With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the San Francisco Giants preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.
#1 Brandon Belt GRADE: B
Belt batted .225 with 6 Doubles, 1 Triple, 9 Home Runs and 18 RBI’s with the Giants. He walked 20 times and struck out 57 times in 63 big league games. In the minors Belt batted a combined .320 with 13 Doubles, 8 Home Runs and 36 RBI’s in four games with the High-A San Jose Giants and 49 games with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies.
#2 Zack Wheeler TRADED TO NEW YORK METS
Wheeler was traded to the New York Mets in the Carlos Beltran deal. Wheeler went a combined 9-7 with a 3.52ERA between High-A San Jose and the New York’s High-A St. Lucie Mets affiliate.
#3 Gary Brown GRADE: A+
Brown hit .336 with 34 Doubles, 13 Triples, 14 Home Runs and 80 RBI’s for High-A San Jose. He also added 53 stolen bases. Brown walked 46 times and struck out 77 times in 131 games.
#4 Thomas Neal TRADED TO CLEVELAND
Neal was traded to the Cleveland Indians in the Orlando Cabrera deal. He batted a combined .289 with 14 Doubles, 3 Triples, 2 Home Runs and 26 RBI’s between Triple-A Fresno and the Indians Triple-A Columbus Clippers affiliate.
#5 Francisco Peguero GRADE: B+
Peguero batted a combined .312 with 14 Doubles, 6 Triples, 7 Home Runs and 46 RBI’s between High-A San Jose and the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels. He walked 12 times and struck out 53 times in 87 games.
#6 Eric Surkamp GRADE: A
Surkamp went a combined 11-4 with a 1.94ERA between one start at High-A San Jose and 22 at Double-A Richmond. He walked 45 batters and struck out 170 in 148.1 innings. Opposing batters hit .212 off of Surkamp. In six late season starts with San Francisco, Surkamp was 2-2 with a 5.74ERA.
#7 Jarrett Parker GRADE: B-
Parker batted .253 with 25 Doubles, 3 Triples, 13 Home Runs, 61 RBI’s for High-A San Jose. He walked 74 times and struck out 144 times in 127 games. Parker added 20 stolen bases.
#8 Chuckie Jones GRADE: C-
Jones batted .218 with 6 Doubles, 2 Home Runs and 9 RBI’s for the Short-A Salem Keizer Volcanoes. He walked 15 times and struck out 48 times in 41 games.
#9 Jorge Bucardo GRADE: DID NOT PLAY
Bucardo missed all of 2011 with an arm injury.
#10 Rafael Rodriguez GRADE: C
Rodriguez batted .236 with 15 Doubles, 2 Triples, 1 Home Run and 30 RBI’s for the Low-A Augusta GreenJackets. He walked 24 times and stuck out 69 times in 96 games.
#11 Michael Main GRADE: D
Main went 2-4 with a 6.84ERA for High-A San Jose. He walked 36 and struck out 46 in 52.2 innings. Opposing hitters batted .295 against Main on the season.
#12 Ehire Adrianza GRADE: B
Adrianza batted a combined .273 with 34 Doubles, 4 Triples, 6 Home Runs and 44 RBI’s between Low-A Augusta and High-A San Jose. He walked 41 times and struck out 78 times in 94 games.
#13 Chris Dominguez GRADE: B-
Dominguez batted a combined .266 with 32 Doubles, 3 Triples, 18 Home Runs and 85 RBI’s between High-A San Jose and Double-A Richmond. He walked 27 times and struck out 151 times in 141 games. Dominguez batted nearly 50 points less in Double-A than he did in Single-A.
#14 Heath Hembree GRADE: A+
Hembree went a combined 1-1 with a 1.86ERA and 38 saves between High-A San Jose and Double-A Richmond. He walked 25 and struck out 78 in 53.1 innings. Opposing hitters batted just .188 against Hembree on the season.
#15 Seth Rosin GRADE: B
Rosin went 2-3 with a 3.34ERA and 2 saves for Low-A Augusta. He walked 30 and struck out 93 in 89 innings. Opposing batters hit .247 against Rosin on the season.