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Top Giants Starting Pitcher Prospects
by Richard Van Zandt, BaseballEvolution.com
September 19, 2008

In Part VI of our series ranking the top prospects of the San Francisco Giants, Richard examines the organization's top starting pitchers and divulges the top ten prospects in the organization overall.

Starting Pitchers

SF Giants Top Ten Prospects

Rank

Name

Pos

1

Buster Posey

C

2

Madison Bumgarner

LHP

3

Angel Villalona

1B

4

Tim Alderson

RHP

5

Conor Gillaspie

3B

6

Pablo Sandoval

C/1B/3B

7

Nate Schierholtz

OF

8

Rafael Rodriguez

OF

9

Travis Ishikawa

1B

10

Sergio Romo

RHP

For the first time in their San Francisco history, the Giants went into the All-Star break sporting three pitchers with over 100 strikeouts. What makes that fact all the more impressive is that all three of those pitchers were 25-years old or younger.

Matt Cain, the Giants' top selection in the 2002 draft (25th overall), is the veteran of this bunch in just his third full major league season while also the youngest of the three at age 23. His lively fastball is one of the best in the game, and he compliments it nicely with a big curve, solid change, and biting slider, all of which are out pitches. Through his first 100 career starts, opponents were batting just .228 against him, while his 176 strikeouts this year, 3 shy of his career best, rank 8th in the National League. As was the case last year, he has been plagued by poor run support, ranking 79th out of 80 in MLB (min 160 IP) with just 3.30 R/9. The Giants have scored 3 runs or fewer in 19 of his 32 starts this season and in 40 of his last 64 overall. In fact, San Francisco has scored two runs or less 25 times since the start of the ’07 season and they’ve been shut out seven times. In those seven hard luck starts, he allowed a total of 11 runs (1.84 ERA).


At 25, lefty Jonathan Sanchez is the oldest of the trio, but also the least experienced (his 151 IP this year are a career high). He had a nice first half, going 8-5 with a 3.97 ERA while limiting opposing hitters to a .237 batting average (9th best in the NL) and striking out 115 (6th). He has struggled in the second half, though (1-6, 6.60 ERA/1.60 WHIP in 9 starts), and he spent time on the DL in August with a strained shoulder. His ERA in his first three starts after his return was 3.94, but he hit a speed bump this past Wednesday against a desperate D-Backs lineup, allowing six runs in just three and two-thirds innings.


Ranked by Baseball America in 2007 as the Giants 2nd best prospect, Sanchez was taken in the 27th round of the 2004 draft out of Ohio Dominican University, where he shattered school strikeout records and tossed 4 no-hitters. He’ll throw three pitches, a fastball, a slider, and a changeup, which he uses primarily against right-handed batters.

He’s been called The Future, The Franchise, even The Freak, but in short time, people will simply be calling Tim Lincecum the best pitcher in Major League Baseball. Just 24 years old and in only his first full season, he is already the front runner for the NL Cy Young Award, ranking first in the majors in strikeouts (243), strikeouts per 9 IP (10.11), opponent's batting average (.220), opponent's OPS (.598) and second in ERA (his 2.46 mark tops the senior circuit). With two starts left to make, his 17 wins are second only to Brandon Webb in the NL, and his .810 winning percentage is tops in the league. Only Johan Santana has had more quality starts in all of baseball. What’s more, he keeps the ball in the yard (his 0.44 HR/G ratio is first in MLB) and can pitch for a groundball when he needs it (his 23 GDP are tied for 5th in the NL).

Most Strikeouts Single Season

All-Time Giants Franchise History


1. Mickey Welch – 345 – 1884

2. Amos Rusie – 341 – 1890

3. Amos Rusie – 337 – 1891

4. Tim Keefe – 335 – 1888

5. Tim Keefe – 297 – 1886

6. Amos Rusie – 288 – 1892

7. Mickey Welch – 272 – 1886

8. Christy Mathewson – 267 – 1903

9. Christy Mathewson – 259 – 1908

10. Mickey Welch – 258 - 1885


Lincecum, on Thursday, took his first loss since July 20. In his ten starts between losses, his ERA was 1.75, and batters during that span hit just .176 against him. With eight more strikeouts, he will tie Jason Schmidt (2004) for the most strikeouts in a single season in San Francisco Giants franchise history.

