7. Phil Bickford
The 2015 first-round pick of the Giants will anchor the Augusta GreenJackets rotation in his first full season. Hailing from the same college that produced Bryce Harper, Phil Bickford hammers fastballs, both types, consistently in the low-to-mid 90s and can sometimes reach 97-98 when he reaches back. The four-seam is clearly his best pitch, as well as a two-seam that is basically a heavy, low-90s sinker. What will determine whether he reaches the highest rank as a starter or reliever is his improvement of secondary offerings. Unlike Beede and Suarez, who show ability to confuse hitters with similar arm action between hard and soft stuff, Bickford's jerky delivery varies. Work on the inconsistent slider and changeup are in progress.
8. Chris Shaw
One of the most coveted types of baseball players to have in an organization is the big, left-handed, power-hitting first baseman. Chris Shaw is that. Recognized widely as the best collegiate power hitter in the 2015 draft, Shaw was taken late in the first round — what is called the supplemental round — and debuted with Salem-Keizer weeks later with that strength on full display. He clubbed 12 home runs and 11 doubles in 200 plate appearances, slugging .551. He's shown the ability to draw walks, and doesn't strike out as much as the stereotypical homer-happy first baseman. His lack of speed means he's stuck at the first base position, where he fielded with 97% accuracy with the Volcanoes. With San Jose in 2016, he has the potential to approach Brandon Belt-type numbers.
9. Jalen Miller
This Atlanta high school product is part two of the exciting middle infield off to Augusta, Georgia for the new GreenJackets season. While Fox should get most of the looks at shortstop, Jalen Miller will certainly get his chance to prove his worth there, as well. Defense is generally the talk surrounding Miller, but he has a better bat than people give him credit for. During his first spring training, Miller but on display his strong hands and lightning quick bat. Though he'll move through the ranks as a contact, gap-to-gap type hitter, his first pro home run (exhibition) was incredibly loud and left the park at rapid pace. His speed is not as eye-popping as Fox, but is certainly above-average. Range and arm strength are solid, but maybe become plus when a shift to second base takes place.