Historically, the Giants have always been a tough system for me to rank. When I’ve looked back at prior lists I have created for the organization, there have been some very curious results and some insane inaccuracies. I’m not proud of it and to date, I don’t have a sound explanation.
With last year’s list I actually think I got a little closer. The Giants are not a classically good system and that makes things a little difficult, but I had a better sense of what was going on following the 2011 season.
Gary Brown and Kyle Crick were the top two in the system without question and I stand by that decision today. Tommy Joseph’s stock was still high in my mind and even with a move to the Phillies, he still rates as a nice, quality prospect.
I probably could have thrown the rest of the Top 15 in a hat and picked them out at random and come up with a list that was defensible. I was more cautious with Eric Surkamp, despite pleas from numerous fans, and I believe that was the right move. I do wish I had been more assertive with my rating of Mike Kickham and I am willing to acknowledge that mistake.
The inclusion of Conor Gillaspie and Bryce Bandilla at the back of the list is curious and evidence of someone that was seemingly grasping at straws. Bandilla’s raw tools can fit in that range in a system of this magnitude, but frankly, Gillaspie had no business here. That said, including players like Ricky Oropesa or Chris Dominguez didn’t make much sense to me either.
This was an incredibly difficult system to rank and I had plenty of mistakes last year. I put a considerable amount of effort into expanding my coverage of the Giants system last year and I hope that will be reflected in my 2013 Top 15.