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Hitting: 60. Power: 70. Running: 40. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60. TRACK RECORD: After two years under international signing restrictions, the Giants opened their wallet in 2018 to sign a star-studded international class that included Luciano and outfielders Luis Matos and Jairo Pomares. Luciano was the undisputed gem and quickly showed why in his 2019 pro debut when he demolished the Rookie-level Arizona League, made a cameo at short-season Salem-Keizer and asserted himself as the most promising prospect in the Giants’ system. Luciano got his first look at Oracle Park in January, when he was part of a group the Giants brought in for a preseason minicamp. He got there again when he was added to the 60-man player pool following baseball’s resumption from the coronavirus pandemic shutdown. Because the minor league season was canceled, Luciano spent the summer at the team’s alternate training site getting at-bats against a wide variety of pitchers before heading to instructional league in the fall.
SCOUTING REPORT: Luciano is one of the game’s most electrifying prospects. He uses huge bat speed and strength to produce tons of loud contact—he was one of just five players 17-and-younger who hit double-digit home runs in 2019—and reached a peak exit velocity of 118 mph at the alternate site. While Luciano has immense strength and feel for the barrel, there is still work to be done. He understandably struggled facing pitchers with much more experience at the alternate site. Initially, he struggled to get balls in the air, but as he learned how to make a plan at the plate and better understand how pitchers would attack him, he started taking better at-bats. Defensively, he has a chance to stay at shortstop, but his bat might push him too quickly to get the necessary development at the position. He shows fine actions and has plenty of arm strength, but hasn’t quite mastered making throws on the run. If Luciano has to move, his plus arm will make third base an option. He is a fringe-average runner right now, which might also hasten a move off shortstop. His strong pre-pitch positioning could mitigate a lack of range.
THE FUTURE: Luciano’s bat is that of a potential everyday, middle-of-the-order standout. He has all-star potential even if he has to move to third base. If he can make the defensive improvements necessary, he could one day join the Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. as a second Dominican superstar shortstop in the National League West. He is likely to open the 2021 season at low Class A.
Hitting: 45. Power: 60. Running: 40. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60. TRACK RECORD: Bart parlayed an excellent career at Georgia Tech into becoming the second overall pick in the 2018 draft. He made a splash in his pro debut, but suffered two hand injuries in 2019. He broke his left hand during the regular season and his right thumb in the Arizona Fall League, both the result of errant pitches. The Giants made Bart part of their 60-man player pool in 2020 and installed him as regular catcher after calling him up on Aug. 20.
SCOUTING REPORT: Bart is a big, strong hitter who can impact the ball with tremendous force, but he still needs refinement. He struck out nearly 37% of the time in the majors as pitchers quickly learned to attack him with hard stuff inside before finishing him with breaking balls out of the zone. Bart has trouble catching up to velocity inside because of the way he moves his body while loading his swing. Bart has a strong arm and quick release but threw out just 18% of basestealers in the majors, which can be somewhat attributed to learning a new pitching staff on the fly. He’s a strong blocker and receiver and a surprisingly swift runner.
THE FUTURE: Bart’s major league debut came before he was ready. He will start 2021 in the upper levels of the minors to continue polishing his game.
Hitting: 50. Power: 55. Running: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55. TRACK RECORD: Ramos has moved quickly after the Giants drafted him 19th overall in 2017, reaching Double-A at 19 years old in 2019 even though he missed time with a knee injury. He spent 2020 at the alternate training site and instructional league before an oblique strain ended his season.
SCOUTING REPORT: Ramos is a thick, stocky outfielder who is built like a fullback and has a mixture of skills that are average or slightly above. Giants officials were pleased with his at-bats at the alternate site, especially with how he adjusted to the way pitchers attacked him. He was previously vulnerable to sliders down and away, but after last summer he no longer shows a weakness against any single pitch. As long as Ramos maintains that, his quick hands, balance and excellent barrel control should make him at least an average hitter with above-average power. Defensively, Ramos’ average speed and good route-running make him playable in center field despite his body type. He’s still better suited for a corner spot, with his above-average arm fitting in right field.
