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  1. 1. Marco Luciano | SS
    Marco Luciano
    Born: Sep 10, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 198
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Jonathan Bautista.
    Minors: .269/.350/.467 | 11 HR | 0 SB | 227 AB

    Track Record: Luciano has been the Giants' top prospect for four consecutive seasons, yet he might just be beginning to scratch the surface of his talent. He was lauded as an amateur for his offensive gifts, which included the potential to hit for both average and power while sticking on the left side of the infield. The Giants paid $2.6 million to sign Luciano and he smashed the Rookie-level Arizona League in his 2019 pro debut, then earned a quick cameo at short-season Salem-Keizer before a hamstring tweak ended his season. After spending the 2020 season as one of the youngest players at an alternate training site, Luciano put together a standout 2021 campaign at Low-A San Jose before running into some resistance at High-A Eugene. Luciano's 2022 season was interrupted by a back injury that limited him to just 57 non-rehab games, but he showed offensive and defensive skills.

    Scouting Report: First and foremost, Luciano's value will be in the batter's box. After running roughshod through the California League in 2021, he got into trouble against older pitchers who were better equipped to execute a game plan. Luciano countered in 2022 by learning how pitchers were going to attack him and making better swing decisions. He still could stand to be a bit more selective, but a 90th percentile exit velocity of 106.2 mph shows that his impact potential is among the upper echelon of minor leaguers. Scouts say Luciano doesn't have to over-swing to get to that power, either. Instead, he can take a controlled swing and let his natural strength shoot balls over the fence with surprising ease for someone his age. Instead of trying to hit every ball out of the park, he's content to shorten up and settle for singles when appropriate. The next improvements for Luciano involve becoming a little more adept at handling pitches in on his hands or in the upper part of the strike zone. If upper-level pitchers can execute there, scouts expect Luciano's rate of swing-and-miss to get a tick higher. Defensively, Luciano is looking more like a player who can play an average shortstop instead of having to move to third base--an ideal development considering the Giants have standout third baseman Casey Schmitt already in the pipeline. He's become more sure-handed at shortstop, looks more confident playing the position and is a good bet to cleanly field balls he can reach. His range isn't standout, and there is still the possibility that his body will get big enough to force him off the position. He has the plus arm strength to handle either position on the left side of the infield. He is a below-average runner.

    The Future: Luciano was promoted to Double-A Richmond for the Eastern League playoffs and will return to the level in 2023. If he continues making strides against advanced pitching, he could be a centerpiece in the middle of future San Francisco lineups.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 60. Power: 60. Speed: 40. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60

  2. 2. Kyle Harrison | LHP
    Kyle Harrison
    Born: Aug 12, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Concord, Calif., 2020 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Keith Snider.
    Minors: 4-3 | 2.71 ERA | 186 SO | 49 BB | 113 IP

    Track Record: The Giants went over slot to sign Harrison for $2,497,500 in the third round in 2020 to sway him from his commitment to UCLA. The athletic lefthander immediately rewarded the Giants' faith, first by dominating during instructional league, then by taking the Low-A California League by storm in his pro debut in 2021. His 157 strikeouts were the most in the Cal League and tied him for eighth overall in the minor leagues. He upped the ante in 2022, when his 186 strikeouts were second in the minors only to the D-backs' Brandon Pfaadt. He split the year between High-A Eugene and Double-A Richmond, with a stop at the Futures Game as well.

    Scouting Report: Harrison's three-pitch mix is one of the nastiest in the minor leagues. He starts with a mid-90s four-seam fastball that peaked at 97 mph and got swings and misses at an absurd rate of 40.5%, the highest among any minor leaguer who threw 1,000 or more four-seamers. The pitch, along with the rest of his arsenal, is amplified by the deception created in his delivery and an extremely low release point. Harrison's slider was equally nasty. The low-80s sweeper was the better of his two offspeed pitches and was thrown for a strike more often than either his fastball or changeup. Harrison rounds out his mix with a still-developing changeup with plenty of upside. Part of his development in 2022 was centered around improving his changeup, and ideally the Giants would like him throw it between 10 and 20% of the time. Harrison's delivery is a double-edged sword. The elasticity of his body allows him to create funky angles for hitters but also gives him below-average command.

