Reviewing the MCC Community Prospect List

For reference here is the final prospect list

I got the stats from Baseball Reference and

1.     Brandon Belt
Fresno: .337/.467/.519, 4 HR’s, 32:27 K:BB, 3/6 SB, 135 PA’s


SF: .211/.328/.281, 1 HR, 15:9 K:BB, 2/2 SB, 67 PA’s



Belt surprisingly made the Major league club out of Spring Training but he struggled and went back to AAA when Cody Ross came off the DL. Belt said his timing was close to returning when he was sent down. He dominated when he went to AAA and came up when Buster Posey was injured. He is currently on the DL after being hit by a pitch on the wrist.

2- Zack Wheeler
        71.2 IP, 4.02 ERA, 7.2 H/9, 4.9 BB/9, 10.3 K/BB, 1.22 GO/AO


Wheeler’s name has been mentioned a lot as part of a potential Jose Reyes trade. He’s already surpassed last year’s innings total. He’s posted a similar line to the one he had last year but he’s walking roughly 1 less batter per nine and is no longer getting groundballs at the rate he did last year.

3.Thomas Neal
        .310/.374/.429, 2 HR’s, 37:13 K:BB, 5/11 SB, 203 PA’s


Neal’s ultimate ceiling has been the source of much debate at McC-some see a solid regular and others see him more in a reserve role. This year he has been decently but his power numbers are a bit concerning for a corner OF in the PCL. Still he spent some time on the DL earlier this year and he took time to adjust in the EL last year, and has done a good job of hitting for average and getting on base.


4.     Gary Brown

.321/.388/.471, 6 HR’s, 54:26 K:BB, 34:48 SB, 380 PA’s


This is the part of the post where I eat my crow. I was loudly against the Gary Brown pick seeing him as a Rajai Davis type at best. This year he has answered every question in the Cal league, Hitting for average, walking, and hitting for power, as well as showing off his top of the line speed. He’s had a great year and I’m very happy to have been proven wrong.


5.     Francisco Peguero

SJ: .324/.387/.441, 2 HR’s, 8:7 K:BB, 4/4 SB, 76 PA’s


Richmond: .350/.357/.550, 2 HR’s, 5:1 K:BB, 0/0 SB, 42 PA’s


Peguero just recently came back from a knee injury. After putting up a good slash line, with worrisome peripheral stats in the Cal league last year (88:18 K;BB) he appeared ticketed for AA but the injury cost him the first two months but he has finished rehabbing and has been promoted to Richmond where he has gotten off to a good start.



6. Brandon Crawford
            SJ: .322/.412/.593, 3 HR’s, 13:9 K:BB, 0/0 SB, 69 PA’s

SF: .216/.310/.324, 2 HR’s, 15:14 K:BB, ¼ SB, 117 PA’s

Like Peguero, Crawford was injured and missed the start to his season. He started rehabbing back at San Jose and was likely looking to move to AAA but went straight to the majors when Mike Fontenot injured his groin. He has been as advertised-all glove, no bat-though he has displayed good patience.


7. Charlie Culberson
            .264/.303/.387, 6 HR’s, 76:15 K:BB, 11/14 SB, 340 PA’s

After struggling badly for 2 years in Augusta, Culberson had his best year as a pro in the Cal league last year. Some thought it was a fluke given his K:BB, while others thought his tools were starting to translate. This year he is kinda splitting the difference (this is actually a better line than one’s he posted in Augusta) but still is below average. He still does have the benefit of youth on his side as he is 22.



8. Chuckie Jones
            .278/.500/.389, 0 HR’s, 10:6 K:BB, 1/1 SB, 26 PA’s

Jones was the 1st High Schooler taken in the 2010 draft and was seen as a raw, but with good power and athleticism. Jones then somewhat surprisingly held his own in the AZL. The Giants remained conservative with him, assigning him to Salem-Keizer. He has been out recently with a bout of appendicitis.


9. Ehire Adrianza
            Augusta: .231/.315/.378, 3 HR’s, 32:18 K:BB, 3/5 SB, 168 PA’s

San Jose: .389/.450/.611, 0 HR’s, 5;1 K:BB, 0/0 SB, 20 PA’s

Adrianza was another player who appeared ticketed for AA but was injured to start the year. He was assigned to Augusta and was just recently promoted to San Jose, where he played last year. As a player he is like a more extreme version of Brandon Crawford, in that he has more glove, but less bat. It is important to remember though, that he is still just 21.


10. Jose Casilla
            12.1 IP, 9.49 ERA, 12.4 H/9, 4.4 BB/9, 2.9 K/9,

Not a good year for Santiago’s little brother. He had a strong year as Augusta’s closer, but his K rate was cause for concern. This year he was hit hard before going on the DL.