Baseball America recently rated his fastball the best in the National League and his curveball the second best. His fastball has averaged over 94 mph this year and routinely hits 97, but he can kick it up even further when he wants. He uses his curveball most often against right-handed hitters (batting .217 against him) while employing his changeup to neutralize lefties (.222 against). He’ll also mix in a slider from time to time.

Critics will scoff at his so-called violent delivery, his small size, and the fact that he never ices his arm following a start. But his delivery is one that has been refined to an art form as well as a lesson in physics. Mechanics, strength in the small muscles, and agility are the keys most often cited in explaining Tim’s ability to throw so hard at such a small stature (5’11” – 170 lbs). As his father, Chris Lincecum, put it, “his mechanics are like the old-time pitchers in the 30s and 40s and early 50s. Those athletes didn't throw with just their arms and shoulders as probably 70% or more have been doing for the last 40+ years.” This is what he believes will be the key to Tim remaining injury-free and on top of the National League for years to come.

Those three young pitchers offer a lot of promise for the future for San Francisco, but to quote the great Bachman Turner Overdrive, you ain’t seen nothing yet. The Giants' system has several very promising young pitchers poised to turn that formidable trio into a fearsome quintet, beginning with a couple of teenagers taken with the club’s top two picks in 2007.

Of course, with holes to fill at third base and in the middle of the lineup, GM Brian Sabean could also help speed the re-building process by dipping into this wealth of minor league pitching talent to use in trades.

San Francisco Giants Top Ten Starting Pitcher Prospects

1. Madison Bumgarner
2. Tim Alderson
3. Kevin Pucetas
4. Henry Sosa
5. Clayton Tanner
6. Ben Snyder
7. Wilber Bucardo
8. Jorge Bucardo
9. Scott Barnes
10. Jose Casilla

Madison Bumgarner – 2008 – 15-3, 1.46/0.93/.216 – 141.2 IP, 111 H, 21 BB, 164 K, 3 HR
South Atlantic League – Augusta Green Jackets
1st round (10th overall) – 2007 – DOB – 8-1-89 – Throws – Left

The youngest pitcher this season in the South Atlantic League (he didn’t turn 19 until August 1), Bumgarner was named Pitcher of the Week five times, and at season’s end, he garnered the league’s Pitcher of the Year award after capturing the Triple Crown. His 1.46 ERA was the lowest of any qualifying pitcher in any full season league and helped the Green Jackets staff to post the lowest staff ERA (2.95) in the minor leagues this season. His 164 strikeouts were third overall in the minors and tops among all lefties. For his accomplishments, Bumgarner was named Minor League Baseball’s Most Spectacular Pitcher.

He had an outstanding first half (6-2, 1.96) to earn an All-Star berth and followed that up with an unbelievable second half. In his 12 post-break starts, the southpaw went 9-1 and posted a 1.05 ERA with a nearly 9-to-1 K/BB ratio. In fact, after allowing 10 earned runs in his first 11.2 innings to start of the year, Bumgarner made a mechanical adjustment) and would go on to post an amazing 0.90 ERA in his last 21 regular season outings. For the year, batters hit just .175 against him with runners on and an even more miniscule .117 with runners in scoring position. Possibly even more impressively, he allowed just 3 home runs, each one a solo shot.

In the post-season, Bumgarner allowed just a single un-earned run in 14 innings while giving up just seven hits and two walks. He struck out 16 in his two starts to help the Green Jackets sweep past both Ashville and West Virginia on their way to capturing the SAL Crown.

