Monday, February 7, 2011

Saltzman Says...San Jose Giants might be mighty

The San Jose Giants are becoming a dynasty, or at least a perennial power in the California League.  They are back to back Champions of the California League.  They have sent players such as Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, Nate Schierholtz, Travis Ishikawa, Dan Runzler, and Sergio Romo to the big leagues.  Since the Giants brought in a new ownership group, they have spent time and money on improving their minor league system.  They have spent money on improving the stadium facilities, they have spent more money on scouting in the Dominican Republic, and even bought a stake of the San Jose franchise.

Fast forward to 2011, and the Giants will be sending some of their most promising prospects to San Jose.  In particular, they are sending the two most lethal bats in their system.  With all respect to Brandon Belt and Thomas Neal who are more polished and better overall, nobody is more intimidating in the minors than Tommy Joseph and Chris Dominguez.  Both have "Light Tower Power" and both are capable of being big thumpers in the majors someday.  Obviously they have their deficiencies.  Neither is a perfect fit on defense, and that might hurt them more as they move up the system.  However, with those two bats in the middle of the lineup in San Jose, there might not be the need for amazing defense.  Ultimately, defense will send them to San Francisco, or they will forever be pinch hitters/designated hitters during their career.

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