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A two-time first-round pick, Beede turned down the Blue Jays out of high school as the 21st overall pick in 2011. He went to Vanderbilt and dominated as a sophomore, going 14-1, 2.32 and leading Division I in wins. He also ranked inside the top 10 in the nation for hit rate per nine innings (5.7) despite plenty of wildness (5.6 walks per nine, 14 wild pitches). He threw more strikes as a junior, but wasn't as effective. The Giants selected Beede 14th overall in the 2014 draft and signed him for a shade more than $2.6 million. After letting him go out and pitch like he had at Vanderbilt in his short first pro season, San Francisco reworked his delivery in 2015 by slowing down his tempo and simplifying his windup. Beede said he models his deliver now on that of Zack Greinke. He starts his delivery slowly, but the tempo builds as he gathers on the rubber. The Giants also asked him to focus on throwing more two-seam fastballs and cutters and relying less on his power four-seamer. The approach helped him thrive at high Class A San Jose in 2015, but he hit a wall following a promotion to Double-A Richmond, in part because his stuff backed up. He started throwing more in the high-80s to low-90s instead of showing the mid-90s velocity he'd shown in the past. Back in the Eastern League in 2016, Beede more consistently got to the mid-90s velocity he showed in college, which helped his entire repertoire play better. On his best nights he'd touch 96-97 in his final inning of work. He led the EL in ERA (2.81), finished second in strikeouts (135) and fifth in opponent average (.248). One of the keys to Beede's big step forward in 2016 was his emphasis on conditioning. In a January camp that included several big leaguers, Beede won the Giants award for the hardest worker. That hard work paid off when his fastball returned to the 92-94 mph range he had showed at Vanderbilt. His heater sat 90-92 mph in 2015. Now he touches 97 mph deep in games when needed. Beede has quickly grown to enjoy manipulating his two-seamer, but the higher-velocity four-seamer is always in his back pocket. As important as his fastball is, he succeeds because he has a varied assortment of pitches. Beede's curveball is a plus pitch at its best. He still needs to command it better, but if he can land it more consistently, it could be his best secondary pitch. His above-average 87-90 mph cutter is more consistent--though sometimes he throws it too much. It plays well off his sinker with consistent running action. His changeup took a slight step back in 2016, but it has been above-average in the past and was average in 2016. Beede has come a long way from the all-power, all-the-time approach he once used, but he's no soft-tosser after regaining the power he seemed to lose in 2015 in his first full pro season. He now can pitch--or he can overpower. His body control still wavers enough to make it hard to see him ever having plus control, but he has refined his delivery to the point where average control is possible. Beede could be a future mid-rotation starter with enough stuff and control to thrive in the big leagues. He will head to Triple-A Sacramento in 2017 for further refinement, but the Giants believe he has come far enough that he would be able to handle the big leagues in 2017.
Scouts have long loved Arroyo's hitting ability and his confident, aggressive style of play dating back to his amateur days, including a star turn for of USA Baseball's 18U team in 2012. The 25th pick in the 2013 draft, he owns a career .294 average in pro ball but faces questions about his impact potential after hitting just three home runs at Double-A Richmond in 2016. The Giants had Arroyo split time between shortstop and third base for the first time in 2016. He projects as a plus defender at third with above-average instincts, an ability to throw accurately from multiple arm angles, soft hands and an excellent internal clock. His throws generally seem to have just enough to nab the baserunner. At shortstop, Arroyo is reliably fringe-average but has limited range, especially to his left, thanks to his fringe-average speed and short-range quickness. He runs the bases better than his speed would indicate because he has excellent anticipation and awareness. At the plate, Arroyo has a very short swing and excellent hand-eye coordination. It's easy to find scouts who project him as a plus hitter capable of hitting .280 or higher, but they see 10-home run potential to go with 35 doubles. Arroyo's aggressive approach and ability to make a lot of contact limits his walk rate. Giants incumbent third baseman Eduardo Nunez is a free agent after the 2017 season, which syncs up nearly perfectly with Arroyo's timetable. He projects along the lines of former Giant Matt Duffy as a bat-first third baseman with a good glove.
