San Francisco Giants’ Top Prospects 2014, Part IV: 37-48
37. Carter Jurica (25 years old in 2014, SS). The Giants’ 3rd pick in 2010, he jumped from A+ San Jose in 2012 directly to AAA Fresno in 2013, and his offense suffered accordingly. He hit only .249/.329/.319. However, he’s still relatively young and doesn’t need to improve his hitting a whole lot to be a useful back-up middle infielder at the major league level.
38. Josh Osich (25, LHP). A big left-hander the Giants selected in the sixth round of the 2011 Draft despite having undergone Tommy John surgery in college, Osich had a 2.45 ERA in 34 relief appearances for the A+ San Jose Giants and a 4.85 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the AA Richmond Flying Squirrels. In total, he struck out 76 batters in 70 innings pitched while walking only 22.
39. Chris Johnson (22, RHP). A 17th round draft pick in 2012, he was the Class A- Salem-Keizer Volcanoes’ top starter in his second go-round in the Northwest League. He went 6-3 with a 2.49 ERA, 78 Ks in 83 innings pitched and a WHIP below 1.00.
40. Joe Kurrasch (23, LHP). In a season roughly split between A- Salem-Keizer and A Augusta, Kurrasch combined to strikeout 57 batters in 59.1 IP (12 starts, four relief appearances) and record an ERA of 3.64. Strangely, he pitched much better in Augusta than he did at short-season Salem-Keizer.
41-43. Charles Jones (21, RF); Tyler Hollick (21, CF); and Shilo McCall (20; LF). Three very young, toolsy outfielders. None was particularly impressive in 2013: Jones batted .236/.321/.371, struck out too much, and stole 12 bases in 20 attempts in 128 games at Class A Augusta; Hollick batted .262/.374/.338 and stole 20 bases in 25 attempts in 63 games at A- Salem-Keizer, but didn’t hit a lick during a 15-game stint at Augusta; and McCall batted .235/.330/.398 in 55 games at Salem-Keizer. However, each was among the youngest players on their respective teams and at times flashed their potential up-side. Keep an eye on them, as at least one will probably amount to something some day.
44. Johneshwy Fargas (19, CF). The Giants’ 11th round selection last June, Fargas hit .299/.393/.351 in 30 games in the Rookie Arizona League last summer.
45. Keury Mella (20, RHP). After a fine year at age 18 in the Dominican Summer League in 2012, Mella pitched just as well in the Rookie Arizona League this year, recording a 2.25 ERA in 36 innings pitched, striking out 41 and walking only 11. Other pitchers put up similar numbers at this level last year, but they’re all at least a year older.
46. Reymi Rodriguez (19, RHP). Rodriguez is the pitcher whose 2013 season in the Dominican Summer League impresses me most, at least when you also take age into account. He went 7-1 with a 1.36 ERA and a pitching line of 46.1 IP, 24 hits, zero HRs and 23 walk allowed, and 49 Ks.
47. Ricky Oropesa (24, 1B). The Giants’ 3rd round draft pick in 2011 out of USC, Oropesa hit well in the first half of the 2013 season at Class A+ San Jose, but he was completely over-matched in his first stab at the AA Eastern League in the second half. For the season, he batted .249/.311/.388, which just doesn’t cut it for a 1Bman.
48. Rando Moreno (22, 2B). In 41 games, 28 in the Rookie Arizona League and 13 in the Class A Sally League, Moreno batted .344/.396/.464, terrific for a middle infielder. He also stole 12 bases in 18 attempts. He will presumably start 2014 back at Class A Augusta, and we’ll find out whether his 2013 performance was just a fluke based on a small sample size.