Bonus Giants Prospects: Nos. 21-25
Much like our Cardinals Top 20, MLBPipeline.com’s Giants Top 20 Prospects list needed more updating even after we overhauled all of the Prospect Watch lists at the end of July. Actually, before we revamped them all, because San Francisco traded Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree to the Red Sox for Jake Peavy the day before all of the new Top 20s went live.
Right-hander Joan Gregorio and lefty Michael Kickham replaced Escobar and Hembree on our Giants list. Ten days later, Joe Panik lost his rookie/prospect eligibility and outfielder Gary Brown joined the Top 20.
San Francisco doesn’t have a deep farm system, so adding Gregorio, Kickham and Brown depleted our Giants Nos. 21-25 prospects. However, that won’t stop me from continuing my blog series of bonus prospects for each of the ten Top 20s I wrote up:
21. Cody Hall, rhp. He didn’t play baseball in his final two seasons of high school and had a modest collge career at Baton Rouge (La.) CC and Southern before signing for $2,500 as a 19th-round college senior in 2011. Thanks to a 95-98 mph fastball and a mid-80s slider, Hall has averaged more than a strikeout per inning at every one of his Minor League stops, and his control has improved significantly the last two years.
22. Adam Duvall, 1b/3b. He stands out as one of the few power hitters in the Giants system, having bashed 95 homers in the Minors the last four seasons and two more for San Francisco (off Mike Leake and Cliff Lee) this summer. Duvall lacks a solid tool other than his pop and some scouts see him as nothing more than a mistake hitter, but he deserves credit for his constant production.
23. Dylan Davis, of. A third-round pick out of Oregon State in June, he has the power and arm strength teams covet in a right fielder. Davis led the Cape Cod League with a .567 slugging percentage last summer and has been clocked up to 97 mph during infrequent stints on the mound.
24. Bryce Bandilla, lhp. One of several power arms San Francisco grabbed in the 2011 Draft, he became a full-time reliever after an injury-marred first full pro season. Bandilla throws harder than most lefties at 91-96 mph and has a promising changeup, though he lacks a reliable breaking ball and has trouble finding the strike zone at times.
25. Josh Osich, lhp. He showed first-round stuff at Oregon State but had trouble staying healthy, which is why the Giants were able to get him in the sixth round in 2011 and made him a full-time reliever. Currently sidelined by shoulder issues, Osich can reach 97 mph with his fastball and get good tilt on his low-80s slider when he’s at his best.
Newcomer To Watch: Logan Webb, rhp. Also a star quarterback at Rocklin (Calif.) High, he got the highest over-pick-value bonus in San Francisco’s 2014 Draft, $600,000 in the fourth round. Webb is a good athlete with a fastball that reaches 96 mph.