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How seven Giants prospects performed in the 2017 Arizona Fall League

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How seven Giants prospects performed in the 2017 Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League came to an end for seven Giants prospects on Thursday as the Scottsdale Scorpions (12-17-1) came up short from playing in Saturday's championship game. 

Let's take a look at how these seven names fared against some of the top young talent in all of baseball. 

The Hitters

As the Giants are linked to trade targets in center field like Billy Hamilton and Jackie Bradley Jr., a young in-house option only helped his case in the desert.

Steven Duggar likely would have seen the AT&T outfield this season, but his season was hindered by injuries, keeping him to only 44 games between three levels. With the Scorpions, Duggar took advantage of his opportunity with more at-bats. 

Duggar left Arizona with a .263/.367/.421 slash line over 20 games. The speedy lefty also stole nine bases and hit three home runs. Even if the Giants go for an experienced glove in center field this offseason and keep Duggar, the 24-year-old has also played 135 games in right field during his minor league career. 

For the second straight year, the Giants sent catcher Aramis Garcia to the AFL. And he's sure to be coming home much happier this go around with an up-and-down campaign.

Splitting time behind the plate with three other catchers, Garcia appeared in 13 games and slashed .259/.293/.333 and hit one home run. Garcia struggled to get one base with only one walk to 10 strikeouts, but showed his natural ability to drive runs in with 10 RBI. 

Rounding out the Giants' trio of bats they sent to Arizona is arguably their top prospect, but his time in the AFL was cut short. Chris Shaw only played in five games and hit .158. He dealt with a sore shoulder.

The Pitchers

The Giants sent two starting pitchers (Tyler Beede and Joan Gregorio) and two relievers (Tyler Cyr and D.J. Snelten) to the AFL. 

Pitching for the first time in nearly three months, Beede showed exactly why he's the Giants' top pitching prospect. Beede went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four starts, but his final three show the potential he's full of -- 14 innings pitched, three earned runs, a 1.93 ERA, 10 strikeouts and only one walk. 

Gregorio, who was suspended this season for Performance Enhancing Drugs, pitched in eight games (three starts) for Scottsdale. He left with a 1-0 record and 5.87 ERA. In Triple-A, Gregorio went 4-4 with a 3.04 ERA this year over 13 starts. The 25-year-old presents an interesting arm that can help sooner than later in the bullpen. 

Cyr's stats don't look pretty (0-1, 5.63 ERA, 8 IP), but he's catching some attention. The right-hander was named to the Fall Stars Game and is most likely to start 2018 in Triple-A after converting 18 saves at Double-A in 2017. 

Snelten, a 6-foot-7 lefty, impressed in eight appearances out of the bullpen. He didn't allow an earned run until his final outing of the fall, bringing his ERA from a perfect 0.00 to 2.25 in 12 innings pitched.

After combining for a 2.20 ERA to go with an 8-1 record between Double-A and Triple-A in 2017, Snelten is a name to know as the Giants look to find more lefties for their bullpen.

Healthy Tyler Beede shows why he's Giants' top pitching prospect

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Healthy Tyler Beede shows why he's Giants' top pitching prospect

Tyler Beede had one goal in mind when he found out he would pitch in the Arizona Fall League: stay healthy. 

"That will be my big goal for the Fall League," Beede told NBC Sports Bay Area on staying healthy back in late August. 

Beede's season in Triple-A with the Sacramento River Cats was cut short due to a groin injury. He stepped back on the mound in the AFL on Oct. 25 for the first time since July 19. Coming out of the gates, Beede showed rust in his debut as he allowed five earned runs and walked three in two innings pitched. 

Then, Beede found his groove and ended on a high note with his final start on Tuesday. The Giants' top pitching prospect went five innings and allowed two earned runs with no walks and one strikeout in a no decision. Beede also rolled seven ground-ball outs and threw 44 of his 71 pitches for strikes (62 percent). 

"I was hoping to be able to pitch in the Fall League, because my thought was I was missing so much time at the end of the season I would have to make it up somehow, some way, and I wanted to so I could keep my arm in a strong position to potentially pitch more innings next year," Beede said in the same previous interview.

He did exactly that with 16 innings in the desert. Beede's shortened 2017 campaign ended at 109 innings, his lowest since the six games he pitched in after the 2014 MLB Draft. 

"It's not so much about statistics out here as it is a matter of getting more innings," Beede said Tuesday to MLB.com. "I'm feeling comfortable with where I finished up, which is exciting, for sure."

In Beede's final three starts, he pitched 14 innings and allowed three earned runs -- good for a 1.93 ERA -- and struck out 10 batters to only one walk. Take away that first start coming off injury and both Beede and the Giants have plenty of reasons to be excited about statistics too. 

Report: Giants' No. 4 prospect linked to potential trade for Stanton

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Report: Giants' No. 4 prospect linked to potential trade for Stanton

The Giancarlo Stanton-to-the-Giants trade rumors continue to swirl over at the MLB Winter Meetings. 

According to MLB.com, 2017 first round selection Heliot Ramos is being discussed as a possible trade chip for the power outfielder.

The Giants selected Ramos, then a 17-year-old outfielder from Leadership Christian Academy in Maunabo, Puerto Rico with the 19th pick in the draft. Giants vice president and assistant GM John Barr, who oversees the organization’s drafts, said Ramos stood out because of his power and speed. Barr thinks Ramos can stick in center field, with the potential to grow into a “five-tool player.”

Before going down with a concussion in August, Ramos was tearing up the Arizona League, hitting .348 with a .404 on-base percentage, six homers, six triples and 11 doubles. He also boasted a 1.049 OPS at the time. 

Ramos is listed at 6-foot-1 and 188 pounds. He bats and throws from the right side.

According to the report, Stanton is linked to a quartet of teams.