giants at the big league level if he maintains progress.

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