Accountability Check: Giants 2012 Top 15 Prospects

San Francisco Giants 2012 Top 15 Prospects (2/14/12)

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.

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3 Responses to Accountability Check: Giants 2012 Top 15 Prospects

  1. I don’t think you’re alone in finding their system difficult to rank, as someone who goes through a lot of conversations about their system every year.

    I’m curious about your last statement. How much coverage did you manage to get for the system last year?

    • Mark A. says:

      I made an effort to expand my reach/contacts in the California and South Atlantic Leagues to get a better feel for their prospects there. I also focused on seeing their Double-A club on multiple occasions to give me more personal experience with guys like Brown, Adrianza, Dominguez, Joseph, Bochy, Fleet, Gloor and Kickham.

      • Not sure where you’re stationed, but I try to catch their Richmond team whenever they come to Bowie (and occasionally down in Richmond as well). If you’re around I’d love to catch a game with you.

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