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1. Tyler Beede
The 2014 NCAA national champion Tyler Beede is the second most recent of the Giants' first-round selections. He 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 this 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.
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 in the higher levels. He's continued to hit in the Eastern League, racking up 30 doubles by late-July to lead the league. The hot topic surrounding Arroyo: trade chip or future Giants infielder?
3. Sam Coonrod
Drafted out of Southern Illinois in the 5th round of 2014's draft, Sam Coonrod emerged onto the top prospect scene last season with breakout numbers for Class-A Augusta. You'll notice a bit of uniqueness to his delivery, beginning a bit slower and then exploding off the mound toward hitters. This makes his mid-90s fastball, with some sink, appear quicker, which he then counters with an above-average slider than breaks hard almost straight down. He continues to develop his changeup — a pitch that may ultimately decide whether he remains in the rotation or moves to the bullpen. At age 23, Coonrod proved to be too advanced for the California League, promoting to Double-A Richmond on June 17.
4. 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.