As I see it, the minor league catching depth looks like this:
Andrew Susac. . . .
Okay that's pretty much it for the intriguing guys at this point, but how much do you really need with Posey and Sanchez doing what they're doing at the major league level. My top three catchers, in order, for the Giants minor league teams are:
- Andrew Susac
- Dan Burkhart
- Alex Burg
Susac is, like I said earlier, intriguing. last season, in 100 games, he hit only .244/.351/.380, with 9 homeruns and 52 RBI's. other than the lower batting average, his 100 strikeouts worry me. Now he's definitely not all bad. the 16 doubles and 9 homeruns were not bad, and he did get on base pretty well. Scout.com called him "an improving defensive catcher", and also compared him to Carlos Santana of the Indians. His season at San Jose was definitely not what most were probably hoping it would be, but I definitely wouldn't write him off just yet. He will either repeat at San Jose, since there isn't much of a reason to rush him, or he will move up to AA richmond. He will be fun to watch either way and I would love to see if he can get the strikeouts down and the batting average up. At this point I really see Susac becoming a back-up, but he could become more
Alex Burg's best attribute, in my opinion, is his versatility. He can play many infield positions, which may be his way to the major leagues. He hit .252/..341/.429 with 10 homeruns and 43 RBI's in 100 games. I'm hesitant to think too much of him because he is 25 years old at San Jose, so his days of being thought of as a legitimate prospect are numbered. Milb.com also has him listed at third so I don't know if he's really thought of as a catcher as much as a utility guy. He will probably move up next year so hopefully he makes more offensive progress soon.
The Giants catchers are full of question marks and potential, but the Giants aren't exactly in need of catchers at this point. Other notables would be Trevor Brown out of the tenth round of the 2012 draft and Johnny Monell, although he is getting a little old as well. I see Monell becoming a back-up some where soon. thanks for reading!