Cove Chatter 100 Honorable Mention: Los Gigantes

This is the first honorable mention post in a series of 6. The top 50 will follow the honorable mentions. For a more detailed overview of the Cove Chatter 100, check out the previous introduction post. This group, Los Gigantes, contains some of the noteworthy players on the Giants Dominican Summer League squad (If you’re wondering why Keury Mella and Gustavo Cabrera are missing, remember that this is only the honorable mention list). These guys are as far away from the majors as it gets for a professional ballplayer, but that doesn’t mean they have any less of an opportunity to make it… just long odds. Look at Adalberto Mejia… in 2011 he was the young ace of the DSL Giants. Just a couple years later, he’s likely on his way to AA Richmond. This year’s DSL squad was pretty darn good, finishing with a 45-22 regular season record before falling to the Red Sox in the postseason. I’d look for a couple of the pitchers to get a shot in the Arizona League next year.

Michael Santos | RHP, 18 yo, 6-4, 170 | IFA 2012 DR | (DSL) 4 GS, 19.2 IP, 2.75 ERA, 18 H, 6 BB, 18 K

Signed for $250k a couple of years ago, and has likely the highest ceiling of any pitcher on the DSL squad. Features a big fastball and (supposedly) a nice curve. The Giants have been working on building his frame, but he’s only made 4 professional appearances so far. If he can stay on the field, I can see him making big strides next year.

Santos Interview:

Nathanael Javier | 3B, 18 yo, 6-3, 185, BR, TR | IFA 2012 DR | (DSL) 59 G, 258 PA, .229/.603, 2 HR, 28 RBI, 4 SB, 12 BB, 43 K

Promising 2012 Dominican signee had a tough season in the DSL, followed by a 50-game suspension for PED’s. He’s not really much of a factor until he gets back on the field. Has good size and defensive abilities, but the bat will be a project. I had him ranked in the top 20 on my mid-season list, so this is quite the fall (and likely an over ranking on my part before). Age is certainly on his side.

Javier Video:

Reymi Rodriguez | RHP, 19 yo, 6-2, 195 | IFA 2012 DR | (DSL) 17 G, 2 GS, 46.1 IP, 1.75 ERA, 24 H, 23 BB, 49 K

47 baserunners allowed in 46 IP is pretty impressive in your first pro season, with some nice strikeout rates to boot. He should be in the AZL next summer. No scouting reports on him that I can find.

Luis Castillo | RHP, 20 yo, 6-2, 170 | IFA 2011 DR | (DSL) 27 G, 20 SV, 28.1 IP, 0.64 ERA, 15 H, 3 BB, 34 K

One of the older pitchers on the team, but a serious weapon out of the bullpen. 34k/3bb in 28 IP is pretty sweet, no matter who you are or what league you pitch in. Maybe he’ll get a chance to close in the AZL next year?

Kleiber Rivas | C, 18 yo, 5-11, 200, BL, TR | IFA 2011 VZ | (DSL) 42 G, 137 PA, .250/.728, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 2 SB, 19 BB, 15 K

Lefty catcher from Venezuela signed at 16 and had a fairly nice second season in the DSL. His low strikeout totals are impressive for a young player. He may not stay at catcher in the future, as his CS% was the lowest among all 4 backstops on the team.

Nicol Parra | CF, 19 yo, 5-9, 160, BL, TL | IFA 2010 VZ | (DSL) 40 G, 161 PA, .244/.727, 0 HR, 18 RBI, 20 SB, 36 BB, 21 K

Parra debuted very young at age 16, and has spent three seasons in the DSL. During that time he’s shown good speed and the ability to get on base, but he’s only logged 13 career extra base hits… without a home run.

Eusebio Encarnacion | RHP, 18 yo, 5-11, 170 | IFA DR 2012 | (DSL) 14 G, 10 GS, 68 IP, 1.72 ERA, 56 H, 12 BB, 49 K

As pitchers go, he’s on the smaller side, but a 1.72 ERA and 1.6 bb/9 are impressive no matter the size… especially for an 18 year-old.

Jose Morel | RHP, 20 yo, 6-2, 190 | IFA 2011 DR | (DSL) 22 G, 1 GS, 6 SV, 59 IP, 1.22 ERA, 48 H, 6 BB, 55 K

He was 19 years old in his second year with the DSL team, and for that reason alone many will write him off. But those numbers are impressive regardless. He made his only start in his last performance, and tossed a 2-hit shutout over 7 innings with 7 K and 0 BB. Maybe there’s more to this guy than we think.

Raffi Vizcaino | RHP, 17 yo, 6-1, 195 | IFA 2012 | (DSL) 11 GS, 47.1 IP, 3.80 ERA, 46 H, 17 BB, 41 K

Another very young kid with a mature frame and little published information out there. Looks like he’s around the strike zone quite often, as his walk totals are impressive for such a young pitcher.

Robinson Medrano | OF, 17 yo, 6-3, 180, BR, TR | IFA 2012 | (DSL) 40 G, 146 PA, .225/.550, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 7 SB, 7 BB, 35 K

One of the youngest players in the organization. Not much information to go off, but he does have good size for a kid his age, and looks like he might have some speed to boot.

Javier

Nathanael Javier

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Mid-Season Top 40 Prospects: #9

#9. Gustavo Cabrera – OF, 17 yo, DSL: Cabrera is a right-handed hitting outfielder who signed with the Giants for $1.3 million last season. He hails from the Dominican, and was one of the highest rated international players on the market in 2012. MLB.com ranked him as their #1 international prospect coming into this season. He made his professional debut in the DSL last month, and has all of 26 games under his belt. He’s hitting .207 with 10 SB in 15 attempts on the season. At this point, Cabrera is very young and a huge unknown. Depending on how the rest of his season plays out, he could be a big mover (either up or down) on this list.

What we do know about the kid is that he had scouts absolutely drooling last summer, and his signing bonus shows it. The common reviews rave about his foot speed and bat speed. He’s a 6’2”, athletic kid who should be able to play any outfield position. Like the majority of international prospects, Cabrera’s tools are very raw, but it is believed (hoped?) that he can be an above-average hitter with lightning speed. He spent some time in America playing ball as an amateur, but the Giants decided to assign him to the Dominican Summer League anyway. They’re hoping they picked up a gem here, but you just never know with these young, raw players. It’s probably a long shot, but it’d be pretty cool to see Cabrera, Nat Javier, Christian Arroyo and Ryder Jones get a chance to play together in Salem-Keizer next season. 

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