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BA Grade: 65. Risk: Very High Tool Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 70. Run: 40. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60. Track Record: The Giants spent $6 million to sign Lucius Fox in 2015, thus putting themselves in the international penalty box for the next two signing periods. Once they were free of those restrictions, they quickly signed three of the top available talents: Venezuelan outfielder Luis Matos, Cuban outfielder Jairo Pomares and Luciano, the second-ranked player on the market behind only Victor Victor Mesa. The Giants paid $2.6 million to acquire Luciano, who dabbled in the outfield as an amateur but moved back to shortstop before signing. In 2019, the 17-year-old skipped over the Dominican Summer League and headed straight to the Rookie-level Arizona League, where he ranked as the league’s No. 2 prospect. In 35 games in the AZL, Luciano slammed nine doubles and 10 home runs and produced a 1.055 OPS, which ranked fourth in the league. He was promoted to short-season Salem-Keizer for its playoff run but had his year end because of a hamstring injury. Scouting Report: Luciano has already proved himself as a prodigious offensive talent. His raw power—which, according to one evaluator, sounds like “a cannon going off”—ranks at least a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He produces that power through picturesque swing mechanics which feature a quiet hand load, huge bat speed and big-time strength that allows him to snap the barrel through the zone with controlled violence. Even before he had begun to add muscle to his wiry frame, Luciano’s strength was apparent in his hands, wrists and forearms. Beyond his physical gifts, Luciano has tremendous aptitude for the game. He quickly recognizes sequences and patterns and rarely allows pitchers to beat him the same way twice. Whereas his offensive game is advanced for a player his age, Luciano still needs plenty of work in the field. His instincts are strong and his arm projects as plus, but he still needs to clean up his footwork in order to stay at shortstop. If he has to move off shortstop his arm strength will make him a good fit for third base, and he has the athleticism to possibly move to the outfield. The AZL coaching staff worked with Luciano on the smaller details of shortstop, including pre-pitch positioning and learning how to slow the game down. The Future: Luciano is just the latest in a growing line of players from the Dominican Republic whose talent puts them on an accelerated development track. His skills are so scintillating that he could start 2020 at low Class A Augusta.
BA Grade: 60. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 60. Run: 40. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60. Track Record: After three stellar seasons at Georgia Tech, Bart found himself in contention for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft. The Tigers snapped up Auburn righthander Casey Mize in that spot, and the Giants were happy to select Bart a few minutes later. Since moving to pro ball, Bart has steadily proved himself as an excellent prospect on both sides of the ball. He dealt with a pair of hand injuries in 2019 that cost him significant chunks of the season. Scouting Report: When healthy, Bart shows few flaws. He puts the bat on the ball often and has the strength and bat speed to produce potentially plus power, especially to the pull side. He has a hole on the inner half that he’ll need to close if he’s to be an average big league hitter. If he does that, he could be an all-star. Behind the plate, Bart has a quick exchange and release and plus arm strength that should help him erase would-be basestealers. He also shows strong abilities to block and receive and call games. The Future: The injuries limited Bart to 89 games between the regular season and the Arizona Fall League, which delays his big league debut a little. When he does get there, potentially in the middle of 2020, he has all the markings of a player poised to receive the torch from Buster Posey.
