This morning ESPN's Jerry Crasnick posted:
The #SFGiants and #Rays continue their dialogue over Matt Moore. But at last check, Tampa was asking for two top prospects in return.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) August 1, 2016
Here is some info on a few of the top prospects in the Giants' system:
Christian Arroyo, INF:
Arroyo is currently hitting .285/.321/.391 with a 95 wRC+ in 392 PA at AA Richmond, is listed as the Giants' #2 rated prospect, and the #96 overall prospect according to MLB.com
Arroyo is an extremely advanced hitter for his age, with outstanding hand-eye coordination that allows him to barrel balls repeatedly. He almost does so too easily, making so much hard contact that it cuts into his walk totals. Being more selective also would help his power totals, as he has the bat speed to produce 15 homers per season if he waits for pitches he can drive.
Arroyo has sure hands and solid arm strength at shortstop, but his fringy speed and range likely will lead to a position change down the line. San Francisco thinks he's an underrated defender but also has Brandon Crawford at shortstop and Joe Panik at second base in the big leagues. Arroyo might profile best at third base and also could wind up on an outfield corner
With the Giants' major league roster set with Panik, Crawford and Duffy, the Rays might be able to pry Arroyo away from San Fransisco.
Chris Shaw, 1B:
Chris Shaw is rated as one of the top 1B prospects in the MLB at #6, and is hitting .206/.259/.314 with a 56 wRC+ in 119 PA at AA Richmond.
Shaw's 6-foot-4, 235-pound frame packs plenty of strength and gives him huge raw power, especially to his pull side. His left-handed swing can get long and he can get too aggressive at times, but he also made some nice adjustments to use the middle of the field during instructional league. When opponents pitch around him, he's willing to take walks.
Shaw has some arm strength and played right field in his last two years in college, but he lacks speed and is limited to first base as a pro. He has good hands but will have to work to master the footwork needed there
Phil Bickford, RHP:
Phil Bickford is the Giants #1 prospect and is #67 overall according to MLB.com. The 20 year old is currently at A-Adv San Jose, where he has a 2.73 ERA with a 3.96 FIP
Bickford can hit 98 mph with a four-seam fastball and miss barrels with a low-90s two-seamer that features plenty of sink. His slider can be a plus pitch when his mechanics are in sync but also can get slurvy when he doesn't maintain his release point. San Francisco was pleased with the strides he made with his changeup during instructional league and would like to see him use it more often.
The Giants envision Bickford as a starter, though some scouts think he's destined for the bullpen. He's a good athlete who usually fills the strike zone, but he sometimes lapses into overthrowing and has trouble maintaining his arm slot. His stuff is electric in short stints, so he's a potential closer if he can't make it in the rotation.
Any combination of these three top prospects would be a great deal for the Rays. Who would you most like to see eventually in a Rays' uniform?