    The Future: Harrison will likely head to Triple-A to begin 2023, and he has a ceiling of a starter who can dominate at the top of a rotation.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 45

  3. 3. Casey Schmitt | 3B
    Casey Schmitt
    Born: Mar 1, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 216
    Drafted/Signed: San Diego State, 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Brad Cameron.
    Minors: .293/.365/.489 | 21 HR | 3 SB | 468 AB

    Track Record: A two-way standout at San Diego State, where he also worked as a closer, Schmitt was the Giants' second pick in the shortened 2020 draft, which has also yielded one of the best pitching prospects in the game in Kyle Harrison. Schmitt's first month at Low-A San Jose in 2021 was rough, but he rebounded with a strong summer befitting of a player with a college pedigree. In 2022, Schmitt turned it up a notch. He hit his way from High-A to Triple-A while playing stellar defense at third base at every stop, even spending an extended stretch at shortstop in High-A Eugene while Marco Luciano was on the injured list.

    Scouting Report: Schmitt's swing has never been considered the most orthodox in the book, but he shows the balance to get his body and barrel in the right positions to provide consistent production. The Giants worked with Schmitt clean up his bat path and increase his hip mobility in order to unlock more power, and the results were clear. His .897 OPS ranked third in the organization, behind rising outfielders Vaun Brown and Grant McCray. His 90th percentile exit velocity was 101.5 mph, which was the same figure produced by Top 100 Prospects Anthony Volpe, Ezequiel Tovar and Alex Ramirez. Defensively, Schmitt was electric. He's a potential Gold Glove winner at third base, with a double-plus arm and an exhaustive pregame ritual that permits him to make plays to all directions. Moreover, once he gets to the big leagues, Schmitt's range could allow the Giants to play a less rangy shortstop.

    The Future: Schmitt is likely to return to Triple-A Sacramento in 2023, when he will test himself against the most advanced pitching the minor leagues have to offer. If he reaches his ceiling, he can be a lockdown third baseman with the bat to profile at the position.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 50. Fielding: 65. Arm: 70

  4. 4. Grant McCray | OF
    Grant McCray
    Born: Dec 7, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 170
    Minors: .289/.383/.514 | 23 HR | 43 SB | 488 AB

    Track Record: The Giants have done a fantastic job unearthing hidden gems in Florida in recent years. The first find came in 2019, when they selected McCray--the son of former big leaguer Rodney McCray--out of high school in Bradenton. The younger McCray played football and ran track in high school, but the Giants thought enough of his abilities on the diamond to give him $697,500 to keep him from a commitment to Florida State. McCray spent most of his first two seasons--sandwiched around the pandemic--at the lowest levels of the minor leagues. His tools began to translate in 2022, when he was among the system's biggest breakouts.

    Scouting Report: A series of mechanical adjustments helped unlock some of McCray's offensive potential. Opposing scouts noticed a shorter swing, a shorter load and a stance that was a little more open and upright than what they'd seen in 2021. The next step will be better swing decisions and a slightly less steep bat path to help him improve 26% rates of swing-and-miss both in and out of the zone. If those changes happen, McCray has the potential to be an average hitter with above-average power. McCray's average exit velocity (88.9 mph) and rate of hard contact are already excellent but would play even better if he could get the ball in the air more often. McCray is regarded internally as the system's best defensive outfielder. Opposing scouts see it similarly, universally grading him as at least a plus defender with double-plus speed and an above-average arm. Managers in the California League also took notice, voting him the league's best defensive outfielder in annual Best Tools survey.

    The Future: McCray ended 2022 in High-A Eugene and likely will return there in 2023. If everything clicks, he could be an everyday center fielder who provides standout defense and some offensive impact.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 55. Speed: 70. Fielding: 60. Arm: 55

  5. 5. Luis Matos | OF
    Luis Matos
    Born: Jan 28, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 186
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2018.
    Signed By: Edgar Fernandez.
    Minors: .215/.280/.356 | 12 HR | 11 SB | 376 AB

    Track Record: Matos was signed out of Venezuela in 2018, then was impressive in his pro debut in 2019, mostly in the Dominican Summer League. Strict lockdowns in Venezuela in 2020 meant he was stranded in the U.S. during the pandemic, when his only on-field action came during instructional league. That is where he first showed hints of what was to come. He broke out in 2021, when his name was splashed all over the Low-A California League leaderboards. Matos struggled in 2022, both with performance and a nagging quad strain that limited him to 91 games at High-A Eugene before a stint in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Matos' numbers in 2021 masked a swing-first mentality, which he tried to correct in 2022. In doing so, internal evaluators believe he became a little too passive and got himself into bad counts. He also struggled to maintain an effective bat path, which got too choppy and wasn't in the zone for very long, and he also had a difficult time keeping his upper and lower halves connected. He chased a bit too much but balanced it somewhat with a solid in-zone miss rate of 18%. At his best, Matos shows electric bat speed and good hand-eye coordination that could make him a fringe-average hitter with above-average power potential. Matos' average speed and excellent instincts give him a chance to be an average everyday center fielder with an above-average arm that could play in right field if he has to move to a corner.

