In the chat about the hot sheet, John Manuel said this....
Q: Steve from San Francisco asks:
With the addition of Posey and the success of Baumgarner and Alderson, not to mention Big V, where would you rank the Giants farm system? For a system that was so baren just a year ago, it seems they have quickly added a lot of top talent not to mention another probably top 5 pick coming next year.
John Manuel: SF's top 7 is very, very good — MadBum, Alderson, Big V, Buster, Sandoval (if he doens't exhaust his eligibility in SF), Noonan, Schierholtz. Then there's Rafael Rodriguez, maybe Henry Sosa & Waldis Joaquin, Kevin Pucetas is interesting, plus their draft this year, Gillespie, Kieschnick & Crawford, the interesting LHPs they drafted (Scott Barnes & Aaron King stand out) . . . I say yes, probably in the top 5. Some depth and stars at the top.
I couldn't agree more. Granted that talent is mostly very young and a ways away, but we have a lot to be excited about in the near future. Manuel also said in another response to a Q about Buster...
Q: Ian from San Francisco, CA asks:
At what level will Buster Posey be starting off next season - Augusta, San Jose, or where? Can he take off through their system as Lincecum did last year?
John Manuel: I think Posey will move muy rapido. Es muy bien. Beisbol esta facil para senor Posey. That said, catching is much harder than pitching, and learning to call games, handle a pro staff, etc., those will be tougher for Posey than mowing down minor leaguers was for Lincecum. I'd say 2010 is when he reaches San Francisco, and he'll be a similar player to Russ Martin, with perhaps a bit more offensive upside.
And finally he said he liked Alderson/MadBum over Cahill/Anderson. Again, I agree. :)
Giants have prospects! Omgz!!!!