27. OF Sandro Fabian
Acquired: IFA (2014)
Future Value: 35+
Stock: Previously unranked
Sandro Fabian was given a $500,000 signing bonus as part of the 2014 international free-agent class. He moved through the lower levels of the minors rapidly and reached full-season ball as a teenager.
His prospect status peaked after the 2017 season when he hit .277 with 11 home runs as a 19-year-old at Single-A. However, his hyper-aggressive approach caught up with him last season at High-A.
A series of injuries cut his season short and delayed his start to 2019. As outfield prospects throughout the Giants organization put up career years, Fabian was left behind. Eight outfielders rank among the top 30 prospects on this list, a few more just missed the cut, and that ignores the cycle of players that have gone through Triple-A, MLB, and the waiver-wire.
Before the end of the season, Fabian played 44 games with the High-A San Jose. He put up a solid .287/.353/.413 line and maintained his plus contact skills with a 17.6 percent strikeout rate, while also increasing his walk rate to a respectable 7.5 percent.
Still, Fabian was unable to finish the season on the active roster. Instead, he returned to the injured list. Had he finished the year healthy, he’d probably receive a 40 future-value grade, but multiple IL stints in one year add another level of uncertainty to his projection.
Fabian’s arm is probably his only potential plus tool, but he has the potential to develop above-average hit and power tools. He will be overshadowed by toolsier players like PJ Hilson, Heliot Ramos, Alexander Canario, and Hunter Bishop, but Fabian maintains everyday potential and is just three months older than recently drafted Bishop.