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Giants now have fifth-best farm system, per Baseball America

/ by Dalton Johnson
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The team that sports "Let The Old Guys Play" T-shirts and leads the major leagues in wins also has an extremely bright future. 

Baseball America released their midseason organizational talent rankings on Monday, and the Giants have rocketed all the way up to the fifth-best farm system in the game.

"The Giants' ability to sign and develop international signees, especially high-ceiling hitters like SS Marco Luciano and OF Luis Matos, has helped supercharge a rapidly improving farm system," Baseball America writes on the Giants' impressive farm system. 

Everything of course starts with Luciano. After playing 70 games in Low-A with the San Jose Giants, Luciano was promoted to High-A Eugene. In San Jose, the 19-year-old hit .278 with 18 homers and a .930 OPS. But he has struggled since being promoted. 

Through 10 games with the Eugene Emeralds, Luciano is hitting just .143 with one home run. He has 21 strikeouts and only two walks, and has struck out in half of his at-bats. 

Bart and Ramos both are in Triple-A Sacramento, but Bart currently is on the 7-day injured list with a groin injury. Before the injury, he was hitting .314 with 10 home runs and a .915 OPS in 50 games. Ramos was promoted to Sacramento after 62 games in Double-A Richmond this season despite hitting just .237 with a .756 OPS. He has raised his average to .244 as a River Cat, but is slugging just .397. 

The talent-rich San Jose Giants still feature Matos and Kyle Harrison, the Giants' fifth and final prospect in Baseball America's Top 100. Matos, 19, has been perhaps the Giants' most impressive prospect this season. Through 81 games, the center fielder is batting .327 with 11 homers and an .872 OPS. He also has stolen 18 bases. 

 
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Harrison had one of the best starts of his season last Tuesday when he struck out nine and allowed only one hit over 4 2/3 innings. But he left his start Sunday after only two innings for an undisclosed reason. On the year, he has a 3.86 ERA and 116 strikeouts over 74 2/3 innings. 

While the "old guys" hold down the fort at Oracle Park, a new wave of top talent should keep the good times rolling in the near future.

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