This was a system I was dreading since I started these top-25 rankings way back in the beginning of October. But now that I’ve picked apart this system and watched a ton more video, it’s not quite as bad as I initially thought. It’s not a good system by any stretch of the imagination, but there’s some sneaky good offensive upside throughout this top-25. Several of the top-25 Giants prospects below were added via the 2017 Eduardo Nunez trade and 2018 Andrew McCutchen trade, and a few more potential impact bats were signed during the 2018 J2 period. There are also several potential bullpen arms to monitor if you’re into that sort of thing.
Leading the way is a man you should all know quite well if you followed my 2018 FYPD work. He was No. 2 in the draft and No. 2 on the scorecard, but already has vaulted his way up to No. 1 in this farm system.
Overall System Grade: D+
Minor League Affiliates
Triple-A: Sacramento – Pacific Coast League
Double-A: Richmond – Eastern League
Single-A (Advanced): San Jose – California League
Single-A (Full): Augusta – South Atlantic League
Short-season Single-A: Salem-Keizer – Midwest League
Rookie: Two teams in the Arizona League and one in the Dominican Summer League
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New Top-25 San Francisco Giants Prospects
1. Joey Bart, C, Bats: R, DOB: 12/15/96, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (RK/A-): .294/.364/.588/.952, 15 2B, 13 HR, 2 SB, 5.7 BB%, 20.6 K%, 204 AB
You’re probably tired of hearing me say it by now, but Joey Bart is the top catching prospect around. The Giants saw an opportunity to grab their heir-apparent to Buster Posey behind the plate and pounced, nabbing Bart with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 amateur draft. And outside of Nolan Gorman, Bart was one of the most impressive 2018 draftees down the stretch last season with 31 extra-base hits in his first 51 games, most of which came with Salem-Keizer in the Northwest League (Short-Season Single-A).
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) June 2, 2018
There’s a lot to like about Bart on both sides of the ball. Defensively, he made great strides during his time at Georgia Tech and projects as an above-average catcher long-term with a good throwing arm. Maybe not gold-glove worthy, but strong enough to stick behind the plate for a while. That’s ideal as his skills in the batter’s box could make him one of the top offensive catchers in the game before too long.
Bart starts with a balanced pre-pitch setup with only a little bat movement going on. He uses moderate rear leg load and a deeper hand coil synced with a leg kick to time pitches. Quick wrists and hip rotation create tremendous bat speed through the zone in a slight uppercut swing path. While he doesn’t walk a whole ton, Bart shows exceptional plate coverage and the ability to hit the ball hard to all fields. This is a swing built for both average and plenty of power. Bart’s plus-plus raw power should translate into 30-plus home runs annually if he can start 120-plus games behind the plate. Think of Gary Sanchez with a tad less power, but better contact skills.
2. Marco Luciano, SS, Bats: R, DOB: 9/10/01, ETA 2023
2018 Stats: Did Not Play
Considered one of the best players from the 2018 J2 crop, the Giants signed Luciano for $2.6 million as their biggest splurge this period. Watch Luciano take batting practice and you’ll quickly see why.
The Giants signed Dominican SS Marco Luciano, BA's No. 2 international prospect.
— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) July 3, 2018
See? Impressive isn’t it? I mean, just look at the opposite field power on that oppo-taco! I’d argue that Luciano has the most offensive upside of anyone in this J2 class. Yes, even more than Victor Victor Mesa. Luciano loads deep onto his back leg and times pitches with a high leg kick. His hands start shoulder high, coil back, and explode through the ball with phenomenal bat speed and natural loft. Doesn’t take long to notice his plus-plus raw power that he can flex to all fields. He doesn’t sell out for power and should hit for a high average along with the potential for 30-plus dingers annually.
Whether he can stay at shortstop longterm is still up in the air. Luciano moves fairly well, but is an average runner at best and might need to move over to the hot corner as he matures physically. If that is indeed the case, his strong throwing arm will fit in fine there. Regardless of the position, Luciano has the tools to become an offensive star in the Majors.
