Below is an analysis of the prospects in the farm system of the San Francisco Giants. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from our own (both Eric Longenhagen’s and Kiley McDaniel’s) observations. For more information on the 20-80 scouting scale by which all of our prospect content is governed you can click here. For further explanation of the merits and drawbacks of Future Value, read this.
All of the numbered prospects here also appear on The Board, a new feature at the site that offers sortable scouting information for every organization. That can be found here.
Editor’s Note: Will Wilson was added to this list following his acquisition from the Los Angeles Angels as part of the Zack Cozart trade.
Dany Jimenez was added to this list following his selection by San Francisco in the Rule 5 Draft.
Jose Siri was added to this list at No. 28 after being claimed off waivers.
Other Prospects of Note
Grouped by type and listed in order of preference within each category.
This group is full of Quad-A types who might get an opportunity to prove something in the big leagues next year considering where the Giants are in their rebuild. Most of these guys are in their mid-20s. We liked McCarthy as a high-OBP corner platoon guy for the last several years, but he had yet another back issue in 2019 and needs to prove he can stay healthy now. The same goes for Wolff, who has 40 FV stuff but a long injury history. You could argue Avelino belongs where Kean Wong is on the main section of the list, but give us the lefty bat. Shaw has huge power but we don’t think he’ll hit. Eric has seen Garcia sit 93-96 for spurts, with about average secondaries. He was claimed off waivers. Martinez is one of several hard-throwing arms in the system who have had injury or consistency issues. Rodolfo will show you 91-97 and touch 100, a wider range than usual. Marte also throws hard, up to 99, but it doesn’t play like an elite fastball. Sano was hurt most of last year. He’s up to 96 with plus vertical movement. One of these arms should end up sticking.
All of these guys have big raw, but play a corner and don’t have the hit tool to be on the main section of the list. Aldrete was an infielder as an underclassman at ASU but moved to the outfield as a junior. Bell was on last year’s list but didn’t take a step forward. Heyward has performed at every level and he walks a ton, but he’s always been quite old for the level. Scouts love Gonzalez’s makeup, but he hit for shockingly little power this year and still projects as a first baseman rather than his current third. Smith, like Bell last year, hit during his first pro summer and he looks the part in the uniform, so we’re monitoring him.
Bericoto was promoted from the DSL late in the summer, along with Luis Matos. He’s an advanced hitter but first base is a tough profile and Bericoto’s tools don’t pop. Rodriguez is another 2019 J2 signee, inked for $800,000 out of Venezuela. He’s a projectable switch-hitter with some twitch and bat speed, but the swing is pretty rough.
Frisbee has carved the lower levels with 90-94, plus vertical movement, and plus slider command. He’s 23. If he does it at Double-A next year, he’ll be a 40 FV. Castro is up to 95, he backspins his fastball, and flashes a plus changeup. He’s 20, but is built like a catcher. Speaking of catchers, there’s a full Tona writeup here. Amaya also has a sneaky fastball. It’s only about 91-92 but he hides the ball well and it sneaks past hitters. His 11-to-5 curveball is average. Munguia is tiny but he plays his ass off and puts the bat on the ball at an abnormal rate.
We still have much to learn about how the talent acquisition under new Baseball Ops President Farhan Zaidi will go. Not only can we look back at his time with Oakland and the Dodgers for clues, but we can do the same for the relatively new heads of the pro and amateur staffs, as well as fresh-faced General Manager Scott Harris.
Harris has roots in the Commissioner’s office and, more recently, with the Cubs, where he earned his MBA at Northwestern while simultaneously serving as the team’s baseball ops director. He’ll probably be less involved in what we’re interested in than amateur director Michael Holmes, who comes from Oakland, and pro director Zack Minasian, who comes from Milwaukee.
Oakland targeted toolsy, high-upside athletes early in drafts while focusing on college performers on Day Two. Those college performers, some of whom typically came in under slot, enabled Oakland to scoop up an over-slot high schooler or two on Day Two or early on Day Three. The Giants took this exact approach last year, saving about $1 million early on, then spreading that to a few high schoolers as the draft progressed. They pick 13th next year in a draft that’s currently seen as quite deep, so this strategy might yield more talent than normal.
Minasian was with Milwaukee for nearly half of our lifetimes, and over that span, several regimes came and went. Under former Astros Assistant GM David Stearns, the Brewers began to axe scouts this year, after Minasian left. Whether he is bringing that approach with him to San Francisco, we don’t know. The Milwaukee rebuild that yielded most of the current pitching staff and the pieces that were sent to Miami for Christian Yelich were mostly collected by departments helmed by Minasian and Rey Montgomery. Lewis Brinson, Isan Díaz, Josh Hader, Luis Ortiz, Brett Phillips, Zach Davies and Freddy Peralta were all picked up during this stretch. That’s pretty tools-centric on the hitters’ side, and deals often included multiple players sent back to Milwaukee. Last year’s trade deadline adds in San Francisco (Davis/Teng/Berroa, Dubon) have a similar feel.