During his sophomore and junior years at Boston College, Shaw hit 17 of the Eagles' 39 home runs, many of which were titanic shots. The Giants selected him 31st overall in the 2015 draft and signed him for $1.4 million. Shaw led the short-season Northwest League with 12 home runs in his 2015 pro debut, then launched 16 more at high Class A San Jose in 2016 prior to a promotion to Double-A Richmond, where Eastern League pitchers gave him his first pro challenge. Shaw has plus-plus raw power, and EL pitchers worked hard to prevent him getting his arms extended on pitches in the zone. No part of the ballpark can contain a pitch Shaw gets hold of. Even with a below-average hit tool, he has the potential to hit 20-plus home runs on an annual basis. His swing has some length and has a tendency to be a little too grooved. Pitchers who fail to locate are bound to get hurt, but Shaw doesn't have the quick hands to adjust his swing quickly on pitches in his cold zone. He does have a solid understanding of the strike zone and will collect his share of walks and strikeouts. Shaw spent much of the 2016 season putting in plenty of early work on defense. He also spent 10 days at instructional league working on his footwork around first. He's still below-average defensively but has improved his range and footwork. Shaw has an above-average arm, but it doesn't come into play much at first base. Shaw's power potential gives him a chance to be a first-division first baseman, but he'll need to improve his defense and hit tool to reach his ceiling. He will head back to Richmond in 2017.
After giving up their 2016 first-round pick to sign free agent Jeff Samardzija, the Giants were thrilled to see Reynolds, a late first-round talent, slide to the second round. He hit .329 in a three-year career at Vanderbilt and .346 in the 2015 Cape Cod League. After signing with the Giants he quickly advanced to low Class A Augusta and hit .313 in his pro debut. Reynolds may not have a true plus tool, but nor does he have a below-average one. His feel for the game enhances his raw ability. He's a switch-hitter with quick hands and a loose swing. He gets too passive at times with two strikes and carries a high strikeout rate. Still, he uses a controlled swing, understands pitch sequencing and works counts to the point he is beginning to tap into his average power. Defensively, Reynolds is a plus defender in the corners and is playable in center field because of his average speed. His arm is average but plays because he's accurate. As a switch-hitter who can hit and play all three outfield spots, Reynolds has a high floor as at least a big league contributor. His ability to stay in center and rein in his strikeout rate will determine whether he can be an everyday impact player.
Three times Suarez has been selected with a draft pick in the first 10 rounds. He turned down the Blue Jays (ninth round) out of high school and survived shoulder surgery to become a key part of Miami's rotation. The two-time second-round pick spurned the Nationals in 2014 to return to the Hurricanes. The Giants signed him for a touch more than $1 million in 2015. Suarez is yet another creative Giants starter. He mixes his pitches, changes speeds, works in and out, elevates and sinks and manipulates the ball around the strike zone like a veteran. And he does it with legitimate stuff. Suarez pitches with an 89-93 mph fastball that touches 95 with late life. It plays as an above-average pitch because his slinging, low three-quarters arm slot presents a tough angle. His slider is an above-average pitch and his changeup is average. He also uses a fringe-average curveball and cutter. All Suarez's pitches play up because of his plus control (strikes with 70 percent of pitches, according to the Giants) and above-average command, though he would benefit by making hitters chase a pitch more often. Suarez's feel and control are reminiscent of fellow Giants lefthander Ty Blach, but he pitches with firmer stuff. He should slot in as a No. 4 starter and is ready for Triple-A Sacramento in 2017.
One of the more durable starters in the minors, Blach has exceeded 100 innings in each of his past six seasons, stretching back to his sophomore year at Creighton. He topped 160 in both 2015 and 2016 at Triple-A Sacramento. A September callup, Blach provided a 2016 season highlight when he outdueled the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw on Oct. 1 with eight scoreless innings to sew up the Giants' playoff spot. Blach repeated the Pacific Coast League in 2016 and improved across the board, notably by inducing batters to chase out of the zone more frequently and sequencing better to allow less hard contact. He has long been a favorite of Giants coaches for his intelligent approach to pitching and his excellent work ethic. He lacks a plus pitch, but his changeup is above-average and his control allows him to keep hitters off balance. He hits his spots with average stuff, has above-average control, keeps the ball in the park, holds baserunners and is an excellent fielder. Blach has also gained strength to the point where his fastball is now an average 91-92 mph rather than the 89-90 he showed when he signed. He tightened his curveball in 2016, making the formerly loopy pitch sharper, albeit still fringe-average. His slider is a fringe-average pitch without the bite to be an out pitch. Blach profiles as a No. 5 starter and will compete in 2017 with more tenured pitchers for a spot in the big league rotation.
