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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 proven himself as a prodigious offensive talent. His raw power—which, according to one evaluator, sounds like “a cannon going off ”—ranks as double-plus. 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 prepitch 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.
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 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 AFL, which delays his big league debut a little. When he does get there, potentially in the middle of 2020, he has all the makings of a player poised to receive the torch from Buster Posey.
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 and 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 pitchrecognition. 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.
TRACK RECORD: Bishop was drafted by the Padres out of high school but chose to attend Arizona State. He spent the three seasons in Tempe sharpening his hit tool, and a breakout junior season led to the Giants selecting him in the first round and paying 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 good enough to get him drafted, 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.
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 in Salem-Keizer, Canario has serious swing-and-miss issues. He's extremely 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 flyballs 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.
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 DSL 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 hittability and on-base skills. SCOUTING REPORT: Despite playing all season at 18 years old, 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 he's not a particularly big-time power threat yet, the Giants believe Toribio's solid plate discipline and emerging strength will combine with an on-plane bat path to produce more thump as he matures. He's a third baseman now, but Toribio needs to improve his hands and footwork to stay at the position. He has enough arm to make the necessary 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.
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 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 result was a pitch that increased its ceiling to above-average. THE FUTURE: Even with plenty of improvement in 2019, the Giants still want to see Corry 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.
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 DSL. The Giants project Matos to have average or better tools across the board, and 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 in the second half. He has the upside of a center fielder with a blend of gifts on both sides of the ball.
TRACK RECORD: At Kentucky, Hjelle transitioned from the closer's role 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, 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. SCOUTING REPORT: Hjelle's 6-foot-11 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 took 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.
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 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 8-12 homers per season. He has the range and instincts to play either shortstop or second base and will likely alternate between those two in the big leagues. He's an above-average runner as well with 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 the everyday second baseman's job in San Francisco.
TRACK RECORD: Webb caught late helium in the 2014 draft cycle. The Giants were convinced enough by what they saw to draft Webb in the fourth round and keep him from a commitment to Cal Poly. He moved methodically through the system and didn't make his upper-level debut until 2018. His 2019 season was stopped on May 1 when he was suspended 80 games for testing positive for a performanceenhancing substance, but he returned in time to make his major league debut on Aug. 17. SCOUTING REPORT: The Giants still have tremendous faith in Webb, whom they believe is one of the best athletes in the system. The righthander starts his arsenal with a low-to-mid-90s fastball that has touched as high as 98 mph, but Webb must refine the command of his fastball. The pitch gets tremendous lateral movement, which Webb hasn't learned how to consistently harness. He backs the fastball with a low-80s slider and mid-80s changeup that he uses in near-equal measure. He also worked in 2019 to make his arm slot consistent on all of his pitches. Once he'd done that, he quickly moved through the system. THE FUTURE: Webb will have a chance to earn a spot in the back of San Francisco's rotation in spring training. He has a a ceiling of a No. 4 starter.
TRACK RECORD: Wilson started for three years in North Carolina State's middle infield and capped his college career by hitting .339 with 16 home runs and winning the Atlantic Coast Conference defensive player of the year as a junior. The Angels drafted him 15th overall and sent him to Rookie-level Orem. He showed solid foundational tools at the level, but scouts were skeptical of his ultimate impact. The Angels traded him—and Zack Cozart's contract—to the Giants in December for lefthander Garrett Williams. SCOUTING REPORT: Wilson has quick hands and deceptive strength at the plate and makes frequent contact with excellent bat-to-ball skills. He has a contact-oriented swing that mostly sends line drives up the middle, but he flashes gap power that could grow into more as he adds weight and strength. Wilson shows great vision, reliable hands and good feel at shortstop and quickly picked up the nuances and double-play pivot at second base in his pro debut. He is a below-average runner. THE FUTURE: Wilson could move quickly if he hits, but some fear he profiles more as a utility player than a starter in the major leagues. He will make his full-season debut in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: In college, Wyatt became known for his extraordinarily selective approach at the plate. That approach, plus hints of burgeoning power, was good enough to convince the Giants to select him in the second round and sign him for $997,500. After a quick tune-up in the Rookie-level Arizona League, Wyatt split most of his first pro season between short-season Salem-Keizer and low Class A Augusta. SCOUTING REPORT: Wyatt's already the kind of player who seems to know the strike zone better than minor league umpires. His strength and swing plane makes the Giants believe he'll have plus power once he becomes a little more aggressive with pitches he can impact. They point to Brandon Belt as a player who faced similar challenges to start his pro career. Wyatt is a fringe-average defender at first base. THE FUTURE: Wyatt will likely return to low Class A Augusta in 2020 to continue working to unleash the power that he'll need in order to profile at his position.