With a Chuck Finely-like build, the 6’4” lefty uses a hard fastball coupled with exceptional command to dominate his opponents. He pitches in the 92-93 MPH range, but can hit 96 when he needs it. His curve is a work in progress, and his slider shows promise, but he knows he will need to develop an effective off-speed pitch in order to succeed at higher levels. The Giants have no need to rush the young Bumgarner, and they appear to have no intention of doing so. He’ll likely begin next season with San Jose.

Tim Alderson – 2008 – 13-4, 2.79/1.09/.235 – 145.1 IP, 125 H, 34 BB, 124 K, 4 HR
California League – San Jose Giants
1st round (22nd overall) – 2007 – DOB – 11-3-88 – Throws – Right

An athletic, 6’6” right-hander with exceptional command, Alderson throws a fastball between 90-94 MPH and sports a low-80s late breaking curve that he calls a curveball/slider hybrid. He is also working on a changeup with above-average potential that he used sparingly in high school. Picked just 12 spots behind Bumgarner last year out of Horizon High School where he had 111 strikeouts and just 4 walks his senior year, Alderson dipped his feet in the water briefly last season with five highly impressive innings for the AZL squad (4 H, 0 BB, 12 K). This year, the 19-year old thrived in the hitter-friendly Cal League, leading the league in ERA and WHIP and finishing 4th in strikeouts.

He might have gone sooner in the draft except for concerns about his unorthodox, herky-jerky delivery that included pitching solely from the stretch. Based on those concerns, some feel that in the long run, Alderson may be better-suited for the bullpen. But while he might make a dominant closer, the Giants have had recent success with an unorthodox delivery (see Tim Lincecum), and he has adapted to pitching with a windup without any issues.

Kevin Pucetas – Career – 32-7, 2.34/1.06/.237 – 1.76 BB/9 – 15 HR – 341.2 IP
California League – San Jose Giants
17th round – 2006 – DOB – 11-27-84 – Throws – Right

After a season in which he went 15-4 with a 1.88 ERA for Augusta to win the SAL Pitcher of the Year Award, Pucetas went 10-2 with a 3.02 ERA for San Jose and won the Cal-League Pitcher of the Year honors. He began this season 7-0 to earn a spot in the All-Star game and was named to represent the US squad at the Futures Game. He fanned 102 and walked just 27 in over 125 innings and allowed two runs or fewer in 16 of his 24 starts. His stuff isn’t overwhelming (84-88 MPH fastball, changeup, and curveball) but superb control, great make-up, intelligence, and perseverance have made him a top prospect. He’ll pitch for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League that begins play on October 7.

Henry Sosa – 2008 – 3-4, 4.21/1.44/.283 – 57.2 IP, 63 H, 20 BB, 58 K
Southwest League – Augusta Green Jackets
Signed as amateur free agent – DOB – 7-28-85 – Throws – Right

Sosa sports both one of the best fastballs and one of the best curveballs in the entire system. He has tremendous raw potential, but has thus far been plagued by injuries and lack of consistency. He began this season with a pre-break ERA of 1.55, but saw that rise to over 7.00 in the second half before a late season demotion to Augusta, where he was used twice in relief. He had a tremendous half season last year for the Green Jackets (6-0, 0.73/0.89/.144 in 13 games) before struggling at San Jose. His #4 ranking is based on his filthy stuff and incredible potential, but he’ll need to develop a third out pitch and improve his command to remain a starter. With a 97 MPH heater that has helped him strike out nearly 10 batters per every nine innings pitched, he could make a dominant closer.