3. Heliot Ramos, OF, Bats: R, DOB: 9/7/99, ETA 2021
2018 Stats (A): .245/.313/.396/.709, 24 2B, 8 3B, 11 HR, 8 SB, 6.5 BB%, 25.4 K%, 485 AB
After being selected 15th overall in the 2017 MLB amateur draft, Ramos tore up the Arizona League to the tune of a .348/.404/.645/1.049 slash line with 23 extra-base hits (six homers) and 10 steals in just 35 games. Needless to say, the buzz and expectations surrounding Ramos coming into 2018 were quite high. Too high. Ramos played the entire 2018 season as an 18-year-old in the Single-A South Atlantic League and struggled as one of the younger players in the league. I asked a fellow prospect analyst/writer, John Calvagno of Notes from the Sally, what he saw from Ramos live this past season:
“At 6’2” 200 lbs, Heliot Ramos has more physicality than I was expecting and at just 19 he’s going to fill out further. So his long-term defensive home will likely be RF, where his plus arm will fit in nicely. At the dish, he creates moderate momentum with his lower half. The swing is on the long side and the bat speed is plus. He’s got strong hands and he really whips the bat head through the zone. The ball jumps off of his barrel. I’d put the raw power right now at 60, with a chance for 70 at peak. He’s raw offensively and pitch recognition remains a work in progress.
The approach is aggressive but he seemed to take more pitches in my later looks. I would cap the hit right now at 45/50 due to swing length. Game power is dictated by launch angle, with current approach i’d cap the HR at 18-22 with a ton of doubles. If he finds lift it’s 30-35 HR. The speed is plus right now but he’ll likely loose or two as he continues to fill out. As for ETA, he’s likely a level a year through Double-A. Ready for a trial Summer 2022.”
Yes, Ramos struggled last season, but the enticing raw tools remain. Bart might be the top dog on this list right now, but if we’re strictly going off of raw upside, Ramos has the highest upside in the entire system. Plus raw power and speed highlight Ramos’ tools and that speed has translated into solid range in the outfield. While still a tad raw at the plate, Ramos has a clean, yet slightly long swing with plus bat speed through the zone. His hand coil and path through the fall is fluid and he creates plenty of torque with his strong lower half despite using a very minor leg kick. With further development his contact skills and plate approach, we’re likely looking at an all-star caliber outfielder and fantasy star in the making. Don’t let the 2018 struggles deter you one bit.
4. Alexander Canario, OF, Bats: R, DOB: 5/7/00, ETA 2022
2018 Stats (RK): .250/.357/.403/.760, 5 2B, 6 HR, 8 SB, 13.0 BB%, 24.5 K%, 176 AB
After a strong professional debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2017, the Giants brought Canario stateside in 2018, assigning him to the Arizona Rookie League. It was a roller coaster of a season for Canario, recording a .143 average and .411 OPS in June, .333/1.030 in July, and back down to .217/.648 in August. Despite the inconsistency, there were some positives to take away from Canario’s 2018 performance. Mainly, that his strong walk rate from 2017 remained and even improved from 12.0% to 13.0%.
Canario is a toolsy outfielder with plus speed being his carrying tool. This has been more prominent in the outfield than on the bases so far as he has struggled with his pitcher reads and only converted on 63.4% of his 41 career stolen base attempts. His speed allowed him to make a seamless transition to center field in 2018 and he even added 7 assists in 44 games thanks to his strong throwing arm.
At the plate, Canario is still quite raw. He exhibits plus bat speed once his hands start moving forward, but has a deep hand coil causing a naturally long swing. If he can shorten his swing and take a more direct path to the ball, Canario should be able to hit for a average north of .270 or so with 15-20 homer pop to go along with it. Definitely a name to grab now in dynasty while his price is still low.
5. Jacob Gonzalez, 3B, Bats: R, DOB: 6/26/98, ETA 2021
2018 Stats (A): .227/.296/.331/.627, 20 2B, 8 HR, 7 SB, 6.1 BB%, 21.1 K%, 459 AB
I’m secretly (well not secretly anymore) rooting for Gonzalez to succeed as his father ended the Yankees title run with a game-winning bloop single to win game 7 of the 2001 World Series. Thanks again Luis. Gonzalez, like Ramos above, struggled a bit in 2018 at Single-A Augusta in the SALLY. He was still fairly young for the level, not turning 20 until mid-season and possesses solid offensive upside.
Gonzalez has a fairly clean swing with plus bat speed and a slight uppercut swing path through the zone. I’d put a 45 grade on hit contact skills right now with the potential to develop into 50 or 55-grade with some development to his pitch selection. Strikeouts aren’t a major concern, but Gonzalez could benefit from a tad more patience and waiting for a pitch to flex his plus raw power on. How quickly Gonzalez reaches the Majors is 110% up to his bat as he’s a below average runner and defender at the hot corner.
