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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: .258/.344/.471 | 19 HR | 6 SB | 395 AB

    BA Grade: 65/Very High

    Track Record: For the two seasons prior to Luciano’s signing, the Giants weren’t allowed to sign any international prospect for $300,000. When the restrictions expired, the team opened its wallet and signed a star-studded class that included Luciano as well as outfielders Luis Matos and Jairo Pomares. The Giants skipped Luciano over the DSL and immediately to the Rookie-level Arizona League, where he thrived and ranked as the league’s No. 2 prospect behind only the Padres’ CJ Abrams. He finished the year with a cameo at short-season Eugene. In 2020, Luciano was invited to San Francisco’s alternate training site. He was the youngest player in camp, and the assignment was especially significant because spots were finite and he had no real chance to contribute to the big league team. Luciano started slowly in 2021 before catching fire at Low-A San Jose, where he ranked as the league’s No. 2 prospect behind Oakland’s Tyler Soderstrom. He scuffled somewhat after a promotion to High-A and then again during a stint in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Luciano has developed a reputation as a bit of a slow starter, but once he gets going it’s easy to see why he’s valued so highly. He has a strong ability to make a game plan at the plate, and if he gets a pitch in his zone he’s going to crush it. His raw power is easily double-plus, and he’s capable of hitting balls out to any part of the park. That said, plenty of refinement is needed before he reaches his ceiling. Though Luciano can recognize breaking balls, he will sometimes get over-eager and chase out of the zone. There are some moving parts in his load that can cause his timing to get out of whack, but he has the hand speed to catch up to even the best fastballs. His 90.1 mph average and 115 mph maximum exit velocities in 2021 show a player capable of doing plenty of damage when he connects. Defensively, Luciano has roughly a coin flip’s shot of staying at shortstop. He has the arm strength for the left side, but his internal clock leaves much to be desired. His feet don’t often catch up with his body, either, leaving him in awkward positions to make throws across the diamond. Rival managers in the Low-A West saw plenty of athleticism and ability in the field, but those traits still need to be honed into consistent, usable skills. None of this is unexpected for a player who didn’t turn 20 until season’s end and missed out on a key year of in-game development because of the coronavirus pandemic. Luciano isn’t the speediest runner and grades out as below-average at his best. If he does have to move off of shortstop, third base is the likeliest destination because of his arm strength and the way his power is likely to profile at the position.

    The Future: After ending 2021 in High-A, Luciano is likely to return to the level to begin 2022. He’ll look to make his play more consistent and show more frequent peeks at the perennial all-star-caliber player he can be when everything is working the way it did during most of his time at San Jose.

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

  2. 2. Joey Bart | C
    Joey Bart
    Born: Dec 5, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 238
    Drafted/Signed: Georgia Tech, 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: Luke Murton.
    Minors: .294/.358/.472 | 10 HR | 0 SB | 252 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: After dealing with a pair of broken bones in his hands in 2019, Bart, whom the Giants chose with the second overall pick in 2018, was invited to the team’s alternate training site in 2020 and made his big league debut ahead of schedule while the team tried to fill the hole left by stalwart catcher Buster Posey opting out of the season during the pandemic. Bart returned to the big leagues briefly in 2021 but otherwise spent the season at Triple-A, where he attempted to get back on a normal development track.

    Scouting Report: One of the problematic parts of Bart’s game revolved around closing a hole on the inside part of the plate. He made strides in that regard this season, hitting .280 on pitches on the inner third. That’s a steep drop from the numbers he produced on balls on the outer third, but a respectable number nonetheless. He shows plenty of impact potential when he connects and is likely to be a power-over-hit player once he reaches San Francisco for good. Evaluators both internally and externally saw improvement from Bart on defense, especially when it came to receiving. He allowed just six passed balls all season and caught 32.6% of attempted basestealers. Opposing evaluators noted he could stand to show better leadership qualities and body language behind the plate.

    The Future: With Posey retired, Bart’s pathway to the big leagues is wide open. He should compete for the starting job on Opening Day.

