Shorter spring training led to a strange situation for the Giants’ big team.
Because MLB players were excluded until March, smaller league camps actually started before the big league camp, which allowed some older players to make their swings ready before trying to impress Gabe Kapler and the big league coaching staff in Cactus League games. Most of the possibilities were kept completely down as there was not enough time to give guys like Marco Luciano and Luis Matos a few weeks of representation at Scottsdale Stadium before they re-appointed them.
To top it off, the Triple-A season actually started two days before the big league season, which forced the Giants to cut back on what is actually their opening schedule a few days earlier than usual.
The closure messed up the calendar, but underage kids go on time and there is a lot to consider if you’re a Giants fan. The association now boasts one of the deepest farming systems in baseball with serious future star power. With smaller division lists now in full swing, here are three things to know about where the Giants put the next generation of stars:
Plan your trip to Oregon
The Eugene Emeralds, the agency’s High-A affiliate, are completely loaded. It’s a high bar to reach, because Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, Brandon Crawford and other members of the family went through minor children at the same time, but Eugene could have more talent than any other member in the history of suffrage.
Marco Luciano, the giants’ best chance for a decade, will return after finishing last season there, and he will be joined by Luis Matos, a midfielder who was a low-A MVP last season.
Outfielder Hunter Bishop and catcher Patrick Bailey both spent some time in Eugene last year before battling injuries and will both return. On the field are Jimmy Glowenke and Casey Schmitt from 2020, along with Luis Toribio. Jairo Pomares, perhaps the most underrated option in the system, and Armani Smith join Matos and Bishop on the field.
The elastic team is led by 20-year-old left-hander Kyle Harrison, who is the giants’ best chance on the field, including Randy Rodriguez, Seth Corry, Prelander Berroa, Cole Waites and Nick Swiney, who was second in the race that was limited to just 12 starts. last season due to injury.
Six of the agency’s top nine prospects on the MLB Pipeline list are on Eugene’s list and they have 11 players listed in the top 30. If you’re looking for a trip in April or May, drive up to Oregon. Some of these guys are going to hit or throw their way to Double-A Richmond pretty soon.
Ricardo Genoves, a big 22-year-old hunter from Venezuela, has been overshadowed by the fact that the giants caught two hunters with a recent first-round pick, but he has many fans in the organization and he is making a big leap this season. . Genoves finished last season with six games on Triple-A – going 10 for 22 – and will start there this year.
This is interesting because it means that Genoves releases Double-A completely. He spent almost all of last season with Low-A San Jose and High-A Eugene, and in total he had .812 OPS and 14 homers on three points. It’s rare for a catcher to miss a stage like Double-A, but Genoves is in a unique place.
He’s been to the big league camp three times already, so he’s familiar to most of the big league’s staff. Genoves were also eligible for Rule 5 last season, so if the Giants want to keep him for a long time, they will soon have to put him on a 40-man squad. The keyword there may be “soon”. The giants do not have much fishing depth at the upper level and it is possible that the young hunter called “Geno” will be injured in the big league this season. He is now a short drive away.
Genoves are part of perhaps the deepest harvest of young hunters the giants have ever owned. Joey Bart takes over in the big league and Brett Auerbach is in Double-A after a lot of spring. Bailey is in Eugene but should not be there long.
Follow Adrian Sugastey, who signed from Panama for $ 525,000 in 2019. Sugastey hit .358 in rookie football last year and the club’s management are very, very excited to see what he does in his first full season.
To play it slowly
This has been a hallmark of Farhan Zaidi, Scott Harris and Kyle Haines, who do not want to push the prospects until they are ready – and they do not really need it with all the depth they have built on the 40-man. .
Genoves is really the only player who stands out for taking a big leap. Many of the club’s top chances are getting back to the point where they finished in 2021, including Luciano, who had just .283 OBP and one home in 36 games for Eugene late last season.
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RJ Dabovich will start the season again in Double-A after hitting 34 of the 81 beats he faced for the Flying Squirrels, although he is a difficult lighter who should go fast. The High-A list is full of former college stars, including some of the Giants’ best offensive potential. The Triple-A roster is almost full of older memoirs and boys with time in the big leagues.
With 107 victories, the giants can be patient and they are. When their main potential comes, they want to be ready to break through.
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