6. Heath Quinn, OF, Bats: R, DOB: 6/7/95, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (A+): .300/.376/.485/.861, 24 2B, 14 HR, 4 SB, 10.3 BB%, 24.1 K%, 357 AB
If you’re looking for a name outside of the top tier in these rankings to put some stock in, Quinn is my pick. His swing isn’t the most fluid in the world, which causes me to put a 50-grade cap on his hit tool, but Quinn has displayed plus bat speed and a good feel for hitting. His swing has some natural loft to it, which paired with his plus raw power, could lead to 25 to 30-plus homers annually. Quinn isn’t the quickest guy around, but moves well enough in the outfield and on the bases. Adding double-digit speed to that power isn’t out of the question. The ceiling here is an above-average Major League starting outfielder.
7. Sean Hjelle, RHP, DOB: 5/7/97, ETA 2020/2021
2018 Stats (A-): 21.1 IP, 5.06 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 1.7 BB/9, 9.3 K/9, .273 AVG
To my knowledge, there haven’t been any 7-foot Major League players. Sean Hjelle comes pretty damn close to that at 6’11. For the most part, pitchers with this much height haven’t faired too well in the Majors. Randy Johnson is the biggest exception to that rule. And yes, pun intended. It’s proven to be tough to establish consistent mechanics with the additional height and usually takes taller pitchers longer to settle down in the Majors as detailed by Eno Sarris back in 2017. I’m optimistic Hjelle becomes another exception to the rule due to his solid command and repeatable delivery.
For his arsenal, Hjelle sits in the low 90’s with arm side run and generates a good downhill plane from a 3/4 arm slot due to the extension he gets on his delivery. Out of his three secondary pitches, his knuckle curve is the best of the bunch with strong break and represents his only plus pitch at the moment. Hjelle will also mix in a slider and changeup, both of which should be Major League average. If he can continue to demonstrate above-average command and maybe develop his changeup or slider a little, Hjelle could blossom into a #2 starter in the Majors.
8. Shaun Anderson, RHP, DOB: 10/29/94, ETA 2019
2018 Stats (AA/AAA): 141.1 IP, 3.69 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 2.1 BB/9, 8.1 K/9, .258 AVG
Some would call Anderson the top pitching prospect in this system, and overall, he probably has the highest floor, but doesn’t quite match up to Hjelle’s upside. Close, but no cigar. Anderson came over to San Francisco, along with Gregory Santos, from the Boston Red Sox in the 2017 Eduardo Nunez deal. Anderson features three above-average offerings in his low-90’s sinking fastball, fading changeup, and mid-80’s slider with two plane break, all of which he has solid command over. He’ll likely never be a big strikeout pitcher, but should settle into the 8.0-8.5 K/9 range with a lower walk rate to go along with it. If Anderson doesn’t become a mid-rotation arm, I’ll be shocked.
9. Chris Shaw, OF, Bats: L, DOB: 10/20/93, ETA Debuted in 2018
2018 Stats (AAA): .259/.308/.505/.813, 21 2B, 24 HR, 0 SB, 5.0 BB%, 34.1 K%, 394 AB
2018 Stats (MLB): .185/.274/.278/.552, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 SB, 11.3 BB%, 37.1 K%, 54 AB
As a prospect, Shaw is a mixed bag. He possesses two plus skills which both have to do with his strength. Those, of course, being his throwing arm and plus-plus raw power from the left side of the plate. Every other tool I would grade as below average at best. As it stands, his contact skills and plate approach are holding Shaw back from being a productive slugger and fully tapping into his raw power. The swing is long with a major uppercut swing path due to dropping his hands quite to start his swing.
When he gets a hold of one, you can almost hear the baseball crying, but with that swing and aggressive approach, hitting for a respectable average doesn’t appear to be in the cards. AT&T Park also is tough on left-handed power for basically all batters not named Barry Bonds. Shaw currently is mostly a left fielder but his lack of speed (0 SB in minor league career) might force a move back to first base which is where he began his professional career.
