By John Shea @real_johnshea on April 28, 2014
Despite producing All-Star caliber players such as Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner, the San Francisco Giants are not an organization renowned for an outstanding farm system. The Giants' middling crop of minor league prospects doesn't generate a ton of buzz around baseball, mostly because only a few name-brand players are worth mentioning. San Francisco boasts a few under-the-radar prospects who fans should become familiar with regardless.
Jason Berken has been yanked around the minor league ranks between organizations throughout his four-year career. At 30-years-old, Berken hardly qualifies as a true "prospect." He owns a 10-20 career record with a 5.36 ERA in 110 big league games. Berken is a stop-gap in the Giants' farm system, but could force himself into a bullpen role if he continues to impress. He's allowed just 15 base runners in 29 innings at triple-A Fresno this season.
Left-handed pitcher Steven Okert is a class-A advanced SP with huge strikeout potential; he owns a 15.1 K/9 in 11 relief appearances this season. The 22-year-old is in his third season of professional baseball. He struck out 59 batters while posting a respectable 2.97 ERA over 60.2 innings of work in parts of 44 games at class-A in 2013. His ability to force hitters to whiff is worth keeping an eye on in 2014.
Corner infielder Mitch Delfino is relatively seasoned in class-A advanced at the age of 23. The Giants acquired the UC Berkeley product in the 20th round of the 2012 first-year player draft. Delfino is steadily developing into a solid power-hitting prospect. He crushed 13 home runs while driving in 76 runs last season and hasn't missed a beat in 2014, blasting six bombs en route to posting a .527 slugging percentage in 91 at-bats for San Jose.
At 25 years old, Jarrett Parker is bordering on the age where he needs to drastically improve as an all-around player if he's going to make a push to earn a call-up to the big leagues. He's doing just that in 2014, compiling a .291 average with eight extra-base hits and 15 RBIs in 79 at-bats at double-A Richmond. Parker owns a career .782 OPS in four minor league seasons, a number that has remained static throughout his professional career.
At 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds, Jack Snodgrass is a towering left-handed hurler who has excelled in each of his four seasons of minor league action. Snodgrass registered a 12-4 record with a 3.70 ERA at double-A Richmond in 2013. For whatever reason, he wasn't promoted, despite flaunting an above average 1.170 WHIP in 141.0 innings pitched. Snodgrass is off to a solid start in Richmond this season, allowing one earned run in 14.2 innings of work.
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