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

  3. 3. Luis Matos | OF
    Luis Matos
    Born: Jan 28, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 186
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2018.
    Signed By: Edgar Fernandez.
    Minors: .313/.358/.494 | 15 HR | 21 SB | 451 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: After shining in the Dominican Summer League in 2019, Matos’ stateside debut was scuttled by the coronavirus pandemic. Like most Venezuelan players, he was stuck in the U.S. because of travel restrictions in his home country, meaning he spent most of the shutdown at the team hotel in Arizona. Since returning, Matos has been extremely impressive, first at 2020 instructional league, and then again over a season in the Low-A West, where he ranked as the league’s No. 6 prospect.

    Scouting Report: Matos has huge upside as a hitter, and he showed an enticing blend of contact and impact in his full-season debut. He was the only player in the minor leagues who hit better than .300 while striking out fewer than 70 times over the course of 450 or more at-bats. He was also one of just five players with 20 or more doubles, 15 or more homers and 20 or more stolen bases. He struck out just 61 times, though part of that could be explained by a highly aggressive approach that led him to see just 3.2 pitches per plate appearance. He’s got lightning-quick hands, an innate ability to find the barrel and produced a maximum exit velocity of 111 mph. For now, Matos will stay in center field, and there’s a small chance he can stick there in the long run if he improves his routes and jumps on balls hit his way. He’s more likely to move to a corner, however, where he could be an above-average defender thanks to above-average speed coupled with an above-average arm.

    The Future: After a tremendous season with San Jose, Matos’ next step will be High-A Eugene, where he will face a host of more advanced pitchers. He has a very high ceiling and should be part of the Giants’ long-term outfield picture.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 55. Speed: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.

  4. 4. Heliot Ramos | OF
    Heliot Ramos
    Born: Sep 7, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 233
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Guaynabo, P.R., 2017 (1st round).
    Signed By: Junior Roman.
    Minors: .254/.323/.416 | 14 HR | 15 SB | 449 AB

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Ramos was the Giants’ first-round selection out of high school in Puerto Rico in 2017 and has performed well during his climb through the minor leagues, usually as one of the younger players at every stop. Ramos has also been named to each of the last three Futures Games, including the 2021 version in Denver. Ramos closed 2019 at Double-A and returned there to begin 2021. By season’s end he’d reached Triple-A, where he got to play games against his brother, Henry, a journeyman who was playing for Triple-A Reno in the D-backs’ system.

    Scouting Report: After a strong showing at big league spring training, Ramos returned to Double-A to continue learning how to use the entire field. Previously, Ramos tended to work mostly toward his pull side, so in the regular season he focused more on going the opposite way. All the ingredients—bat speed, raw power, command of the strike zone—are there for Ramos to be an excellent offensive player once he reaches the big leagues. The bigger question is where he winds up playing. Despite a thicker body, it’s hard to find an evaluator who’s totally out on the idea of Ramos playing center field. He’s athletic and surprisingly quick for his size, but he’ll have to work hard to make sure those traits stay intact. If he does have to move to a corner, his bat would easily profile. His above-average arm would fit nicely in right field.

    The Future: Ramos is likely headed back to Triple-A in 2022, but the Giants’ roster has little in the way of cornerstone outfielders, so there should be plenty of chances for him to hit his way to the majors.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 55. Speed: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.

  5. 5. 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 | 3.19 ERA | 157 SO | 52 BB | 99 IP

    BA Grade: 55/Very High

    Track Record: Harrison had first-round talent but lasted until the third round of the 2020 draft because of a high price tag and perceived strong commitment to UCLA. The Giants lured him away from college with a bonus of $2,497,500, then watched as he dominated at instructional league in 2020 and posted a strong first season as a pro at Low-A San Jose.

    Scouting Report: In terms of pure stuff, Harrison is easily the best pitching prospect in the Giants’ system. His four-seam fastball sits at 94 mph and touches 98 while also showing well in terms of horizontal break and vertical approach angle. Together, those qualities helped Harrison get swings and misses at a 35% rate with his fastball in 2021. Harrison’s offspeed offerings—a slider and a changeup—are even more impressive. Harrison’s slider averages 83 mph and shows dynamic two-plane break while getting swings and misses 43% of the time. He rounds out his mix with a low-80s changeup which averages about 10 mph of separation from his fastball. His changeup’s movement is inconsistent but shows strong fading life at its best. The biggest concern for Harrison right now is working to iron out his command and control. His arm is loose and whippy and easily produces velocity and deception from a low slot and cross-body finish, but he doesn’t repeat it well enough yet to throw strikes consistently. That issue cropped up both in his walk rate and his efficiency, which caused him to go less than five innings in 14 of his 23 starts.