THE FUTURE: Ramos will head to an upper-level affiliate to start 2021. He has the potential to be an above-average, everyday outfielder and should be in San Francisco by 2022.
Hitting: 55. Power: 55. Running: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55. TRACK RECORD: Matos was one of three big prizes the Giants landed in the 2018 international class along with Marco Luciano and Jairo Pomares. He starred in the Dominican Summer League in his 2019 pro debut and earned a brief look in the Rookie-level Arizona League. Like many Venezuelans, Matos was marooned by the coronavirus pandemic and spent the shutdown at the team hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz., until being unleashed for instructional league.
SCOUTING REPORT: Matos stands out for his above-average bat speed, electric hand speed and ability to maneuver the barrel up and down the strike zone. He produced exit velocities up to 111 mph during instructs. Matos is more than just a fastball hitter. He shows an impressive ability to wait back on offspeed pitches for his age and hit a pair of same-side changeups for home runs during instructional league. Defensively, Matos is the organization’s most surefire center field prospect. He shows the above-average speed, instincts and jumps to man the position. The Giants were especially pleased with the way Matos maintained his body during the shutdown.
THE FUTURE: No Giants prospect raised his stock more than Matos during the challenging conditions of the 2020 season. He is set to make his full-season debut in 2021.
Fastball: 60. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 50. Control: 55. TRACK RECORD: Harrison was the top pitcher on USA Baseball’s 18U National Team in 2019, a loaded squad that featured five future first-round picks. He continued with a dominant showing at the Area Code Games and during the abbreviated 2020 high school season. The Giants drafted him in the third round, No. 85 overall, and signed him for $2,497,500 to pry him from a UCLA commitment. He received the equivalent of first-round money.
SCOUTING REPORT: Harrison hit the weight room during the coronavirus shutdown and arrived at instructional league throwing harder than he did in the spring. After ranging from 90-94 mph as an amateur, he reached 96 at instructs and showed advanced command. The Giants worked with Harrison to reshape his curveball from a sweepier pitch into something with a sharper angle he could land on the back foot of righthanders. It requires some projection but should be at least an average pitch. His changeup projects as a solid third offering. Harrison impressed the Giants with how much he studies the game. He’s a good athlete with a clean delivery and has above-average control out of his low three-quarters arm slot.
THE FUTURE: The Giants believe Harrison is the organization’s best pitching prospect. He should see low Class A in 2021.
Hitting: 40. Power: 60. Running: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55. TRACK RECORD: Bishop hit 22 home runs during a breakout junior year at Arizona State and was drafted 10th overall by the Giants. He advanced quickly out of the Rookie-level Arizona League but struggled to make contact after a promotion to short-season Salem-Keizer. Bishop was delayed in 2020 after testing positive for Covid-19. He recovered in time to join the alternate training site in August and finished the year in instructional league.
SCOUTING REPORT: Bishop has plenty of physical tools with plus raw power, above-average speed and above-average arm strength. The question has always been how much contact will he make. Bishop has excellent bat speed and hand speed, but both his bat path and approach are targeted for adjustment. He’s a patient hitter with a sharp eye, but the Giants want him to refine his approach to be more aggressive on pitches he can drive, noting part of the reason he struck out so often was because he was in many deep counts. Bishop’s physicality makes him less than a slam dunk to stick in center field. He fits in best in a corner, with left field a possibility.
THE FUTURE: Bishop will likely begin 2021 at high Class A. He will continue to refine his hit tool in the hopes of reaching his ceiling as an everyday outfielder with plenty of power.
Hitting: 45. Power: 55. Running: 40. Fielding: 70. Arm: 60. TRACK RECORD: Bailey started all three years behind the plate at North Carolina State and was twice chosen for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team. Known for his defense, he slammed six home runs in 17 games for the Wolfpack before the pandemic shut the 2020 season down. The Giants drafted Bailey 13th overall and signed him for $3,757,500. Bailey reported to the alternate training site after signing and finished the year in instructional league.