TRACK RECORD: After suffering a stress fracture in his back that caused Beck to miss his sophomore year, he pitched all season for the Cardinal as a junior, but injury concerns meant he landed in the fourth round. The Braves snapped him up there and signed him for $900,000, but traded Beck to San Francisco in 2019 to acquire reliever Mark Melancon. SCOUTING REPORT: Beck's scouting report is a little different now that he's with the Giants. His pitch mix is still the same, but he's utilizing it differently. Now he's taking his mid-90s fastball and using it more often at the top of the strike zone, where it tunnels well with his solid-average 12-6 curveball. He also throws a solid-average slider and a below-average changeup that he'll continue to develop in 2020. THE FUTURE: After spending time at high Class A with both the Braves and Giants in 2019, Beck should move to Double-A Richmond in 2020. He has the stuff to pitch as a No. 4 starter in the big leagues.
TRACK RECORD: Freed from the international penalty box in 2018, the Giants spent big to acquire shortstop Marco Luciano, outfielder Luis Matos and Pomares. Pomares made his pro debut in 2019 and ranked as the No. 19 prospect in the Rookie-level Arizona League, where he spent most of the season before a promotion to short-season for the team's playoff run. SCOUTING REPORT: Pomares blends a simple swing from the left side with a feel for the strike zone and an ability to manipulate the barrel to pitches in many different locations. Pomares showed potentially average power, especially to the pull side, in the AZL as well as an excellent approach to his batting practice and at-bats in games. Pomares is not likely to stick in center field unless he improves his first-step quickness and ability to read swings and position himself accordingly. His plus arm will play in right field, and his average speed will give him the range necessary for the position as well. THE FUTURE: After reaching the Northwest League in 2019, the Giants could decide to be aggressive and move Pomares to low Class A Augusta. No matter where he lands, he'll need to develop the impact power required of a player who will likely wind up in a corner-outfield spot.
TRACK RECORD: The Twins took a flier on Davis in the 24th round of 2015 on the strength of what projected to be a bargain combination of power and speed. He was traded to the Giants in July as part of a three-player package for reliever Sam Dyson. SCOUTING REPORT: Simply looking at the stat line, it's easy to see Davis' breakout year in 2019. He entered the year with 42 home runs in three seasons, then slugged 35 between Double-A and Triple-A, plus one more in the big leagues. To get there, he worked with Twins hitting coordinator Peter Fatse to redesign his swing. Specifically, he focused on using his legs more often and keeping a steadier head during his swing. The changes helped him see the ball better and utilize more of his raw strength. Beyond the power, he's also deceptively fast for a player who has 11 stolen bases in 435 MiLB games. His sprint speed, as measured by StatCast, puts him with elite big leaguers like Ronald Acuña Jr. Scouts peg Davis as a potentially average defender in right field, where his strong arm will play well. THE FUTURE: Davis will have a chance to return to the big leagues out of spring training. If he doesn't, he'll head back to Triple-A for a bit more seasoning.
TRACK RECORD: Menez has moved slowly through the system after being drafted in 2016. He bounced among high Class A, Double-A and Triple-A over the past two seasons before making his big league debut on July 21. The callup was a reward for a strikeout renaissance from Menez at Double-A and Triple-A. SCOUTING REPORT: Menez fits perfectly into the mold of a sneaky lefthander; his stuff won't overwhelm hitters, but it will get them out. Menez brings his fastball in the low 90s, but it plays much harder. Menez generates exceptional extension in his delivery, so an average heater in terms of pure velocity gets more swings and misses than would be expected. He backs up the fastball with a low-80s curveball that projects as solid-average and an improved changeup. If he can bring the changeup along even further, his odds of sticking in the rotation will improve. THE FUTURE: Menez will battle for a rotation spot in spring training but could return to Triple-A for more seasoning.
