Attempting to complete a Top 50 list is a daunting task for anyone to achieve. See my 2020 Giants Top 50 prospects for example. While there were many hours spent scrolling through scouting reports, stats and other forms of research, some players ultimately slipped through the cracks. This list is intended to highlight a few of those players who I omitted from my earlier Top 50 list as well as adding a recent acquisition made during Spring Training. Enjoy the additional reports of the improved San Francisco Giants farm system.
Kai-Wei Teng, RHP
Highest Level: A
In one of the more underrated trades in recent Giants history, Teng was acquired along with Jaylin Davis and Prelander Berroa from the Minnesota Twins for Sam Dyson in last years July trade deadline. While Davis will provide instant return on investment while appearing in the MLB already, Teng may provide the brightest light among the trio. He’s listed at 6’4, 260!! Teng can present an intimidating picture on the hill with even more intimidating stuff. In 2019, Teng dominated in 79.2 IP to the tune of a 2.71 ERA, 0.967 WHIP and a solid 88/21 K:BB ratio. Featuring a low 90s FB with good deception, a potential plus CH and he mixes in a SL and CB. Low 3/4 delivery is repeatable but with the arm slot and being a tall pitcher, Teng will have some trouble getting consistency off of his SL/CB mix. In a system lacking true SP candidates he has the potential to reach San Francisco as a SP in a couple years.
Dany Jimenez, RHP
Highest Level: AA
A rule 5 selection from the Toronto Blue Jays, Jimenez comes to the Giants to help provide depth in the bullpen. In 59 IP in 2019, Jimenez finished the 2nd half strong by posting a 93:21 K:BB ratio while closing out 29 of the 45 games he appeared in. Jimenez features an upper 90s FB, a knockout slider and a CH to keep hitters honest. Before Spring Training was suspended, Jimenez showed he belonged with the Giants. Expect Jimenez to spend all of 2020 with the Giants while he pitches in mid-relief once the season rolls around, potentially moving to a high leverage role as the season wears on.
Prelander Berroa, RHP
Highest Level: A-
As mentioned earlier, Berroa came to the Giants via trade along with Davis and Teng as the third piece in what could be a very interesting long-term deal. Berroa was omitted from my Top 50 list and was placed on Honorable Mentioned because I was unsure of his potential moving forward. 2019 was a rough season for Berroa as he was hit around to a tune of 5.86 ERA and a 1.441 WHIP in 50.2 IP. Featuring a plus upper 90’s FB along with a potential plus CH and an inconsistent SL, Berroa will need to refine his command and adjust to professional ball as he moves up the ladder. He has the chance to stick in the rotation and if he can, look out. Worst case scenario, he joins a plethora of bullpen type arms in the Giants system.
Kean Wong, 2B/3B/SS/OF
Highest Level: MLB
Wong made his MLB debut in 2019 with Tampa Bay and then was acquired by the Angels to close out the 2019 season. Claimed on waivers by the Giants in November, Wong was brought in to ultimately provide organizational depth to a rebuilding Giants system moving forward. Not known for an outstanding skill set, Wong produced a solid .307/.375/.464/.839 clip in AAA Durham in 2019 adding in 10 HR in 113 games. Wong has played multiple positions outside of 2B which includes 3B/SS/LF and would provide additional versatility to the organization moving forward.
Jose Siri, OF (Pre-season #15 Reds)
Highest Level: AAA
Siri has bounced around to start 2020: waived by Cincinnati, claimed by Seattle only to be waived again and claimed by the Giants on 3/10. Siri brings his talent to the bay and brings an interesting skill set to the table, when healthy he has shown a nice blend of power/speed. Mostly known for superior defense and a 39 game hitting streak in 2017, Siri has hit rough times since. Unable to make consistent contact as evident of 288 SO in 227 GP from 2018-2019. Interested to see which Siri shows up for the Giants, I am hoping it’s the 2017 version. Low risk/under the radar move by the Giants front office before the season was suspended.
My name is Paul Aiton and I’ll be covering the San Francisco Giants prospects. I grew up in Yorktown, Virginia until 2014, where I’ve since been traveling the country the last few years in attempt to chase a dream, working in professional baseball. I played 3 years in college, one season at New River CC and another two at Averett University after a shoulder injury derailed my dreams of playing professionally. Since then, I’ve gone on to coach high school and collegiate baseball. I also worked with Inside Edge Baseball for 5 years while working in their advanced scouting department. Outside of baseball I like to spend my mornings either on a golf course or taking my puppy Ace on hikes through Arizona. You can follow me @Paul_8en on Twitter. I’m always available to talk about Giants prospects, anything fantasy related or baseball!
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