11. Jorge Bucardo
            2011 stats: N/A

Bucardo has been MIA this year and is most likely out with an injury. Before his injury he had below average stuff but he varied his arm angles and got good sink on his pitches.


12. Tommy Joseph
            .242/.283/.381, 7 HR’s, 65:15 K:BB, 1/1 SB’s, 326 PA’s

Joseph was paired with Hector Sanchez last year and the beginning of this year. While Sanchez has accelerated to AAA, Joseph has struggled at San Jose after struggling at Augusta the year before. The main problem Joseph has had is his selectivity as his strikeout to walk ratio is ugly and hurts him from tapping into his power. Still he’s just 19 and has big time power at a premium position with improving defense.



13. Eric Surkamp
            83.2 IP, 1.72 ERA, 7.7 H/9, 2.7 BB/9, 9.8 K/9, 1.11 GO/AO

Surkamp has posted another very strong year in the Eastern League and is looking like he could become a back of the rotation starter in short order. His biggest problem is his below average fastball velocity, but he has good command and gets lots of strikeouts with his curveball and change up.


14. Mike Kickham
            50.1 IP, 4.83 ERA, 9.8 H/9, 3.6 BB/9, 9.8 K/9, 0.86 GO/AO

Kickham started the year on the DL before getting assigned to Augusta. In the SAL he has posted a solid line. Given his age he could advance to San Jose at some point during the summer.


15. Jarrett Parker
            .265/.368/.431, 8 HR’s, 77:42 K;BB, 15/17 SB, 329 PA’s

Parker was the Giants 2nd round pick out of the University of Virginia in 2010. He had good athleticism and tools but his swing was long leaving him prone to strikeouts. His first pro season has been a bit of a mixed bag as he has struck out a lot and his power hasn’t developed as hoped, but he is walking a lot and seems to be getting better as the year progresses.


16. Hector Sanchez
            SJ: .301/.321/.511, 8 HR’s, 41:5 K:BB, 184 PA’s

Fresno: .333/.411/.413, 0 HR’s, 5:9 K:BB, 73 PA’s

When Buster Posey got injured the Giants frantically began looking for a replacement and that came in the form of aggressively sending Sanchez to AAA Fresno. Defensively Sanchez has a strong arm but is raw in receiving and game calling (though Barry Zito did praise his game calling). Offensively he has shown the ability to draw a walk and hit for power.

17. Heath Hembree

SJ: 24.2 IP, 0.73 ERA, 5.8 H/9, 4.4 BB/9, 16.1 K/9, 0.56 GO/AO

Richmond: 4.0 IP, 4.50 ERA, 4.5 H/9, 11.2 BB/9, 18.0 K/9, 0,67 GO/AO

Hembree has had a great year and is probably one of the top pure relief prospects in all of baseball. He was San Jose’s closer for 2 months before getting promoted to AA. He looks like he could end up being a future closer at the major league level.


18. Roger Kieschnick
            .257/.313/.406, 8 HR’s, 69:24 K:BB, 9/15 SB, 316 PA’s

Kieschnick was one of the bigger disappointments last year, though lots of players struggle adjusting to the Eastern League and he did have back issues. This year he’s been a bit better but given that he’s repeating the league and the fact that his power is supposed to be his best tool his line is still pretty underwhelming.

19. Conor Gillaspie
            Fresno:.295/.375/.441, 4 HR’s, 48:35 K:BB, 6/11 SB, 301 PA’s

SF: .286/.375/.286, 0 HR, 0:1 K:BB, 0/0 SB, 7 PA’s

Gillaspie had a cup of coffee in the big leagues this year, his 1st since September of 2008 when he was called up due to his contract. He also has quietly had his most productive year at the plate. He still profiles better as a utility guy than a regular but his year has been encouraging.

20. Rafael Rodriguez
            .235/.276/.303, 1 HR, 41:12 K:BB, 1/6 SB, 250 PA’s

Rodriguez was aggressively assigned to Augusta to start the year. The owner of the Giants largest ever international bonus he has failed to live up to expectations, but he’s still just 18 so there is still a lot of time for him to develop.

21. Seth Rosin
            64.1 IP, 3.64 ERA, 8.4 H/9, 3.0 BB/9, 7.7 K/9, 1.68 GO/AO

Rosin was assigned to Low A and struggled there as a starter. He shifted to the bullpen and has had some success there, but given his level, his age his year has been disappointing.



22. Jason Stoffel
            27.1 IP, 3.29 ERA, 10.2 H/9, 4.0 BB/9, 8.9 K/9, 1.65 GO/AO

Stoffel has been the closer at San Jose and now Richmond. He does a nice job of getting strikeouts, but he has struggled with his control which has led to a high number of walks and hits. One interesting thing to note is that he has done a good job of suppressing HR’s throughout his career-only 5 allowed in 98 career innings.

