Top of the Class

It is the nature of diehard fans to be impatient. This is a good thing. They push a team’s management. Where’s the long-ball hitter we need? Where’s the rocket-armed reliever? Let’s make a deal, and let’s do it now.

But in the labyrinth of offices inside any major-league baseball organization, alongside the up-to-the-minute-what-can-we-do-now executives and analysts, are the futurists. They’re the ones constructing the team we’ll see next year and five years from now.

No team in recent years has planned for the future better than the Giants.

That’s what Baseball America concluded in its just-published analysis of the last four draft classes.

Here’s what Baseball America’s Jim Callis reported yesterday:

“We grade every draft from 2005-08 in the new Prospect Handbook, and no team outdid San Francisco’s 3.50 GPA. Vice president of player personnel Dick Tidrow ran those first three efforts, with scouting director John Barr coming aboard in 2008.

“The Giants’ signature pick was stealing two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum after nine teams passed on him in 2006. San Francisco gets an A for Lincecum alone in 2006, though they also found fringe big league infielders Emmanuel Burriss (sandwich round), Ryan Rohlinger (sixth), Brian Bocock (ninth) and Matt Downs (36th).

“San Francisco was the only club to earn three As, also getting top grades in 2007 for Madison Bumgarner (first), with some help from righthander Tim Alderson (first), second baseman Nick Noonan (sandwich) and big league surprise Dan Runzler (fifth), and in 2008. That last group could be San Francisco’s best hitting crop in years, led by Buster Posey (first), third baseman Conor Gillaspie (sandwich), outfielder Roger Kieschnick (third) and shortstop Brandon Crawford (fourth).”

As fans, we don’t have to be patient. That’s not our jobs. But it’s good know it’s somebody’s job, and that the Giants happen to have some of the best people doing it.

3 Comments

I agree with you 100%. All my friends always talk about the now and how bad the Giants are for signing these old guys, but they don’t realize that these contracts are short. They are meant to just pass the time with decent talent until the young ones are ready. The younger players can learn and transition better with veterans ahead of them.

I would like to see some of this young talent playing we need some good young players to come out and help this team win some games

I like the last few drafts but would like to see these players in the big leagues. If we can’t sign bengie back i would like to see what posey can do. Maybe he can bring a big bat back to the team. I hope that bumgarner and martinez can bring some wins to the back of the rotation. i think that if they do the giants would have the best starting rotation base ball has ever had (lincecum, cain, sanchez, bumgarner, martinez). we still need to get a big bat though to compliment the panda

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