10. Gregory Santos, RHP, DOB: 8/28/99, ETA 2022
2018 Stats (A-): 49.2 IP, 4.53 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 2.7 BB/9, 8.3 K/9, .311 AVG
The second return piece from Boston in the Eduardo Nunez deal, Santos is one of the most intriguing arms in this system. Still only 19, Santos got hit hard in his first season above rookie ball, but managed to improve both his walk and strikeout rate. His fastball has gained velocity over the last year or two and now sits consistently in the 92-94 range with life and can get up into the 96-97 range when he needs to reach back for a little more. Offsetting the heater is a plus hammer curve and a serviceable, yet inconsistent changeup. If the gains Santos made with his command stick, the Giants might have grabbed two future mid-rotation starters from the Red Sox system in one deal.
11. Diego Rincones, OF, Bats: R, DOB: 6/14/99, ETA 2021
2018 Stats (A-): .315/.357/.455/.813, 15 2B, 7 HR, 0 SB, 3.6 BB%, 11.6 K%, 257 AB
If I could use one word to describe Diego Rincones it would be aggressive. When the term “he goes up their hacking” was created, guys like Rincones were the reason why. But hey, it’s working so far due to his exceptional hand-eye coordination and contact skills. He has a fairly clean swing from the right side with quick wrists and plus bat speed. The swing path is direct through the zone with some natural loft to it. There’s some sneaky good power here with Rincones as well. Enough for me to slap a 55 grade on his raw power, though, his game power is around a 40-grade right now. It will be interesting to see if this aggressive approach continues to work for Rincones as he faces more advanced pitching in the high minors.
12. Sandro Fabian, OF, Bats: R, DOB: 3/6/98, ETA 2021
2018 Stats (A+): .200/.260/.325/.585, 19 2B, 10 HR, 1 SB, 5.8 BB%, 23.8 K%, 406 AB
It feels like Fabian has been around forever. The Giants top J2 signing in 2014 progressed to advanced Single-A last season and struggled from start to finish, flirting with the Mendoza line all season. Like with Rincones above, Fabian has an aggressive approach, but hasn’t displayed the same level of contact skills as Rincones has. However, he’s far too talented to continue to struggle as he did in 2018.
— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) April 6, 2018
The more I watch Fabian, the more I like his swing. Everything is quick and fluid with moderate leg load and hand coil and a direct swing path through the zone with plenty of bat speed. There’s not a ton of loft or raw power, but enough to get into the teens for home runs. Fabian is a below average runner on the bases, but has displayed solid range in the outfield with a strong throwing arm. Despite the struggles, Fabian still projects as a starting-caliber Major League outfielder in my eyes.
13. Logan Webb, RHP, DOB: 11/18/96, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (A+/AA): 104.2 IP, 2.41 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 4.0 BB/9, 8.6 K/9, .222 AVG
Webb turned a complete 180 in 2018. He lowered his ERA and H/9, but his BB/9 nearly doubled from 2.3 to 4.0. This is more the type of pitcher I expected to see with Webb. He’s often gotten in trouble due to subpar command and lack of a third usable pitch. If the changeup and command don’t come along, Webb will likely find himself in the bullpen where his low to mid-90’s fastball and low 80’s curveball could make him a solid middle reliever.
14. Abiatal Avelino, SS/2B, Bats: R, DOB: 2/14/95, ETA Debuted in 2018
2018 Stats (AA/AAA): .283/.329/.438/.767, 13 2B, 8 3B, 15 HR, 27 SB, 6.2 BB%, 19.6 K%, 477 AB
Acquired in the mid-season Andrew McCutchen deal, Avelino made his Major League debut in 2018 after a breakout season in the high minors. But what the breakout for real? Not fully. To start, Avelino has never shown double-digit pop in his minor league career up until this season. Avelino can thank a 19.6% HR/FB rate while at Double-A Trenton for his mini power surge. He just doesn’t hit enough flyballs or make enough hard contact for me to project double-digit pop. Outside of that, Avelino has average contact skills, above average speed, and doesn’t strike out too often. A borderline starting infielder that is probably better suited in a reserve/utility role.
15. Jalen Miller, 2B, Bats: R, DOB: 12/19/96
2018 Stats (A+): .276/.321/.434/.755, 35 2B, 14 HR, 11 SB, 4.9 BB%, 21.8 K%, 511 AB
A phrase that you’ll hear me say more than once in this article is “a borderline Major League starter” That’s exactly what we have here with Miller. He does a little of everything but doesn’t carry any plus tools. He’s displayed above-average speed both in the field and on the bases, yet hasn’t swiped more than 11 bags in a season yet. The additional power this season was a surprise, but don’t expect any additional power moving forward as Miller’s swing doesn’t generate much loft or hard contact. Between Avelino and Miller, the Giants either have a couple solid backup infielders or potential a low-end starting middle infielder.
