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SF Giants Top 31 Prospect Rankings: 2020 Midyear Update

Joey Bart spent an extended portion of 2019 in the California League where Jen Ramos got to see the SF Giants prospect up close. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)
Joey Bart spent an extended portion of 2019 in the California League where Jen Ramos got to see the SF Giants prospect up close. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)
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SF Giants top prospects: No. 28 — RHP Camilo Doval

Age: 23
Highest Level: High-A (San Jose)
Acquired: IFA (2015)
Future-Value Grade: 35+

When the Giants chose Camilo Doval over Melvin Adon for the team’s 60-man summer camp, the organization confirmed that the young righty had become the best relief prospect in the organization.

Doval has legitimate closer upside. He works out of a clunky three-quarters delivery. The motion adds deception but makes it difficult to replicate. There might not be a pitcher in baseball with a wider range of performances.

At his best, Doval frisbees in a high 90s four-seamer that has registered 2700 RPM and a cutter with similar velocity and strong horizontal movement. In other outings, his fastball will barely get out of the low-90s. His slider flashes as an average pitch, but without control of any pitch, it’s hard to take advantage of.

His peculiar arm-angle should enable him to be tough on righthanded batters even if his velocity can never maintain premium velocity, but that’s obviously a far cry from what you’re hoping to get out of a legitimate closer prospect.

In back to back seasons, Doval got cuffed in his first couple outings and then locked into a period of dominance. Below are Doval’s numbers in 2018 (with Class-A Augusta) and 2019 (with High-A San Jose) over the course of the season and with his first three appearances removed.

season       G     IP      ERA    K/9     BB/9
Augusta    44   53     3.06   13.3     4.6
San Jose    45  56.1  3.83   12.8     5.4

                     G     IP      ERA    K/9     BB/9   
Augusta    41  51.2   1.74   13.1     3.3
San Jose    42   54     2.83    12.8       5

Clearly, the walks are still a concern, but a couple of early-season outings have cost Doval at least a run in earned run average for two seasons in a row. Don’t get it twisted, if Doval can find consistency in Giants camp at Sacramento, he could be the best Giants reliever in just a couple years.

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