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San Francisco Giants Top Prospects 2014: Stock Update For 5 Best Players

San Francisco Giants Top Prospects 2014: Stock Update For Best Players

Kyle Crick San Francisco Giants
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The playoff hopeful-San Francisco Giants don't have a ton to look forward to in future seasons if they don't bolster their farm system. GM Brian Sabean was reportedly pleased with unofficial negotiations at the non-waiver trade deadline, stating he believes the Giants have more depth in the minor league ranks than previously thought. The Giants' best prospects are mostly pitchers, some of whom will likely never make it in the show.

5. Chris Stratton (RHP)

Chris Stratton San Francisco Giants
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5. Chris Stratton (RHP)

Chris Stratton San Francisco Giants
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Stratton has climbed the ranks due to the Jake Peavy trade and injuries to other prospects, but the former 20th overall pick hasn't exactly flourished across four levels of competition in three seasons as a pro, posting a collective 16-13 record with a 3.98 ERA and discouraging 1.396 WHIP. Stratton was recently promoted to double-A Richmond, allowing 19 base runners in 8.0 innings. At age 23, his stock has diminished. Updated Stock: Down

4. Joan Gregorio (RHP)

Joan Gregorio San Francisco Giants
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4. Joan Gregorio (RHP)

Joan Gregorio San Francisco Giants
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The Giants signed Gregorio, a Dominican Republic native, at the age of 18. His development has been slow to progress, resulting in a demotion from high class-A earlier this season. The towering 6-foot-7 hurler averages just 88-92 mph on his fastball, according to FanGraphs, and constantly battles injury. He's posted a collective 4-6 record with a 3.91 ERA and 1.303 WHIP across two levels of competition in 2014. Updated Stock: Down

3. Clayton Blackburn (RHP)

Clayton Blackburn San Francisco Giants
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3. Clayton Blackburn (RHP)

Clayton Blackburn San Francisco Giants
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Blackburn flaunts some serious upside and could find himself in the big leagues within the next two to three seasons. The 21-year-old hurler isn't overpowering, but locates a balanced repertoire of pitches effectively in the lower half of the strike zone, according to FanGraphs. Blackburn owns a 3-5 record with a 3.20 ERA and 1.308 WHIP in 70.1 innings this season. He also hasn't allowed a home run in each of his 14 starts. Updated Stock: Up

2. Christian Arroyo (SS)

Christian Arroyo San Francisco Giants
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2. Christian Arroyo (SS)

Christian Arroyo San Francisco Giants
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ESPN's Keith Law regarded Arroyo as a wasted first-round pick in 2013, but the Florida native has excelled so far in less than two full seasons as a pro. The 19-year-old infielder owns a collective .296 batting average with 45 extra-base hits and 92 RBI in 544 plate appearances across three levels of competition. He's currently slashing a .325/.371/.455 line at short season A-ball, and will start the 2015 season at high class-A. Updated Stock: Up

1. Kyle Crick (RHP)

Kyle Crick San Francisco Giants
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1. Kyle Crick (RHP)

Kyle Crick San Francisco Giants
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The Giants' top prospect is the only player currently in their farm system who boasts legitimate big league potential. Crick has struggled to some extent at double-A Richmond in 2014, posting a 1.512 WHIP while allowing seven home runs in 86.2 innings pitched. The hard-throwing Texan hurls a fastball that averages mid-90s on the radar gun, but needs to improve his command to quickly ascend to the big leagues. Updated Stock: Up