Gregorio signed as an "older" 18-year-old out of the Dominican Republic in 2010, yet Giants had to be patient as he filled out his massive 6-foot-7 frame and learned how to repeat his delivery. He cruised through an assignment at Double-A Richmond in 2016 to earn a May promotion to Triple-A Sacramento, where he ran up a 5.28 ERA in 21 starts at age 24. Even as he struggled every fifth day, Gregorio impressed at times. He ranges from 90-93 mph as he mixes two- and four-seam fastball. He struggles to locate to his glove side but is comfortable locating arm side. Gregorio has shown improved feel, and he creates plenty of angle on his fastball with his long limbs. His best secondary pitch is an average 82-85 mph slider. His below-average 85-86 mph changeup took a big step forward in 2016 when he started to show conviction in throwing it. He showed improved maturity in his pitch selection by sticking with a pitch even if it's getting hit and sharpening it during the game. Scouts are split on Gregorio's future role. His age, wavering control and the Giants' crowded Triple-A rotation all hint at a move to the bullpen.
Fabian was the Giants' top target on the 2014 international market, and they signed him for $500,000. He helped lead the his Dominican Summer League team to the league title in 2015 and followed it up by being one of the best hitters in the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2016. The 18-year-old ranked among the league's best in many offensive categories, including average (.340), extra-base hits (20) and slugging (.522). Fabian is an advanced hitter for his age, and he loves the challenge of catching up to quality fastballs. He has a significant leg lift to begin his swing, using it to load and explode into the pitch. He does a good job of using his lower half in his swing, but his lack of current pitch awareness makes him vulnerable to offspeed pitches. His hand-eye coordination allowed him to survive against AZL pitchers despite his aggressiveness. Fabian is a plus defender in right field with excellent routes and a good first step. He has a plus arm with accuracy. Fabian is a below-average runner and faces questions about his power potential. He shows fringe-average raw power now, but his lean frame limits his growth potential. Fabian lacks physical projection and is a fringe athlete who succeeds more because of hard work and feel for the game. He will attempt to keep exceeding expectations in 2017, possibly at low Class A Augusta.
One of the better hitting catchers available in the 2014 draft, Garcia walked more than he struck out as a Florida International junior and led Conference USA in average (.368) and slugging (.626). He popped 15 home runs at low Class A Augusta in 2015, but his timing never returned in 2016 after he missed two months with a facial fracture that required surgery. He injured himself in a collision at second base as he slid to break up a double play. He then hit just .191 in the Arizona Fall League. Garcia has focused attention on his defense in pro ball as a result of being labeled a bat-first catcher in high school and college. A fringe-average defender with a plus arm, he is more than playable behind the plate. He will rip off above-average pop times of 1.85-1.9 seconds on throws to second base. Garcia's blocking and the smoothness of his receiving is limited by his size and by a little stiffness, but he has worked to improve. But his performance at the plate in 2016 disappointed because he didn't show his trademark power or consistent approach. If he can get back to pre-injury form, Garcia is a .250 hitter with line-drive power and about 10 home run potential. Even in a lost season, Garcia didn't carry his offensive struggles into the field, where he has only improved. He will attempt to rebound in 2017, possibly with a return to San Jose.
A right fielder at Clemson and early in his pro career, Duggar slid over to center field and blossomed in 2016. He spent the second half at Double-A Richmond and combined to hit .302 at two stops while showing wide-ranging ability, including 10 home runs, 72 walks and 15 stolen bases (albeit with 14 failed attempts). Thanks to plenty of extra work, Duggar turned himself into a potentially above-average defender in center with lots of range thanks to his plus speed. That and his plus arm will be essential if he is to man San Francisco's spacious right field. A lefthanded batter, Duggar also made strides at the plate as he worked to flatten the angle his bat takes as it enters the hitting zone. The flatter path led to more consistent hard contact, which helped him spray the ball to all fields, particularly at Richmond, where he hit .321. Duggar's strike-zone discipline enhances his above-average hit tool and drives his high on-base percentage. His speed hasn't translated into basestealing success. The strength in his swing could allow him to hit 15 home runs or more if he is willing to trade average for power. Duggar is a premium athlete who is proving he can hit. Unless he develops more power, he profiles best as a potential top-of-the-order batter.
