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Giants prospect Will Wilson makes good first impression, hates Dodgers

Giants prospect Will Wilson makes good first impression, hates Dodgers

New Giants prospect Will Wilson came to San Francisco on Tuesday in a trade with the Angels, but that doesn't make him a fan of Los Angeles.

In fact, he should fit in quite well with his new organization -- if old tweets are to be believed.

See for yourself:

Talk about making a great first impression.

Wilson, 21, was the No. 15 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft and slashed .275/.328/.439 over 189 at-bats in rookie ball last season with five home runs and 10 doubles. If he can live up to his ranking as the Angels' No. 4 prospect, he'll endear himself to Giants fans even further.

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Wilson joins a San Francisco minor league system that has been overhauled in recent years and now features highly-touted prospects such as Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos, Marco Luciano and Hunter Bishop. Most of them likely will be teammates at some point throughout their minor-league journeys, but the hope is that they will form the core of the next generation of Giants baseball.

Stephen Vogt's championship desires might hinder Giants return in 2020


Stephen Vogt's championship desires might hinder Giants return in 2020

Perhaps the biggest surprise for the Giants this season came from a 34-year-old who grew up rooting for San Francisco. Catcher Stephen Vogt had one of the best seasons of his career, after not even playing in the major leagues in 2018. 

Vogt suffered a possible career-ending shoulder injury while on a minor league rehab assignment as part of the Brewers in May 2018. He battled his way back and signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. 

The former two-time All-Star for the A's hit .241 with three homers and an .889 OPS in 17 games with Triple-A Sacramento. The veteran catcher was even better once he was called up to the Giants. 

Vogt played in 99 games for the Giants, serving as a perfect backup spot starter behind the dish and bat off the bench. He even played a little bit of left field. The versatile left-handed hitter finished with a .263 batting average (his highest since 2014), a .490 slugging percentage (career high), .804 OPS (career high) and 10 home runs. 

His 1.2 bWAR was the sixth-highest of all Giants position players. 

After resurrecting his career, Vogt, who now is a free agent, has championship aspirations for his next team. 

“I want to go somewhere where I have the opportunity to win a World Series,” Vogt, who turns 35 on Friday, said Tuesday on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, via KNBR. “That’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. I’m really looking forward to hopefully having opportunities to do that.”

That might not bode well for a possible return to San Francisco. As NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic put it Wednesday night after the Nationals won the World Series, the Giants have a long list of question marks going into the offseason. 

Vogt likely doesn't have many years left in his playing career. He's one of the most liked clubhouse presences in the game, though, and proved he can still hit in the big leagues. Any contender could use him, despite his age and inability to throw out runners attempting to steal second or third base.

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With top prospect Joey Bart on the way and the Giants hoping a healthy offseason will get Buster Posey back on track, it could be hard to get Vogt his desired, and earned, at-bats in 2020. In a perfect world, he would return and be used off the bench and as help in the squat and possibly even left field and first base, while serving as a mentor for San Francisco's young players. 

Don't count on that, though. Vogt wants a ring. The odds don't favor the Giants going to a jeweler next year, at least not right now.

Giants' Joey Bart showcased star potential in Arizona Fall League

Giants' Joey Bart showcased star potential in Arizona Fall League

Joey Bart entered the Arizona Fall League with one of the hottest bats in baseball, at any level. His stick stayed scorching hot in the desert, too, until an injury kept him out of the lineup. 

Bart, the Giants' top prospect, was named the Eastern League Player of the Week to end the regular season. He hit .538 with a homer, four doubles, a triple and six RBI in his final seven games of the regular season to end a 22-game stint in Double-A. 

Coming into the AFL, Bart had a chance to compare himself with some of the best young talent in all of baseball. All it took was one game to show the Giants could truly have a star in the near future. Bart went deep not once but twice in his Fall League debut. 

Before fracturing his hand for the second time this season when he was hit by a 96 mph fastball on his right thumb, Bart was perhaps the most impressive hitter in the desert. The No. 2 pick in the 2018 MLB Draft hit .333 with four homers and 10 RBI in 10 games. He had a .524 on-base percentage, .767 slugging percentage and an eye-popping 1.290 OPS. 

Despite missing nearly half the games, Bart led the Scottsdale Scorpions in homers and walks (nine) while finishing second in RBI. Before his injury, Bart won Player of the Week to open the league, was awarded the Championship Chains Hitter of the Week Award and was named to the Fall Stars Game.

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi told NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic that Bart could start next season in Triple-A Sacramento. Zaidi also has expressed his desire for Bart to learn another position besides catcher. The AFL could have been the perfect time to experiment and add positional versatility to Bart's game, but that didn't happen due to his injury. 

Outside of Bart, however, Giants hitting prospects struggled in the Fall League. Fellow top prospect Heliot Ramos hit just .185 with one homer and no Giants prospect besides Bart hit over .200. 

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The only other bright spot for a handful of Giants prospects who continued their season in Arizona was pitcher Tristan Beck, who looks like a future big leaguer after being acquired from the Braves at the MLB trade deadline for Mark Melancon. Beck, a former Stanford standout, had a 3.63 ERA over six starts and struck out 23 batters in 22 1/3 innings. 

Bart was joined by four other top 100 prospects on his team alone in the AFL, along with former No. 1 overall draft pick Mickey Moniak. It didn't take long and it didn't end how he hoped, but Bart clearly stood out on quite the bright stage.