Note that the WAR figures here account for each player’s first six major-league seasons. KATOH denotes the stats-only version of the projection system, while KATOH+ denotes the methodology that includes a player’s prospect rankings.
Bryan Reynolds, OF (Profile)
KATOH: 1.3 WAR
KATOH+: 1.7 WAR
The Giants selected Reynolds in the second round of the 2016 draft. He’s hit relatively well in the lower rungs of the minor leagues, but has done so with relatively high strikeout rates, which KATOH doesn’t like. He spent 2017 in High-A, where he slashed .312/.364/.462 and played primarily center field. While that line looks good on paper, it was helped quite a bit by a .376 BABIP. It also came in the hitter-friendly Cal League, where he only managed a .152 ISO. Reynolds has interesting tools, however, and nearly cracked Eric Longenhagen’s top-100 list last winter.
Kyle Crick, RHP (Profile)
KATOH: 2.0 WAR
KATOH+: 1.4 WAR
Crick was a flame-throwing prospect a few years ago but fell off the prospect radar after his command failed to really develop and his performance stagnated in the upper levels. As a result, Eric didn’t even mention him in the “Others of Note” section of his Giants list last winter. KATOH still regarded him as mildly interesting, however, simply because he existed as a 23-year-old starter at Double-A. He benefited from a move to the bullpen last year, and wound up throwing 32 serviceable big-league innings last summer.