BA Newsletter: Get Analysis, Rankings Delivered To Your Inbox!

San Francisco Giants

Prospects Overview

Top 30 Prospects

Click prospect for player report

Prospect Lists

Best Tools

Top Prospects of the Decade
(Listed with 2022 organization)

Top Draft Picks of the Decade
(Listed with 2022 organization)

Player Reports

  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

    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. 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

    BA Grade: 60/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.

  3. 3. 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

    BA Grade: 50/High

    August Update: A year after East Carolina produced a first-round arm in righthander Gavin Williams, the program has a chance for another with lefthander Carson Whisenhunt. However, Whisenhunt didn't throw a pitch for the program in 2022 after being ruled ineligible by the NCAA after a positive drug test. Whisenhunt said the positive result was from supplements he took over the winter break. As the Pirates' No. 2 starter in 2021, Whisenhunt posted a 3.77 ERA over 13 starts and 62 innings, while striking out 30.9% of batters faced and walking 8.6%. Last year, Whisenhunt operated with a three-pitch mix that included a fastball, changeup and curveball. His heater averaged 92 mph and touched 95, while his curveball sat in the upper 70s with two-plane break. His best offering is a low-to-mid-80s changeup, which is one of the better changeups in the entire draft class. He throws it frequently (26% of the time in 2021) and generated whiffs at a 59% rate with the pitch in 2021. He has tremendous feel to land the pitch and regularly buries it at the bottom of the strike zone for whiffs and ground balls when hitters do manage contact. He throws the pitch with fastball arm speed, and it will fall off the table hard and sneak under barrels regularly with around nine mph of velocity separation from his fastball. Whisenhunt projects as a starter with good pitching ability and a three-pitch mix.

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

  4. 4. Reggie Crawford | LHP/1B
    Reggie Crawford
    Born: Dec 4, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 235
    Minors: .158/.238/.158 | 0 HR | 0 SB | 19 AB

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    August Update: Between his talent, limited track record on the mound and medical history, Crawford is one of the biggest wild cards in the draft. Crawford was one of the first of many pitchers in this class to have Tommy John surgery, having the operation last fall that kept him out of action the entire 2022 season. That left him with just eight innings on his resume with Connecticut, plus brief looks last summer in the Cape Cod League and with USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team. When he was healthy, Crawford sat in the mid 90s, touched 99 and flashed a plus slider in the mid 80s. Scouts haven't had much of an opportunity to see him throw a changeup, with command and durability questions that add considerable reliever risk. Crawford had been a two-way player who also played first base, hitting .309/.362/.546 with 14 home runs for the Huskies in 2020 and 2021.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Slider: 60. Changeup: 40. Control: 45.

  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

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Midseason Update: After a fantastic year at Low-A in 2021, Matos has scuffled at High-A Eugene. He missed time with a strained quad, but has also struggled because he's gone from being too aggressive in 2021 to too passive in 2022. Caught in between approaches, he's worked himself into bad counts and then made weak contact as a result. He's not striking out at an alarming rate and he's taking his walks, and the Giants are steadfast that part of the reason for Matos' struggles involves some bad luck. His .202 BABIP through 42 games lends credence to that theory.

    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.

  6. 6. 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: .295/.368/.492 | 21 HR | 3 SB | 465 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Midseason Update: Schmitt started slowly in 2021 before turning it on later in the season. He's had no such problem in 2022, when he's been one of the most consistent performers in the High-A Eugene lineup. He's made plenty of contact, produced both average and power and played outstanding defense at third base. Further, when Marco Luciano hit the injured list with a balky back, Schmitt stepped in as the everyday shortstop. The move speaks to not only the amount of trust the Giants have, but also the makeup required to undertake such a move for his team.

    Track Record: Schmitt made a name for himself both at San Diego State and in the Cape Cod League, where he starred as both a pitcher and a hitter. He finished his stint on the Cape by closing the game and hitting two home runs to help win the championship for Cotuit, where he was teammates with future Giants system-mate Nick Swiney. Schmitt showed well in his final season at SDSU before the pandemic cut things short, and the Giants selected him with the 47th pick. His pro debut started slowly at Low-A, but he put together a pair of solid months in the middle of the season.