    The Future: After a season of inconsistency, Matos will work hard to re-establish himself in 2023, when he'll likely reach the upper levels for the first time. If he finds his way, he has the upside to become an everyday outfielder in San Francisco.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 45. Power: 55. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55

  6. 6. Vaun Brown | OF
    Vaun Brown
    Born: Jun 23, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 215
    Minors: .346/.437/.623 | 23 HR | 44 SB | 387 AB

    Track Record: The Giants' selection of Brown is a testament to the work of area scout Jim Gabella. Brown's fifth-year senior season at Division II Florida Southern was largely played under wraps when the team's home park was closed to the public because of Covid-related restrictions. Gabella improvised by viewing the games from a hole in the fence. After more scouts got their eyes on Brown, the Giants were convinced enough to draft him in the 10th round in 2021 and sign him to a $7,500 bonus. He clobbered the Arizona Complex League after turning pro, but that was just a hint of what was to come. Brown led all full-season minor leaguers with a .346 average in 2022.

    Scouting Report: Brown is as chiseled a player as you'll see in the sport, with a body some scouts compared to that of an NFL linebacker, with sinewy muscle packed up and down his 6-foot-2 frame. The age gap between Brown--who opened the year as a 23-year-old--and his competition at the lower levels certainly contributed to his gaudy numbers, but scouts still see a potential for an everyday player. Brown cut some of the moving parts from his swing, but it's still a bit unorthodox. Opposing scouts believe his swing path is a bit grooved and suspect Brown might have trouble with elevated fastballs and potentially with soft stuff on the outer part of the plate. Ultimately, Brown might wind up a fringe-average hitter with plus power. Defensively, he's got the double-plus speed to play any of the three outfield spots with ease and the average arm to fit in right field.

    The Future: Brown should return to Double-A in 2023 and will have a chance to prove himself against the type of advanced pitching he only tasted toward the end of 2022. He has the ceiling of an average everyday outfielder who provides value on both sides of the ball.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 45. Power: 55. Speed: 70. Fielding: 55. Arm: 50

  7. 7. Aeverson Arteaga | SS
    Aeverson Arteaga
    Born: Mar 16, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 174
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Edgar Fernandez.
    Minors: .270/.345/.431 | 14 HR | 11 SB | 503 AB

    Track Record: Arteaga received a $1 million bonus in 2019, when he was the highest-paid member of San Francisco's international signing class. His official debut was pushed forward a year by the lost pandemic season in 2020. A year later, he spent most of the season in the Arizona Complex League before joining Low-A San Jose for its championship run. He returned to the California League in 2022, where he led the league in hits (136) and doubles (35) and finished in the top five in extra-base hits (51). His 155 strikeouts were also third in the league.

    Scouting Report: Arteaga is one of the best defenders in the system, second only to Casey Schmitt among infielders. He's got slick hands and feet, plays under control and has the plus arm to stick on the left side of the infield and the internal clock to understand when he has to unleash a throw from shortstop without getting his feet set. Arteaga's swing-and-miss numbers--especially his 23% rate on pitches in the zone--is something to monitor, as is his willingness to chase pitches down and away. When he makes contact, he has a sound feel for the barrel and enough strength to impact the ball. Early in the season, internal evaluators believed Arteaga was hunting power rather than letting his natural strength and excellent bat speed produce line drives into the alleys. He might show even more power by more consistently hitting the ball out front. He's a fringe-average runner who can get to a tick better underway.

    The Future: Arteaga's next stop will be High-A Eugene, where he'll be challenged early by the chilly weather and more advanced pitching. If he can cut down on the swing-and-miss rate, he has a chance to be an everyday shortstop with offensive impact. If not, he could settle as a second-division player with excellent defense.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 40. Power: 55. Speed: 45. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60

  8. 8. Carson Whisenhunt | LHP
    Carson Whisenhunt
    Born: Oct 20, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 209
    Minors: 0-0 | 0.00 ERA | 14 SO | 1 BB | 8 IP