    The Future: After an excellent debut season, Harrison will move in 2022 to High-A Eugene. If he can iron out his control, he has the look of a mid-rotation starter with the upside for more.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 40.

  6. 6. Will Bednar | RHP
    Will Bednar
    Born: Jun 13, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 229
    Signed By: Jeff Wood.
    Minors: 0-0 | 1.29 ERA | 6 SO | 1 BB | 7 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Bednar, whose brother David is a reliever with the Pirates, got his moment in the sun in June, when Mississippi State won the College World Series. Bednar pitched six hitless innings in the clincher over Vanderbilt and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. The Giants drafted him with their first-round selection and signed him for $3,647,500. Although he didn’t pitch in the series, Bednar added a second championship ring when his San Jose club won the Low-A West title.

    Scouting Report: Bednar makes his bones on an outstanding three-pitch mix fronted by a dynamic fastball-slider combination. His fastball typically sits around 92-94 mph but has touched as high as 97 and plays well when thrown up in the strike zone. Bednar’s mid-80s slider shows excellent downer action and is his primary weapon to get swings and misses. He rounds out the mix with a changeup that comes in around the mid 80s and shows armside run at its best. Bednar used the changeup sparingly in college and will have to rely on it more in pro ball in order to establish himself as a potential rotation option. He projects to have average control and issued just one walk in seven innings as a pro.

    The Future: After getting his feet wet in 2021, Bednar will get his first full test as a pro in 2022, likely at High-A Eugene. He has a ceiling of a mid-rotation starter.

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

  7. 7. Matt Mikulski | LHP
    Matt Mikulski
    Born: May 8, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: John DiCarlo.
    Minors: 0-0 | 1.80 ERA | 5 SO | 3 BB | 5 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: After going unpicked in the shortened 2020 draft, Mikulski returned to Fordham and saw his stock rise astronomically thanks to mechanical changes that led his stuff to tick way up. His 1.45 ERA and 124 strikeouts were each the best in the Atlantic 10 Conference, and the Giants were excited enough to make him their second-round choice. Mikulski signed for $1,197,500 and made four starts at the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League in his pro debut.

    Scouting Report: The mechanical changes Mikulski made were key to his breakout. The lefthander shortened his arm action, and the new path helped create even more deception. With the changes, the ball now appears to come from behind his ear in his delivery and is extremely hard for batters to pick up. His fastball velocity also ticked up to average 93 mph and touched the upper 90s. Mikulski showed no clear favorite among his offspeed pitches while in college, throwing his slider, curveball and changeup each between 11% and 14% of the time. His changeup is the most promising of the three because of the deception in his delivery and velocity separation from his fastball. The pitch is thrown in the 83-86 mph range and got whiffs 70% of the time hitters swung. Mikulski’s mid-80s slider flashes average, and his curveball is good mostly for an early-count strike. Mikulski’s delivery helped him raise his draft stock, but it also doesn’t lend itself to precise control and could eventually be the reason he moves to the bullpen.

    The Future: After a few games in the ACL, Mikulski’s first full season as a pro should begin at one of the Class A levels in 2022. He could fit toward the back of a rotation or as a power reliever late in games.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 50. Curveball: 40. Changeup: 55. Control: 50.

  8. 8. Jairo Pomares | OF
    Jairo Pomares
    Born: Aug 4, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2018.
    Signed By: Jonathan Bautista/Gabriel Elias.
    Minors: .334/.378/.629 | 20 HR | 1 SB | 302 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: The Giants’ 2018 international class looks like it will be incredibly fruitful once it’s all said and done. The group includes shortstop Marco Luciano and outfielder Luis Matos, two of the team’s three best offensive prospects. Visa issues kept Pomares from reaching the U.S. for 2020, but he did get some development time at the team’s instructional camp in the Dominican Republic. Pomares split his 2021 season between both Class A levels and hit 20 home runs, tied with David Villar for the most in the Giants system.