    Scouting Report: Exemplary defensive work is the hallmark of Schmitt's game. He's a natural third baseman with quick reflexes and the strong arm to stick at the position in the long-term, though some question whether his hands might need a little work. Schmitt got off to a much rockier start at the plate than one would expect for a player with a college pedigree making his debut at Low-A. He often looked like he was pressing, and as a result would let his hips fly open and stride too far while selling out for power. That left him with holes on the outside part of the plate and against breaking balls from righthanders. When he stayed within himself, he had more success.

    The Future: Schmitt will move in 2022 to High-A Eugene, where he'll get tested by advanced pitching. If he shows the same form as he did in the middle of his first season, he has the ceiling of an everyday third baseman who plays outstanding defense.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 55. Run: 45. Fielding: 60. Arm: 70.

  7. 7. 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

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Midseason Update: When McCray was an amateur, Giants amateur scouts were convicted that he had the tools to give him a very high ceiling. They'd need to be turned into skills once he got into the minor leagues, but they were there. They were right. A few adjustments—standing more upright in the batter's box, utilizing a slightly more open stance and reducing the load in his swing—have turned McCray into one of the game's bigger breakouts. You can find scouts who will hang five plus grades on McCray's skill set, though some are a little more conservative with the hit tool and believe he will need to make further refinement in that department. He's got the speed and range to play center field and should provide lefthanded thump as well. May Update: One of the best-kept secrets in the Giants' system, McCray—the Giants' third-rounder from 2019—has shown an impressive set of tools in his full-season debut. His double-plus speed contributes to his potentially plus defense in center field. McCray has big-time bat speed which contributes to at least plus raw power and potentially average in-game power. There's still some swing-and-miss in his game, and some scouts still see a player whose vulnerability to breaking balls could lead to a fringe-average hit tool.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 55. Run: 70. Field: 60. Arm: 55.

  8. 8. 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

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Midseason Update: Silva perfectly fits the Kyle Harrison script from two drafts ago. Find a talented high school arm committed to UCLA and pay him well above slot to skip college. So far, the Giants are seeing big-time results. Although he's hit a rough patch in June, scouts still a potential mid-rotation starter with an above-average fastball, two potentially plus breaking balls and a changeup that could get to average. The main concerns revolve around Silva's smaller stature and overall consistency of his arsenal.

    Track Record: The Giants lured lefthander Kyle Harrison away from a commitment to UCLA in 2020 and watched him carve up Low-A hitters in his pro debut. A year later, they went back to that game plan when they pried Silva from a Bruins commitment with a $1,497,500 bonus, the highest in the fourth round by $500,000. He debuted in the Arizona Complex League.

    Scouting Report: Silva upped his draft stock when he touched 97 mph early in his senior year and continued that run of success throughout his high school sseason. He comfortably sits 90-94 mph and gets to that velocity with very quick arm despite a smaller frame. Silva backs up his fastball with a short slider in the low 80s that could become above-average with further development. Like most high school pitchers, his changeup exists but is underdeveloped. Amateur scouts were believers in Silva's pitchability but skeptical of his durability given his size, with many projecting him to the bullpen as a pro.

    The Future: Silva will likely move to Low-A San Jose in 2022, when his long-term upside will come into clearer view.

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

  9. 9. 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

    BA Grade: 50/High

    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. 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

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Midseason Update: Black cut through Low-A this year on the strenght of his four-seam and two-seam fastballs and a sharp mid-80s slider. Those three pitches front a four-pitch mix which also includes a changeup still in the midst of its development. He's an intense competitor and devours the type of analytical information utilized in most modern player development departments. He could wind up in the back of a rotation with the upside for a touch more. May Update: The Giants' Low-A affiliate at San Jose houses nearly all of their highest-end pitching prospects, with the notable exception of wicked lefthander Kyle Harrison. Black, their third-rounder from 2021 out of Lehigh, might have the highest ceiling of the group. The Giants used his post-draft period last year for development. This year, armed with two- and four-seam fastballs that can tickle the upper 90s, as well as a sweeper slider and a potentially average changeup, Black has been dominant in the California League.

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

  11. 11. Will Bednar | RHP
    Will Bednar
    Born: Jun 13, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 229
    Signed By: Jeff Wood.
    Minors: 1-3 | 4.19 ERA | 51 SO | 22 BB | 43 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Midseason Update: After a starring role in the 2021 College World Series, Bednar has never quite recaptured the same electricity as a professional. He now works with a low-90s fastball and a potentially plus slider that serves as his main weapon. Optimistic scouts see a back-end starter while others see a pure reliever who makes his money with the slider and a fastball that could see velocity gains if he were to air it out for an inning or two at a time.