Coonrod can handle the pressure of a big game. He led Carrollton High to an Illinois state title in 2011, and in his final college game for Southern Illinois he outdueled Rockies 2014 first-rounder Kyle Freeland in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. Coonrod's intense, hypercompetitive approach has carried over to pro ball. He has no qualms about pitching inside, and even when he gets hit, he shows no visible discomfort. His point of emphasis in 2016 was to improve his control and be more efficient. That paid off in lengthier outings, but it also led to slips in strikeout (6.0) and walk (3.8) rates per nine innings. Coonrod comes after hitters with a power-heavy approach. He sits 90-94 mph and touches higher with a heavy fastball that can break bats, and he also tosses in an above-average mid-80s slider that can be a little slurvy, but he tightens and loosens it depending on situation. His changeup is a fringe-average third pitch with some deception, but he doesn't use it very much. Coonrod's high-effort delivery limits his control, while he needs to command the ball to the corners better. His temperament would suit an eventual move to the bullpen, and that may fit the Giants' needs as well.
Moronta began the 2016 season as Rodolfo Martinez's setup man at high Class A San Jose before ascending to the closer job when the Giants promoted Martinez to Double-A Richmond. In his first week in the job, Moronta struck out eight in five scoreless innings while allowing only one hit and one walk. He is more advanced than Martinez with better control and a better slider. Moronta sits 95-97 mph with his heater and touches triple digits at his best. He does a good job of locating his fastball down in the strike zone. His hard slider has a short, late bite and can be a plus pitch as well. He can loosen his breaking ball to throw it in the zone early in counts. He even throws a changeup sporadically to take advantage of the element of surprise. Moronta is at least 50 pounds heavier than his listed weight of 175 pounds and conditioning is a concern, but so far his weight has not inhibited his ability to find the strike zone. He has at least average control for a reliever already and locates better than most Class A relievers. The Giants added Moronta to the 40-man roster after the 2016 season and he's ready for Richmond.
After spending two seasons at Triple-A Sacramento, Okert probably won't return to the Pacific Coast League in 2017. Called up three separate times to San Francisco in 2016, he has demonstrated that he's ready to handle a lefthanded reliever role. Okert has some funkiness to his delivery. He sets up on the first-base side of the rubber with his back to the hitter and throws across his body. His arm stroke is very long in the back, but his approach is simple. Okert throws 92-94 mph fastballs, 88-91 mph cutters and mid-80s sliders. None is truly a plus pitch, but all can play that way against lefthanded batters, who don't track the ball well against him. Okert hasn't proven that his stuff plays as well against righthanders. The same could be said for the changeup he barely throws. Okert's fringe-average control and stuff is enough to get big league lefties out right now, but that might be his ceiling unless he finds a way to retire righthanders.
Martinez served as closer in a dominant one-two combo with Reyes Moronta in the high Class A San Jose bullpen during the first half of 2016. Martinez was so dominant that the Giants bumped him to Double-A Richmond, but that proved to be a step too far. He struggled immediately after his promotion, then got into the bad habit of trying to do more to get out of trouble. He started overthrowing, and his delivery fell apart. Martinez composed himself in instructional league but fell into the same bad habits during a brief Arizona Fall League stint and was shut down. Martinez's fastball is exceptional. He has touched 102 mph, but he's most effective when he looks like he's lobbing the ball to the plate at 98-99. With Martinez, increased effort in his delivery usually comes with less movement and control. His 86-88 mph slider and his 86-88 mph changeup are both below-average pitches that need further refinement, but with his arm speed he has closer potential. He returns to Double-A in 2017.
