Baseball Prospectus has their top-101 list out, which means we're pretty close to the end of prospect-ranking season. The final tally from the big five:
Sickels also had Chris Stratton as his #30 pitcher, FYI. I'm also going to pretend that Hector Sanchez hit .340/.370/.549 in San Jose last year, which means the Giants have a top-50 hitting prospect, too. It's intellectually honest (like, without question), and you can't stop me.
But for the most part, what you see is what you get, and the Giants don't have the sexiest minor-league system right now. They don't have one o' them Poseys or Bumgarners that were so fascinating back in the day. Remember when those guys were prospects, and you would daydream about what they would contribute to the Giants? Anything was possible. Even a couple of championships. You were limited only by your imagination, and now that you don't have that -- all you have are those fleeting realizations of your wildest daydreams -- don't you feel a little hollow?
No? Just checking.
It's still fun to daydream about prospects like Oscar Taveras when you have them, though. Man, that kid's going to be good.
Don't get too discouraged by these rankings, though. Matt Cain used to be the #91 prospect according to BA. Bumgarner didn't crack the list in 2008, and neither Crick nor Blackburn were on many lists last year. The odds are pretty good that next year at this time, there will be a Giants prospect on the top-100 lists who isn't there now. Or, perhaps more importantly, Crick or Blackburn will be much higher.
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