7. RHP Gregory Santos
Current Level: Short-Season
Acquired: Trade (2017, via BOS)
Future-Value Grade: 45+
Santos was considered a lottery ticket when the San Francisco Giants acquired him alongside Shaun Anderson from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Eduardo Nunez at the trade deadline in 2017.
Even as Anderson has earned himself a spot in the Giants rotation, Santos may still wind up being the biggest addition in the long run.
The 19-year-old has a mid-90s sinker and cutter that he pairs with a slider and both project as plus pitches. In another positive recent development, he’s begun throwing a changeup for strikes and while it doesn’t project as more than an average pitch, it doesn’t need to be anything more than that for him to succeed.
Control was a concern for Santos early in his career, but since joining the San Francisco Giants he’s put trust in his stuff. While that has cut into his strikeout numbers, it has also allowed him to work deeper into games and he has been more effective as a result.
While he was viewed as a breakout candidate entering the season and he’s performed well when healthy, he also missed time early with a shoulder strain which is an obvious cause for concern.
Still, teenagers with plus stuff who are effective in full-season ball are few and far between.