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San Francisco Giants: Final 2019 Top 30 Prospects (20-11)

Conner Menez of the SF Giants. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
Conner Menez of the SF Giants. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 11: Jaylin Davis #49 of the San Francisco Giants hits an rbi single scoring Kevin Pillar #1 against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the bottom of the fifth inning at Oracle Park on September 11, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 11: Jaylin Davis #49 of the San Francisco Giants hits an rbi single scoring Kevin Pillar #1 against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the bottom of the fifth inning at Oracle Park on September 11, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

15. OF Jaylin Davis

Age: 25
Acquired: Trade (2019, via MIN)
Future Value: 40+
Stock: Unranked

When the San Francisco Giants traded Sam Dyson to the Minnesota Twins amid a flurry of deadline action, many were underwhelmed by the return. A few months later, the Giants are looking a lot smarter.

Part of the return package was outfielder Jaylin Davis.

An early draft prospect entering his junior season at Appalachian State, his junior season was derailed by injury and caused him to plummet in the draft. The Twins scooped him up in the 24th round and he quietly climbed their minor league ranks.

He’s a good athlete with potential plus power, but questions about his hit tool kept him off the top prospect radar. This season, Davis got off to a strong start at Double-A and took off once he was promoted to Triple-A and got to hit the juiced MLB ball.

Over 126 games this season in the minors, Davis slugged 36 home runs and posted a .306/.397/.590 line. He hammered 10 home runs in 27 games following the trade before he was finally promoted to the MLB roster.

While his season is likely over after getting hit on the hand last week, Davis showed off his athleticism by recording a sprint speed in the 91st percentile of all players, according to Baseball Savant. The offensive output didn’t carry over in his small cup of coffee, but there is still reason for optimism.

Davis now joins the likes of Chris Shaw, Mike Gerber and Austin Slater as upper-level outfielders poised to shuffle between Triple-A and the MLB squad.

One industry source noted, “Davis stands out to me for being the youngest of the group and [his] right-handed power fits [Oracle] Park.”

He can add value with his legs and is one of the better defenders of that group, which will give him the longest leash next spring as he tries to earn a spot on the MLB roster.

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