San Francisco Giants – 2020 Fantasy Baseball Preview

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The 2020 season will undoubtedly be a season filled with some peaks and a majority of valleys for your beloved San Francisco Giants. PECOTA projects the Giants to finish 68-94, good for last in the division and garnering the 4th pick in the 2021 draft. While anything is possible, its best to temper expectations. Hidden within a long season for the Giants, fans will be able to watch the first wave of young talent making their way to San Francisco. While the talent depth of the organization is at the lower levels, 2020 will provide fans a new look into what the future could look like.

The purpose of this article is to help you find players who will help in redraft leagues only. March will be filled with leagues drafting for the 2020 season and while many will look at the Giants roster, most will likely pass on several players. This list will provide you with the players I think you should consider drafting as well as a few players with the chance to play in San Francisco this season you should at least watch. Consider your league size and rules before drafting.

If you happened to miss my Preseason Top 50 in January, click HERE.

Enjoy!

Players to Consider Drafting: 

Mauricio Dubon, SS/2B (Preseason #13)

Age: 25
Highest Level: MLB

Dubon should make the Opening Day roster, barring some type of injury. While the Giants signed Yolmer Sanchez to potentially play 2B, Dubon has shown this spring the ability to play another position: CF. Expect the Giants to give Dubon a chance to play everyday in 2020. Potentially a 3 position eligibility player, Dubon is a sleeper and a player you can target at the end of your draft. He popped 24 HR in 2019 between AAA and MLB, and 15+ HR in San Francisco should be attainable if last year’s output was not a fluke. Also I would like to add that in 2017 Dubon stole 38 bases and could provide 10+ SB in 2020. Consider drafting him in 12+ leagues as a potential 15-10 guy with dual eligibility.

Logan Webb, RHP (Preseason #5)

Age: 23
Highest Level: MLB

Webb received an 80 game suspension in 2019 for testing positive for a performance enhancing drug. Off to a scorching start, Webb missed a big chunk of the season costing valuable time at the MLB level. While he was called up to finish the season in San Francisco, Webb was able to prove he could get big league hitters out. Expect him to provide the Giants with quality innings throughout the year. Potential streamer in smaller leagues, he should be owned in 14+ team leagues if given the role as a full time starter.

Jaylin Davis, OF (Preseason #50)

Age: 25
Highest Level: MLB

Davis came to the Giants in 2019 from the Twins system and looks to have regular playing time in RF/OF in 2020 for the Giants. Regarded as a guy with immense power, Davis has the chance to post 20+ HR. Not known in many prospect circles, Davis should be a guy you could get late in drafts. Depending on roster and league size, if you have the space he could provide you solid numbers if you missed out on some of the marquee guys. In 2019, Davis broke out with 35 HR split between AA-AAA.

Players to Watch:

Joey Bart, (Preseason #1)

Age: 23
Highest Level: AA
There is a ton to like about Bart, unfortunately for many, we will have to wait until 2021 for Bart to get regular playing time in San Francisco. Service time plays a major factor in the Giants calling up Bart for his MLB debut in 2020. He has the ability to set the fantasy world on fire if given the chance and I would hate to not have Bart on my watch list and see some other owner scoop him up if the Giants were to call him up in 2020.

Melvin Adon, RHP (Preseason #16)

Age: 25
Highest Level: AA

Adon possesses one of the best arms in the Giants system and 2020 potentially could be the year we finally see him in San Francisco. Command is the key for Adon, keep an eye on him throughout Spring Training and early in the season. If he finally learned how to harness his control, don’t be shocked when you see him blowing 100 MPH by hitters and shaking hands with Buster Posey at the end of a Giants W. Adon would be a cheap source for leagues rewarding holds/saves.

Conner Menez, LHP (Preseason #20)

Age: 24
Highest Level: MLB

Menez was called up briefly in 2019 and contributed just 17 innings in 8 games. He will likely be called upon again in 2020 to fill in the rotation or in relief. He will only have value in fantasy leagues if he is a starter, keep an eye on him as the season wears on. Menez was able to rack up 154 SO in 120 IP between AA-AAA in 2019.

Abiatal Avelino, 2B/SS/3B (Preseason #24)

Age: 26
Highest Level: MLB

Avelino has appeared in 10 games in 2 years with the Giants, I would anticipate more games in 2020 for Avelino. Likely a dual position eligible player in 2020, don’t expect star type numbers moving forward. If he’s able to gain 300+ AB in 2020, Avelino likely will only help a team who has experienced an injury at SS or 2B in deeper formats. Nothing fancy to his game but he won’t hurt you in other counting stats.

Chris Shaw, OF (Preseason #28)

Age: 26
Highest Level: MLB

Honestly, Shaw is a hard player to project moving forward in 2020. Not expected to get regular playing time in 2020 unless the team is ravaged with injuries. I would still keep one eye slightly on him as he could provide 20+ HR if given the chance to play full time.

Zach Green, 3B/1B (Preseason #30)

Age: 25
Highest Level: MLB

Green was called up in 2019 only to play in 8 games before being sent back down to finish the year. Green has the ability to play both 1B and 3B and he adds 20+ HR power to his player card. Unknown if he gets a chance to play regularly in 2020 but on a Giants team with not many options he could provide modest results to a fantasy team that experiences an injury if given the opportunity.

Jacob Heyward, OF (Preseason #40)

Age: 24
Highest Level: AAA

Jacob has been slowly coming along the Giants system since being drafted out of the “U” in 2016. Heyward hasn’t set the world on fire at any of his stops but given his pedigree he could potentially be a streaming option in the OF in larger leagues if he makes his MLB debut in 2020.




About Paul Aiton 11 Articles
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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