16. Jairo Pomares, OF, Bats: L, DOB: 8/4/00, ETA 2023
2018 Stats: Did Not Play
The second biggest 2018 J2 signing for San Francisco behind Luciano, Pomares signed for a hair under $1 million (975K) out of Cuba. A left-handed hitter, Pomares has a busy pre-pitch setup that could stand to be toned down a bit. The swing itself is fluid with plus bat speed, generating hard contact to all fields. Pomares doesn’t have much power at the moment, but I can see him growing into double-digit pop as he continues to develop physically. His speed is currently his most notable tool and that has shown both on the bases and in the outfield. There’s a lot to like here with Pomares moving forward.
17. Jake Wong, RHP, DOB: 9/3/96, ETA 2020/2021
2018 Stats (A-): 27.1 IP, 2.30 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 2.0 BB/9, 8.9 K/9, .259 AVG
After taking the mammoth Hjelle in round two, the Giants grabbed another arm 35 picks later in the 3rd round out of Grand Canyon University. When he’s at his best, Wong mixes three above-average offerings, though, his changeup lacks the same consistency that his low to mid-90’s fastball and curveball have. If he can develop that changeup more and continue to show above-average command, Wong should develop into a reliable back-end rotation arm. A future as a late-inning reliever isn’t out of the question either and Wong did get some work in as a reliever in the Cape Cod League back in 2017.
18. Luis Toribio, 3B, Bats: L, DOB: 9/28/00, ETA 2023
2018 Stats (RK): .270/.423/.479/.902, 13 2B, 10 HR, 4 SB, 18.6 BB%, 21.8 K%, 215 AB
The Giants didn’t go big in the 2017 J2 crop with their biggest signing being $300,000 to several players, including Luis Toribio, a third baseman out of the Dominican Republic. Toribio has an advanced feel for hitting for someone his age and displays exceptional plate coverage and patience. Plus bat speed is easily notable and there aren’t any big mechanical flaws to Toribio’s swing. It’s obviously still quite early, but the tools are there for Toribio to hit for both average and power if he can add a little loft to his swing and some strength to his skinny frame moving forward. This is a name that could jump up the rankings over the next year or two.
Video of 3B Luis Toribio (17.8Y) HR from yesterday's DSL Giants game. It was his third straight game with a HR. pic.twitter.com/BJgYxblg8N
— GPT (@giantsprospects) June 8, 2018
19. Juan De Paula, RHP, DOB: 9/22/97, ETA 2021
2018 Stats (A-/A): 52.1 IP, 1.72 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 4.6 BB/9, 9.5 K/9, .201 AVG
Now in his third system since signing out of the Dominican Republic in 2014, De Paula is a skinny 6’3 right-hander with (gasp) some command! I know, it’s a nice change of pace after the last few arms we talked about. De Pauls sits consistently in the low 90’s with arm side run from a 3/4 arm slot and has shown a good feel for his curve and changeup. Neither offspeed pitch stand out at the moment, though, the curveball has flashed above average with solid break at times when he’s commanding it well. His walk rate has jumped each of the last three seasons, but it’s not something that concerns me too much going forward as De Paula repeats his delivery well and has shown average or better command for the most part. This is a name that we could see 5-10 spots higher next year.
20. Melvin Adon, RHP, DOB: 6/9/94, ETA 2020
2018 Stats (RK/A+): 82.1 IP, 5.03 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 4.0 BB/9, 8.6 K/9, .287 AVG
Some could argue that Adon has the best stuff in the system. If you ignore the subpar command and lack of a consistent changeup, you could make that argument and likely win it. Adon sits in the mid-90’s with regularity and can ramp up into the 98-99 range when he needs to. He offsets that blazing heater with a plus low-80’s slider with two-plane tilt as his out pitch. When he’s commanding those pitches, he can be tough to hit. But that lack of command has gotten him into trouble, as has his knack for overthrowing his fastball, causing it to straighten out.It’s hard to watch Adon right now and now envision him as a future bullpen arm, albeit, one that could be highly valuable in the 8th or 9th innings.
