Monday, January 28, 2013

We're Number 17!

Grant at McCovey Chronicles picked up John Sickel's farm system rankings, which places the Giants at 17th, up nine places from last year -- no surprises here that the Giants front office is able to pick pitchers. The Evil Dodgers are 19th. Here's the key verbiage --

17) San Francisco Giants (26): Strengths: Pitching! Kyle Crick, Chris Stratton, Clayton Blackburn are all strong rotation candidates for the future and there are some nice lefties too (Mike Kickham, Steven Okert, Josh Osich, Adalberto Mejia) plus bullpen material. Weaknesses: Hitting. I have a lot of mixed feelings about Gary Brown, Joe Panik, and Francisco Peguero. Can Mac Williamson be the needed impact bat?

Following that link -- Bret Sayre has a Christmas Eve piece on the same site about Gary Brown and believes we will see in this year in San Francisco if he hits well in the spring and early season at AAA -- 

Bernie Pleskoff, a former scout and current contributor to, said at the SABR conference just last month that Brown "made the most significant mechanical change of anyone I've seen from spring training (of 2012) to now." He also added, "When I saw him in March, he couldn't reach a ball on the outside part of the plate. But he's made some adjustments and now he's on his way." Yes, the prognostication here is just the thoughts of one man, but the confirmation of changes to Brown's swing is the important takeaway here. And because of that, and the success he had during the second half of the season, I'm not willing to throw him down the OF prospect mineshaft.
So, in conclusion, Brown will more than likely start 2013 at Triple-A and has a clear path to playing time if he hits out of the gate (he has the daunting Gregor Blanco and Andres Torres ahead of him on the depth chart)


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