The candidates: RHP Sean Hjelle, 3B Luis Toribio, RHP Gregory Santos, 1B Logan Wyatt
Confidence Level: 25%
Let’s be clear. Even if the Giants end up with seven top-100 prospects, they’ll still have one of the top three or four farm systems in baseball. However, there is an outside chance that one of these four players could sneak onto top-100 lists as well.
Sean Hjelle and Logan Wyatt are second-round picks with strong track records of collegiate success, but both are were highly regarded more for their high floor than their high ceiling.
Players with lower ceilings need to perform exceptionally well to get onto top-100 lists. So far, Hjelle has done that.
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After starting the season at Single-A, Hjelle has already earned a pair of promotions and he is teammates with Bart and Ramos at Double-A. Could a strong finish to the season, plus a strong start in 2020, get him onto some lists? He’d definitely be a candidate.
The questions around Wyatt concern his power. Everyone loves his approach and believe he’s going to be an above-average defender at first base. I’m still bullish on the prospects of a swing change that could tap into more power and lead to a jump in his status.
Luis Toribio is another guy who many pundits believe lacks an elite ceiling. Still, he remains an 18-year old performing very well in the Arizona League. If it weren’t for the exceptional play of Luciano, we’d be talking about Toribio a lot more. Next season, Toribio will likely be a teenager in full-season ball. Those guys tend to get noticed if they perform well.
Finally, Gregory Santos breaks the trend. He has one of the highest ceilings of any pitcher in the San Francisco Giants system. However, early career struggles with control and recent struggles with health have called his future into question. He’s easily the biggest risk of any player listed here, but if his shoulder ailments heal next season, he could be a quick mover.
Even if this group doesn’t take those steps, only so many players can be considered the 100 best prospects in baseball.
The San Francisco Giants had one of the worst long-term outlooks in baseball at the start of the 2019 season. Now, there are plenty of young players to make fans think that the sun could be rising soon on another dynasty.