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Five bold predictions for the Giants in the second half of MLB season

Five bold predictions for the Giants in the second half of MLB season

The MLB All-Star break is about to end just as soon as it began. The Giants sent Will Smith to represent the team in Cleveland for the NL All-Star team, where he gave up a homer to Rangers' Joey Gallo.

It's fine -- he got that out of the way and is ready for the second half. But Giants fans aren't sure how much longer he will be around sporting the orange and black, as Smith and Giants legend Madison Bumgarner are two of the prized commodities available before the July 31 trade deadline

With the second half of the season upon us, it's time to get bold with some predictions that can possibly (or not) take place for the Giants.

BOLD PREDICTIONS GALLERY HERE.

Mike Yastrzemski soaks it in during first trip to Fenway Park as big leaguer

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Mike Yastrzemski soaks it in during first trip to Fenway Park as big leaguer

Mike Yastrzemski is as stoic as it gets on and off the field, but he already has told himself to soak in at least one moment during his first game at Fenway Park. Early Tuesday, Yastrzemski did that while walking into the ballpark where his grandfather became a legend. 

"I got to walk in here by myself when I got to the field and there were a lot of memories of being in the stands," Yastrzemski said during a press conference Tuesday. "Being in the stands for the World Series, being in the stands for the 1999 Home Run Derby, the All-Star Game. Those things overwhelm you more than the playing here. The playing here is cool and I see it as something that's part of my job and something I always wanted to do."

Yastrzemski drew a crowd Tuesday in his first appearance at Fenway Park as a player, and he spent some time with his grandfather, Carl, a Hall-of-Famer who played all 23 seasons of his career in Boston. 

This is a moment the Yastrzemski family and Red Sox fans have been waiting for since he broke in with the Giants earlier this season. Mike said family members looked at the schedule and right away noticed that the Giants would play an interleague series in Boston in September. But he didn't allow himself to get carried away, even though he said "it's always a dream to play here when you're a kid growing up in New England."

"I kept it focused on just surviving one more day in the big leagues," Yastrzemski said. "There's been a lot of turnover on our team and I knew they were looking for production and I knew that to make it to Boston I had to play well. I said I've got to make it to Boston before I can talk about it. So now I guess I can talk about it."

Yastrzemski nearly got optioned early in the second half, but stuck around and became a fixture for the Giants, who are making a rare visit to his hometown. Yastrzemski listed Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra, Manny Ramirez and Trot Nixon as his favorite players growing up. On Tuesday, he'll take the field those players once starred on. 

"I was a big-time fan of the Red Sox growing up," he said. "And being able to come here and play is just a little cherry on top."

Five rising Giants prospects after 2019 Minor League Baseball season

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Five rising Giants prospects after 2019 Minor League Baseball season

The Giants are climbing the ladder of farm systems in baseball, and much of that has to do with the rise of their prospects signed on the international market. While shortstop Marco Luciano -- who recently turned 18 years old -- has grabbed the spotlight, he isn't alone. 

Pablo Sandoval is the last Giants homegrown All-Star who the team signed as an international prospect. That All-Star appearance came back in 2012, but could change in the recent future. 

As the Giants jumped from No. 28 to No. 15 in Baseball America's farm system rankings in late July, let's take a look at five prospects on the rise. 

[RELATED: How Giants' top five preseason prospects played this year]

While the list is highlighted by four international signees, we actually begin with a pitcher selected in the third round of the 2017 MLB Draft. 

Seth Corry, Pitcher 

Though Logan Webb made his major league debut at just 22 years old, Corry was the Giants' best pitching prospect this year, and he was a mere 20 years old for the entire season.

Corry earned some big-time accolades this season. The left-hander was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year after going 9-3 with a 1.76 ERA and striking out 172 batters in 122 2/3 innings for Low A Augusta. He also was named Baseball America's Pitcher of the Year for all of Low A. 

After working on his mechanics with GreenJackets coaches, Corry completed a season for the ages. He broke the team's single-season strikeout record of 161, which was previously held by Madison Bumgarner. Opposing batters hit just .171 off him and he lowered his WHIP to only 1.07 after posting a 1.46 mark the year before. 

The Giants were aggressive in getting Webb to the bigs, and could do the same with Corry if he continues to hone in his command.

Alexander Canario, Outfielder 

Canario, 19, broke out this season and moved all the way up to No. 7 on MLB.com's list of top Giants prospects. 

Canario has the best bat speed in the Giants' farm system and he showed it off this year in a big way. He started off the season in the Arizona Rookie League and hit an absurd .395 with seven homers, three doubles and a triple in just 10 games before being promoted to Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer. 

Once he joined the Volcanoes, he didn't slow down one bit. Canario hit .301 with nine more homers and a .904 OPS in 49 games after his promotion. He has transitioned to center field and has the ability to play all three outfield spots. 

It will be a few years until Giants fans see Canario in San Francisco, though they should keep an eye on him in the minors. This prospect is loaded with potential.

Jairo Pomares, Outfielder

Pomares, another 19-year-old with the skills to play anywhere in the outfield, is a sweet-swinging left-hander. The Giants signed him in the same international class as Luciano, and some believe he could be the franchise's best pure hitter in the minor leagues. 

He spent the first 37 games of the season in the AZL and hit .368 with three homers, four triples, 10 doubles and a .943 OPS. He slowed down after being promoted to Salem-Keizer for 14 games, but he's still extremely young. 

Pomares hit for the cycle in just his 19th game in the minors this season and while he doesn't launch long balls yet, the raw power certainly is there. 

Franklin Labour, Outfielder

Labour entered the season outside of the Giants' top 30, but now is ranked as the team's No. 20 prospect after displaying some huge power numbers in Salem-Keizer. 

The 21-year-old spent the first 41 games of the season with Salem-Keizer, where he hit .307 with a 1.030 OPS and 14 homers. He also knocked in 34 runs and added nine doubles. 

Labour struggled in the final 31 games of the season, where he hit just .215 after being promoted to Augusta. He doesn't add much value defensively, but Labour's raw power is for real and the Giants could always use more of that.

Luis Toribio, Infielder

Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2017, Toribio hit 10 homers in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League last year. He followed that up with an impressive campaign this season, too. 

While Toribio displayed plenty of power last year, his approach and ability to get on base really stands out. He slugged just three homers this season in the AZL, but walked 45 times compared to only 54 strikeouts in 51 games and had a .436 on-base percentage. 

Toribio hit .297 in the desert with an .895 OPS and was called up to Salem-Keizer for three games. He has a strong arm at third base, though he should be able to move around the diamond if needed.

Listed as the Giants' No. 10 prospect, look for Toribio to rise as he grows and produces even more power.