Clayton Tanner – 2008 -10-8, 3.69/1.39/.274 – 117 IP, 124 H, 39 BB, 84 K, 1 HR
California League – San Jose Giants
3rd round – 2006 – DOB – 12-5-87 – Throws – Left

This 20-year old southpaw from De La Salle High School has a four-pitch catalog and an ability to keep hitters off-balance. Health and endurance issues have dogged Tanner in his short pro career, but this year, he sparkled down the stretch with a 4-1 record and 1.61 ERA in August. In 278 career innings, he has surrendered just 7 home runs (0.22/9 IP). I had a chance to watch him pitch recently, and I was impressed; he kept Stockton’s top two hitters, Josh Donaldson (acquired by Oakland in the Rich Harden deal) and Cal-League HR leader Chris Carter (Dan Haren deal) from hitting the ball hard. Though the stadium gun was not being employed, the guys with guns behind the plate confirmed his mid-to-high-80s velocity, and he mixed that effectively with offspeed and breaking pitches to keep the Ports from making good contact.

Ben Snyder – Career – 29-15, 3.01/1.19/.249 – 2.22 BB/9, 7.90 K/9, 364.1 IP
Eastern League – Connecticut Defenders
4th round – 2006 – DOB – 7-20-85 – Throws - Left

A crafty lefty in the mold of Noah Lowry with four solid pitches (high 80s fastball, curve, slider, and change), Snyder went 16-5 with a 2.09 ERA last year at Augusta and opened this year by going 8-3 with a 2.00 mark for San Jose. He was rewarded with a promotion to Connecticut, where he struggled (5.98 ERA, .308 BAA in 13 games), but that’s likely a minor setback. The brother of Indians OF prospect Brad Snyder, Ben figures to repeat next season at Double-A, but he could debut in San Francisco bullpen by 2010 and compete for a spot in the Giants rotation by 2011. However, given the club’s depth of starting pitching and the southpaw’s domination of left-handed hitters (.197 BAA career), he could end up as a left-handed specialist.

Wilber Bucardo – 2008 – 6-7, 4.57/1.61/.325 – 67 IP, 87 H, 21 BB, 40 K, 2.31 GO/AO
Northwest League – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
Signed as an amateur free agent – DOB – 11-20-87 – Throws – Right

Hailing from Leon, Nicaragua, Bucardo uses an 89-92 MPH sinking four seamer to keep the ball in the yard and get a ton of ground balls. He has excellent control, but developing his slider and changeup will be a key to his future success. In 11 starts for the Rookie League Giants last year, Wilber went 6-2 with a 1.94 ERA and nearly 3 ground ball outs to every fly ball out.

Jorge Bucardo – 2008 – 3-1, 3.68/1.29/.259 – 51.1 IP, 51 H, 15 BB, 51 K
Arizona Rookie League – AZL Giants
Signed as amateur free agent – DOB – 10-18-89 – Throws – Right

The younger of the Giants' two Bucardo boys, Jorge dominated the Dominican Summer League in ’07 (60 IP, 1.35/0.87/.200 – 7 BB, 45 H) and helped lead the AZL Giants to the league championship this season. He has a nice running fastball in the high-80s that could gain velocity as he fills out and a wicked running slider that has the potential be a true strikeout pitch. He is also developing a changeup and a curve. The raw 18-year old is still several years away, but some feel he could exceed his older brother’s potential.

Scott Barnes – 2008 MiLB – 2.06/0.78/.155 – 43.2 IP, 24 H, 12 BB, 63 K – 11 G, 7 GS
8th round – 2008 – DOB – 9-5-87 – Throws – Left
South Atlantic League – Augusta Green Jackets

Did You Know?

Ten different Giants hit their first major league home run this season. The only other team since 1900 to have as many players hit their first big league home run was the 1948 Chicago Cubs.

Those ten players are: John Bowker, Emmanuel Burriss, Travis Denker, Steve Holm, Brian Horwitz, Travis Ishikawa, Scott McClain, Pablo Sandoval, Nate Schierholtz, and Eugenio Velez.

On Tuesday, Conor Gillaspie also collected his first major league hit.

