Seven Giants prospects who could reach major leagues in 2019
Tyler Beede, RHP
The Giants still want him to be in the rotation after a demotion to the bullpen last season, and a strong start in Sacramento can soon have him back in San Francisco.
Chris Shaw, OF
Shaw, like Beede, disappointed last season when he made his big league debut. And things weren't much better this spring. In 12 games, he hit .217 in big league camp before being reassigned.
As we saw with perhaps the best swing by a Giant this spring, Shaw has the potential that has always intrigued the front office. He'll get consistent at-bats in Triple-A, and with those, he must find more consistent contact.
Shaun Anderson, RHP
"He will be a starter in the major leagues."
Anderson impressed Giants manager Bruce Bochy in the team's exhibition loss to the A's on Monday, and for good reason. Starting on short notice and in wet conditions, the big right-hander allowed one earned run over three innings and struck out three. There's no doubt the Giants' top pitching prospect will make his MLB debut in 2019.
Melvin Adon, RHP
Ryan Howard, INF
Howard isn't the kind of sexy prospect that jumps off the page. Like so many other past Giants prospects that have fit that role, he can still have an important role on the big league roster.
If all pans out, he could even be the Giants' next Matt Duffy. Howard can play all over the infield, and has always made solid contact as a .287 career hitter in the minors.
Travis Bergen, LHP
The Giants might have found a gem in the Rule 5 Draft. They paid $100,000 for his rights, and now the lefty looks poised to make the Opening Day roster, even amid a glut of relievers.
Through 10 2/3 innings, Bergen has only allowed two earned runs this spring, both of which came off a Ramon Laureano home run on Sunday.
Ray Black, RHP
Black was a victim of the options game. He proved last season that he can pitch in the majors, and should be back there soon.
He's one of the hardest-throwing arms in baseball, and has embraced technology to take the next step. Black just needs a spot to open in this crowded bullpen.