2014 MLB Draft: The San Francisco Giants’ 5 Biggest Needs

2014 MLB Draft: The San Francisco Giants' 5 Biggest Needs

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The San Francisco Giants' current 25-man roster features 10 homegrown players. The 2014 MLB Draft represents an opportunity for the Giants' to strengthen their pipeline. At the moment, San Francisco boasts a farm system mostly devoid of perennial big league talent, withstanding a few top prospects. The Giants must address several key areas of need during the draft in order to secure their future as a continuous World Series title contender.

5. Outfield Depth

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5. Outfield Depth

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The Giants currently possess one concrete farmhand who could land in their outfield within the next few seasons. Slugging outfielder Mac Williamson is the Giants' best outfield prospect, but the team doesn't flaunt much upside aside from him. Gary Brown has been up-and-down in five seasons of minor league action and doesn't appear destined for the show anytime soon. California native Derek Hill is a potential first-round draft target.

4. Second Base

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4. Second Base

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The Giants face vast uncertainty at second base in the near future. Marco Scutaro has been sidelined all season with a lingering back problem and Brandon Hicks is not a long-term solution. San Francisco's best middle infield prospect is Joe Panik, who owns a .295 batting average in over 1,500 at-bats across four different levels of minor league ball in four seasons. Stanford's Alex Blandino is perhaps the best second base prospect in the draft.

3. Catcher

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3. Catcher

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Eventually the Giants are going to force Buster Posey to adopt a full-time role at first base, creating a need for another backstop. Top prospect Andrew Susac is on the fast track to the big leagues, posting an impressive .925 OPS in 98 at-bats at the triple-A level this season. Current backup catcher Hector Sanchez could be trade bait at the deadline. The 2014 MLB Draft boasts several top-notch catching options, such as Max Pentecost (Fla).

2. Power Bats

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2. Power Bats

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The Giants have hit the fourth-most home runs (63) in all of baseball so far this season but don't flaunt a slew of natural power hitters in their farm system. San Francisco must add potential big league sluggers to their pipeline. Indiana's Kyle Schwarber is a natural power hitter capable of bashing 30-plus home runs per season, assuming he's able to reach his peak potential. OSU's Michael Conforto is another potential first-round option.

1. Starting Pitching

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1. Starting Pitching

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No team can ever have too much starting pitching. Unfortunately for the Giants, they're so often forced to use their top pitching prospects as trade chips. The Giants' current top prospect is right-handed pitcher Kyle Crick, who will be the main topic of conversation when general manager Brian Sabean engages in trade talks this summer. If the Giants are willing to trade Crick, drafting a flame-thrower like ECU's Jeff Hoffman is an absolute must.

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