SF Giants prospects to watch at ACL
3. Adrian Sugastey, C
While word around Santana has been relatively mum, Adrian Sugastey is clearly highly regarded by the organization. Signed in the 2019-20 IFA cycle, the Venezuelan catcher will likely make his professional debut stateside before his 20th birthday. His makeup and defense receive some of the highest praise you’ll hear about a teenager, and his bat has shown flashes as well.
A well-traveled amateur on the international circuit, the Giants challenged him with an assignment to their instructional camp in Arizona last fall. While he was one of the youngest
players in camp, he quickly fit alongside older players. Sugastey had his moments on the field as well, showing advanced receiving ability behind the plate, and catching some elite runners trying to steal with his plus arm.
His swing is far less refined than the other parts of his game, but he has already posted 100+ mph exit velocities, suggesting he could have some real power potential as well. If he finds a way to tap into it consistently, the Giants could have an All-Star behind the plate.
I’m unsure what to expect from Sugastey offensively. He will be young for the ACL, making his professional debut, and dealing with the wear and tear of catching every day presumably for the first time in his life. If he meets expectations defensively, he’ll remain a well-regarded prospect as he trends towards Low-A ball in 2022. If he hits at all, expectations could rise very quickly, given his reported prowess behind the plate and in the clubhouse.