Giants minor league prospects who could get called up to majors
Mac Williamson, OF
Cut at the end of the spring, he ended up back in Sacramento and burst back onto the scene recently with six homers in nine games -- including one that landed in a parking lot. More importantly, Williamson has drawn seven walks in his last three games. Overall, Williamson has a .352/.427/.648 slash line. His situation is more complicated because he's no longer on the 40-man, but if he gets that K/BB ratio in line and keeps homering, we'll see him soon.
Austin Slater, OF
Ahhh, hello, plate discipline. Slater has 18 walks in 20 games and a .284/.448/.463 slash line. The Giants would like to see more power out of him in a league where the ball is absolutely flying, but they know he can at least provide competitive at-bats at the big league level if needed. Slater has played some second base and Henry Ramos started his first game there earlier this week. Zaidi's Dodgers put Max Muncy at second all the time; it's possible a non-infielder becomes a part-time solution there if Joe Panik continues to struggle.
Aramis Garcia, C
Is he the guy who struggled in the minors last season, or the one who opened eyes in the big leagues in September? The Giants made the bet that he needed more seasoning, and so far Garcia is batting .212/.329/.455 with four homers and 27 strikeouts in 66 at-bats. If Buster Posey ever gets hurt, Garcia is the best two-way option to play every day, but for now the Giants will take a look at Stephen Vogt as the backup.
Zach Green, 1B, 3B
He hit 20 homers in the minors last year and already has six this year, with an OPS over 1.000. The 31 strikeouts in 76 at-bats are a red flag, and Green is a corner infielder, something the Giants don't need right now. But he's off to a good start and the Giants like the bat, so there's a chance he works his way into the mix later this season.
Pat Venditte/Williams Jerez, Relievers
Jerez, picked up for Chris Stratton, has a 2.57 ERA in 11 relief appearances and is holding batters to a .193 average. Venditte, signed in the offseason, has a 2.40 ERA and is averaging more than a strikeout per inning. Both are on the 40-man, so if the roster starts churning, they're strong options to come up for a few days at a time. Fernando Abad also has thrown very well since joining Triple-A, although the longtime big leaguer is not on the 40-man.
Shaun Anderson, P
He has a 4.01 ERA in five starts, but that's not concerning in the PCL this year. More importantly, Anderson has struck out 29, walked six, and allowed just three homers. With Andrew Suarez still nursing an injury, the hard-throwing right-hander could be next in line if the Giants need another starter. At the very least, the organization's best pitching prospect is doing all he needs to do in order to guarantee a cameo in August or September.
Chris Shaw, OF
He wasn't happy with a demotion to Double-A, but the Giants are happy with the way he has handled himself. Shaw has improved his plate discipline -- seven walks to 12 strikeouts -- which was the main issue for him in Triple-A. He has four homers, and if he keeps showing improvement, he could leapfrog most of the Triple-A outfielders.
Jalen Miller, 2B
It has taken a while for the 2015 third-round pick to really find his footing, but he's still just 22, and he has five homers in Double-A with a good -- 10 walks, 13 strikeouts -- ratio. Miller also brings some speed and already has swiped six bags. Most importantly: He plays second base. The Giants once promoted Matt Duffy straight from Double-A because of the numbers he was putting up in the tough hitters league, and if Miller keeps this up, he could get a look in the big leagues later this year. There aren't any middle infielders in Triple-A who would block him.