The San Francisco Giants did not acquire any big names at the winter meetings, but did add some young talent in two different moves. The team received Will Wilson from the Los Angeles Angels and selected right-handed pitcher Dany Jiminez with the 13th pick in the Rule 5 draft.
Will Wilson was the 15th overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft for the Angels. In the Rookie Pioneer League, he hit .275/.328./439 with five home runs in 46 games.
Wilson has above-average power and is a solid defender. He can play both shortstop and second base positions. Giants scouting director Michael Holmes saw Wilson play when he played in college at North Carolina. As a result, he has insight into what he can bring to the Giants farm system. Wilson will likely start the season in Single-A.
Dany Jimenez spent some time in Single-A and Double-A for the Toronto Blue Jays, where he struck out 93 batters in 59 innings last season. Jimenez throws an upper-90’s fastball and off-speed pitches in the low 80’s to counter. In Single-A, Jimenez was 5-1 with a 3.55 ERA; he struck out 47 batters in 25.1 innings. In Double-A, he was 2-2 with a 1.87 ERA; Jimenez stuck 56 batters in 33.2 innings.
Jimenez is a pitcher that will strike out a lot of batters; he will need to prove he can do it against major league hitters. Jimenez may have a shot to be on the Opening Day roster and add some much-needed bullpen help.
The Giants farm system has improved over the last couple of years, which is excellent for a team trying to rebuild; it will be interesting to see how the young guys turn out in the next couple of years. Marco Luciano, Mauricio Dubon, Hunter Bishop, and Heliot Ramos are players the Giants are counting to take the team to the next level in the next couple of years.
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