TRACK RECORD: The Giants drafted Rivera in the 32nd round in 2017 after his freshman season at Wallace State (Ala.) JC but Rivera chose to return to school. That move paid off in 2018 when the Giants drafted him again, this time in the fourth round. He signed for an $800,000 bonus and split his first pro season between the Rookie-level Arizona League and the short-season Northwest League. SCOUTING REPORT: The Giants believe Rivera has some of the best pure stuff in the organization. Now, the challenge is getting it to its top level more frequently. He starts his arsenal with a heavy, cutting fastball that averages 94 mph and touched as high as 98 in 2019. With refinement, outside evaluators believe Rivera's fastball could play as high as a 70 on the 20-to-80 scouting scale. He couples the fastball with a 12-to-6 curveball that some scouts project as above-average. His third-pitch changeup could get there, too, but the pitch's quality varies wildly. Scouts have also noticed that Rivera doesn't always hold his topend velocity deep into starts. THE FUTURE: Rivera will move to high Class A San Jose in 2020, where he will work to remain in the rotation. If he has to move to the pen, his stuff has the potential to be dominant in the later innings.
TRACK RECORD: The Twins signed Teng for $500,000 as a part of their 2017 international class on the strength of an advanced pitch mix and excellent command for a pitcher his age. Teng was sent to San Francisco at the trade deadline as part of a deal for reliever Sam Dyson. Teng split his 2019 between each organization's low Class A affiliate and showed excellent feel to pitch at both stops. SCOUTING REPORT: Giants evaluators were pleasantly surprised by what they saw once Teng got into their system. He showed a three-pitch mix fronted by a low-90s fastball which peaked at 93 mph. He threw the fastball less than 50 percent of the time, however, and relied more often on his slider and changeup. The Giants are working with Teng to increase the spin efficiency on his fastball. Both of Teng's offspeed pitches project to be above-average, and their effectiveness is amplified by his ability to consistently throw them for strikes. He did an excellent job pounding the strike zone overall and threw 66 percent of his pitches for strikes. THE FUTURE: Teng will advance to high Class A San Jose in 2020 and has the ceiling of an innings-eater at the back of a rotation.
TRACK RECORD: Strong sophomore and junior seasons at Grand Canyon, coupled with an excellent showing in the Cape Cod League, boosted Wong's stock high enough for the Giants to take him in the third round. He signed for $850,000 then impressed in the short-season Northwest League, where he ranked as the No. 11 prospect at season's end. He dominated at low Class A Augusta in 2019 before running into trouble in the hitter-friendly California League. SCOUTING REPORT: Now that he's fully immersed in their system, the Giants want to begin overhauling Wong's pitch package. The 92-95 mph fastball, they'll keep, but his offspeeds are going to get a bit of a makeover. Wong's goal entering the offseason was to develop a slider, which the Giants eventually want to see become his go-to offspeed pitch. High speed revealed that his curveball came out of his hand like a slider, which was limiting its effectiveness, so the Giants decided to turn the pitch into a full-fledged slider. His changeup is below-average now but projects as average. Scouts also note that Wong repeats his delivery well, which will be key if he is to remain a starter. THE FUTURE: Wong will likely head back to San Jose in 2020 and has a ceiling in the back of a rotation.
TRACK RECORD: Santos signed with the Red Sox on Aug. 28, 2015—the exact date is important because it means he is not eligible for the Rule 5 draft until after 2020—and spent two seasons in their system. He was dealt to the Giants in 2017 along with righthander Shaun Anderson in the deal that brought shortstop Eduardo Nunez to Boston. Since then, his promising right arm has been shelved multiple times due to injuries. He missed time in 2018 after being hit in the head with a line drive, and then was limited to just eight starts in 2019 because of injuries to muscles in his shoulder and lat. SCOUTING REPORT: Santos uses an imposing frame to pump naturally cutting fastballs in the mid-toupper 90s and couples the pitch with a potentially plus slider. He has a changeup as a third pitch, but it's behind the fastball and slider. Coming into 2020, the Giants wanted to accomplish two goals with Santos: Figure out why hitters see his fastball so well despite its velocity and movement, and keep him healthy for a full season. In order to achieve the latter goal, he'll need to focus on improving his conditioning. THE FUTURE: Though 2019 was a lost season for Santos, there's still plenty of hope. He'll return to low Class A Augusta to work toward his ceiling at the back of a rotation.