BA Grade: 60. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 55. Run: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55. Track Record: Ramos’ athletic bloodlines and baseball skills showed up often in his amateur days, which led the Giants to spend $3.1 million on him in the first round of the 2017 draft. The organization was so impressed by his talent and makeup that they jumped him to the South Atlantic League on Opening Day 2018, but he struggled to perform against more advanced competition. The Giants made the move knowing failure was a possibility and believed his strong makeup would allow him to rebound. Scouting Report: The first key to Ramos’ rebound was improved pitch recognition. The Giants noticed the improvement immediately in the high Class A California League. The improved approach combined with a much better body composition also led to an increase in power. Despite missing time with a knee injury, Ramos socked a career-best 16 homers. There’s still a chance Ramos sticks in center field, but he could move to a corner depending on how his body develops as he matures. The Future: In the Arizona Fall League and Double-A Eastern League, Ramos showed a need to continue refining his approach. If he can do that, he has a future as an above-average everyday outfielder with hitting ability and power.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 60. Run: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50. Track Record: Bishop was drafted by the Padres out of high school but chose to attend Arizona State. He spent three seasons in Tempe sharpening his hit tool, and a breakout junior season led the Giants to select him in the first round in 2019 and pay him $4,097,500 to sign. He spent most of his first pro season at short-season Salem-Keizer, where he struggled before being shut down late in the year with a case of turf toe. Scouting Report: The improvements Bishop made to his hit tool in college were enough to get him drafted 10th overall, but his first exposure to pro ball proved more work is needed. In particular, the Giants would like to see Bishop improve his bat path. Opposing scouts noted that Bishop needed to refine his approach to allow him to cover more of the plate. His athletic frame is capable of generating plenty of power, and his excellent knowledge of the strike zone will help him pick the best pitches to drive. The Giants believe that Bishop has a chance to stay in center field because of his above-average speed, range and route-running abilities, but a player of his size usually ends up in a corner. The Future: Bishop will likely begin the year at low Class A Augusta and has the ceiling of a powerful corner outfielder.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: Very High Tool Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 60. Run: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60. Track Record: Canario signed with the Giants for $60,000 and quickly proved his worth with an intriguing blend of speed, power and athleticism. Scouting Report: Much like Hunter Bishop, with whom he was teammates at short-season Salem-Keizer, Canario has serious swing-and-miss issues. He’s prone to chasing pitches when he gets to two strikes and posted a strikeout rate of 32.4 percent in the short-season Northwest League. If he learns to be more selective, however, the sky is the limit. His bat speed is the best in the organization and his stroke is flat through the zone. Those two qualities lead to plenty of extra-base impact when he makes contact, and a little more lift in his swing would turn doubles off the wall into majestic home runs. Canario plays center field now but nobody expects him to stay there because his route-running and poor reads on fly balls haven’t improved over three pro seasons. He has a plus arm to profile in right field and above-average speed as well. Scouts also praise the fun-loving attitude Canario takes with him to the plate and in the field as well. The Future: After showing off his tools and his flaws for a half-season in the Northwest League, Canario will take his talents to full-season ball in 2020. He has the ceiling of a corner outfielder with a coveted blend of power and speed.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: Very High Tool Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 50. Run: 40. Fielding: 40. Arm: 55. Track Record: Toribio was a bit too young for the 2016 signing class, so he had to wait until 2017 to ink with the Giants for $300,000. His .902 OPS in the Dominican Summer League in 2018 ranked just outside the top 10. For an encore, he moved to the Rookie-level Arizona League and continued to show an impressive blend of hitting ability and on-base skills. Scouting Report: Despite playing all season at age 18, Toribio already boasts the best approach in the system. He knows where he can do damage and is disciplined enough to lay off pitches outside that hot zone, and also shows the aptitude to shorten his swing with two strikes. Though Toribio is not a big-time power threat yet, the Giants believe his solid plate discipline and emerging strength will combine with an on-plane bat path to produce more thump as he matures. Though he’s a third baseman now, Toribio needs to improve his hands and footwork. He has enough arm strength to make the throws, but serious refinement is necessary to keep him from moving to first base. Opposing scouts were impressed enough by Toribio that he was made a target in potential trade talks. The Future: Low Class A Augusta is the next step for Toribio, who has the ceiling of a corner infielder who can hit for both average and power in equal measure.