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1. Tyler Beede

Tyler Beede, through two full seasons, is knocking on Major League's door. The 2014 NCAA champion remarkably gained 25 pounds of body weight after his freshman year at Vanderbilt, sitting now at 6'3", 210 pounds. The weight increase helped his fastball velocity rise into the mid-90s. He scrapped the four-seam fastball in 2015 before resurrecting it last spring — an important key to his future success. Beede throws a slider in the 82-84 range, a high-80s cutter, as well as two deceptive changeups, which he says he throws with differing grips to lefties and righties. Beede lives in the strike zone, and with steady improvement of that command, he's the next future star of the Giants' rotation.

2016 Stats // VIDEO // ETA: 2017

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Tim Cattera/MiLB.com

2. Christian Arroyo

After hyperextending his thumb in May 2014, on top of a sub-par start, Arroyo was demoted from Augusta to Salem-Keizer, where he regained his swagger. He displayed the type of gap-to-gap power that allowed him to slug an Arizona League-leading .511 in 2013. He tore up the Cal League in his second full season, posting a .304/.344/.459 line while fielding 96% exclusively at shortstop in 88 games. Arroyo is like Joe Panik, minus he walk rates: a pure-hitting, original shortstop who may see more time at second or third at higher levels. He continued to hit in the Eastern League, racking up 36 doubles to finish third in the league. He'll make his Giants debut sometime this season. The only question is when.

2016 Stats // VIDEO // ETA: 2017

Conner Penfold/Giant Potential

Conner Penfold/Giant Potential

3. Andrew Suarez

Andrew Suarez has the potential to move very quickly through the Giants' system, as evidenced by his call-up to Double-A after just five starts in the California League. The polished left-hander from the University of Miami (FL) could be pecking at the major leagues towards the end of 2017, reaching into 2018. He paints low-90s fastballs on corners and fools hitters with deceptive sliders and changeups. The slider is likely his best pitch, while the changeup shows good fade and should develop into another plus offering. The curveball is a work in progress compared to the other three pitches, but has good sweeping break. His command is advanced, like that of Ty Blach. He rarely issues walks. Think of them as very similar, but with Suarez possessing greater strikeout ability. 

2016 Stats // VIDEO // ETA: 2018

Conner Penfold/Giant Potential

Conner Penfold/Giant Potential

4. Bryan Reynolds

The Giants began to stockpile outfield prospects in the 2016 draft, grabbing three in their first five selections. It all began with 59th overall Bryan Reynolds from Vanderbilt, who can switch hit and play all three outfield spots. Touted as a four-tool player, Reynolds has raw power from both sides that could translate to 15-20 home runs at higher levels, as well as a reputation for being disciplined at the plate. His above-average defense could keep him in center field for most of his minor league career, but of course that means the corners are where he could actually break into the big leagues. Reynolds displayed his power in a noteworthy debut season, posting impressive numbers like a .313 average, 171 ISO, and .389 wOBA in time between Salem-Keizer (171 PA) and Augusta (66 PA).

2016 Stats // VIDEO // ETA: 2019