TRACK RECORD: The Giants signed Marte in 2015 and then watched as he plodded through the system, teasing them with some of the best stuff in the organization. He made it to high Class A San Jose in 2019 and showed increased strikeout numbers but dramatically worse walks totals. SCOUTING REPORT: Despite the command and control issues, the Giants still have tremendous belief in Marte's stuff. His fastball consistently sits between 95-97 mph and has touched as high as 99 mph. He backs it up with a hard slider in the low 90s and an improved changeup. One symptom for Marte's poor control, the Giants believe, is a lack of trust in his own stuff. He'll get to favorable counts before trying to make the perfect pitch and missing badly. That happens for several pitches in a row, leading to a frustrating number of walks. The Giants' analytical and biomechanical departments also peg Marte as one of their highest-ceiling pitching prospects. THE FUTURE: Marte's likely to return to high Class A San Jose for a season that could determine whether he stays as a starter or moves to the pen.
TRACK RECORD: Santana was signed out of Venezuela as part of a strong 2018 class. His appeal stemmed from his raw power and strong throwing arm behind the plate. He made his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League and finished the season with a .992 OPS. The figure ranked fifth overall in the league but second behind Luis Matos among Giants prospects. SCOUTING REPORT: When the Giants saw Santana during the team's Dominican instructional league, their evaluators were concerned that his swing appeared stiff and rigid. Santana showed off a much more fluid swing in his official pro debut, and the results were loud. He boasts plus or better raw power, which shows up to all fields in batting practice and to the pull side and center field in games. Three of his 10 homers went to dead-center field. Santana's power was also boosted by a weight loss of 22 pounds and the addition of roughly 3 percent more muscle mass. There's still more work to be done in that department, but his first steps were strong. The changes to his body composition will also help behind the plate, where he has a strong, accurate arm but could improve his blocking and receiving through increased mobility. THE FUTURE: Santana will make his stateside debut in 2020, likely in the Rookie-level Arizona League.
TRACK RECORD: Bericoto was another piece of the Giants' massive 2018 international recruiting class. Somewhat of a low-profile signing, Bericoto was attractive because of his combination of an easy swing and loft power that should help him profile in a corner-outfield spot. He was excellent in the Dominican Summer League in his pro debut, posting a .472 on-base percentage that ranked just three spots behind White Sox prospect Benyamin Bailey. SCOUTING REPORT: The Giants were extremely pleased with what they got from Bericoto in 2019. They saw a player with a strong, advanced approach for someone his age and a swing that produces power with the help of big-time strength. His swing is quick and short to the ball with a bit of loft while staying firmly on plane throughout most of the strike zone. Bericoto needs to improve his outfield play in order to stay there—he'd likely wind up in left field—but could move to first base if he doesn't make the necessary adjustments. THE FUTURE: Bericoto will likely return to the AZL in 2020, when he'll look to build on the progress he's already made and reach his ceiling of an everyday corner outfielder.
TRACK RECORD: McDonald's jump began after his junior season at George County (Miss.) HS. He worked diligently and added 20 pounds of muscle, which helped turn a high-80s fastball into a pitch that now sits in the low 90s. Improved arsenal in tow, McDonald dominated in his draft year. The gem of his year might have been a 12-punchout performance that included two whiffs of Jerrion Ealy, a two-sport prospect who signed with Ole Miss and starred on the football field. The Giants signed him for a bonus of $797,500 that stands as the highest amount given to an 11th-rounder over the last three drafts. SCOUTING REPORT: The first thing that makes McDonald stand out is his improved fastball. The pitch now ticks as high as 95 mph thanks his recomposed body and an already fast arm. He pairs the pitch with a hard-diving curveball that the Giants, who believe strongly in the art of pitch tunneling, believe fits nicely into their system. The curve could get to plus with further refinement. Like many high school arms, McDonald has a changeup but it is in the very early stages of its development because of infrequent use. McDonald also draws praise for his strong work ethic and smart approach to pitching. THE FUTURE: McDonald pitched just four innings in the Rookie-level Arizona League, so a return there in 2020 seems likely. He has the upside of a big league rotation piece.