    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.

  12. 12. 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: .227/.306/.350 | 11 HR | 6 SB | 423 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Midseason Update: Although he's had a few cameos in the big leagues, Ramos has simply not hit well in Triple-A over the past two seasons. There's a sense among evaluators that he might be in between approaches at this point, which could be causing him to spin his wheels in the Pacific Coast League. Although he's still got youth on his side—he doesn't turn 23 until September—he needs to start hitting the ball with more authority, especially considering it's looking more and more like he'll be corner outfielder if and when he establishes himself in the big leagues.

    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.

  13. 13. 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: .266/.339/.476 | 17 HR | 0 SB | 353 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.

  14. 14. 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

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Midseason Update: Brown was one of the Giants' two early-season revelations at Low-A, along with fellow outfielder Grant McCray. Evaluators were more cautious with Brown, however, because of his age and level. He's a muscular, athletic player with the potential for plus power that comes with such a frame. There are still questions about Brown's overall hit tool, and scouts will point to holes at the top of the strike zone that come from a slightly grooved swing. He's particularly dangerous against lefthanders. He's made strides because he's toned down his swing mechanics, which has allowed him to be on time more often. He fits as a corner outfielder who can fill in as a center fielder as well.

  15. 15. Ryan Murphy | RHP
    Ryan Murphy
    Born: Oct 8, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Ray Callari.
    Minors: 2-1 | 4.68 ERA | 57 SO | 23 BB | 43 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    August Update: Murphy's season has been derailed twice by injuries. He missed the early portion of the season with a back injury, and now is on the shelf with inflammation in his right elbow. In all, he's been limited to just 39.2 innings, including two starts with Double-A Richmond.

    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.

  16. 16. Nick Swiney | LHP
    Nick Swiney
    Born: Feb 12, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 183
    Drafted/Signed: North Carolina State, 2020 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Mark O'Sullivan.
    Minors: 4-6 | 3.84 ERA | 105 SO | 45 BB | 89 IP

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Swiney was supposed to use the 2020 season at North Carolina State to stretch himself into a starter's role after spending his first two years working out of the bullpen. Alas, the pandemic happened and Swiney was limited to just four starts. Nevertheless, the Giants were tempted enough by his potential to draft him in the supplemental second round and sign him for $1,197,500. Swiney's official pro debut was delayed by a concussion in the season's first week that kept him out until mid July and limited him to just 12 starts.

    Scouting Report: Swiney's best pitch is an outstanding changeup thrown in the high 70s with roughly 13 mph of separation from his fastball. He threw his changeup more than 45% of the time in his pro debut, and for good reason. He can land his changeup for called strikes or get hitters to chase it out of the zone thanks to a combination of movement patterns and deception in his delivery. Swiney's fastball averages around 92 mph and plays up with its vertical movement, which helps it be effective at the top of the strike zone despite its pedestrian velocity. His third pitch is a deep-breaking curveball in the high 70s with movement patterns that make it more effective. Swiney needs to throw more strikes overall, and the Giants haven't ruled out potentially adding a slider or cutter to his mix.

    The Future: Swiney is likely to head to High-A Eugene in 2022. He could wind up in the back of a rotation.

  17. 17. Adrian Sugastey | C
    Adrian Sugastey
    Born: Oct 23, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: Panama, 2019.
    Signed By: Rogelio Castillo.
    Minors: .239/.329/.334 | 5 HR | 1 SB | 326 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Track Record: Sugastey signed out of Panama in 2019 for $525,000 as part of an international class that also included shortstop prospect Aeverson Arteaga. He had a well-traveled career as an amateur, playing in tournaments in Japan, Colombia and the United States. His official pro debut was pushed back by the coronavirus pandemic, but he did get time at 2020 instructional league before emerging in 2021 in the Arizona Complex League., where he hit .358/.405/.439.

    Scouting Report: Sugastey's swing is short, quick and geared to hit line drives to both gaps. He showed the potential for above-average power as well, though he'll need to add more strength to reach that ceiling. Sugastey's overall offensive profile would be further amplified by getting the ball in the air more often. Defensively, Sugastey is very flexible behind the plate, sets good targets for his pitchers and does a good job receiving and framing, though he needs to work on his blocking skills. He has a strong arm and caught 30% of runners attempting to steal in the ACL. With further development, he could be a fringe-average defender.

