Giants 2017 Depth Charts: Starting Pitching(High Minors)


Chris Stratton, RHP, 26 yo- 12-6, 3.87, 125.2 IP, 39 BB, 103 K.  Posted a 3.60 ERA in 10 IP at the MLB level.  I see him ending up as a long/middle relief arm in the majors where he could have a fairly long career.

Clayton Blackburn, RHP, 24 yo- 7-10, 4.36, 136.1 IP, 35 BB, 101 K, GO/AO= 1.19.  Posted a 3.22 ERA over his last 8 starts after the All-Star break, but overall took a step back from his spectacular 2015 finish.  Will need to come out strong in 2017 to get back into the mix for a MLB callup.

Joan Gregorio, RHP, 25 yo- 6-10, 4.69, 134.1 IP, 49 BB, 152 K(2 levels).  The K's tell you he has the highest ceiling of the 3 AAA prospects.  Has had trouble staying completely healthy and maintaining consistency in his command.  Ceiling ranges from #2,3 SP to bust.  Most likely a middle reliever/setup man in the majors where he could produce some dominant numbers.


Tyler Beede, RHP, 24 yo- 8-7, 2.81, 147.1 IP, 53 BB, 135 K.  The Giants top pitching prospect.  Looked like he was going to fade again in July, but then put up a 1.60 ERA in 5 August starts and allowed just 1 ER in 6 IP, in his final start of the season on 9/2.  Had 66 K's in 61 IP over his last 10 starts of the season. Should move up to Sacramento and be ready for a callup midseason.

Andrew Suarez, LHP, 24 yo- 9-8, 3.63, 143.2 IP, 29 BB, 124 K, GO/AO= 1.20(2 levels).  2015 draftee who rocketed up the system.  Had a brief stumble as he started AA but finished 5-1 with a 2.33 ERA over his last 10 starts for Richmond.  Not a hard thrower, but the Giants like his command of a 3 pitch mix.  Should move up to Sacramento and be ready for a MLB callup about midseason or at least by September. I might rate him a tick behind Blach due to Blach's MLB experience.  Those 2 will likely be the 2'nd and 3'rd highest rated pitching prospects behind Beede on my list.

Matt Gage, LHP, 24 yo- 9-7, 3.38, 136 IP, 34 BB, 106 K, GO/AO= 1.60.  Gage consolidated his position in AA. Went 5-2 with a 2.92 ERA over his last 10 starts.  Also ready to move up to Sacramento, but is there room up there?

Dan Slania, RHP, 25 yo- 11-8, 2.93, 119.2 IP, 35 BB, 111 K(3 levels)- Slania started the season in the bullpen in Richmond, but then was suddenly switched into the rotation with Chase Johnson moving into the bullpen, a move that may have been designed to protect Johnson's arm.  Big Dan pitched well in his starting role, but kind of got shuttled around with short stints in San Jose and Sacramento.  In his final start of the season for Sacramento he went 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 K's.  A nice sleeper in the system.  His future may still be in the bullpen, but the starting experience will help him in that role.

Sam Coonrod, RHP, 24 yo- 9-6, 2.55, 141 IP, 60 BB, 94 K's(2 levels).  Coonrod was effective with poor secondary numbers.  Hard throwers with those kinds of numbers generally end up in the bullpen.

Kyle Crick, RHP, 24 yo- 4-11, 5.04, 109 IP, 67 BB, 86 K's.  Time may be running out on Kyle Crick. He just can't seem to get command of his stuff.  2017 may be his last chance.

High A:

Mark Reyes, LHP, 24 yo- 9-9, 4.74, 127.1 IP, 60 BB, 80 K, GO/AO= 1.43.  A finesse lefty who struggled with command.  Not a good look!

Jordan Johnson, RHP, 23 yo- 8-9, 5.33, 120 IP, 39 BB, 111 K.  Peripherals better than ERA, but he gave up dingers by the bushel.

Jason Forjet, RHP, 27 yo- 10-7, 4.84, 102.1 IP, 20 BB, 87 K.  Ran hot and cold with a lot of QS and even dominant starts but with disaster starts sprinkled in which blew up his ERA.

Jose Reyes, RHP, 26 yo- 4-6, 5.38, 100.1 IP, 33 BB, 64 K.  Disappointing season for the hard throwing righty.

DJ Snelton, LHP, 25 yo- 4-7, 4.11, 96.1 IP, 32 BB, 82 K, GO/AO= 2.69.  Anther guy who just can't seem to find traction.

Conner Menez, LHP, 22 yo- 4-1, 4.22, 53.1 IP, 16 BB, 50 K's(3 levels).  2016 draftee who made it to High A in his first pro season and held his own.