TRACK RECORD: After hauling in Marco Luciano in 2018, the Giants bolstered their system with even more shortstops from the international market in 2019. The class was headlined by Arteaga, who trained in Venezuela with Luis Biasini. Arteaga has athletic bloodlines thanks to a father who played professional basketball. Those genes are apparent from the smooth actions Aretaga displays on defense. SCOUTING REPORT: Arteaga made a name for himself as an amateur thanks to solid bat-to-ball skills. He shows present gap power but has enough projectability remaining in his frame to think 15 or more home runs are possible in a season when he's done maturing. His plus speed shows up on the basepaths and on defense, where he shows quick hands, strong body control and solid instincts, all of which are required to play shortstop in the long-term. He also has an above-average arm that will help him make all the throws required. THE FUTURE: To start his career, Arteaga will likely begin in the Dominican Summer League.
TRACK RECORD: Vinicio was one of the top lefthanders available in the 2019 international class, and he earned a $750,000 signing bonus from San Francisco. He trained in the Dominican Republic with Alfredo Arias and did not face hitters—even in the Tricky League—after inking his contract. SCOUTING REPORT: Getting stronger will be one of Vinicio's key goals before he makes his professional debut. He's slight at 140 pounds, which means there's likely plenty of projectability remaining. That's encouraging, because his fastball already has been clocked up to 92 mph. With strength gains, the pitch could jump into the mid-90s. Vinicio generates that velocity from a smooth delivery that belies a whipquick arm and he repeats his delivery fairly consistently. He backs up his fastball with a curveball and a changeup that have each shown signs of promise. THE FUTURE: Vinicio will likely make his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League, which will give him time to add strength to his frame so he can achieve his ceiling of a big league starter.
TRACK RECORD: Fitzgerald fits the mold of the well-rounded college shortstop with a well-rounded game. He was selected by the Red Sox in the 30th round of the 2016 draft but chose to attend Louisville instead. Fitzgerald posted a solid season in the Cape Cod League in 2018, then hit .324/.397/.490 in his junior season in college. He signed for $495,000 and showed an advanced enough game to make it to low Class A Augusta, where he was reunited with Louisville teammate Logan Wyatt. SCOUTING REPORT: Fitzgerald is the classic college player without a particularly standout tool but also without many weak points to his game. He's a solid hitter with a little bit of pop now—he hit 10 home runs in three years in college—that he plans to improve in the offseason. Specifically, he wants to do a better job of incorporating his lower half and adding rhythm to his swing, which should lead to more consistent power. Though Fitzgerald is an average defender at shortstop with enough arm to play the position, the expectation is that he'll move all over the infield as he ascends through the system. Fitzgerald is a solid-average runner. THE FUTURE: Fitzgerald has the chops to move up to high Class A San Jose in 2020 and projects as a utility infielder in the big leagues.
TRACK RECORD: The Giants signed Fabian for $500,000 in 2014 and then watched as he reached high Class A by 20 years old. He was the sixth-youngest player in the league to open 2018 but struggled mightily and was looking for a rebound in 2019. That didn't quite happen as planned. Instead, the Giants discovered a thyroid issue that had been attacking Fabian's immune system and shut him down to get treatment. Once that was treated, Fabian regained some strength and began to look like the player the Giants envisioned when they signed him. SCOUTING REPORT: When healthy, Fabian shows the potential to be a gap-to-gap hitter with the ability to drive the ball over the wall at a major league-average rate. The biggest hurdle to reaching that ceiling is plate discipline, an area in which he seemed to make progress during his brief return to the Cal League. He struck out just 33 times in 187 plate appearances, which works out to a 17.6-percent rate. That's a huge improvement from 2018, when he struck out 32 percent of the time at the same level. Fabian is an average runner and has the strong throwing arm required to play a potentially above-average right field. THE FUTURE: After a brief taste of success in high Class A, Fabian could see his first time at Double-A in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Jimenez signed with the Blue Jays in 2015 and he slowly wound his way through the system. He's pitched mostly in relief, and has racked up a career mark of 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings against 3.2 walks per nine. The Giants selected him in the major league phase of the 2019 Rule 5 draft. SCOUTING REPORT: Jimenez was impressive in 2019 between high Class A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire. As would be expected from a reliever with those kinds of strikeout numbers, Jimenez can bring the heat. His fastball sits in the high-90s and shows armside run. He backs it up with a potentially plus slider and a low-80s changeup that has come on as well. Even with just a half-season of upper-level minor league experience, Jimenez has the kind of power arsenal that fits in a big league bullpen. THE FUTURE: As a Rule 5 pick, Jimenez has to stay on the Giants' big league roster all year. So he'll get every chance to stick in their bullpen.
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