The Giants marry analytics and scouting and have for some time, but when it comes to drafting college players, San Francisco never has been scared to take a toolsy college player with mediocre statistics. Hinojosa was one of the top high school talents from the 2012 draft to make it to campus in 2013. He starred for Texas on its College World Series team in 2014, but slumped badly as a junior. As a pro, Hinojosa quickly hit his way to Double-A Richmond in 2016, where he held his own. He swings with a flat bat path through the hitting zone that gives him a chance to be a solid-average hitter who sprays line drives. Hinojosa has well below-average power, but he can yank a ball over the fence if a pitcher gets careless. That power gets him in trouble when he chases fastballs up and out of the zone that he's better off taking. Defensively, he's capable of being an average defender at shortstop with solid hands and instincts to go with an above-average arm. Hinojosa projects as a utility infielder who can play short, second base and third base, but if he keeps improving at the plate, he could be a second-division regular.
Quinn ranked among the Division I home run leaders in 2015 when he hit 21 for Samford. A Giants third-round pick in 2016, he hit nine more in an outstanding pro debut at short-season Salem-Keizer. Despite all his power exploits, Quinn is a better hitter than slugger. He likes to let the ball travel deep into the hitting zone and drive it to right-center field for singles and doubles rather than trying to yank home runs. It's a wise approach because Quinn lacks exceptional raw power and the plus raw power he shows in batting practice plays well with a patient approach. His hard-hit line drives sometimes have enough carry to clear the wall. Quinn possesses the batting eye and patience to produce an above-average batting average and on-base percentage. His swing has some holes and he's susceptible to breaking balls, but he makes adjustments and gets into hitter's counts. He projects to have average power. Defensively, Quinn is an average defender in the outfield corners with average speed. His above-average arm makes right field an option. Quinn is advanced enough to skip to high Class A San Jose in 2017.
The Giants have had no problem with signing late bloomers in Latin America like Adon, who didn't sign his first pro contract until he was nearly 21. He is way behind his peers when it comes to development, but he did survive an aggressive jump from the Dominican Summer League in 2015 to short-season Salem-Keizer in 2016. Adon has a special arm but has struggled to pick up the nuances of the game, such as holding runners and fielding his position. He sits 94-98 mph and touches 100 in most every outing with average life. Sometimes he sinks his fastball and other times it will run, but none of it is really by design yet. His slider has made big strides, and he flashes a plus breaking ball on occasion. Adon's hard 88-90 mph changeup improved as well, but all three pitches need refinement. He loses his release point at times, so he's not consistent with how he uses his front side. Given his power arm and late start, Adon probably fits best as a future power reliever, though he will continue to get innings in the rotation.
Slania did a little bit of everything in 2016. He pitched at three levels--including two appearances at Triple-A Sacramento--and became a starting pitcher for the first time since high school. As a reward for an impressive season, the Giants added Slania to the 40-man roster after the season. A massive 6-foot-5 righthander, he doesn't use all his height to generate extension because he has a short stride in his delivery and doesn't explode off the rubber. Instead, he finishes somewhat closed off, with a crossfire delivery. Slania sits 90-94 mph with his fastball. It plays as above-average because of its run and the way he hides it in his delivery. His splitter is potentially above-average. When he starts he also uses a fringy changeup, slider and a slow curve, but as a reliever he relies on his fastball and splitter. Slania could fill a middle relief role in the big leagues as soon as 2017.
A high school shortstop who played outfield at Stanford, Slater moved back into the infield in 2015 but discovered he fit better in the outfield. He celebrated his move back to the outfield in 2016 by hitting for more power than ever and advancing to Triple-A Sacramento. Slater's natural approach has always been to let the ball travel deep in the strike zone before spraying it around the field. But he got more aggressive and started to get the bat head out front more often. The results were dramatic. Slater hit 10 total home runs in his three years at Stanford plus his first two in pro ball. He hit 18 in 2016. Slater's newfound power keeps him alive as a corner prospect because he's a left fielder who is below-average in center field. He doesn't have the first step or the speed (he's a fringe-average runner) to handle center field. He does have an average arm that can slide over to right field in a pinch. A righthanded batter, Slater produced against Triple-A lefthanders (1.200 OPS), but will need to keep producing power to profile as a big league regular in left field.