    The Future: After an excellent pro debut, Sugastey will likely head to Low-A San Jose in 2022. He has a chance to be an everyday catcher with a balanced blend of skills, but he has a long way to go.

  18. 18. R.J. Dabovich | RHP
    R.J. Dabovich
    Born: Jan 11, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Arizona State, 2020 (4th round).
    Signed By: Chuck Hensley.
    Minors: 6-1 | 3.58 ERA | 67 SO | 26 BB | 51 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Dabovich was drafted by the Royals in 2018 out of Central Arizona JC. Instead of signing, he transferred to Arizona State, where he dabbled as a starter but settled into the closer's role during the brief 2020 season. Dabovich has been a relief-only prospect since the Giants drafted him in the fourth round in 2020, but his pitch mix meshes perfectly with the organization's pitching philosophy.

    Scouting Report: Dabovich works with two pitches—a mid-to-upper 90s fastball that peaks at 99 mph and a hard downer curveball in the mid 70s. By using those two pitches in concert, Dabovich creates a perfect north-south attack pattern that helped him rise quickly through the minors and reach Double-A in his pro debut. He also generates deception with a straight overhand delivery. Despite a bit of starting experience in college, Dabovich's aggression and mentality are best suited for the bullpen, where he can go right at hitters for an inning at a time. He was extraordinarily dominant at High-A Eugene, where he allowed just two hits in 12.2 innings while striking out 28.

    The Future: Dabovich finished the year in the Arizona Fall League, where he made up time lost due to back stiffness toward the end of the regular season. He could reach the majors in 2022 and has the ceiling of a hard-throwing setup man trusted with high-leverage situations.

  19. 19. Matt Mikulski | LHP
    Matt Mikulski
    Born: May 8, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: John DiCarlo.
    Minors: 4-5 | 6.95 ERA | 96 SO | 31 BB | 79 IP

    BA Grade: 40/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.

  20. 20. David Villar | 3B
    David Villar
    Born: Jan 27, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 215
    Minors: .275/.404/.617 | 27 HR | 1 SB | 298 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Midseason Update: Slowly but surely, Villar has hit his way to the big leagues. He made his big league debut on the Fourth of July and collected the first hit of his career against former Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. Villar is lauded for stellar makeup and the defensive versatility to fit as a utility player who can fill in at both corners. May Update: Villar, whom the Giants chose out of South Florida with their 11th-round selection in 2018, broke out in a big way in 2021 at Double-A Richmond. This year, up a level to Triple-A Sacramento, Villar has continued hitting. As of May 23, his 14 home runs and 1.109 OPS were both good enough to lead the Pacific Coast League, and he was particularly good when he played games away from his home park in Sacramento. His defense plays at both first and third base, giving him a future as a potential corner utility infielder.

  21. 21. Cole Waites | RHP
    Cole Waites
    Born: Jun 10, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 180
    Minors: 4-3 | 1.94 ERA | 76 SO | 22 BB | 42 IP

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Midseason Update: Without a question, Waites has some of the best pure stuff in the organization. His fastball is among the best in the system, and his slider is particularly wicked as well. That combination, along with improved command and control, has helped him advance to Double-A and emerge as a potential late-innings option with further development.

  22. 22. Will Wilson | SS
    Will Wilson
    Born: Jul 21, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'8" Wt.: 202
    Drafted/Signed: North Carolina State, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Chris McAlpin (Angels).
    Minors: .254/.351/.460 | 13 HR | 2 SB | 248 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Midseason Update: Wilson had surgery on June 30 to repair a fractured hamate bone in his left hand. He was expected to miss roughly six weeks.

    Track Record: Wilson was the Angels' first-round pick in 2019 but was coveted by the Giants as well. San Francisco added Wilson to its system shortly thereafter when it agreed to acquire Zack Cozart while paying the rest of Cozart's salary. Wilson spent 2020 at the alternate training site and instructional league, then spent his first full season as a pro between High-A and Double-A before finishing the year in the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Wilson does not have a carrying tool, but he also doesn't have a glaring deficiency. He performed well at High-A Eugene before running into a bit of trouble at the next level. Wilson is particularly vulnerable against spin from righthanders, but his high swing-and-miss rate against fastballs in Double-A was more concerning. Both factors led to a strikeout-to-walk ratio of nearly 3-to-1. Wilson has some raw power but is best suited hitting line drives from gap to gap rather than selling out for home runs. Defensively, Wilson is unlikely to stick at shortstop. He moved around the infield in the regular season and played every position but first base and catcher in the Fall League. His best fits are at second or third base.