23. Nick Noonan
            .213/.301/.298, 3 HR’s, 54:28 K:BB, 2/2 SB, 268 PA’s

Like Kieschnick, Noonan had a disappointing 2010 and returned to AA in 2011. He shifted to SS to accommodate Charlie Culberson at AA but has disappointed this year again with an OPS under .600. He’s still fairly young but his strong SAL campaign seems long ago.

24. Michael Main
            20.0 IP, 3.15 ERA, 8.1 H/9, 5.0 BB/9, 9.9 K/9, 0.45 GO/AO

Main was the prospect the Giants got in return for covering Bengie Molina’s salary last year. After coming over from the Rangers, Main struggled at AA and was assigned back to San Jose to start the year. He missed part of the year with an injured shoulder but has started pitching again.

T25. Brock Bond
            .246/.338/.333, 0 HR, 8:7 K:BB, 1/3 SB, 65 PA

Bond was the source of much debate as his high BA and walk rate are very strong but his lack of other tools and being passed up in the Rule 5 draft made some say he wasn’t a legit prospect. This year he has been limited to just 65 plate appearances which is unfortunate given that there is an opening at the ML level to see if he can make it in the bigs.


T25. Jake Dunning
            53.0 IP, 5.43 ERA, 11.4 H/9, 3.4 BB/9, 8.5 K/9, 1.70 GO/AO

Dunning was the rare position player convert who the org thought could hack it as a starter and not just as an arm strength bullpen guy. He started the year in the San Jose rotation but struggled there and has since shifted to the bullpen. Given how new he is to pitching and the advanced level he is at, he has posted an OK year.

27. Chris Dominguez
            SJ: .291/.337/.465, 11 HR’s, 73:18 K:BB, 8/10 SB, 279 PA’s

Richmond: .283/.318/.567, 2 HR’s, 15:3 K:BB, 0/1 SB, 66 PA’s

Dominguez was the Giants 3rd round pick in 2009 known for his prodigious power and strong arm. He spent the 2010 year at Augusta and posted an underwhelming year. He started the year at San Jose and posted roughly the same line at San Jose before getting promoted to Richmond where for 12 of his first 16 hits have gone for extra bases, which is odd given that Richmond saps power.

28. Ryan Verdugo
            78.0 IP, 4.04 ERA, 8.9 H/9, 3.7 BB/9, 9.1 K/9, 0.69 GO/AO

Verdugo shifted to the rotation for the first time in his professional career and the results have been solid, as he has done a nice job getting strikeouts. His big key will be limiting walks in the future, but given his newness to starting I think 2011 has been successful for him.

29. Reinier Roibal
            14.0 IP, 3.21 ERA, 10.9 H/9, 1.9 BB/9, 9.0 K/9, 0.86 GO/AO

Roibal was the recipient of a 6 figure bonus and given his age many thought he would start the year in a full season rotation. He reportedly struggled in spring training and was sent to Salem Keizer. He’s 22 and has only thrown 14 innings so there’s not much to go on right now.

30. Clayton Tanner
            82.1 IP, 4.48 ERA, 9.7 H/9, 6.9 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, 1.73 GO/AO

For the 2nd time in his career Tanner is repeating a level. He posted a good ERA at AA last year but that belied a 79:64 K:BB, but this year he has raised his strikeouts, lowered his walks but his ERA is a run higher-likely due to the increased number of HR’s he’s allowed this year.

31. Juan Perez
            .229/.278/.337, 2 HR’s, 58:15 K:BB, 13/16 SB, 299 PA’s

Perez posted a solid line last year in the Cal league but showed that he was still raw. This year he has struggled at the plate showing his plate discipline issues with his power not showing up. He has however improved very well on the base paths and was named the Cal league’s best defensive CF by the managers last year.

32. Johnny Monell
            .239/.320/.391, 8 HR’s, 62:26 K:BB, 0/3 SB, 270 PA’s

Monell is an interesting prospect. He has decent patience and solid power from the catcher position but has a poor K: BB and his defense behind the plate is raw. If he can stick behind the plate he could be a decent back up.

33. Darren Ford
            Fresno: .211/.263/.324, 2 HR’s, 23:4 K:BB, 10/10 SB, 76 PA’s

SF:.300/.417/.300, 0 HR, 3:1 K:BB, 5/8 SB, 12 PA’s

Ford has one plus tool and he certainly has made the most of it-he has more games played than PA’s at the major league level and became a weapon for Bruce Bochy early in the season before he injured his ankle. He still doesn’t have the bat to be a starter at the next level but he looks like he could carve out a niche as a 5th OF who can pinch run and play defense.

34. Ryan Cavan
            .264/.332/.414, 6 HR’s, 56:33 K:BB, 9/10 SB, 358 PA’s

Cavan emerged as a bit of a sleeper as he hit fairly well for a 2B in Augusta last year, though he was too old for the league. This year Cavan’s numbers have dropped pretty noticeably-roughly 50 OPS points but his defense at 2B has improved as he has just 3 errors this year compared to 26 last year.