A three-year starter at Dallas Baptist, Taylor moved quickly in 2016, his first full pro season, by reaching Double-A Richmond. The Giants were comfortable that his heavy sinker would play against more advanced hitters. A barrel-chested righthander with two above-average pitches, Taylor attacks hitters with his sinker-slider combo. Both come out of his hand looking the same, but the 80-82 mph slider dives away from righthanded batters while the 90-95 mph sinker runs in on them. Taylor's fastball velocity is often average at best, but the sink and run makes it play up. His changeup is an infrequently used and below-average. Because of that he is much more effective against righthanded batters (.551 OPS in 2016) than lefthanders (.745 OPS). That's why many scouts see his future as a groundball-generating middle reliever. The Giants see starter potential because of his strike-throwing ability and extreme groundball profile.
Stratton dominated the Southeastern Conference as a Mississippi State junior, but the stuff that made him a first-round pick seemed to quickly diminish once he was asked to start every fifth day. A concussion he suffered when hit by a line drive in 2012 didn't help because it took him time to get comfortable again on the mound. But in 2016, Stratton regained half a tick of velocity and showed a consistent 92-94 mph fastball again, which was up from the 88-92 he showed in the previous two seasons. That velocity bump helped his other pitches play up. His changeup, slider and curveball are all fringe-average offerings, with his changeup sometimes playing as an average pitch. Stratton has made himself into a strike-throwing back-end starter who succeeds based on mixing pitches and working in and out to hitters. Stratton made his big league debut in 2016. He's slated to return to Triple-A Sacramento to start 2017, but he's now a viable depth starter option.
Blackburn has been on the cusp of a big league callup for two years, but that opportunity seems to be receding. He pitched well at Triple-A Sacramento in 2015 by avoiding the heart of the plate while dotting the corners with below-average stuff. Blackburn knows how to sink, run and cut his fastball, but as an 89-92 mph righthander, he's doing so with a below-average fastball. His slider is an average pitch, and he mixes in a fringe-average changeup. Blackburn succeeds with above-average command and by staying one pitch ahead of the hitter, but he has a very small margin for error. If he falls behind in the count, he has nothing to scare the hitter, and Pacific Coast League batters teed off in those situations in 2016 (.972 OPS). Blackburn will return to Triple-A in 2017, but now he has plenty of company in the rotation.
A Marlins supplemental first-round pick in 2013, Krook was the second-highest drafted player that year to not sign. A post-draft physical revealed injury concerns that caused Miami to drop its bonus offer. So Krook went to Oregon and was on his way to a dominating freshman year when he suffered an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. Back on the mound as a junior his control deserted him. Krook has been unable to consistently repeat his release point since he returned from surgery. He spins off to third base too often and fails to stay online to the plate. But his 93-94 mph fastball has some of the best sink and life evaluators have ever seen. The pitch has been compared with Orioles closer Zach Britton's turbo sinker. One evaluator described it as having split-finger action. When Krook is locating his fastball, he succeeds with that one pitch. He actually flashes a plus curveball and a usable changeup as well, but he has thrown so few strikes that they rarely make an appearance. Krook's control has been bottom-of-the-scale for the past year, but he retains a ceiling of power reliever or possibly mid-rotation starter based on his incredible fastball. He will jump to low Class A Augusta in 2017.
Few pitchers have succeeded to a greater extent than Williams in the Little League World Series. He struck out 42, allowed five hits and walked two in 16.2 scoreless innings in Williamsport. For a while, that looked like Williams' career highlight. He missed part of his senior year in high school with thoracic outlet syndrome, and he actually threw more innings at the LLWS than he did as a junior at Oklahoma State the year the Giants made him a seventh-round pick. Wildness relegated him to the OSU bullpen, and he threw 73 innings and walked 61 as a Cowboy. But for all his control problems, Williams has dominating stuff and a loose arm. His short takeaway doesn't seem to indicate long-term control problems. The Giants had Williams work on two delivery flaws. He too often collapses his back leg and gets underneath the ball, and he also needs to be more direct to the plate. He works with a plus 93-97 mph fastball as well as a plus curveball that is now showing tighter spin and later break than it did in college. He also has a fringe-average changeup. If Williams can refine his well below-average control--a very big if--everything is place for him to become a mid-rotation starter.
