Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi was a busy man Wednesday before the 1 p.m. PT MLB trade deadline. Real busy.
The Giants made five different moves, which involved a whopping 13 players. They sent players packing. They added a former All-Stars. They made moves for the future.
All in all, Zaidi and the Giants checked every box for a team that's looking to stay in the NL wild-card race while building a better farm system.
Second baseman Scooter Gennett will join the Giants on Friday at Coors Field. Of all the players the team added, he's the only one that will start with the big league club. Six players -- Mauricio Dubon, Jaylin Davis, Prelander Berroa, Kai Wei-Teng, Tristan Beck and Joe McCarthy -- will start in the minors.
Of those six, two already have been added by MLB.com to the Giants' top-30 prospects list.
Mauricio Dubon, MIF, No. 8
Dubon was the Brewers' No. 3 prospect when the Giants acquired him for pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black. San Francisco's farm system is much deeper, however, so it makes sense he's lower with his new organization.
Although he's listed at only six-foot and 160 pounds, Dubon has displayed some power this year at the Triple-A level. He has 16 home runs and 22 doubles with a .472 slugging percentage this season.
Giants acquired SS/2B Mauricio Dubon (25.0Y, 6'0" 160, Honduras). A 2013 26R pick by BOS out of Capital Christian HS. In 2016 traded to MIL. Has played in 183 games in AAA over 3 season.— GPT (@giantsprospects) August 1, 2019
2019 (AAA): 427PA .297/.333/.47514K%, 4BB%, 16HR, 9SB, 91wRC+.
Video of his last four HR: pic.twitter.com/y5UrtWHwM1
Dubon, who was born in Honduras but went to high school in Sacramento at Capital Christian, is 25 years old and made his major league debut earlier in the year. He should be a Giant before the year is up and could help at second base or shortstop.
Tristan Beck, RHP, No. 18
Beck is an interesting case. The right-hander became the first freshman to be the Opening Day starter at Stanford since 1988. He was draft eligible as a sophomore but missed the season with a stress fracture in his back. As a junior, he bounced back and was a fourth-round draft pick by the Braves.
The 23-year-old hasn't been too great his first two years in the minors, though. Beck has a career 2-2 record with a 4.83 ERA and opponents are batting .296 against him.
Zaidi and the Giants did great in trading Mark Melancon to the Braves, and Beck is the kind of prospect you take a swing on. Perhaps San Francisco can unlock the potential he showed at Stanford.