SF Giants Farm System’s Strongest Positions
2. Corner Outfield
Strong Candidates: Heliot Ramos, Hunter Bishop, Alexander Canario, Jairo Pomares, Sandro Fabian, Alexander Suarez, Armani Smith
Possible: Logan Wyatt, Franklin Labour, Garrett Frechette
At this point, the positional depth jumps from strong to elite. Ramos and Bishop consistently find themselves rank among the top-100 prospects in baseball, and Alexander Canario was trending in that direction before a shoulder injury at instructs last year. If Canario can return to the field and perform well in 2021, this group will be even stronger.
Ramos and Bishop both have the range to be above-average or better in either corner, but Bishop’s arm has been inconsistent, which could push him to left. Regardless, both are well-positioned to cover the spacious outfield at Oracle Park. Canario profiles as an average big-league right fielder but would probably be best suited in left at Oracle.
After that top trio, Pomares and Sandro Fabian are two additional prospects consistently ranked among the Giants’ top 25 or 30 prospects. Fabian was one of the Giants’ most exciting young hitters not too long ago, but an aggressive approach, injuries, and other prospects’ development throughout the system have left him behind. With that said, he’s roughly the age of an old college senior and hit .287/.353/.417 in 2019 at High-A with a vastly improved walk-rate.
Armani Smith has been one of my favorite sleepers in the system since he was drafted in 2019. Like Bishop, he carries a power-over-hit profile and made a substantial swing change that sparked a breakout junior year in college. Smith has the range to handle right field but has an arm that could push him to left.
Beyond that group comes a pair of big-bodied corner bats (Logan Wyatt and Franklin Labour) and young question-marks (Suarez and Garrett Frechette). The Giants said they believed Wyatt, who projects as a plus defensive first baseman, could play an adequate left field, but that seems unlikely. Labour has a strong arm but struggles to cover ground in the outfield. Suarez should end up in a corner if he is unable to handle center, while Frechette currently flashes the athleticism to handle left field, but some envision a move to first base as he fills out his lanky frame.