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How Giants' top prospects performed in first week of 2019 MiLB season

How Giants' top prospects performed in first week of 2019 MiLB season

As Kevin Pillar does his best Barry Bonds impression for the Giants, the team's prospects are in the swing of things down on the farm. 

The 2019 Minor League Baseball season is one week old, and a handful of prospects are giving Giants fans a glimpse of hope for the future. Led by top prospects Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos, here's how some of San Francisco's best prospects have fared through one week of action. 

Joey Bart, C, San Jose Giants

Bart, the Giants' top prospects, has picked up right where he left off to start his High-A career in San Jose. His talents were on full display in the home opener on Thursday night, going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. 

Through seven games, Bart is batting .321 with two home runs, two doubles, a triple, and eight RBI. Of his nine hits, five are for extra bases and he has a 1.085 OPS. 

At this stage, his offense is far ahead of his defense and Bart must work on his receiving skills. But Bart's arm is elite and he's already thrown out seven of nine base-stealers, including four in his last two games behind the plate. 

Heliot Ramos, CF, San Jose Giants

Ramos isn't your typical 19-year-old, and I'll remind you of that all too often this yea. He'll be a teenager all season and is the fifth-youngest player in the California League.

And yet, he already has three home runs this season. Add his two doubles and five of his six hits have gone for extra bases. 

Though he's only hitting .231, Ramos's power has been on display to all fields early on and he has a 1.017 OPS. 


Shaun Anderson, RHP, Sacramento River Cats

Look past Anderson's 5.63 ERA, he's been pretty solid through two starts for Sacramento. 

In his first start of year, Anderson only allowed one earned run over five innings while striking out five batters. He struck out six more in his second start, but ran into some bad Las Vegas.

Anderson allowed four triples against the A's Triple-A team on Thursday in a new stadium that already appears unfriendly to pitchers. Overall, he has 11 strikeouts to only two walks in eight innings pitched. 

Tyler Beede, RHP, Sacramento River Cats 

Much of the Beede we saw in spring training has followed him to Sacramento. Through two starts, Beede is 0-1 with a 1.17 ERA. 

Beede has 13 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings, but has also walked five batters. He still has to work on his command and limiting his pitch count, however, he's showing the swing-and-miss stuff that will have him back in San Francisco. 

Logan Webb, RHP, Richmond Flying Squirrels 

Webb can quickly become the Giants' top pitching prospect and he's showing why early in the season. 

Through two starts in Double-A, the 22-year-old has only allowed one earned run. He's 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA. Like Beede, Webb needs to lower his walk rate and has eight strikeouts to five walks in 10 innings thus far.

Sean Hjelle, RHP, Augusta GreenJackets

The Giants' second-round pick last year has allowed 11 hits in two starts, yet only three runs have crossed the plate. The 6-foot-11 right-hander is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA with nine strikeouts and one walk in nine innings. 

Hjelle pitched in short spurts last year after his college season. He's already thrown five innings in his second start, and it will be interesting to watch him go longer in games.

Chris Shaw, OF, Richmond Flying Squirrels 

And then there's Chris Shaw. 

The former first-round pick was demoted to Double-A to start the year after have a cup of coffee in the big leagues last season. Through four games, he's batting .300 and all his hits are singles. The good news is, he's only struck out twice while walking three times. 

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It's clear the Giants' new regime doesn't hold Shaw in the highest regards. He has to prove himself in a major way, and even then, he might not fit into the team's short or long-term plans.

Seven Giants prospects who could reach major leagues in 2019 season

Seven Giants prospects who could reach major leagues in 2019 season

The Giants' 2019 roster is still full of veterans who fans have watched for years. Look around and you'll see the likes of Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Joe Panik and more. 

But there's a youth revolution that's taking shape with an improved farm system. 

The San Jose Giants will be the most prospect-loaded team in the system with catcher Joey Bart leading the way, though there's still plenty of names to know that are more major-league ready.

Some names on this list made their MLB debuts in 2018, while others would reach the milestone this season. 


Recent cuts made by Giants could fit in later for team down the road


Recent cuts made by Giants could fit in later for team down the road

SAN FRANCISCO -- For years, the Giants have made cuts in bunches. They would send out eight or 10 players at a time, but this spring it's been a trickle, with 10 different sets of transactions thus far. 

The latest set cut some big names from the spring roster. As we did early in camp, and again earlier this week, let's take a look at the players the Giants took out of their Scottsdale Stadium clubhouse and their chances of returning:

March 18: Tyler Beede and Ray Black are optioned to Triple-A

Both of these players very easily could have started the season on the big league roster, but there's no escaping the ax when you have options. 

Beede was the story of camp on the pitching side, and while the numbers weren't pretty in the end -- seven earned in 10 1/3 innings -- he simply looked like a different guy. Or, he simply looked like the guy the Giants took in the first round five years ago. 

The 25-year-old has gone back to his roots, relying on a fastball that regularly hit 98 mph this spring, a big curveball, and a good changeup. That's it, and the mix flummoxed some good hitters and impressed Bruce Bochy from the start of the spring. Beede is currently about eighth on the starting depth chart, but internally, the Giants believe he could quickly pass at least a couple of the pitchers ahead of him if he takes this kind of stuff to Sacramento. He also could return in a bullpen role, where the fastball could be a real weapon. 

Black has as much upside as you could ask for. The spin rate numbers are off the charts and the velocity is unmatched on the big league roster. This was about keeping inventory, and Black should be up when the Giants need relief help. 

March 20: Anthony Garcia reassigned to minor league camp

Garcia, 27, is a right-handed hitting outfielder with some pop, so the Giants were really hoping he would grab a job. He hit .216 in 17 spring appearances with a pair of homers. Garcia hit 25 homers in Triple-A last year and there's very little blocking him in the big league outfield, but he'll need a hot start to get back on the radar. 

March 21: Joey Bart reassigned to minor league camp.

The Giants considered bringing last year's first-round pick to San Francisco for the Bay Bridge Series, but ultimately they'll let him get ready for life with the San Jose Giants. If you have the ability to go to a game in San Jose, you should do it early. Bart looks poised to move quickly. 

The 22-year-old had seven hits in 20 at-bats in his first big league camp. He homered once and drove in seven runs, three on a ninth-inning RBI double off the Dodgers. That'll play. 

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Bart is advanced behind the plate, but still has work to do, and the Giants are excited about having him spend so much time with first-year San Jose manager Billy Hayes, a former big league catching instructor. 

In a perfect world, Bart would tear it up in the California League and move on to Double-A Richmond in a couple of months, potentially putting himself in line for a September call-up. The more likely path is a 2020 promotion, but the Giants aren't worrying too much about the timeline. Bart has lived up to their expectations so far, and when he's ready, they'll be ready.