22. 3B Sean Roby
Current Level: Low-A
Acquired: Draft (2018, 12th Round)
Future Value: 35+
Roby wasn’t highly recruited out of high school and decided to attend Arizona Western College. In his first year there, he launched a team-leading 22 home runs in 58 games while posting a .356/.429/.739 line.
The San Francisco Giants convinced him to turn pro with a $150,000 signing bonus and he turned in a solid debut in rookie ball. A few days removed from his 21st birthday, he is once again producing at Low-A Salem-Keizer.
His bat is his calling card and it will have to carry him. He has a chance to stay at third base, although that’s no guarantee. Regardless, he won’t add much value defensively or with his legs.
Out of college, Roby appeared to be more power than hit tool, but since joining the professional ranks, both have the potential to be 55 tools, with 50 looking like a more likely outcome. Either way, JUCO players tend to fall under the radar, and he has a chance to be a solid find outside the top 10 rounds.
It’ll be interesting to see where he starts in 2020. The Giants haven’t been overly aggressive with him to this point and so they may just send him to Single-A Augusta. However, a push to High-A San Jose would show the organization sees Roby as a potential everyday player down the line.