This 6’3” southpaw from St. John’s features a four-pitch repertoire including a hard 90-92 MPH fastball with good sink and a big, slow curve. His quirky delivery adds deception. A sub-par 1st half this year in college raised doubts about him, but a mechanical adjustment mid-way met with marked improvement. Pre-draft projections had him going anywhere from the 3rd to the 10th round, so the Giants may have picked up a bargain. Pitching on his 21st birthday in the clinching game of Augusta’s first round playoff win over Ashville, Barnes went seven shutout innings and struck out seven while allowing just one hit and retiring 17 of the last 18 batters he faced. He then tossed six strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits, in the Green Jacket’s Championship clincher. He could shoot up the charts.

Jose Casilla – 2008 MiLB – 3-1, 1.73/0.96/.228 – 26 IP, 23 H, 2 BB, 23 K
Northwest League – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
Signed as an amateur free agent – DOB – 5-21-89 – Throws – Right

Sparkled in his AZL debut this year after pitching the ’07 season in the Dominican Summer League (3.76/1.15/.223) and pitched twice in relief at season’s end for the Volcanoes. Despite some mid-season arm soreness and only 26 innings pitched, he was named the 9th best prospect in the AZL this year by Baseball America. The brother of A’s pitcher Santiago Casilla, he throws hard (low-to-mid 90s) with better control than his older sibling and also brings a slider and change to the bump.

Honorable Mentions

Luis Angel Mateo – 2008 – N/A
Signed as an amateur free agent – July 2008 – DOB – 3-17-92 – Throws – Right

The Giants signed this 6’3”, 175 pound, 16-year old Dominican native this past July on the first day he became eligible. John Barr, special assistant to the general manager, after spending eight months scouting Mateo, said that Mateo was "a young, strong pitcher who shows good command of two pitches with a plus breaking ball.” Obviously still a long ways away, Mateo will likely spend next year in the DSL before possibly making his US debut in 2010, but look for him to move rapidly up this list soon after.

Patrick Misch – 2008 MLB – 5.94/1.40/.278 – 50 IP, 55 H, 15 BB, 37 K, 11 HR
National League – San Francisco Giants
7th round – 2003 – DOB – 8-18-81 – Throws – Left

The only player listed here with big league experience, Misch is a fastball/curveball/changeup pitcher who’ll throw an occasional slider to right-handed hitters, but won’t overwhelm you with any of them. He’s made seven starts for the Giants this year in 13 appearances, but he’s had his best success both in the majors and in the minors while pitching in relief. In 11 major league starts, he has a 6.95 ERA while opponents have hit .316 against him, while in 21 career relief outings, he has a 2.27 earned run average and a .237 opponent’s batting average. This year for Fresno, he held a 2.57 ERA in relief and a 5.92 mark as a starter. His best minor league season came last year, when he posted a 2.30 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP in 34 appearances, 31 of them in relief.

Joseph Martinez – 2008 – 2.49/1.14/.236 – 148 IP, 131 H, 37 BB, 112 K, 2.03 GO/AO
Eastern League – Connecticut Defenders
12th round – 2005 – DOB – 2-26-83 – Throws – Right

A very polished and smart pitcher who pitches to contact, Martinez led the Eastern League in ERA and WHIP in 2008. He throws an 86-89 MPH two-seamer along with an average curve and change. He's a good control pitcher with fewer than two walks per 9 IP in almost 550 minor league innings. Aside from Misch, he’s the most likely pitching prospect to get a chance to start for San Francisco next year.

Kelvin Marte – 2008 MiLB – 2.53/1.08/.228 – 42.2 IP, 34 H, 14 BB, 41 K
Arizona Rookie League – AZL Giants
Signed as amateur free agent – 2004 – DOB – 11-24-87 – Throws – Left

In 28 games last year in the Dominican Summer League, Marte struck out 91 batters in 61 innings while allowing just 36 hits. He made his pro debut this season as a reliever at Salem-Keizer before moving to the Rookie League, where he was used primarily as a starter. His fastball tops out at 92 MPH, while his changeup is a plus pitch. His breaking pitch, a curveball, needs work. Listed as a right-handed pitcher by MiLB.com, Baseball Reference.com, Baseball America.com and most every other baseball site you’ll check, an amused Marte assured our Phillip Ramirez that he does indeed throw with his left arm.

