Note: This list's order was not set by me, but by MLB.com. I've provided my video, photo and interviews as additions. MLB’s list can be found here. Click each player's name for more content.
1. Kyle Crick
RHP | Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA) | 6’2″ | 220 lbs | 2011, 1st round | 22-years old
My take: From what I’ve seen, it’s hard to determine whether he actually throws two breaking pitches or just throws one of them at varying speeds. My guess was (based on talks with Joe Ritzo, MLB scouts, and other observers) that his main breaking pitch was not a slider but a curveball that he can throw anywhere from 78-85. It has sharp downward bite and when he commands it low in the zone and it’s an incredible asset to counter his four-seam fastball, that sits 94-96.
However, after talking with Crick during his Arizona Fall League stint in October 2013, his main breaking pitch is in fact a slider, which sits 84-86. He does throw a curveball, which he says “is in the back pocket” if he needs to get something over the plate. Few California League hitters could keep up with Crick’s fastball, and despite how “raw” he might be, it made him ridiculously fun to watch. He seems to have progressed on his changeup, which he says was his best pitch in the latter half of 2013.
Halfway through the 2014 season, Crick's progression in Double-A has been interesting. Considering how he dominated the hitter-friendly California League, one would assume an improving pitcher would only solidity that dominance in a pitcher-friendly league like that of the Eastern League. He has struggled in 2014, however, namely a 1.48 WHIP with 51 walks in 81.2 innings. Crick has shown signs of breaking out of the funk, though, and is still regarded as the team's top prospect.
From MLB.com: "Crick had a breakout season in 2013, despite having to overcome a strained oblique that sidelined him for two months. As a 20-year-old at Class A San Jose, Crick led all Giants Minor League starters with 12.45 strikeouts per nine innings, and he pitched in the Futures Game. He hasn't been as dominant in Double-A this year, though he has continued to pile up strikeouts.
Crick attacks hitters with his lively mid-90s fastball that reaches 98 mph. His breaking ball is a swing-and-miss pitch that looks like a hard-biting slider at its best. Crick's changeup is still developing, but it gives him a chance for a fourth Major League average offering. He is still learning to repeat his delivery, and his command suffers as a result.
Crick earns comparisons to Matt Cain, and he has an excellent chance to join the Giants' ace in the succession of homegrown pitchers to reach San Francisco.
2. Tyler Beede
RHP | Salem-Keizer Volcanoes | 6’4″ | 200 lbs | 1st round, 2014 | 21-years old
From MLB: "The 18th player taken in the first round of two First-Year Player Drafts, Beede turned down the Blue Jays in 2011 as the 21st overall pick out of Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass. He was a Golden Spikes Award finalist as a sophomore at Vanderbilt in 2013. And while Beede wasn't as consistent this spring, he was part of a College World Series championship.The Giants selected him at No. 14 in the Draft, and they signed him for $2,613,200.
When he's at his best, Beede features three plus pitches, starting with a 92-94 mph fastball that can reach 97 mph. His changeup was his go-to secondary pitch as a junior when he lost his feel for his power curveball. Beede has a strong build and the durability to maintain his stuff into the late innings.
Beede is athletic, yet has trouble keeping his delivery in sync. He can be unhittable at times and wild at others. Given San Francisco's success in developing pitchers, Beede may have found a perfect match for helping him realize his potential as a front-line starter."