Jim Callis, Executive Editor of Baseball America, was kind enough to answer several Giants prospect questions. Check out his responses below, and if you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow Jim at @jimcallisBA.
After a lot of work and deliberation, here are my Giants prospect rankings for 2012. These are based on a number of factors (scouting reports, tools, age relative to league, polish, upside, positional value, etc.), with performance and potential weighted similarly. I decided to arbitrarily go with a top-20, and I’ll break it up into two parts. Chances are I’ll post some honorable mentions as well. Anyway, here goes…
20. Clayton Blackburn, age 18, RHP
Blackburn was a steal as the Giants’ 16th-round pick this year, and he dominated the Arizona League in a limited sample (10.00 K/BB, 0.570 WHIP, 1.08 ERA in 33 innings). Baseball America had him as the best late round pick at or below slot in the entire draft.
19. Chris Dominguez, age 24, 3B
I have a hard time even ranking him this high…the 9/78 BB/K in Double-A Richmond is quite rough, but he’s a 3B with a lot of power.
18. Charlie Culberson, age 22, 2B
Another guy with disappointing numbers in Richmond (22/129 BB/K), but age works in his favor.
17. Jake Dunning, age 23, RHP
Another sleeper, Dunning was drafted as a shortstop and has only been pitching for two years. He thrived after converting to a relief role earlier in the year (43/10 K/BB in 42 IP).
16. Brett Bochy, age 24, RHP
A bit of an aggressive ranking, particularly for a reliever of his age and level, but he’s a late-round guy (2010, 20th round) who had tons of success out of the ‘pen in Augusta. 1.90 FIP, 0.769 WHIP, 1.38 ERA
15. Joshua Osich, age 23, LHP
A first-round talent that dropped all the way to round six this year due to injury concerns. If he stays healthy, he’ll move up fast through these rankings.
14. Chuckie Jones, age 19, OF
I’ve always liked him as a sleeper. Didn’t impress in 41 games at Salem-Keizer this year (.636 OPS), but he’s just 19 years old.
13. Adam Duvall, age 23, 3B
Raked in Augusta to the tune of .285/.385/.527
12. Mike Kickham, age 22, LHP
One of the Giants’ better starting pitching prospects, Kickham was solid in his first full season of professional ball (3.81 FIP in 111.2 innings in Augusta).
11. Jarrett Parker, age 22, OF
Toolsy guy who can draw walks (.360 OBP). He strikes out too much, though.
He fell low in the draft due to his injury history (he had Tommy John surgery in 2010), but he bounced back pretty well this year, posting a solid 3.47 FIP (park/schedule-adjusted) in 77 innings this year. Now, obviously, don’t get too hung up on his stats, but he can touch 98 with his fastball (sits between 90 and 94) and while he’s described mostly as a fastball-changeup guy, he has a slider with plus potential. Given his age and stuff, he has the potential to move very quickly through the Giants’ farm system if he can stay healthy. Projects as a reliever.
Baseball America writes that his “power arsenal, injury history and age (22) mean a team will likely put Osich on a fast track to the big leagues as a reliever.”