    The Future: Wilson will head back to Double-A in 2022, where he'll try to do better against more advanced pitching. He has the potential to be a super-utility infielder.

  23. 23. Carson Seymour | RHP
    Carson Seymour
    Born: Dec 16, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 260
    Minors: 7-8 | 3.08 ERA | 135 SO | 31 BB | 111 IP

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    Midseason Update: A sixth-round pick last year out of Kansas State, Seymour leans on a power groundball repertoire to get outs. The athletic, 6-foot-6 righty throws hard but doesn't miss as many bats as expected, suggesting a potential future bullpen role. The 23-year-old reached High-A this summer on the strength of a 94 mph sinker, complemented by a mid-90s four-seamer, cutter, curveball and changeup.

  24. 24. Nick Zwack | LHP
    Nick Zwack
    Born: Aug 1, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 230
    Minors: 7-3 | 2.81 ERA | 132 SO | 34 BB | 106 IP

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    Midseason Update: A 6-foot-3 lefty drafted in the 17th round last year out of Xavier, Zwack surprised the Mets by quickly pitching his way to High-A. He throws strikes with three average pitches that play up because of his deception. His fastball sits 91-94 mph and needs to build more separation between it and his mid-80s changeup and slider.

  25. 25. Ryan Reckley | SS
    Ryan Reckley
    Born: Sep 6, 2004
    Bats: S Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 160

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: The Bahamas has been a baseball country on the rise in recent years. The country's top prospect in the 2021-22 class, Reckley signed with the Giants for $2.2 million when the signing period opened on Jan. 15, 2022.

    Scouting Report: Reckley is an athletic shortstop with the tools to stick at the position and a chance to hit toward the top of a lineup. He's a switch-hitter with a quick, compact swing who keeps his hands inside the ball well. His swing and approach are geared toward line drives with gap power, with an offensive profile that produces more contact than power. His plus speed is another weapon, as is his plus arm from shortstop. He will still make typical mistakes from a young shortstop, but he has quick, crisp actions at the position.

    The Future: Reckley spent spring training in Arizona and will stay there for extended spring before making his pro debut either in the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League or the Dominican Summer League.

  26. 26. Sean Hjelle | RHP
    Sean Hjelle
    Born: May 7, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'11" Wt.: 230
    Drafted/Signed: Kentucky, 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Kevin Christman.
    Minors: 6-8 | 4.92 ERA | 80 SO | 38 BB | 97 IP

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Track Record: The Giants drafted Hjelle with their second-round pick in 2018 and watched as he got all the way to Double-A in his first full season as a pro. While most players missed development time in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, Hjelle's case was particularly acute because he was at neither the alternate training site nor instructional league.He returned to the mound in 2021 and pitched well at Double-A before running into trouble at Triple-A.

    Scouting Report: Hjelle performed admirably in his return despite missing time with back spasms. The towering 6-foot-11 righthander works with a mix of four- and two-seam fastballs that average 93 mph and touch 96. His four-seamer earns plus grades for its horizontal breaking action, but he throws his two-seamer a tick more often. Hjelle backs up his fastballs with a slider and changeup. His short, sweepy slider sits 84-88 mph and serves as an effective complement to his sinker, helping him get grounders nearly 66% of the time. His high-80s changeup is a clear third pitch in his arsenal and has been retooled to turn him into a ground ball machine. Hjelle is uniquely coordinated for his height and has average control. He got blasted in Triple-A because his sinker needs more action to be effective.

    The Future: Hjelle was added to the 40-man roster after the season and will begin 2022 back in Triple-A. He has a chance to be a back-of-the-rotation starter who lives on inducing grounders.

  27. 27. Anthony Rodriguez | SS
    Anthony Rodriguez
    Born: Sep 20, 2002
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: Signed: Venezuela, 2019
    Minors: .251/.338/.389 | 6 HR | 2 SB | 175 AB

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Rodriguez signed for $800,000 as part of the Giants' highly regarded 2019 international signing class, which also included fellow shortstop Aeverson Arteaga, lefthander Esmerlin Vinicio and catcher Adrian Sugastey. Rodriguez's expected pro debut was wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and he did not participate in instructional league.

    Scouting Report: Rodriguez's balanced skill set probably leans toward his offensive tools over his defense. At the plate, he shows an easy swing geared for line drives. Rodriguez has a projectable body, so those line drives could turn into home runs as he gets older and adds strength to his frame. While his bat is the most prominent part of his game, Rodriguez has a solid chance to stick at shortstop with his strong footwork and plus arm strength.

