San Francisco Giants’ Top Prospects 2014, Part V: 49-60

Concluding my list of the San Francisco Giants’ top 60 prospects as we head toward Spring Training 2014, you can here find Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV:

49.  Ydwin Villegas (23 years old in 2014, SS).  Villegas is a Venezuelan middle infielder the Giants have moved around their farm system in a paripatetic manner the last three seasons.  He had a strong 2009 season in the Rookie Arizona League at age 18, but since then the Giants have at times promoted him all the way up to AAA Fresno for parts of the 2010 through 2012 seasons.  I assume the Giants have done so because his defense is good and he’s been filling a hole when someone else got hurt, promoted or cut.

This quick rise through the farm system hasn’t been good for him in terms of playing time or developing as a hitter, although he did hit .274/.336/.349 in 39 games and 116 plate appearances at Fresno last season.  He definitely looks like he’s got some talent and could develop into something if he were given consistent at-bats somewhere.

50.  Brett Bochy (26, RHP).  Manager Bruce Bochy’s son, Brett has a good arm but turns 27 next August.  He recorded a 3.99 ERA in relief for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies last year, striking out 57 batters and walking only 16 in 56.1 innings pitched.  Brett doesn’t have to improve a whole lot at Fresno in 2014 to get a shot with the Giants at some point during the upcoming season.

51.  Jose Valdez (25, RHP).  An enormous (6’7″, 250 lbs) right-hander, Valdez has a terrific arm but still can’t throw strikes consistently.  He’s struck out 383 batters in 333.1 career minor league innings, and he struck out 53 batters at 56 innings at Class AA Richmond last year.  However, he also walked 48 batters and gave up 64 hits (but only two home runs), leaving him with an ugly 5.46 ERA.  Could amount to something if he ever learns how to throw strikes.

52.  Brian Ragira (22, 1B/OF).  The Giants’ fourth round draft pick last June out of Stanford, Ragira batted .275/.372/.401 in 54 minor league games, seven in the Rookie Arizona League and 47 at Class A- Salem-Keizer.  Don’t know if he’ll ever hit enough for the positions he plays to make it to the majors.

53.  Randy Ortiz (21, CF/RF).  In 48 games at Class A- Salem-Keizer in 2013, Ortiz batted .253/.341/.32o and stole 16 bases in 19 attempts.

54.  Alberto Robles (23, SS/2B).  In 62 games a Class A Augusta, Robles batted .304/.360/.387 and stole 13 bases in 20 attempts.  Robles didn’t join the GreenJackets until May 31st and then had to work his way into the starting line-up, which is why he only played in 62 games.

55.  Mitchell Delfino (23, 3B).  A 2oth round draft pick out of Cal in 2012, Delfino was the Augusta GreenJackets’ starting 3Bman all season and played pretty well, batting .270/.324/.413 in 122 games.  He’s definitely a long-shot, but he played well enough this past season to move up to A+ San Jose in 2014.

56.  Tyler Mizenko (24, RHP).  At Class A Augusta at age 23, Mizenko posted a 2.75 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 52.1 relief innings pitched.

57 & 58.  Juan Perez (27, CF); Roger Kieschnick (27, RF).  Perez and Kieschnick are both now 27 years old, which puts them right at the cusp of still being considered prospects, at least as far as I’m concerned.  However, both got their first major league experience last season, and there’s at least a reasonable possibility that they could get significant playing time with the Giants at some time during the 2014 season.  Kieschnick is the better hitting prospect, but Perez is more likely to have a significant major league career since he provides much more defensive value.

59.  Cody Hall (26, RHP).  Drafted as a college senior out of a small school, Hall has consistently pitched well in his three years in the Giants’ system.  Last year, roughly split between Class A+ San Jose and AA Richmond, Hall posted an overall 1.80 ERA with a pitching line of 60 IP, 32 hits, six HRs and 15 walks allowed, and 75 Ks.  That’s just terrific.  Needless to say, the main thing working against Hall is his age.

60.  Chris Gloor (27, LHP).  A huge left-hander (6’6″, 255 lbs), Gloor was the AA Richmond Flying Squirrels’ best starter in 2013, at least until Edwin Escobar was promoted from Class A+ San Jose in mid-season.  Gloor went 9-7 with a 4.03 ERA and struck out 121 batters while walking only 41 in 156.1 innings pitched.

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One Comment on “San Francisco Giants’ Top Prospects 2014, Part V: 49-60”

  1. Burly Says:

    A player whom I did not include in my list of the Giants top 60 prospects but who definitely deserves special mention is big (6’4″, 250 lb) right-hander Erik Cordier. The Giants signed him as a minor league free agent out of the Pirates’ organization after a season at AAA Indianopolis in which he posted an unimpressive 4.58 ERA in relief but struck out 65 batters in 53 innings, although he also walked 28.

    Cordier will be 28 years old in 2014, so he is past my general prospect expiration date. However, the Giants signed him to a major league deal, which means he can’t be paid less than $500,000 for the season whether he pitches in San Francisco or in the minors. This likely means he’ll get at least some playing time in the majors this year.

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