The Giants had to shut Johnson down before the 2016 season ended with shoulder fatigue, but before that he had thrived after moving back to the bullpen. He worked as a reliever at Cal Poly, but the Giants shifted him to the rotation to get more innings. Ultimately he fits best in relief because he struggles against lefthanded batters. Johnson's plus fastball sits 93-96 mph and touches 98. When he's throwing his two-seamer it has quality sink. He pairs it with an average curve that varies from loopy to hard but has good 12-to-6 break at its best. As a starter, Johnson relied on generating weak contact, but his pitches miss more bats in shorter stints. Johnson's control is still below-average, and he is prone to throwing wild pitches. He throws a below-average changeup when starting. Johnson's shoulder fatigue is not expected to be a lingering issue. He will jump to Triple-A Sacramento after being added to the 40-man roster after the 2016 season. He is a viable emergency relief option in 2017.
More than anything, Beltre needs a season of good health. After a hamstring injury ruined his 2015 season, he missed nearly two months in 2016 after breaking his left arm when hit by a pitch. He missed all of June and July and got back to low Class A Augusta just before the season ended. The Giants moved Beltre from shortstop to third base to help his defense catch up to his bat. He has shown outstanding bat speed and plus raw power, but he will have to tone everything down a notch because his high-energy approach contributes to a tendency to chase pitches out of the zone. Belte's move to third base looks promising. A step shy at shortstop, he has plenty of arm strength and range for third base--with the power potential to match. Beltre missed enough time in 2016 that he might repeat the South Atlantic League.
When the Giants assigned shortstop Lucius Fox and second baseman Jalen Miller to low Class A Augusta in 2016, they expected growing pains. They weren't disappointed. Fox and Miller both struggled to survive against more advanced pitchers. Eventually the Giants traded Fox to the Rays for Matt Moore, but Miller kept on muddling in the South Atlantic League. Pitchers feasted on his over-aggressiveness from April to September. With a quick bat, Miller can catch up to any fastball, but he struggles to hang in on breaking balls and changeups and is too impatient to lay off fastballs. He could get to 10 home run eventually, but he must swing at better pitches. Miller's below-average arm keeps him from being an everyday shortstop, but his soft hands, above-average range and improved internal clock makes him a potentially above-average second baseman. He's also an above-average runner. Miller will try Augusta again in 2017.
There's nothing flashy about Gage, but he has a long track record of durability and strike throwing. Gage impressed scouts in the leadup to the 2014 draft as he allowed one run in a 10-inning start in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, then held Texas Christian to one run in nine innings in the NCAA tournament. As a pro, Gage has moved quickly. He made it to Double-A in his first full season and impressed with his consistency in Richmond in 2016. Gage fills the strike zone with a wide array of pitches. Much like fellow Giants' Ty Blach or Clayton Blackburn, his stuff is less notable for its firmness than his ability to spot his pitches and mess with hitters' heads. Gage mixes an 88-92 mph fastball, a high 80s cutter, a low 80s slider and changeup and a mid-70s curveball. None is plus, but Gage's control is at least above-average and he gets good sink on his fastball, helping to keep the ball in the ballpark and rarely catching the middle of the plate. Gage looks to be a fifth starter at best, but the Giants have full big league rotation and a very crowded Triple-A rotation as well.
A long-time Royals prospect who ranked among that organization's Top 30 Prospects in five different seasons, Calixte came to the Giants as a minor league free agent after the 2016 season and was added to the 40-man roster to shield him from the Rule 5 draft. He may end up filling a utility role in San Francisco. Calixte is a fringe-average defender at shortstop, but he is playable there and he has experience at every other position other than first base and catcher. His best positions are second base and third base, where he has above-average range and an above-average arm. With average speed, he also is capable in the outfield. At the plate, Calixte's above-average bat speed gives him average power potential and he is a good baserunner. He is prone to chase pitches out of the zone too often, limiting his potential to hit for average.
If Gomez had a clear position, he would rank significantly higher. But the late-blooming switch-hitter can really hit, and pure hitters usually find some path to the big leagues. A career .314 hitter, Gomez stayed behind in the Dominican Summer League for three seasons as he sought a full-time position. A catcher when he signed, he has never embraced the position even though it's where his tools profile best. Gomez was lighter and stronger in 2016, which helped his range, but he's a below-average defender at second or third base because of limited range. At 5-foot-10 he's too short to play first base. His well below-average speed would make him a below-average corner outfielder, though his average arm gives him survival skills. The Giants added Gomez to the 40-man roster after the 2016 season. His bat will have to carry him to the big leagues, but as a plus hitter with at least average power he has intriguing upside.
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