With the 2019 MLB draft now in the rearview and a fresh collection of talent set to join the farm system ranks, we’ll take a position-by-position look at the top prospects at each position for the San Francisco Giants. Up next, the corner infield spots.
As the San Francisco Giants get set to embark on a full-scale rebuild, more attention than ever will be paid to the current state of the farm system.
With the MLB draft now concluded and two months of the 2019 season in the books, now seems like as good a time as any for an updated look at the farm system.
Rather than simply providing a cumulative ranking of the team’s top prospects, we’re going to go position-by-position to see how the team is lined up for the future.
Up next is the corner infield spots:
1. 1B Logan Wyatt, 2019 Draft Pick (21 years old)
With a 55-grade hit tool and 50-grade power, Wyatt was one of the more polished college bats in the 2019 draft class. The San Francisco Giants happily scooped him up in the second round with the No. 57 overall pick.
He hit .309/.481/.515 this spring with a ridiculous 63-to-38 walk-to-strikeout ratio in 266 plate appearances, good for a 23.7 percent walk rate.
His approach is geared more toward hit than power right now, but he has the strong 6’4″, 230-pound frame to develop good over-the-fence power if he adopts a more aggressive approach.
2. 3B Luis Toribio, DSL Giants (18 years old)
The Giants gave Toribio a $300,000 bonus in 2017 and he hit .270/.423/.479 with 13 doubles and 10 home runs in 274 plate appearances. His 18.6 percent walk rate speaks to an advanced approach that belies his age.
MLB.com wrote: “He has nice loft in his swing, drives the ball in the air and could have 20-homer pop once he adds more strength.”
He still has a long way to go, and his stateside debut will be among the most anticipated of the year.
3. 3B Jacob Gonzalez, Single-A (20 years old)
The son of former big leaguer Luis Gonzalez, Jacob offered some of the best raw power among high school bats in the 2017 class and the Giants took him in the second round with the No. 58 overall pick.
After hitting .339/.418/.458 in rookie ball over 194 plate appearances in his pro debut, he struggled to make the jump to Single-A last year, posting a .227/.296/.331 line with 20 doubles and eight home runs.
While his batting average sits at just .235 this year in a return to Single-A, he’s made stark improvements to his walk rate (6.1 to 9.2 percent) and strikeout rate (21.1 to 12.9 percent). That refined approach could be the key to unlocking his full offensive potential.
4. 3B Yorlis Rodriguez, Unassigned (19 years old)
The Giants signed Rodriguez out of Cuba to a $300,000 in 2017 after he starred for the 15U National Team.
Ben Badler of Baseball America wrote: “Rodriguez is an instinctive player with good bat control and a patient hitting approach from the right side, although he probably won’t ever hit for much power.”
He hit .323/.409/.445 with 13 extra-base hits in 183 plate appearances in rookie ball while posting a solid 19-to-25 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He may ultimately fit better at second base, and his bat will need to carry him.
5. 1B Frankie Tostado, Single-A (21 years old)
A 19th-round pick in 2017, Tostado hit .281/.332/.415 with three home runs and 35 RBI in 187 plate appearances during his pro debut in rookie ball in 2018.
The climb to Single-A has treated him well. He’s hitting .271/.313/.468 with 11 doubles, 10 home runs and 39 RBI over 234 plate appearances in 55 games at Single-A.
While the 21-year-old is capable of playing left field as well as manning first base, his power will need to be his carrying tool. At the very least, he has turned some heads here in 2019.
Others of Note: Jonah Arenado (Double-A), Gio Brusa (Double-A), David Villar (High-A), Garrett Frechette (2019 Draft Pick)
Veterans Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria are currently manning the infield corners at the MLB level for the San Francisco Giants. They are signed through 2021 and 2022, respectively. Wyatt could move quickly given his polish and he looks like a logical long-term replacement for Belt.