Wouldn’t be spring if I didn’t put out a top prospects list. These are very basic reports, but most of you already know the names. I just wanted to give an idea of how I see these guys stacking up. There are links for further (and more detailed) reading at the end of this list.
So here goes!
#1: Joey Bart | C = The Giants haven’t had a consensus top-40 prospect in many years (Belt?), and Bart is the total package. Keep an eye on his strikeouts, but he needs reps more than anything else at this point.
#2: Heliot Ramos | CF = He survived the big, bad Sally League, but expectations are appropriately higher for him this season in San Jose. Can he elevate from surviving to thriving?
#3: Marco Luciano | SS = Luciano hasn’t had a professional AB, and yet he might be the most hyped prospect in the system this winter. That swing!
#4: Logan Webb | RHP = The velocity is up, the post-rehab gloves are coming off, and he looks be primed for a big summer in Richmond.
#5: Shaun Anderson | RHP = Anderson is Steady-Eddie, but his presence in the Future’s Game shows there’s some internal love happening for him. Big league cameo coming his way… maybe more?
#6: Alex Canario | CF = Canario has tools to burn, including some freakish bat speed and outfield wheels, but he’s still really raw & I had to talk myself into ranking him this high.
#7: Gregory Santos | RHP = You could really make an argument that the best two pitchers in the Giants system came from the Eduardo Nunez trade. G’s hope he’s fully recovered from concussion he suffered last summer. Likely starts the season as a 19-year old in Augusta.
#8: Sean Hjelle | RHP = He’ll always be compared to Chris Young – that’s the reality when you’re a righty pushing 7-feet tall. You know what? Young had a pretty nice big league career, and the Giants would be happy if “Jelly’s” career produced something similar.
#9: Chris Shaw | LF = This is a pretty big season for Shaw, especially if the Giants fall short on Harper. He absolutely has to improve his plate discipline, but his power ceiling keeps him in the top right now 10 for me.
#10: Ray Black | RHP = The final numbers didn’t look pretty, but there was a stretch during his call-up where Black looked like one of the elite relievers in the majors. As long as his arm is healthy, he’s got a chance to be an impact arm for the Giants.
#11: Melvin Adon | RHP = Mediocre results as a starter. Move to the bullpen made him a star in the Arizona Fall League. Can’t wait to see his 100-mph heater in Sacramento… er, better yet, San Francisco.
#12: Aramis Garcia | C = His prospect stock had slipped, but the best thing you can do is show up at the highest level. He’s got plenty of competition in camp this spring, but I still like his chances at earning the backup gig.
#13: Jairo Pomares | CF = 18 year-old international signing from Cuba. Has yet to play a professional game, but last month’s BP video shows a pretty sweet left-handed swing. Like Luciano, he’s got an up arrow next to his name.
#14: Luis Toribio | 3B = Thanks to Jason Pennini of Prospects Live, we’ve got more winter video of another teenage prospect with a sweet, left-handed power stroke. Toribio hit 10 homers in the DSL last year and is now earning comps to Rafael Devers. Up arrow!
#15: Ryan Howard | SS = He posted better offensive numbers in Richmond than a lot of future Giants have, and he currently has the look of another Duffy-type, jack-of-all-trades player for the organization. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see him come out swinging for the Rivercats this spring.
#16: Jake Wong | RHP = We’re still learning about Wong, but the early post-draft results were positive (albeit in short stints) last summer. Baseball America ranked him 10th in the organization and slapped a mid-rotation starter ceiling on him. Color me interested.
#17: Garrett Williams | LHP = Last season was a disaster for him, but the Giants challenged him with a trip to the AFL. He responded in a big way, keeping hitters off balance with a power fastball/curveball combination.
#18: Abietal Avelino | UT = So, the MLB cameo didn’t look so great, but his AA numbers make you think there’s something more. He played all over the diamond in winter ball, and I’m sure he’s on a short list of potential super-utility types Zaidi can deploy this year.
#19: Heath Quinn | LF = I was excited when the Giants drafted Quinn, but his rough go of it in the AFL (.350 OPS) definitely worries me. Big challenge upcoming for him in Richmond.
#20: Juan De Paula | RHP = We got all of one start to see what De Paula could do in Augusta after four years of short-season ball with the Yankees. That one start sure was impressive, and De Paula was named a top 5 prospect in the NY Penn League by Baseball America. Another solid season means he will need to be 40-man protected.
#21: Jose Lopez | RHP = New to the org as a recent waiver claim from Cincy. Deceptive delivery reminds me some of Ubaldo Jimenez. Mediocre 2018, but was fantastic in 2017. Scouting report here.
#22: Yorlis Rodriguez | 3B = Cuban native who signed a little later, but posted impressive offensive numbers last year in the AZL (his debut campaign). Jason Pennini raved about his swing in January instructs, and you can see why in this video.
#23: Camilo Doval | RHP = One of the hardest fastballs in the system, clocking in at triple digits on occasion. Big K numbers out of the Augusta bullpen, which you’d expect for someone who throws that hard.
#24: Seth Corry | LHP = One of the few prep arms Giants have drafted in recent years. Impressed in the AZL, but was touched up in short sample after promotion to Salem-Keizer. Big curveball.
#25: Drew Ferguson | OF = Rule V pick from Houston. LIFETIME .393 OBP in the minors. A good spring likely gets him a look as a platoon partner with Duggar. Bad spring means you may never see him again.
#26: Tyler Beede | RHP = If Kyle Crick can get back on track, so can Beede. Don’t give up on him yet.
#27: Henry Ramos | CF = Heliot’s older brother, minor league veteran who Zaidi “brought over” from LA. He’s an athletic outfielder, switch-hitter, and someone who could be a dark-horse candidate to make the O.D. roster.
#28: Jalen Miller | 2B = Showed significant offensive improvement in his second season with San Jose. Still needs to work on his defense & OBP, but last year was a positive step in his development.
#29: Conner Menez | LHP = Sometimes guys just slip through the cracks. Nothing about Menez’s scouting report excites you, and yet he’s a lefty who struck out 171 batters in only 135 innings last year. You can see for yourself, but he looks to have some serious deception in his delivery.
#30: Sandro Fabian | RF = Fabian face-planted in San Jose, but it’s too early to completely drop a guy who was considered a system top-10 by many evaluators last year.
Just missed the cut: Jacob Gonzalez, Manuel Geraldo, Diego Rincones, Aaron Phillips, David Villar
This was pretty bare bones, so I hope you’ll do some further reading, from guys who are way more plugged into the system than I am these days…
Giant Prospective (Incredibly in-depth reporting from Wrenzie)
Prospects Live (Jason Pennini)