SCOUTING REPORT: Bailey’s makeup and work ethic jump out as much as his physical abilities. He immediately impressed the Giants with his willingness to learn new pitchers and drew particular praise from Jeff Samardzija for his professionalism. Bailey is a skilled receiver, especially when it comes presenting and handling balls low in the strike zone or in the dirt. He makes strong, accurate throws to the bases, even when letting it fly from his knees. The switch-hitting Bailey has different setups in each swing. He takes a loftier swing path from the left side, where he is more of a power threat, and a flatter, contact-oriented swing from the right side.
THE FUTURE: The Giants thought Bailey presented the best combination of skills at a premium position and were happy to draft him, even with the presence of Joey Bart.
Hitting: 40. Power: 60. Running: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60. TRACK RECORD: Canario signed for $60,000 in 2016 and slowly worked his way through the system before breaking out in 2019. He hit .301/.365/.539 at short-season Salem-Keizer despite playing through a sprained left shoulder. Canario spent 2020 at the alternate training site and went to instructional league in the fall, where he dislocated the same shoulder while playing the outfield. He had surgery to repair a torn labrum.
SCOUTING REPORT: When Canario connects, he tends to do damage. He has plus raw power and ranked among the Giants’ leaders in home runs and OPS during his breakout 2019. The biggest question is his plate discipline. Canario can be far too eager to swing, especially with two strikes. With that in mind, his work at the alternate site involved developing a more concrete plan and staying calm when behind in the count. Canario has plenty of work to do on defense. He has plenty of arm strength to stick in right field and the above-average speed to cover ground, but he does not get good jumps or reads and needs a lot more polish.
THE FUTURE: Canario is not expected to be ready for spring training. Once he recovers from his surgery, he will head to one of the organization’s Class A affiliates.
Fastball: 60. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 50. Control: 40. TRACK RECORD: Corry had electric stuff but spotty control coming out of high school. That remained true over his first two seasons, and he struggled again to open 2019, but he made gradual improvements and took off once June hit. Corry went 9-1, 1.28 over his final 17 starts at low Class A Augusta and finished tied for fourth in the minors with 172 strikeouts. He spent the 2020 season working out at home in Utah before reporting for instructional league.
SCOUTING REPORT: The Giants didn’t bring Corry to the alternate training site because they believed young pitchers had a better chance to develop remotely than hitters. Corry showed no ill effects from being left home, looking much like the pitcher he was in 2019. Corry’s fastball sits in the lowto-mid 90s and peaks at 96 mph. He complements it with a downer curveball and changeup that each have a chance to be average. His control and command remain below-average, but the quality of his arsenal—especially the way he can tunnel his curveball off his fastball—helps him overwhelm hitters and get swings and misses even when he misses his spot.
THE FUTURE: Corry will likely head to high Class A in 2021. He’ll look to continue improving his command and control in the hopes of settling in as a starter
Hitting: 55. Power: 45. Running: 45. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55. TRACK RECORD: Wilson was teammates with fellow Giants prospects Patrick Bailey and Nick Swiney at North Carolina State. The Angels drafted him 14th overall in 2019 and dealt him to San Francisco with Zack Cozart that offseason in what amounted to a salary dump. Wilson spent 2020 at the Giants’ alternate training site and finished the year in instructional league.
SCOUTING REPORT: After Wilson’s vanilla pro debut in the Angels’ system, the Giants made adjustments to his swing. They stood him more upright, tweaked his attack angle and focused on establishing a more consistent, closed stride direction to help stay on the ball better. Wilson is a line-drive hitter who can do the little things—such as hit with two strikes or hit behind runners—and occasionally does damage to pitches in his wheelhouse. He has a chance to hit for average, but his power output figures to be modest. Wilson is a solid if unspectacular defender at shortstop who can make all the plays and has an above-average arm. The Giants are likely to get him time at second base and third base.
THE FUTURE: Wilson is more polished than some of the higher-upside prospects in the Giants system. If he reaches his peak, he should be a solid contributor on both sides of the ball.
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