SAN FRANCISCO — With the Dodgers in town at Tuesday’s trading deadline, not only do they have a 17½-game advantage over the Giants in the NL West, a team Juan Soto is firmly in the middle of sweepstakes and is seen as a No more than a supporting player.
The same can be said for any potential mover on this year’s deadline. Sure, veterans may be sellers in some form or another themselves, but they also lack the organizational depth to add influence like Soto without mortgaging their future if they go in the other direction. Eventually, he entered only 4.0 games Monday night, still off the wild card, despite a 14-24 record from June 18.
Beyond the $100 million separating the two teams’ payrolls, the Dodgers have distinguished themselves with a farming system that regularly produces major league talent. The revolving Los Angeles machine has given them a wealth of resources to complement the Major-League roster and deal with the impending deadline.
Before becoming president of the Giants’ baseball operations, Farhan Zaidi helped lay the foundation for that system. But in the fourth year of his tenure here, San Francisco still lacks the deep well of talent it would take to compete in the NL West.
The Giants’ drawbacks aren’t for lack of investment. They also invested $70 million in a state-of-the-art minor-league facility in Arizona, which opened this past spring.
But a farming system that was seen growing not so long ago has come to a standstill with many of its top prospects this season.
At the top, the struggles of Heliot Ramos and Joey Bart have left holes on the big league rosters.
Ramos, 22, never figured things out at the plate in Triple-A, where his average is still disappointing. 221. Bart has shown slight improvement since returning from Triple-A, but is still far from a smooth transition from Buster Posey.
De La Salle’s 20-year-old left-hander Kyle Harrison, who has struck out in High-A and Double-A, could be the only success story among the Giants’ top prospects this season. Shortstop Marco Luciano, also 20, has been affected while recovering, but hasn’t played since June 3.
A look at No. 3-10 via MLB.com’s rankings:
- Off Luis Matos: Batting .184 in High-A after battling injuries earlier this year
- RHP Will Bednar: Last year’s first-round pick in a single-A . is the number of pedestrians
- Giro Pomars K: Worse result repeating the same level he finished last year (High-A)
- C Patrick Bailey: .322 hitter in Single-A last season but .196 in High-A 332 AB
- Off Hunter Bishop: Recovered from shoulder injury but still striking too much and making little contact at High-A, four years after being drafted 10th overall
- LHP Matt Mikulski: 23-year-old in single-A with 4.88 ERA
- SS Aeverson Arteaga: Strong defender with .757 OPS but still way away, as a 19-year-old in Single-A
It doesn’t do much to excite potential business partners, nor should it give giants more confidence in their ability to recover from shipping from Harrison and/or Luciano in any potential blockbuster. The major-league roster boasts no players designed and developed by this regime (partly due to the setting of the pandemic with many minor-leagues holding back a full year), while Logan Webb and Camilo Doval Give the title to a small group of domestic talent that happened before. Zaidi.
In contrast, the Dodgers displayed more home players in their opening nine Monday nights (three; Will Smith, Gavin Lux, Cody Bellinger) than the Giants (two; Bart, Austin Slater), even Even while taking off the odds of placing that order 1-. 2-3 of Mookie Bates, Tree Turner and Freddie Freeman (a free-agent signing), while still maintaining the resources to be a realistic landing spot for Soto, who could order the largest trade package in history. Is.
Look around the league, and it’s stocked with former Dodgers farmhands: Bates/David Price trade netted Red Sox Jeter Downs and Alex Verdugo; The nation’s starting battery for one of their games last week at Dodger Stadium was made up of the two top prospects received for Scherzer and Turner (RHP Josiah Gray and catcher Keibert Ruiz). Even one of the most iconic major-leagues of this time frame, Frankie Montas, was once a prospect of the Dodgers before being tackled by Oakland in 2016.
Still, the Dodgers are no worse. Major-league clubs have the best records in the National League and, according to Baseball America’s Mid-Season Rankings, the Major’s eighth-best farming system. Giants? This season ranked eighth out of 15 in the NL and 17th out of 30 in organizational talent.