    Track Record: Under normal circumstances, Whisenhunt might have used his junior season at East Carolina to cement himself as one of the top pitchers on the 2022 draft board. However, he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance before the season and was banned for the year. He didn't get back on the mound until the Cape Cod League, where he added enough to his previous body of work--which included two stellar starts with USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team. The Giants selected him in the second round, signed him for $1,866,220 and then sent him to the Arizona Complex League and Low-A San Jose. After recovering from a bout of Covid, Whisenhunt made three short starts in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: In his stints on the Cape and as a pro, Whisenhunt showed off a largely intact arsenal of three average or better pitches. He starts with a low-90s fastball that peaked at 94 mph both on the Cape and during the minor league season. The pitch also features riding action. The gem of Whisenhunt's arsenal is a dastardly changeup with nearly 10 mph of separation from his fastball and the trapdoor action to flummox hitters. The pitch got whiffs at a 35% rate on the Cape and an eye-popping 74% rate in the low minors. The changeup, thrown in the low 80s, is a true double-plus weapon that should get plenty of whiffs as he moves up the ladder. Whisenhunt rounds out his mix with an average, high-70s curveball with two-plane break. The Giants have worked with Whisenhunt to tinker with the grip on the curveball to help him get a better feel for spin. He should have above-average control.

    The Future: Whisenhunt threw 38.1 innings between the Cape, the minor leagues and the AFL, so he'll have to be managed carefully in 2023. He has the ceiling of a solid No. 4 starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 50. Changeup: 70. Control: 55

  9. 9. Mason Black | RHP
    Mason Black
    Born: Dec 10, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 230
    Minors: 6-4 | 3.21 ERA | 136 SO | 36 BB | 112 IP

    Track Record: In 2021, the Giants stocked up on pitchers from the Northeast. In addition to nabbing Black in the third round, San Francisco also chose lefties Matt Mikulski (Fordham) and Rohan Handa (Yale) in the second and fifth rounds and righthander Nick Sinacola (Maine) in the seventh round. Before the season, Black looked like a lock to go in the first two rounds, but he sputtered late and the Giants decided to buy low. In his first official pro action, Black looked like a steal. He split his 2022 season between Low-A San Jose and High-A Eugene and was one of four pitchers in the system who threw 100 or more innings and averaged more than 10 strikeouts and fewer than three walks per nine innings.

    Scouting Report: Black heads his arsenal with two- and four-seam fastballs in the 93-96 mph range and backs them up with a mid-80s sweeper slider that ranks as one of the best in the system. The sweeping shape is a change from the more traditional movement on the slider he threw in college. The new version worked splendidly, getting whiffs at rate of nearly 39% while generating a little more than a foot of sweep and about 2,650 rpms of spin. Black has a high-80s changeup, but it's a bit of a work in progress and was thrown just 9% of the time during the regular season. He has above-average control and produced a 63% strike rate. Scouts like Black's loose, easy delivery, his competitive demeanor on the mound and the chance to add strength.

    The Future: After spending most of the year at High-A, Black is likely to get his first taste of the upper levels in 2023. If he can bring his changeup forward, he has a chance to be an innings-eater at the back of rotation. If not, his fastball and slider could make him a high-leverage reliever.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Changeup: 40. Control: 55

  10. 10. Eric Silva | RHP
    Eric Silva
    Born: Oct 3, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 185
    Signed By: Brad Cameron.
    Minors: 3-7 | 5.88 ERA | 99 SO | 39 BB | 86 IP

    Track Record: When they drafted Silva, the Giants followed their Kyle Harrison playbook. Find a high-end high school arm committed to UCLA, pay him nearly double slot value to sign, then watch as he develops. The Giants signed Silva for $1,497,500, which stood as the record a for a fourth-round pick until the Rangers shot the moon to land Brock Porter in 2022. Silva made two short appearances in the Arizona Complex League in 2021, then spent all of 2022 at Low-A San Jose, where scouts were more optimistic than the numbers might suggest.

    Scouting Report: Despite Silva's smaller frame, scouts are encouraged by his combination of an explosive four-pitch arsenal and an athletic delivery. Silva leads his mix with four- and two-seam fastball that each average around 93 mph and peak at 96. His best offspeed is a sweeper slider in the 83-86 mph range and a peak of 87. Silva threw the slider roughly a quarter of the time and got whiffs at a nearly 40% clip. His curveball, a true downer pitch in the high 70s, offers a stark comparison in shape and velocity to his slider and spin rates of nearly 3,000 rpms. It flashes average. He rounds out his repertoire with a mid-80s changeup that he throws with good feel and no fear when behind in counts. The pitch could get to average, and some scouts see it a little better. Silva was more control than command in 2022, in part because of a delivery with enough moving parts to create deception but sometimes sap the quality from his strikes.

    The Future: After a full season with San Jose, Silva will graduate to High-A Eugene in 2023. There, he'll be challenged to improve his command without downgrading his deception. He has the ceiling of a back-end starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 50. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 45

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