Top prospects among Giants group headed to Arizona Fall League


SAN DIEGO — One of the worst parts of this Giants season has been the injuries to prospects who would have joined the team in September. The front office will use the Arizona Fall League to get two of those players additional 2017 playing time. 

Right hander Tyler Beede and center fielder Steven Duggar, two of the organization’s more advanced prospects, will represent the Giants in the five-week offseason league, along with four other players. Catcher Aramis Garcia and right-handed reliever Tyler Cyr were added to the roster, as well, and the Giants will select two more pitchers to participate. 

Beede, 24, was looking at a September promotion before straining his groin while warming up for a start in late July. He battled inconsistency at times while posting a 4.79 ERA with the River Cats, but also had plenty of starts that showed why he should be in line for a 2018 debut. The Giants need Beede in the Fall League to make up some innings he lost to the strain. He threw just 109 innings before getting hurt after totaling 147 1/3 in Double-A last season. 

“He’s knocking on the door,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’ll be someone competing (next spring) to help our club, whether it’s in the rotation or in the bullpen.”

Duggar is in a similar position to Beede, except with plate appearances. He was supposed to start the year in Triple-A and likely would have been promoted early in the season given the outfield struggles at the big league level, but flexor and hamstring injuries have hampered Duggar since spring training. He played 29 games for Class-A San Jose before a recent promotion to Triple-A, where he has just 21 at-bats. The Giants need the 23-year-old Duggar to get some more experience at the plate, because he’s a prospect who could have a big role in a revamped outfield next season. 

Garcia is headed to the Fall League for a second consecutive year. The 24-year-old has suffered his share of injuries the past two seasons, but the power bat is intriguing; Garcia has 17 homers across two levels this season. 

Cyr, a Fremont native, has a 2.09 ERA at Double-A this season. The 24-year-old has 55 strikeouts in 47 1/3 relief innings. He is said to be a strike-thrower, with a fastball in the mid 90s and a good breaking ball. Cyr is looked at as a potential candidate for the 2018 bullpen. 

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