Minor League Opening Day Roster Analysis: San Francisco Giants

1 Kyle Crick 11/30/1992 rhp San Jose Giants (HiA)
2 Joe Panik 10/30/1990 ss Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)
3 Chris Stratton 8/22/1990 rhp Augusta GreenJackets (LoA)
4 Gary Brown 9/28/1988 of Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)
5 Mike Kickham 12/12/1988 lhp Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)
6 Clayton Blackburn 1/6/1993 rhp San Jose Giants (HiA)
7 Heath Hembree 1/13/1989 rhp Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)
8 Francisco Peguero 6/1/1988 of Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)
9 Roger Kieschnick 1/21/1987 of Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)
10 Adalberto Mejia 6/20/1993 lhp San Jose Giants (HiA)


San Francisco GiantsHE’S WHERE? First-round righthander Chris Stratton will not pitch for high Class A San Jose—at least not yet. Instead, he’s making his full-season debut with low Class A Augusta, despite his pedigree as Southeastern Conference pitcher of the year for Mississippi State. He logged just 16 innings and missed instructional league last year after taking a liner to the head during batting practice. On the other hand, hefty first baseman Angel Villalona made the San Jose roster, the level he left off at in 2009 when a murder charge in the Dominican Republic interrupted his career for two years. He spent last season in the Dominican Summer League, his application for a work visa denied.

WHO’S MISSING: The Giants broke camp in good health, though lefty Eric Surkamp appears on the major league disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery he had last July.

GO SEE: Four of the Giants’ brightest pitching prospects—including system top dog Kyle Crick—graduate in tandem from Augusta to San Jose. Joining Crick in high Class A are fellow righty Clayton Blackburn and lefties Adalberto Mejia and Edwin Escobar.