    Scouting Report: First and foremost, Pomares hits the daylights out of the ball. His average exit velocity of 92.4 mph was the highest in the system among players with more than 150 plate appearances, and he maxed out at 115.5 mph. His swing is rhythmic and his mechanics allow him to get into a good hitting position early, which helps him prepare for both righties and lefties. Pomares’ approach could stand to be refined. Currently, he swings at as many bad balls as he does meatballs, but when he connects the contact is usually loud. Pomares has made strides on defense, including with first-step reactions and quickness, but he’s still a below-average defender overall. His average arm is strong and accurate, and he spent a near-equal amount of time at both left and right field.

    The Future: Pomares’ power surge was among the biggest surprises in the Giants system in 2021. He’ll likely return to High-A Eugene in 2022 to continue working on his defense and honing his approach. He has a ceiling as a powerful corner outfielder.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 55. Speed: 45. Fielding: 40. Arm: 50.

  9. 9. Aeverson Arteaga | SS
    Aeverson Arteaga
    Born: Mar 16, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 174
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Edgar Fernandez.
    Minors: .290/.362/.495 | 9 HR | 8 SB | 200 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Arteaga’s $1 million bonus was the largest the Giants paid to any member of their 2019 international class. Like other players from Venezuela, Arteaga was stuck during the coronavirus pandemic at the team’s spring training complex in Arizona, where he stayed until instructional league. Arteaga spent his first season as a pro in the Arizona Complex League, where he ranked as the circuit’s No. 7 prospect. His 43 RBIs led the league, and his nine home runs placed him third.

    Scouting Report: Defensively, Arteaga is one of the surest bets in the Giants system to stick at shortstop. He has quick hands, smooth actions, excellent range, a strong internal clock and plus arm strength. Despite not hitting the ball particularly hard—his average exit velocity was around 84 mph in his pro debut—Arteaga’s initial offensive showing was stronger than expected. He has excellent bat speed and better bat-to-ball skills than his 30% strikeout rate would suggest, but there is plenty of work to be done. He needs to cut down on his swings and misses and has to work hard to improve the way he recognizes breaking balls. The Giants are comforted by Arteaga’s makeup and see a player who will identify flaws and work his hardest to fix them.

    The Future: Arteaga should move up to Low-A San Jose in 2022, where he will work to increase his offensive abilities in an effort to make himself an impact player on both sides of the ball.

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

  10. 10. Ryan Murphy | RHP
    Ryan Murphy
    Born: Oct 8, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Ray Callari.
    Minors: 6-4 | 2.52 ERA | 164 SO | 26 BB | 108 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Murphy’s emergence was one of the best stories of the Giants’ season in the minors. The fifth-rounder out of Division II Le Moyne (N.Y)—the same program that produced Nationals righthander Josiah Gray—rushed his way through both levels of Class A and put himself on the map in a big way. His 164 strikeouts were the third-most in the minors (but second in his own system behind Carson Ragsdale) despite the fact he missed time toward season’s end with a minor injury.

    Scouting Report: None of Murphy’s pitches is a knockout by any means, but his ability to command them in and out of the strike zone while relentlessly attacking hitters allows his whole arsenal to play up. Murphy works with a full four-pitch complement, fronted by a low-90s fastball that peaks at 95 mph. His fastball shows above-average spin, above-average to plus break in both directions and is thrown at a deceptive angle. Murphy’s primary offspeed is a low-80s slider which plays well analytically in terms of both horizontal and vertical break. He rounds out the arsenal with a mid-80s changeup and a low-80s curveball with excellent depth. Murphy also gets some deception from an unorthodox delivery. All of his pitches play up because of his plus control and strong command in all quadrants of the strike zone.

    The Future: Despite his success, Murphy still faces skepticism because of a lack of a true standout pitch. He’ll be tested in 2022 at Double-A Richmond, which will help make his ceiling clearer.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Slider: 45. Curveball: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 60.

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