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: Very High Tool Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 50. Changeup: 50. Control: 40. Track Record: Command and control issues caused Corry to slip to the third round in 2017 despite having one of the best fastball/curveball combinations in the draft class. Those problems persisted early in his career and appeared to put a cap on his ceiling. Adjustments in the second half of 2019 helped him finish with 172 strikeouts, which tied Corry with Braves righthander Ian Anderson for fourth in the minor leagues. Scouting Report: In the first half of 2019, Corry’s control was nearly nonexistent. The Giants ironed out his delivery in the second half and asked him to increase his focus from pitch to pitch. Corry walked just 21 hitters over 73.1 second-half innings and dropped his WHIP to 0.80. His fastball sits in the low-to-mid-90s and touches up to 96 mph. Corry works his fastball toward the top of the zone and then pairs it with a hard, downer curveball. Corry’s curveball is a tick away from a true 12-to-6 hammer and projects as an above-average pitch. He also improved his ability to work inside with his changeup, and the pitch now projects to above-average. The Future: Even with Corry’s improvement in 2019, the Giants still want to see him refine his command and control. He’ll aim to do that at high Class A San Jose in 2020, when he’ll work toward his ceiling as a No. 3 starter.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: Extreme Tool Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 50. Run: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50. Track Record: When the Giants emerged from the international penalty box in 2018, they made three big-name signings: shortstop Marco Luciano, outfielder Jairo Pomares and Matos. As an amateur, Matos was known for an advanced approach which produced plenty of line drives. That scouting report has rung true as a pro, but he’s begun showing more power than was expected. Scouting Report: Refining his strike-zone discipline was one of the first orders of business for Matos once he turned pro. He worked toward that goal and showed immediate results in his first season by sticking to the organization’s mantra of “drive the ball or walk.” His 1.000 OPS placed third in the Dominican Summer League. The Giants project Matos to have average or better tools across the board. They are optimistic his clean swing will make him a plus hitter and additional strength will give him above-average power. He’s an above-average runner as well and has the range and aptitude to stick in center field. The Future: After a cameo in the Rookie-level Arizona League, Matos is likely to return to the level in 2020 with a chance at short-season Salem-Keizer later in the summer. He has the upside of a center fielder with a blend of gifts on both sides of the ball.
BA Grade: 50. Risk: High Tool Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 50. Changeup: 50. Control: 50. Track Record: At Kentucky, Hjelle transitioned from closer as a freshman into the team’s Friday starter for his sophomore and junior seasons. There’s always a level of uneasiness with extraordinarily tall pitchers like Hjelle, but the Giants believed enough in Hjelle’s athleticism to draft him in the second round and sign him for $1.5 million. He moved three levels in his first full season as a pro, from low Class A Augusta all the way to Double-A Richmond by the end of the season. Scouting Report: Hjelle’s 6-foot-10 frame isn’t the only reason he stands out among Giants pitchers. That height helps him create extreme downhill angle with his fastball, which is why he’s one of the only pitchers in the system encouraged to go against the trend of high fastballs tunneled with diving curveballs. The fastball itself sits in the low 90s and can scrape up to 95 mph. He pairs it with an average 12-to-6 curveball in the low 80s and a potentially average changeup that made great strides in 2019 when he changed the grip from four-seam to two-seam. The alteration helped him create more velocity separation between his fastball and changeup. The Future: Hjelle will likely return to Double-A Richmond in 2020 and has the potential to be a No. 4 starter.
BA Grade: 45. Risk: Medium Tool Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 40. Run: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55. Track Record: Drafted in 2013, Dubon was dealt to the Brewers in 2016. He appeared on the cusp of the big leagues in 2018 before a torn ACL ended his season. He came back strong in 2019 and made his big league debut on July 7. Three weeks later, the Brewers dealt Dubon to the Giants for lefty reliever Drew Pomeranz. He appeared in 28 games the rest of the way for the Giants. Scouting Report: Dubon’s blend of skills and incredible makeup give him a chance to be a versatile middle infielder. He still needs to alter his approach and focus on swinging on pitches he can impact. If he makes that adjustment, he has the potential to be an average hitter with enough pop to produce eight to 12 homers per season. He has the range and instincts to play either shortstop or second base and will likely alternate between those positions in the big leagues. He’s an above-average runner as well and has the aggression on the basepaths to steal double-digit bags per season. The Future: Nearly a finished product, Dubon will come to spring training with the Giants and compete for what appears to be a wide-open path to an everyday job at second base in San Francisco.
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