Baseball America released its top 100 prospects for 2012. These rankings are for any player who has not exceeded 130 major-league at-bats or 50 innings pitched or 30 appearanches.
There is but one Giants prospect on this list — outfielder Gary Brown, who came in at No. 38. The Giants would have had two, but they traded pitcher Zach Wheeler to the Mets last season for Carlos Beltran. Wheeler came in at No. 35.
For what it’s worth, the Giants had two players on this list in 2011 — 1B Brandon Belt at No. 23 and Wheeler at No. 55. In 2010, they had four — C Buster Posey (No.7), SP Madison Bumgarner (No. 14), Wheeler (No. 49) and OF Thomas Neal (No. 96).
Here are the top Giants prospects in 2012 according to Baseball America.
1. OF Gary Brown
2. C/1B Tommy Joseph
3. RHP Heath Hembree
4. SS/2B Joe Panik
5. OF Francisco Peguero
6. C Andrew Sugac
7. LHP Erik Surkamp
8. RHP Kyle Crick
9. SS Ehire Adrianza
10. C Hector Sanchez
Others of note: 11, 2B Charlie Culberson; 12, 1B Brett Pill; 13, 3B Conor Gillaspie; 14, RHP Hector Correa; 16, 3B Chris Dominugez.