Javier Hernandez – 2008 – 5-1, 4.06/1.22/.240 – 51 IP, 46 H, 16 BB, 44 K
Arizona Rookie League – AZL Giants
Signed as amateur free agent – 2005 – DOB – 9-27-87 – Throws – Right

A tall, lanky right-hander who isn’t afraid to throw his breaking stuff in any count. Hernandez uses a curveball, a slider, a change, and a fastball that runs 89-91 mph. He projects to be very big and strong, he's capable of racking up innings, and he bears a strong resemblance to Astros closer Jose Valverde.

Mike Loree – 2008 – 4-3, 2.44/0.86/.211 – 81 IP, 63 H, 7 BB, 75 K, 2 HR
Northwest League – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
50th round – 2007 – DOB – 9-14-86 – Throws – Right

Selected in the final round of the ’07 draft, Loree enjoyed a remarkable run in which he retired 62-of-63 batters faced over a four-game span. Poor run support plagued Loree, who pitched much better in his 15 starts than his 4-3 record suggests. Using a high-80s fastball, changeup, and occasional slider, he mixes speeds well and keeps the ball down and has pinpoint control. He’s issued just eight walks in 97 career minor league innings.

Kyle Nicholson – 2008 – 6-1, 1.15/0.59/.159 – 62.2 IP, 34 H, 3 BB, 54 K, 3.92 GO/AO
Northwest League – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
7th round – 2007 – DOB – 7-31-85 – Throws – Right

Another control freak (18 to 1 K/BB ratio in ’08), Nicholson is a defense’s dream: working quickly, throwing strikes, and getting groundballs with a high-80s two-seamer that falls off the table. He compliments that nicely with a changeup and slider, both considered quality pitches. After undergoing Tommy John surgery shortly after he was drafted in ’07, Nicholson, 23, dominated younger opponents in the AZL this year before finishing up with an appearance in the Northwest League playoffs (4.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R). Baseball America ranked him as the 17th best prospect in the AZL this year.

Jesse English – 2008 – 13-7, 3.19/1.27/.240 – 135.1 IP, 121 H, 51 BB, 135 K
California League – San Jose Giants
6th round – 2002 – DOB – 9-13-84 – Throws – Left

Though he no longer lights up the radar guns like he used to (his fastball tops out around 88 MPH), he has one of the better changeups in the system. After several injury plagued seasons he has resurrected his career with a strong ’08 campaign. His ERA was the fourth best in the Cal-League this season and he was third with 135 strikeouts.

Daryl Maday – 2008 MiLB – 13-5, 2.48/1.11/.231 – 145 IP, 125 H, 36 BB, 130 K
California League – San Jose Giants
30th round – 2006 – DOB – 8-12-85 – Throws – Right

Drafted late in 2006, Maday didn’t make his pro debut until 2007 because he was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He throws an 88-91 MPH running fastball and an 80 MPH slider with good command of both. He keeps the ball in the yard, having allowed only 10 home runs in nearly 190 minor league innings.

Oliver Odle – 2008 – 10-7, 3.77/1.19/.284 – 136 IP, 153 H, 9 BB, 95 K
South Atlantic League – Augusta Green Jackets
22nd round – 2007 – DOB – 7-11-85 – Throws – Right

A four-pitch pitcher (fastball, curve, slider, change) with impeccable control (0.89 BB/9 in his pro career), Odle tops out in the high-80s and knows how to pitch. He played two seasons for Connors State College in Oklahoma, where he went 23-0. As a sophomore, Odle struck out 141 and walked only six in 130.2 innings. In two subsequent years at Oklahoma State, Odle issued just 22 free passes in 179.2 innings. For those keeping score at home, that’s a total of just 47 walks in 503 innings since his second year of college.

