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TRACK RECORD: Coming out of Buford (Ga.) High in 2015, Bart ranked No. 183 on the BA 500 but fell to the Rays in the 27th round in large part because of his strong commitment to Georgia Tech. In college, Bart followed in the footsteps of former Yellow Jackets backstops and first-round picks Jason Varitek and Matt Wieters. A career .321/.407/.544 hitter, Bart led the Atlantic Coast Conference in hitting (.359) as a junior in 2018, when he was named the ACC’s player of the year and selected as a first-team All-American. He became the highest draft pick in Georgia Tech history when the Giants selected him No. 2 overall in 2018 and subsequently signed him for $7.025 million—the largest signing bonus for a position player in draft history.
SCOUTING REPORT: Bart has the ability to impact the game in a variety of ways. At the plate, he projects for plus all-fields power that should translate to 20 or more home runs annually. Scouts were impressed with Bart’s ability to tap into his raw power without completely selling out in games, and he hit 13 home runs and 14 doubles in just 45 games in the short-season Northwest League. With Bart’s track record of hitting in the ACC, and then his successful, albeit brief, pro debut, evaluators feel confident grading his hit tool as at least above-average, with the potential to become plus. Defensively, Bart has a plus arm, and it grades out even better for its accuracy than it does pure arm strength, of which there is plenty. He routinely records sub-2.0-second pop times on throws to second base, and the Georgia native was lauded by scouts throughout his collegiate career for calling his own games behind the plate. Bart has just fringe-average speed, but he showed the athleticism and lateral quickness needed to be considered an above-average receiver with the ability to routinely block tough pitches in the dirt.
THE FUTURE: Bart will likely start his first full season at high Class A San Jose in 2019. He will forever be compared with Buster Posey, the catcher the Giants drafted the last time the organization had a top-five pick. Even if the Giants decide to move Bart along slower than Posey, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Bart in San Francisco by the end of the 2020 season. If all goes well in San Jose at the start of the year, Bart could be promoted to Double-A Richmond by midseason.
TRACK RECORD: Luciano ranked as the No. 2 international prospect in the 2018 class, behind only Cuban outfielder Victor Victor Mesa. He signed for $2.6 million, which was the Giants’ largest international signing bonus since spending $6 million to sign Lucius Fox in 2015.
SCOUTING REPORT: A plus athlete with tremendous offensive upside, Luciano will begin his pro career as a shortstop, though there are some who believe he will eventually outgrow the position. If that’s the case, he has the hands to play third base but also the athleticism to play the outfield. For now, the 17-year-old is a plus runner with an above-average arm who will get every chance to stick at shortstop. Luciano has strong hands and quick bat speed, leading scouts to project plus power to all fields as a potential above-average hitter. There were some swing-and-miss concerns early in the scouting process, but he has a strong sense for the strike zone and a compact swing.
THE FUTURE: Luciano will likely stay back in extended spring training before making his U.S. debut in the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2019. The Giants would prefer to have Luciano get accumulated in the U.S. as an advanced 17-year-old international prospect.
TRACK RECORD: The younger brother of Henry Ramos, an outfielder who signed a minor league deal with the Giants for 2019, and Hector Ramos, a forward on the Puerto Rican national soccer team, Heliot is another exceptional athlete in the Ramos family. The No. 19 pick in 2017, Ramos signed with the Giants for just north of $3.1 million.
SCOUTING REPORT: Ramos’ plus raw power gives him the potential to become a middle-of-the-order hitter with 25-plus home runs. His hit tool, however, is in question. He has a short swing and can drive the ball to all fields, but he strikes out frequently and likely will never draw many walks. .He’s naturally an aggressive hitter, and he usually makes loud contact when he connects. Exclusively a center fielder in his pro career, Ramos may outgrow the position and move to right field. The Giants have been pleased with what they’ve seen from him as an average center fielder so far. Ramos is helped by his plus speed and above-average arm.
THE FUTURE: Ramos has the chance to be a dangerous power-speed threat in the middle of the Giants’ lineup if he continues to refine his exciting tools. He’ll move to high Class A San Jose in 2019.
TRACK RECORD: A 2016 third-rounder out of Florida by the Red Sox, Anderson was acquired by the Giants in the July 2017 trade that sent Eduardo Nunez to Boston. An effective reliever at Florida, Anderson has worked almost exclusively as a starter with both the Red Sox and Giants. He represented the Giants in the Futures Game in 2018 and advanced to Triple-A.
SCOUTING REPORT: Anderson has four average or better pitches, with above-average control that helps all of his offerings play up. He attacks hitters with a 92-94 mph fastball that can touch 96, and his best offspeed pitch is an upper-80s slider. Anderson also uses an average changeup and curveball that are effective because of his ability to throw strikes with all of his pitches in nearly any count. Evaluators praise Anderson for his ability to maneuver through a lineup multiple times, regularly keeping hitters guessing and off balance with a strong baseball acumen.
THE FUTURE: Anderson is knocking on the door of the majors. He spent the final three months of 2018 in Triple-A Sacramento with middling results, but he could be called up to San Francisco by mid-2019. He projects as a solid No. 4-type starter.
TRACK RECORD: Hjelle stands in at a legitimate 6-foot-11. As a freshman at Kentucky, he served as the team’s closer before transitioning to Friday starter as a sophomore and junior. He won Southeastern Conference pitcher of the year in 2017, and the Giants drafted him in the second round, No. 45 overall, in 2018. He signed for $1.5 million.
