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Giants' Tyler Beede recovering after successful Tommy John surgery

Giants' Tyler Beede recovering after successful Tommy John surgery

It was tough news for Giants fans to hear when Farhan Zaidi announced pitcher Tyler Beede would undergo Tommy John surgery on Friday.

Beede announced on social media the procedure was successful:

“I’m very thankful for my wife, Doctor Meister and his staff, and the support of my family, friends, Giants organization/staff and teammates! Life with God is not immunity from difficulties,” he wrote on Instagram. “But peace within difficulties. God bless and continue to be safe amidst these difficult times!”

The 26-year-old had an MRI on March 3 following some tightness in his right elbow and was shut down shortly after that with an elbow sprain and flexor strain. After consulting multiple doctors, the surgery appeared to be his best option.

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Beede was vying for a spot in the Giants’ rotation in 2020. He only pitched in one game (three innings) during Cactus League play, but did notch three strikeouts.

Last season in 117 innings, he posted a 5.08 ERA with 113 strikeouts and a 1.479 WHIP. 

Looking back at Giants' top five prospects following 2017 MLB season

Looking back at Giants' top five prospects following 2017 MLB season

There was a lot that made the 2017 season so discouraging. The Giants lost 98 games and their stars started to show real signs of decline as they hit their thirties. The minor league system wasn't graduating contributors to the big league level, and pundits generally ranked it near the bottom of the league overall. They turned out to be right. 

The MLB Pipeline Giants Top 30 list from 2017 includes 11 players who have reached Oracle Park, but there's not a lot of star power thus far. If the season had started on time, it's very possible that none of the organization's top 30 prospects from three years ago would have been on the Opening Day roster. Injuries account for some of that, and the group is still young enough that there's hope for a brighter future, but it's fair to say the Giants hoped for much, much more from this class.

Here's the final gallery in our look back at Giants prospect classes, a rundown of their Top 30 from 2017: 
    

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Marco Luciano's age still mystifies Giants farm director Kyle Haines

Marco Luciano's age still mystifies Giants farm director Kyle Haines

It's hard for Giants fans not to get excited about Marco Luciano. At only 18 years old, the young shortstop feels like San Francisco's next homegrown star. 

Giants Director of Player Development Kyle Haines can't help but be excited, too. 

“Marco, he’s very talented, there’s no doubt about that,” Haines said to KNBR's Marty Lurie on Saturday. “We’re excited about him, we’re excited to see him grow. I know the Giants fans are really hungry for their next wave of homegrown stars that see them grow up from kids into veteran players and do many great things along the way.

"I know that I personally sometimes even have to remind myself how young he really is."

Luciano played all of last season at 17 years old. He didn't turn 18 until September 10, after the minor league season ended. 

Despite his incredibly young age, Luciano hit .322 with 10 homers and a 1.055 OPS in the Arizona Rookie League before finishing the year with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in Class A Short Season. Luciano played all 40 games he played last year at shortstop, but the 6-foot-2 teenager could add more to his bag. 

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“I wouldn’t be surprised if Marco did kind of organically learn some new positions,” Haines said. “But nowadays with the shifts on the infield, a shortstop naturally plays a little second base, a third baseman naturally plays a little shortstop, a second baseman naturally plays a little on the left side of the infield anyway.

"Sometimes just by playing shortstop or second base, you can learn multiple positions just by shifting around.”

The Giants, like every other team in today's world of baseball, are looking for versatility. Mauricio Dubon, a natural middle infielder, was expected to move all around the diamond this season and he surely wasn't going to be the only so-called utility player on the roster. Luciano likely will focus on shortstop for now, however, it certainly wouldn't hurt him to learn other positions. 

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The real question with Luciano is, how quick can he make his big league debut? If and when MLB starts this year, rosters likely will be expanded up to perhaps a 50-man roster. With the minor league season in jeopardy and the Giants hoping to develop their rising farm system, Luciano and many other prospects might find their name on major league rosters sooner than expected.

"Obviously that would be a Farhan [Zaidi] decision, but ultimately I think my recommendation to him, being a little selfish in player development, is I want to see all these guys available as much as they can be," Haines said. "No one would be more excited to see these guys play on a big league team than me, but I also want to make sure we're doing the best we can for the career development and make sure we're not gonna hinder their development."