35. Dan Burkhart
            SK:.256/.310/.410, 1 HR, 11:3 K:BB, 0/0 SB, 42 PA’s

            Augusta: .217/.265/.261, 0 HR’s, 17:3 K:BB, 0/1 SB, 49 PA’s

Burkhart was best known for being the catcher (in high school and college) of Minnesota Twins 2010 1st round pick Alex Wimmers. While Burkhart is having a better pro debut than his battery mate, he has still struggled and has gone from Augusta down to Salem-Keizer.

36. Matt Graham
            SK: 9.0 IP, 15.00 ERA, 22.0 H/9, 5.0 BB/9, 5.0 K/9, 1.50 GO/AO

            Augusta: 22.0 IP, 5.32 ERA, 8.6 H/9, 7.4 BB/9, 4.1 K/9, 3.00 GO/AO

Graham was a 6th round draft pick in 2009 who received an overslot bonus to pass up a scholarship at North Carolina. Since joining the Giants organization he has struggled with his control and his mechanics. He’s now exclusively a reliever and this only would be his sophomore year at UNC but he’ll need to start improving quickly.

T37. Jacob Dunnington
            Augusta: 43.0 IP, 3.77 ERA, 6.1 H/9, 6.7 BB/9, 11.1 K/9, 0.89 GO/AO

            SJ: 2.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 3.4 H/9, 0.0 BB/9, 13.5 K/9, 0.33 GO/AO

Dunnington who has an eerily similar name to Jake Dunning has had a strong start to his pro career. He was made a reliever after signing as a NDFA out of high school and spent the beginning of the year at Augusta before getting promoted to San Jose. He’s done a good job getting strikeouts and limiting hits but he needs to refine his control.

T37. Carlos Willoughby
            .250/.362/.318, 1 HR, 51:47 K:BB, 26/32 SB, 362 PA’s

Willoughby didn’t come to the States until he was 2010 and made his full season debut this year. He has done a good job of using his speed as he has stolen 26 bases and walked almost as much as he struck out, though he isn’t hitting for any power.

39. Steve Edlefsen
            20.2 IP, 6.53 ERA, 12.6 H/9, 1.7 BB/9, 6.1 K/9, 2.07 GO/AO

Edlefsen is in his third year in the PCL and in terms of ERA. He has done a good job of lowering his walks but it has come at the expense of lowering his strikeouts and allowing more hits than he has in years past. He just finished rehabbing an injury.

40. Kendry Flores
            9 IP, 10.00 ERA, 18.0 H/9, 6.0 BB/9, 11.0 K/9, 2.75 GO/AO

Flores is a 19 year old who is coming off a strong year in the AZL. He has a rough start to his Northwest League career, logging just 9 innings in his first 3 starts.

41. Edwin Escobar
            AZL: 8.1 IP, 4.32 ERA, 10.8 H/9, 1.1 BB/9, 9.7 K/9, 1.14 GO/AO

Augusta: 6.0 IP, 18.00 ERA,  22.5 H/9, 7.5 BB/9, 7.5 K/9, 1.50 GO/AO

Escobar came to the Giants in exchange for the unconditional rights to Ben Snyder (after he had been selected in the Rule 5 draft) and his brother was recently signed by the Pirates for 570K. The Giants Escobar has done a good job of getting strikeouts, especially given his age but he struggled in his 4 Low A games.

42. David Quinowski
            35.2 IP, 2.52 ERA, 6.8 H/9, 1.5 BB/9, 7.1 K/9, 0.48 GO/AO

Quinowski finished last year at Richmond as back there for 2011. He has had a strong year though his strike out rate is a bit underwhelming, especially given his age. He has done a good job of limiting baserunners though as his walks and hits allowed are strong.

43. Carter Jurica
            .239/.343/.381, 4 HR’s, 40:20 K:BB, 5/7 SB, 181 PA’s

Jurica was the surprised 3rd round pick from Kansas State last year and he struggled mightily at Salem-Keizer last year. He has had a better-though still underwhelming-year at San Jose this year and is now on the DL.

T44. Brandon Allen
            15.1 IP, 8.22 ERA, 10.0 H/9, 5.3 BB/9, 2.3 K/9, 1.41 GO/AO

Allen was a tall athletic righthander who the Giants gave an overslot bonus last year. He started the year at Salem Keizer this year and has struggled in his Northwest league debut.

T44. Sundrendy Windster

            4 IP, 6.75 ERA, 15.8 H/9, 6.8 BB/9, 4.5 K/9, 1.5 GO/AO

Windster is the owner of the best name in the Giants system. He started the year at Low A Augusta as a hitter, but is now trying to make it as a pitcher.

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