21. Luis Matos, OF, Bats: R, DOB: 1/28/02, ETA 2024
2018 Stats: Did Not Play
Another signing from the 2018 J2 crop, Matos flies under the radar when it comes to international hitters due to not having any plus tools right now like Luciano has. But what Matos does have is solid tools across the board with plenty of projection left. Matos has a smaller 5’11 frame with room to add strength as he develops. He has the makings of an above-average defender with solid range and a strong throwing arm. At the plate, Matos exhibits plus bat speed once he gets going, but does have a slightly longer swing. Nothing that can’t be refined once he comes to the states.
22. Seth Corry, LHP, DOB: 11/3/98, ETA 2021
2018 Stats (RK/A-): 57.2 IP, 3.59 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 5.0 BB/9, 9.2 K/9, .241 AVG
I’m not going to beat around the bush here, Corry looks like a future reliever to me. When his command isn’t completely lost, Corry features a plus running fastball in the low-90’s and a curveball with good shape to it. Outside of that are the usual command woes and total lack of a usable changeup. The Giants will keep him as a starter for now, but if the command doesn’t show improvement, expect Corry to move to the bullpen.
23. Malique Ziegler, OF, Bats: R, DOB: 9/8/96, ETA 2020/2021
2018 Stats (RK/A): .237/.340/.370/.710, 12 2B, 4 HR, 8 SB, 11.2 BB%, 27.2 K%, 211 AB
Ziegler has one tool that isn’t overly bountiful in this San Francisco system; speed. That speed has led to success on the bases and plus range in center field where he also has displayed a strong throwing arm. Offensively, Ziegler is raw. However, from what I’ve seen, the tools are there to develop into a leadoff hitter at the highest level with average contact skills, strong plate discipline, that plus-plus speed, and even some sneaky double-digit pop.
— Josh Norris (@jnorris427) April 11, 2018
24. Tyler Beede, RHP, DOB: 5/23/93, ETA Debuted in 2018
2018 Stats (RK/A+/AAA): 80.0 IP, 6.64 ERA, 1.78 WHIP, 6.6 BB/9, 9.1 K/9, .274 AVG
2018 Stats (MLB): 7.2 IP, 8.22 ERA, 2.22 WHIP, 9.4 BB/9, 10.6 K/9, .290 AVG
Beede’s stock has been dropping steadily for the last couple seasons now. The former 1st round pick (2014) has struggled with both his command and control and has been hit hard because of it. Hitters know that Beede can’t find the zone or locate his pitches so they wait on a grooved fastball thigh high or a curveball/changeup left up in the zone and absolutely clobber it. He’s added a tick or two to his fastball since moving to the pen, sitting regularly in the low to mid 90’s and has shown a good feel for a fading changeup, but all of his pitches lack consistency due to the subpar command. It looks like his future is as a middle reliever at this point.
25. Patrick Hilson, OF, Bats: R, DOB: 8/25/00, ETA 2023
2018 Stats (RK): .186/.280/.35/.616, 6 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 5 SB, 7.7 BB%, 36.8 K%, 161 AB
Hilson, an Arkansas prep bat, was the Giants 6th round pick this past June. He’s as raw as they come, but possesses some intriguing tools that give him solid upside to dream on. Hilson is already an above-average defender and runner with a strong throwing arm that should remain in center field for the time being. At the plate is where the rawness comes in. The swing is a little on the longer side and he drops his hands quite a bit in the beginning stages. If he can clean up his swing and refine his pitch selection, there’s average or better raw power he can tap into as well.
Keep An Eye On: Several Future Relievers
There are a ton of future bullpen arms in this system that should be up with the Giants within the next couple of seasons. Remember the names Sam Coonrad, Travis Bergen, Ray Black, Camilo Doval, and eventually, Garrett Cave is his command doesn’t come around.
Also, there’s a catcher with the last name Brickhouse. He doesn’t project to reach the Majors at the moment, but come on, his last name is Brickhouse. I know at least some of you just started singing “She’s a brick… house. She’s mighty mighty….” No? Just me I guess.
Up – Diego Rincones (OF), Luis Toribio (3B)
Down – Tyler Beede (RHP), Chris Shaw (OF)
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Photo/Video Credit: Jory Dyvig (Main Article Image), Baseball America, Ben Badler, Kyle Glaser, GiantsProspects, Josh Norris.
Eric Cross is the lead MLB/Fantasy Baseball writer and MiLB prospect analyst for FantraxHQ and has been with the site since March 2017. In the past, he wrote for FantasyPros and FanSided. He is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). For more from Eric, check out his author page and follow him on Twitter @EricCross04.
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