21. OF Franklin Labour
Current Level: Low-A
Acquired: IFA (2015)
Future Value: 35+
Labour has been on the radar of prospect nerds for a while now. After signing for $70,000 in 2015, the San Francisco Giants took him along slowly. He shows 50-55 grade tools across the board, with the exception of his speed, and he has shown a solid feel for hitting as a pro.
This season, he’s finally begun tapping into his raw power. He already has 10 home runs through 21 games and is carrying a .317/.404/.744 line.
At 21 years old, Labour is a couple of months older than 2019 first-round pick Hunter Bishop, so he can almost be thought of like a recently drafted college player. He’s doing what he’s supposed to do, but it’s easy to read too much into short-season performances.
Next season, Labour will receive his first-full season assignment and how he produces will be telling. If his strong production carries over, there is a solid everyday left fielder profile here. However, since he’s probably limited to left field, his path to the big leagues will depend on the continued development of his bat.
Stay tuned for the next edition of our San Francisco Giants top prospect countdown, where we’ll take a look at the guys who fall in the No. 20 to No. 11 range.