Pitchers and Catchers for the San Francisco Giants reported on February 14th, and it has been a slow offseason for a team on the rebuild.
As the season nears, the San Francisco Giants Giants have a lot of holes to field, especially in the outfield. Maybe some of these top prospects can step up and earn playing time.
Joey Bart, Catcher
Joey Bart is the top catching prospect in baseball. Bart batted .298 with 13 home runs, 39 RBI's with a slugging percentage of .613 in the minors. Bart also added 31 extra base hits. Bart can hit for power as well as average. Bart has quick hands his swing should allow him to cover the strike zone.
Behind the plate, Bart has good lateral quickness to block balls and has a strong and accurate throwing arm. At the Plate, Bart has been compared to Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees, with better contact and a little less power. The good thing about being compared to Shancez is not being compared to him on the catching end. The Tools are there for Bart to have a good career and he should move through the Giants farm system pretty quickly.
WIth Buster Posey only signed through the 2021 season, with a club option in 2022, it is important Bart develops nicely. Bart Probably will start the season in single A but will move up quickly. I think we will see Bart called up in the 2020 season to contribute. Who knows we could see Bart behind the plate and Posey at first base in the near future. There is no question Bart is the future of the Giants.
Heliot Ramos, Outfielder
Heliot Ramos was one of the youngest players in the 2017 draft when the Giants took him 19thoverall. Ramos did pretty well in the Arizona fall league batting.348, In single A his average came down to .245 with 11 home runs. Ramos struggled to make contact with a 25.4 strikeout rate. He struck out 136 times in 124 games. Ramos has excellent athletic talent, he has raw power and is fast on the base path. The key for Ramos is putting that raw talent together and becoming a good baseball player. Ramos has a very quick back but he is overly aggressive at the plate causing his high strikeout rate.
Ramos speed allows him to play outstanding center field, but he projects to be a right fielder in the Majors with a strong throwing arm. Ramos has the highest ceiling in the Giants farm system but he needs to change his approach at the plate to be a successful hitter. If Ramos can tone done the strikeouts and make more contact the sky is the limit for this kid.
He is only 19 years old he has plenty of time to develop his game into the player he needs to be. The Giants will need to be patient with him so he can turn out to be the player they want him to be. Ramos is drawing a comparison to Yoenis Cespedes probably because of his free-swinging approach and raw power. I look for Ramos to start the season in Single-A and move slowly through the Giants farm system.
Marco Luciano, Shortstop
Marco Luciano really excites me, he signed with the Giants for $2.6 million during the 2018 International period. Luciano was the second ranked player in that class but most believed he had the highest true ceiling of that signing class. Luciano has all the tools necessary to become an elite, power hitter in Major League Baseball.
Luciano's tools project that he can potentially hit for average, and 30 plus home runs. He has quick a wrist, and power to all fields, with exceptionally good bat speed. Luciano is 6'2", 180 pounds and is very athletic. He probably will put on a little more weight as he continues to grow.
Luciano played shortstop in his amateur career, but most scouts think his future could be a third base with his strong throwing arm. With his amazing athletic ability, Luciano could possibly be moved to the outfield as well. Luciano will probably start the season in the Arizona rookie league, but could even see time in Short Season A ball (Salem-Kiezer) if he progresses well. Luciano's potential is off the charts, and he was a big signing for the Giants' future.
Taking into account all the things I have been reading and watching on Luciano, have me believing he could be something special. I think Luciano could be in the big leagues by 2023, and it could be faster if he picks up the pitching fast, which is possible with his physical attributes. I for one can not wait to watch this kid play.
Shaun Anderson, Right-Handed Pitcher
Shaun Anderson was acquired in a trade with the Boston Red Sox, where the Giants acquired him and another minor league stud, for Eduardo Nuñez. Anderson went 8-7 with a 3.69 ERA in 141.1 innings between AA and AAA during his 2018 campaign.
Anderson pitched 94 innings in AA with a 3.45 ERA but struggled a bit in AAA throwing 47.1 innings with a 4.18 ERA. Anderson is a four-pitch pitcher, he has a fastball, changes up, slider, and curveball. His fastball is low to mid-90s with some downward sink. His change up is in the mid-80s, and he locates it very well. His slider in the upper 80s with an 11 to 5 break. And finally, his curveball has some 12 to 6 action. While he's still working on that pitch, he does locate it very well. Anderson improved his change-up over the season last year, the Giants are hoping he can improve his curveball this year.
For Anderson, location of his pitches will be key. He will not blow you away but if he can locate, he will be a successful pitcher. Anderson will probably never be a number one starter, but will be a solid 3-5 and will add pitching depth. Anderson will very likely start the season in Triple-A, with potential to be called up during the season if needed. Anderson should be able to help the Giants in the back end of the starting rotation or maybe even long relief if needed.
Alexander Canario, Outfielder
Alexander Canario had an up and down season last year in the minors. He hit .250, with six home runs and eight stolen bases in rookie ball. Canario struggled at times making contact at the plate but did show a good eye posting a 13.0% BB rate. Canario shows good plate discipline and also does a good job a pitch recognition.
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He is raw at the plate, with a very long swing that may need to be shortened so he can make more consistent contact. Canario has raw power, but he has problems translating his power into game situations, based mainly on the swing issues above. The one thing that Canario has is speed. He can steal bases but needs to do a better job reading the pitchers. Canario only coverted on 63.4% on 41 stolen base attempts.
On defense, Canario transitioned from right field to center field which should not e a problem for him considering his speed. He added seven outfield assists, proving Canario has a strong throwing arm.
The thing I like about Canario is he has good plate discipline at a young age. If he can shorten up his swing, he can turn in to a very good ball player. Canario will play the 2019 season in single A. I think he will get his shot in the majors in 2022.
The Giants farm system has not been good for a while, but i think it is slowly on the rise. The Giants have a lot of young players with high potential; they need time to work on their craft and develop. If these five players can develop into good ball players, the Giants are in good hands for the future.