33. Patrick Ruotolo
Pat Ruotolo was a strikeout machine (40.7%) in his debut season pitching for Salem-Keizer, but gave up a significant amount of walks (16.3%). Now in his first full-season, pitching for Class-A Augusta, the right-hander from the University of Connecticut is still striking out everybody (35.1%) while drastically lowering his walk rate from 16.3% to 6.3%, while amazingly improving his OBA by 30+ points. Ruotolo was up to 94 in spring training 2016 featuring some natural cut at times, and also throws a vertically-oriented slider. The deceptiveness in his delivery comes from a violent leg kick followed by a steep spine tilt before exploding off the mound. He's faced 215 batters since making his pro debut and has allowed just two home runs.
34. Rodolfo Martinez
The Giants have another 100-mph arm in Dominican right-hander Rodolfo Martinez, who rolled through the California League and was promoted to Richmond at the end of June 2016. Martinez faced 124 batters in 32 games for San Jose and gave up just six extra-base hits while owning a 0.88 ERA. Martinez comes at hitters with explosive arm speed, making his upper-90s and often 100-mph four-seam fastball a plus, maybe even plus-plus offering. He features two average to below-average secondary pitches, including a low-80s slider with 11-5 movement and an upper-80s changeup that certainly will need some improvement. But what has dropped him so far on the list? A disastrous 2016 campaign, where Martinez saw his K% drop seven percent and his BB% rise six percent. Injury issues have kept Martinez off the mound in 2017, as well. Hoping for good health soon.
35. Malique Ziegler
A bubble player for the list heading into 2017, center fielder Malique Ziegler is off on a tear in the new year. The 20-year-old, who played for North Iowa Area Community College, is doing pretty much everything in his first 100-plus plate appearances for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, including hitting for average (.347), power (.163 ISO), and with plate discipline (15.2 K% and 7.1 BB%). Then there's the base-running, where Ziegler is averaging just about one stolen base every two games, and the defense, where he has three outfield assists in about a month's time. Ziegler's game profiles well for a true leadoff hitter: able to draw walks, hit for contact, and steal bases, as his best assets through the draft were his speed and contact abilities.
36. Conner Menez
Conner Menez was one of two players drafted by the Giants in 2016 from the small NAIA school in north Los Angeles County — The Master's University. Menez is a bonafide starting pitcher, featuring four, even five solid offerings. His low-90s fastballs either cut or run, depending on the grip, while his three secondary offerings are highlighted by a sweeping, sharp slider that Menez is confident throwing to the back foot of right-handers. At times, Menez seems to struggle being too hittable. He rarely walks hitters but surrenders on average one hit per inning. These numbers should improve as he rises through the ranks and enjoys better defenders playing behind him.