San Francisco Giants: Midseason Top 30 Prospects (Nos. 20-11)
16. 3B Luis Toribio
Current Level: Arizona Rookie League
Acquired: IFA (2017)
Future-Value Grade: 40
Toribio received a $300,000 signing bonus in the 2017 signing period and thus far he remains the gem of the class. In his debut in the Dominican Summer League last year, he put up an impressive .270/.423/.479 line, bopped 10 home runs and tallied nearly as many walks (51) as strikeouts (62).
Walk rates in the DSL can sometimes be deceiving, but in his stateside debut this year, Toribio has maintained a walk rate over 12 percent without much of a change in his strikeout rate which is around 25 percent.
Toribio is advanced in more than just his approach. Even at 17, his body appeared to have already matured with a build that has been compared to current Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers.
He’s more floor than ceiling with no tools projected to be plus, but he has a chance for an above-average hit and power combination. His defense isn’t anything flashy, but he has the arm to handle third base and some have suggested second base could be an option. However, if he adds any weight, he’ll likely be limited to a corner spot.
Toribio has the ceiling of an above-average everyday player, with a high enough floor that he’s a safe bet to at least develop into a solid bench bat or platoon option if he falls short of that ceiling.