SCOUTING REPORT: Hjelle is similar to fellow Giants prospect Shaun Anderson in that he finds success with multiple average or better pitches, despite not having a true out pitch. Hjelle has a tick more life on his fastball than Anderson, regularly working in the 92-95 mph range with armside run. His low-80s curveball has effective 12-to-6 shape that can elicit swings and misses, and his changeup could be an above-average pitch. The lanky righthander has room to add weight to his frame, which could boost his velocity. All of Hjelle’s pitches play up because of his above-average control, and his track record suggests a durable starter who has had success at every level he has pitched.
THE FUTURE: Hjelle will likely begin 2019 in the rotation at high Class A San Jose. Assuming good health, he should settle into a middle-to-back of the rotation starter.
TRACK RECORD: A high school quarterback in Rocklin, Calif., Webb burst onto the baseball scene his senior year before the Giants drafted him in the fourth round in 2014. Webb agreed to an over-slot, $600,000 bonus. After making it to low Class A in 2016, Webb needed Tommy John surgery early in the season. He returned in June 2017 and completed a career-high 104 innings in 2018, advancing as high as Double-A Richmond.
SCOUTING REPORT: Webb has two plus pitches, headlined by a mid-to-upper-90s fastball that touches 98 mph. His fastball is heavy, while his low-80s breaking ball has wipeout, swing-and-miss potential with a slurvy shape. He still is working on a changeup, but it’s well behind his fastball and breaking ball. It often comes across too firm, not creating enough separation from his heater. Webb’s below-average control has been raw ever since he returned from surgery. He walked roughly four batters per nine innings in 2018. The Giants were focused on limiting his innings, so he was airing it out in short stints more than he will in the future.
THE FUTURE: Webb will return to Double-A as a starter in 2019. He projects long-term more as a power reliever until he refines his changeup and control.
TRACK RECORD: Santos signed with the Red Sox for $275,000 in 2015 and was acquired by the Giants in the 2017 Eduardo Nunez trade. After spending two years in the Dominican Summer League, Santos made 12 starts at short-season Salem-Keizer in 2018. He missed time late in the season after he was struck in the head by a 105 mph line drive. He was taken off the field in an ambulance but returned to the mound 18 days later and made two additional starts.
SCOUTING REPORT: Still just 19, Santos has some of the highest upside of any pitcher in the Giants’ system. A big, strong athlete, he has a heavy mid-90s fastball that he keeps down in the zone with good angle, regularly touching 98 mph. Despite his youth, Santos does an excellent job of holding his velocity, and his fastball is complemented by a plus upper-80s slider with good tilt. Santos still needs to develop his changeup. It’s a below-average pitch that only flashes average. He has solid mechanics and does a good job of keeping himself on line to the plate, leading to average control.
THE FUTURE: Santos should be ready for low Class A Augusta in 2019. He has the upside of a power starter, but has a long way to go.
TRACK RECORD: The Giants signed Canario for just $60,000 in 2016, which may turn out to be one of the franchise’s better investments. After spending 2017 in the Dominican Summer League, he made his U.S. debut in the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2018. He got off to a slow start but caught fire in July with a 1.030 OPS.
SCOUTING REPORT: The 18-year-old Canario has above-average raw power and should grow into more. After showing an advanced feel for the strike zone in the DSL, his strikeout rate jumped from 15 percent in 2017 to nearly 25 percent in the AZL. His swing gets long when he tries to sell out for power, but overall he has an advanced approach. Helped by his above-average speed and arm strength, Canario has the chance to be an above-average defensive center fielder. Some project him to move to right field, where his arm and power would profile, but the Giants like what they’ve seen from Canario in center. He has above-average or even plus range, though he is still raw when it comes to route running and defensive instincts.
THE FUTURE: Canario will need to improve his consistency, but he has the raw tools to be an impact center fielder with above-average power and speed.
TRACK RECORD: A few months too young to be a member of the 2016 international signing class, Toribio had to wait until 2017 to sign with the Giants for $300,000. The 6-foot-1 lefthanded hitter spent 2018 in the Dominican Summer League, where he led the team in hits (58), doubles (13), home runs (10) and total bases (103).
SCOUTING REPORT: Toribio is a bat-first third baseman who draws comparisons with Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers. He’s an above-average hitter with an approach at the plate that is mature beyond his years. Toribio’s walk rate was nearly 19 percent in the DSL, and while sometimes that can be an indictment of low-level pitchers, evaluators felt Toribio’s feel for the strike zone is truly advanced. He has good loft in his swing with plus raw power that he taps into regularly, as evidenced by his .209 isolated slugging percentage in 2018. The struggle for Toribio will come defensively, because he is a below-average runner with fringe-average range at third base. His average arm plays, but his .829 fielding percentage indicates the work he still has to do.
THE FUTURE: Toribio has middle-of-the-order hitting potential, which will play at any position. He should climb to the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2019.
TRACK RECORD: Wong significantly raised his stock over the past two seasons, serving as Grand Canyon’s ace and pitching well in the Cape Cod League before the Giants drafted him in the third round in 2018. After signing for $850,000, the 6-foot-2 righthander made his pro debut in the short-season Northwest League, where he impressed in 11 starts.
SCOUTING REPORT: Wong throws a heavy fastball that regularly sits 92-96 mph and touches 97. His fastball has plus velocity at its best and boasts above-average life, helping the pitch play up. even more. Wong’s curveball is at least above-average with solid 11-to-5 shape, while his changeup earns future average grades from scouts. Evaluators were impressed with Wong’s ability to repeat his delivery and attack hitters, and he showed above-average control while striking out 8.9 per nine innings in his pro debut.
THE FUTURE: The highest drafted player out of Grand Canyon in 25 years, Wong will move to full-season ball in 2019. Even if he starts the season at low Class A Augusta, a promotion to high Class A San Jose is likely to come at some point during the year. As he continues to grow, Wong has a chance to become a mid-rotation starter.
-- Reports written by Kegan Lowe
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