    The Future: Rodriguez will get another chance at a professional debut in 2021. He's likely to start in the Rookie-level Arizona League.

  28. 28. Diego Velasquez | SS
    Diego Velasquez
    Born: Oct 1, 2003
    Bats: S Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 150
    Signed By: Robert Moron.
    Minors: .251/.338/.315 | 1 HR | 7 SB | 203 AB

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: The Giants have done well in Latin America in recent years, signing talents like Marco Luciano, Luis Matos and Aeverson Arteaga. Velasquez could be the next in line. He signed with the Giants on Jan. 15 and played in the Arizona Complex League as a 17-year-old.

    Scouting Report: As an amateur, Velasquez was lauded for his athleticism, quick feet and soft hands. All those attributes, evaluators believed, would help him stick at shortstop in the long-term. He has gotten bigger and stronger since signing, though he still needs to add plenty more strength to his frame in order to put a bit more oomph behind his contact. His average exit velocity was just 81.3 mph in the ACL, which is low but to be expected for a player with Velasquez's combination of youth and frame. He's a contact-type of hitter who struck out in just 13.8% of plate appearances in the ACL.

    The Future: Velasquez's development could be a slower burn. It's entirely possible he starts 2022 in extended spring training before moving to Low-A later in the year. He has the upside of an everyday shortstop who hits toward the bottom of an order, but his future will depend on how his body develops.

  29. 29. Randy Rodriguez | RHP
    Randy Rodriguez
    Born: Sep 5, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 166
    Signed By: Gabriel Elias.
    Minors: 2-5 | 4.46 ERA | 97 SO | 43 BB | 67 IP

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Midseason Update: Rodriguez was one of the Giants' high-dollar signees in the 2019 international period, which also netted them Aeverson Arteaga and Adrian Sugastey. Rodriguez showed up this year more filled out physically and with a better plan of attack at the plate, both of which have led to an increased profile. The strength gains have helped on the defensive end as well.

    Track Record: Rodriguez has been on a near-exclusive relief track since he signed in 2017 and began blowing away hitters in 2021 at Low-A San Jose. He was one of just four pitchers in the minors to strike out 100 or more hitters in 62 or fewer innings and held opponents to a .193 average. The Giants added him to their 40-man roster after the season.

    Scouting Report: Rodriguez largely works with two pitches: a high-spin fastball thrown in the mid 90s and a dastardly slider in the low 80s. His slider is particularly nasty because of its high spin rate and excellent sweeping life. Rodriguez will also mix in a mid-80s changeup with roughly 10 mph of separation from his fastball. Rodriguez could stand to tighten his control and command, but he shows the makings of an excellent pitch mix.

    The Future: Rodriguez will head to High-A Eugene in 2021, where he'll see how well his impressive arsenal plays against more experienced hitters. He has the ceiling of a middle reliever.

  30. 30. Ricardo Genoves | C
    Ricardo Genoves
    Born: May 14, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 254
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2015.
    Signed By: Jonathan Arraiz.
    Minors: .215/.300/.363 | 10 HR | 0 SB | 311 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Track Record: Genoves advanced a level per season through 2018 before reaching full-season ball in 2019. After spending 2020 at instructional league, Genoves spent most of 2021 at the Class A levels and had early success at Low-A San Jose before hitting a wall at High-A Eugene..

    Scouting Report: Genoves' skill set is perfectly suited for a backup catcher's role. He's a thicker-bodied catcher who needs to improve his blocking and become more mobile—as shown by the 26 passed balls he allowed—and quicker to unwrap his body for throws to second base. His timing is good at the plate, but his bat speed is a little short and he relies on his strength to drive balls to the gaps and over the wall. Genoves' power sometimes gets him into trouble. He often tries to hit home runs, which causes him to sell out for pull-side power when he should be focusing on using the whole field.

    The Future: Genoves is likely to move to Double-A Richmond in 2022. He'll look to improve his blocking and become more consistent at the plate.

View Players 11-30

Are you a member?

In order to access this exclusive content you must have a Baseball America Account. 

Login or sign up  


Additionally, you can subscribe to Baseball America's newsletter and receive all of our rankings, analysis, prospect insight & more delivered to your inbox every day. Click here to get started. 

of Free Stories Remaining