How Farhan Zaidi explains the Giants’ stagnant development in the minor leagues

How Farhan Zaidi explains the Giants’ stagnant development in the minor leagues

Zaidi Explains Disappointing Season for Giants Farm System Originally Appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The Giants’ farming system was on the rise for the past few seasons before seemingly taking a step back in 2022.

San Francisco still has an abundance of exciting young talent at all levels of the system, but offseasons and injuries played a role in a less exciting prospect going forward.

Giants President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi joined The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami on the latest episode of “The TK Show” podcast, where he discussed what he believes played a role in the disappointing development season. .

“I kind of have conversations with other people in baseball, other people in the front office with other organizations,” Zaidi said. “There is definitely a feeling that the pandemic year and the loss of a minor league season has created an uneven development path. that we don’t have enough of these success stories, that’s something we have to assess. Overall, we feel good about the talent pool, some guys have had really good seasons and have really moved forward.”

Former prospect Joey Bart is currently making an impact at the major league level and even another prospect, Heliot Ramos, made a brief appearance with the major league team earlier this season. Aside from the top two pitchers Kyle Harrison, who are emerging in the system, Zaidi doesn’t believe other big prospects like shortstop Marco Luciano, outfielder Luis Matos and others at lower levels of the system will have much of an impact. even next season.

“I think it’s a mixture of things, as it always is,” added Zaidi. “We feel good about the overall talent pool. Kyle Haines and our player development group do a great job and I think the big challenge for us, and we talked about this on deadline day, is that our best prospects are still – – maybe besides Kyle Harrison [Heliot] Ramos who’s already in Triple-A — we’ve got a bunch of guys in [High-A] Eugene, who might see Double-A’s to finish the season, but it might not be realistic to count them as big factors in 2023. So we might not have that infusion of talent next year, it might be another year away; that will have to take into account our offseason plan.”

In a split with arch-rivals Los Angeles Dodgers, who can consistently maintain a giant farm system year after year, it’s hard not to compare and contrast the Giants’ burgeoning system with that of the Dodgers, who always seem to find new ways to acquire young talent. of the minor leagues.

“One of the things the Dodgers did extremely well was create multiple paths in their talent pipeline,” explained Zaidi. “They did really well internationally, they did really well in the draft, never having high draft picks or a lot of cap space. And so I think they were pretty smart with some of their trades. Go back and see the trade they made. in the 2018-2019 offseason. Which was a little bit after I left, actually. They traded Alex Wood and Yasiel Puig to the Reds and got Josiah Gray and Jeter Downs, who were big prospects part of [Max] Scherzer and [Trea] Turner’s business.

“Kind of regenerating in that way, in a lot of ways, this is the kind of deal that a rebuilding club makes, veterans in the last year of their deals, they make a trade and they get potential youngsters and they can relocate them. we’ve done a better job than we’ve done in recent years in terms of strengthening its talent pipeline. We really like our farm system, but major league payroll and major league record aside, we have to go toe-to-toe with them in terms of talent acquisition. We have to improve in that area.”

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Since Zaidi was hired in November 2018, the Giants’ system has improved dramatically. Despite the disappointing season in 2022, San Francisco still has a lot to look forward to in the future, with a handful of exciting prospects still making their way into the top 100 lists throughout the game.

For now, though, the Giants — and many other teams in the league — will continue to make up for lost time during the 2020 season.

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