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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects: San Francisco Giants

Come back Kenny Kolkhorst, wherever you are.

1. Gary Brown, OF
2. Tommy Joseph, 1B/C
3. Heath Hembree, RHP
4. Joe Panik, SS
5. Francisco Peguero, OF
6. Andrew Susac, C
7. Eric Surkamp, LHP
8. Kyle Crick, RHP
9. Ehire Adrianza, SS
10. Hector Sanchez, C

The current strength of San Francisco’s system is in position players, led by speedster Gary Brown and longball threat Tommy Joseph. Brandon Belt, who graduated to the majors in 2011, could make an impact for years to come. Scouting director John Barr added two polished college hitters in the 2011 draft, with St. John’s shortstop Joe Panik in the first round and Oregon State catcher Andrew Susac in the second.

However, the Giants don’t have another can’t-miss position player like Posey in the system. He’s determined to catch again and club officials will relent to his wishes, but they’ve talked about moving their best hitter out of harm’s way in the not too distant future.

Repoz Posted: December 15, 2011 at 10:36 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: giants, minor leagues, prospect reports, scouting

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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 15, 2011 at 06:10 PM (#4017137)
Not a good system. Sabes is back baby!
   2. Walt Davis Posted: December 15, 2011 at 07:14 PM (#4017207)
If the Giants indeed think Posey shouldn't be at C (for whatever reasons), they should make the switch now.
   3. Ginger Nut Posted: December 16, 2011 at 03:00 AM (#4017512)
I'm not sure Buster's bat is good enough for him to be a star if he moves off catcher. His career OPS is 815 (OPS+ 123). Granted he is young, but those numbers would make him mediocre for a first baseman. RC27 was 5.42, which would have been 7th in the NL among first basemen. He's basically a similar hitter to Freddie Freeman, except Freddie is two years younger and just played his rookie year.

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