Duo of Giants pitching prospects dominate Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League

Kevin Patakay

Duo of Giants pitching prospects dominate Desert Dogs in Arizona Fall League

The Giants built a dynasty on developing pitchers like Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, and Matt Cain. With new voices set to guide the Giants, it’s time to move on from World Series nostalgia. 

Moving on doesn’t mean never looking back though. The right pieces of the past will build the right puzzle for the future. 

Can the Giants develop stars on the mound yet again? Down in the desert, a duo of Giants pitching prospects dominated Wednesday night to open up the Scottsdale Scorpions’ 2-1 win over the Glendale Desert Dogs. 

Garrett Williams struggled with his control this season for Double-A Richmond, posting career highs with 6.7 walks per nine innings and a 1.922 WHIP. One week ago, in his first start of the AFL, Williams again searched for his command, walking three batters in two innings pitched. 

But on Wednesday, Williams flipped the switch. 

Starting on the mound for the Scorpions, Williams tossed the first four innings of the game. He had a scoreless outing, allowing three hits with two strikeouts. Most importantly, the lefty didn’t walk a batter. 

To go with his two strikeouts, Williams also registered five groundouts and three fly outs. On the night, he threw 68.6 percent strikes (35 of 51). Over six innings pitched, Williams has now allowed only one earned run, good for a 1.50 ERA.

Following Williams was fellow Giants pitching prospect Melvin Adon. And like usual, Adon brought the heat. 

Adon, 24, sat at 98 to 99 mph while hitting 100 mph at least once with his fastball. Backing up his heater, Adon hurls a tight-spinning slider at 90 mph. 

The results: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K. Melvin has been nearly unhittable in the AFL coming out of the bullpen. In 4.1 innings pitched, he now has 10 strikeouts to no walks while allowing only two hits and one earned run for a 2.08 ERA. 

From Adon’s previous relief appearance where all four outs were strikeouts, take a look at his natural movement on his fastball paired with a nasty slider: 

Throughout his minor league career, Adon has been used as a starter. But in the AFL, he has solely been a reliever so far and that’s something to watch going forward. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Giants still wanted to develop Adon as a starter, but at 24, he could be a rising reliever as quickly as 2019.

The duo of Williams and Adon are pitching prospects who have been labeled with potential all too much. The label can be a great thing at first, but if it lingers, potential has clearly outweighed production. 

There’s also a reason the word has been talked about often with both arms. Each can create high strikeout rates, but the same can be said for walks. So far in Scottsdale though, Adon and Williams have combined for 13 strikeouts, three walks, and a 1.78 ERA. 

The AFL is a scale of potential vs. production, and against the Desert Dogs, this duo tipped the right way.

Dodgers signing Madison Bumgarner would be 'great,' Clayton Kershaw says

Dodgers signing Madison Bumgarner would be 'great,' Clayton Kershaw says

Despite what Giants fans want to believe, Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw are friends.

Before many Giants-Dodgers games over the years, they could be seen talking on the field, in plain sight of everyone.

So it should come as any surprise that Kershaw would love to have Bumgarner on the Dodgers.

"I love Bum," Kershaw said Friday at a Dodgers holiday event according to Dodgers Nation. "If we signed him, that’d be great."

NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reported Thursday, citing sources, that the Dodgers and Bumgarner have a mutual interest in a deal.

Bumgarner in Dodger blue is the worst nightmare for Giants fans. But it's a real possibility with Los Angeles missing out on top free agent Gerrit Cole.

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Kershaw hasn't been able to bring a World Series to Los Angeles on his own, so of course, he would love for a postseason hero to come help him end the Dodgers' title drought.

MLB rumors: Padres 'taking close look' at free agent Madison Bumgarner

MLB rumors: Padres 'taking close look' at free agent Madison Bumgarner

The teams in the NL West appear to really like free agent Madison Bumgarner.

The Padres are the latest team to show interest in the former Giants ace.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Friday night that the Padres are "taking close looks" at Bumgarner and former Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel.

Bumgarner has been linked to the Dodgers and D-backs this week. The Rockies are the only NL West foe not to be linked to the 2014 World Series MVP. The Angels, in the AL West, reportedly are also pursuing Bumgarner after missing out on top free agent Gerrit Cole.

With Cole, Stephen Strasburg and Zack Wheeler off the free-agent market, Bumgarner, Keuchel and Hyun-Jin Ryu are the best available arms remaining.

NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reported Thursday night, citing sources, that there is mutual interest between Bumgarner and the Dodgers. The Giants are still talking to Bumgarner's representatives, according to Farhan Zaidi.

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Most Giants fans would like to see Bumgarner return to San Francisco. But if he doesn't, they would probably prefer if he leaves the NL West. It would be tough to watch the longtime face of the Giants come back to pitch against his former team multiple times a year.