Adam Cowart – Career – 32-15, 2.60/1.12/.249 – 391.1 IP, 373 H, 65 BB, 223 K, 13 HR
Eastern League – Connecticut Defenders
35th round – 2006 – DOB – 8-18-83 – Throws – Right

Despite his late round status, Cowart has turned pinpoint control and impressive results into prospect status. His repertoire consists of an 85 MPH fastball, a changeup, and a slurvy-breaking ball, but it’s his funky submarine delivery that makes him tough to hit, especially for right-handed batters. Like most guys who throw from down under, he keeps the ball down, getting lots of ground balls and allowing few home runs as a reward. Until recently, he had been used exclusively as a starter, but his improvement out of the pen (1.37 ERA/.269 BAA versus 4.16/.312 as a starter) shows he likely has a future as a Chad Bradford-type right-handed specialist.

Eric Surkamp – 2008 – 5.71/1.62/.329 – 17.1 IP, 23 H, 5 BB, 23 K
Northwest League – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
6th round – 2008 – DOB – 7-16-87 – Throws – Left

Surkamp is a 6’4” southpaw with a low-90s fastball, a changeup, and a curve. He struggles at times with his command (40 BB in 73.2 IP for NC State in ’08), but can pitch for the strikeout (170 in 169.2 IP over the past two seasons). Likely to wind up in the pen.

Ari Ronick – 2008 – 4-1, 4.05/1.27/.248 – 60 IP, 55 H, 21 BB, 60 K
Northwest League – Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
12th round – 2008 – DOB – 3-25-86 – Throws – Left

Ronick is a 6’5” lefty who doesn’t throw as hard as you’d think. His mid-80s fastball goes with a nice changeup and breaking ball, which he spots well. He pitched well against right-handers (.226 BAA) in his pro debut, but struggled versus lefties (.302). Nephew of L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson.

T.J. Brewer – 2008 – 10-4, 2.95/1.17/.244 – 113 IP, 105 H, 27 BB, 72 K
South Atlantic League – Augusta Green Jackets
35th round – 2007 – DOB – 8-30-84 – Throws – Right

Brewer followed up a nice debut campaign at Salem-Keizer (9-1, 3.08/1.28/.265) with a fine 2008 season in Augusta. Throws strikes and is tough on both lefties and righties.

Chance Corgan – 2008 – 4-5, 2.93/1.34/.281 – 67.2 IP, 75 H, 16 BB, 45 K, 3 HR
South Atlantic League – Augusta Green Jackets
5th round – 2007 – DOB – 4-25-86 – Throws - Right

Corgan's fastball ranges from 87-to-92 MPH. His sharp, late-breaking curveball shows potential to be a strong second pitch. Some feel he may be better suited for relief because of a dip in velocity after a few innings.

A very special thank you goes out to Phillip Ramirez, my Arizona eyes and ears, whose contributions to this report were absolutely invaluable. Be sure to check out his AZL Giants Blog for all the latest the Giants top Rookie League prospects. Additional thanks also go out to Wes Snow in Augusta for all of his help.

Final Minor League Records

Fresno Grizzlies – PCL – 67-76 – 3rd
Connecticut Defenders – EAS – 68-73 – 4th
San Jose Giants* – CAL – 85-55 – 1st
Augusta Green Jackets** – SAL – 88-50 – 1st
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes*** – NOR – 40-36 – t-1st
AZL Giants**** - AZL – 36-20 – 2nd
DSL Giants – DSL – 50-20 – 1st

* Lost in Cal-League Semi-Finals to Stockton 3 games to 2
** South Atlantic League Champions
*** Lost Northwest League Finals to Spokane 3 games to 1
**** Arizona Rookie League Champions



Other Articles in the Series:

Monday, September 8 – Catchers
Wednesday, September 10 – Corner Infielders

Friday, September 12 – Middle Infielders
Monday, September 15 – Outfielders
Wednesday, September 17 – Relief Pitchers
Friday, September 19 – Starting Pitchers




Disagree with something? Got something to add? Wanna bring up something totally new? Richard resides in San Francisco, California and can be reached at richard@baseballevolution.com.

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