John Sickles Giants top 20 prospects 2013 1) Kyle Crick, RHP, Grade B+: There are a few control issues to address, but I'm a big fan of his stuff, size, fresh arm, and San Francisco's track record of developing similar prospects.
This is why I'm baffled the Giants didn't extend Angel Pagan a qualifying offer when it was clearly obvious Pagan is looking for a big pay day. The only reason we have Kyle Crick in our farm system is because the Giants offered Juan Uribe arbitration, but Juan Uribe chose to sign with the Dodgers. As a result, the Giant got a 1st round sandwich pick and with that pick the Giants drafted Kyle Crick. Not only has Juan Uribe been an albatross but because Ned Colleti 'poached Juan Uribe from us' we are able to get a prospect that now ranks #1 in the Giants farm system according to John Sickels. (Thank you Ned Colletti)
Tim Alderson came as a 1st round draft pick courtesy of losing Jason Schmidt to the Dodgers, although Alderson proved to be a bust, Sabean did trade him for Freddy Sanchez, who ended up playing a key role in the 2010 World Series Champion team. Once again thank you Ned Colleti
Charlie Culberson was the 51st pick of the 2007 draft due to losing Mike Stanton to the Reds, Sabean traded Sharon Martis to the Nats for Stanton in 2006 (Hated that trade at the time but 6 years later that trade is looking pretty good) Now Charlie Culberson is not likely to do squat in the Majors. It turned out Charlie Culberson was a very valuable prospect for us as Sabean traded him for Marco Scuturo. There is no way in hell we would have won the 2012 World Series title without Marco Scuturo.
These extra compensation picks are huge! Even if those draft picks don't pan out in the MLB level, they can be used as trade bait to get a player who can help us in the stretch run. Our #1 prospect according to John Sickels and two prospects we traded away to get Freddy Sanchez and Marco Scuturo who played key roles in the 2010 & 2012 World Series Title runs, we got because of having compensation picks in earlier drafts.
Although, I will refrain from being too critical but had we offered Angel Pagan a qualifying offer, he turned it down and signed else where, there would have been a good chance that would prospect would have been either a future San Francisco Giants or a key trading chip to trade for some one who could help us during a stretch run in a future season.