SF Giants top prospects: No. 18 — 1B Logan Wyatt
Highest Level: Class-A (Augusta)
Acquired: Draft (2019)
Future-Value Grade: 40+
In the lead up to the 2019 MLB Draft, I was on the low side of Logan Wyatt as a prospect. However, once the Giants selected the first baseman, and I looked into the pick, my perception shifted. The best MLB first basemen selected out of college had profiles a lot more like Wyatt than you might expect.
Take a look at the college statistics of Max Muncy and Rhys Hoskins. While power is now their carrying tool, that was not visible in their college performances. Even Paul Goldschmidt showed good power, but nothing to make one think he would emerge as one of the best power hitters in the sport.
One trend connects all these players. While power output varied, everyone walked more than they struck out. It seems that the key was a foundation of strong plate discipline. Almost all drafted players with first baseman profiles have powerful frames. Given the recent developments in swing science, players have made adjustments to maximize their strength.
Wyatt had the best plate discipline in college baseball and might already have one of the best eyes in MLB. Over his sophomore and junior seasons, he walked 131 times in 608 plate appearances and struck out just 84 times. His hit tool remains ahead of his power tool, and that showed at Louisville, the Cape Cod League, and in his pro debut.
There’s potential for Wyatt to develop the power coveted at first base. Even his manager at Louisville admitted he had asked Wyatt to be “greedier” at the plate. He has average to above-average power potential. If he can maintain his contact and discipline while unlocking it, the makings of a Justin Morneau-type player are there.
Giants scouting director Michael Holmes has claimed Wyatt has the necessary athleticism to be playable as a corner outfielder, but that seems slightly too hopeful for most prognosticators’ taste. While he’s a smooth athlete with soft hands and a solid arm that makes him an above-average first baseman, his 30-grade speed limits how much ground he can cover.
His pro debut was a bit underwhelming, especially considering his slightly advanced age for his class (he turned 23 last November). At the same time, Wyatt may be the kind of player who never tears up any minor-league level but consistently produces around a .270/.380/.400 clip.
The Giants brought Wyatt to big-league camp this spring, and he’s easily had the strongest plate appearances of any prospect there. Still, most prospect experts could have guessed that. The bigger question remains if he will find a way to drive the ball enough to become an everyday first baseman. At this point, we have not seen enough to move the needle in any direction.