9. 1B Logan Wyatt
Current Level: Arizona Rookie League
Acquired: Draft (2019, 2nd Round)
Future-Value Grade: 40+
Scouting director Michael Holmes said the San Francisco Giants believe Wyatt has the necessary athleticism to be playable as a corner outfielder, but that remains an open question. He’s a smooth athlete with soft hands and a solid arm that make him an above-average first baseman. However, his 30-grade speed just limits how much ground he can cover.
Whether or not he can handle the outfield, the bat will have to carry Wyatt to Oracle Park. His swing is geared more for hit than power, but he has 50-55 raw power that a swing change could tap into.
His approach at the plate is easily his best tool. He was one of the most disciplined hitters in college since the start of his sophomore season. He walked 131 walks in 608 plate appearances while striking out only 84 times.
It’s unusual for a first baseman to have more hit than power, but that’s worked well for Wyatt. At the Cape Cod League last summer, Wyatt was tops in walks (29) while still managing to avoid strikeouts (24) over 168 plate appearances, and held an impressive .305/.458/.438 line.
Perhaps there is more in there, though. After all, even his manager at Louisville admitted he had asked Wyatt to be “greedier” at the plate. If a swing adjustment could generate 20+ home runs and he maintains his plate discipline in the process, it could make for an elite first baseman.
While Wyatt does not have what many people think of as your typical first baseman’s profile, when you look at the best first basemen in the league today, many of them weren’t mashers at this stage in their careers.
Of the best former NCAA first basemen in the league today, Max Muncy, Rhys Hoskins, and Brandon Belt all didn’t hit for much home run power in college. They all have one thing in common, though. They all walked more than they struck out their junior seasons, just like Wyatt.
How the Giants choose to develop Wyatt will determine how quickly he can move. If they think his swing and current profile is good to go, he may be able to move through the minor leagues quickly. If they see adjustments to generate more power as necessary, there will likely be some growing pains.