SF Giants prospects to watch at ACL
2. Diego Velasquez, SS/3B
It was really a toss-up between Sugastey and Diego Velasquez for the second spot on this list. Sugastey is the premium defender at a premium position while Velasquez’s defensive future is a bit more uncertain. Velasquez grew three inches in the leadup to the 2020-21 IFA cycle and was considered a bat over glove prospect, with many evaluators expecting him to move to third base down the line. I’d expect Velasquez to get ample opportunities at shortstop this season, but we’ll see how that plays out.
While he inked a $1,000,000 signing bonus from the Giants, the largest of their international signing class last year, Velasquez would have received a much more robust market if prospects did not negotiate deals before the beginning of each year’s signing period. Prospects who trend up towards their signings tend to make big impressions in their debuts. That was the case with both Luis Matos and Marco Luciano.
Velasquez has been training at the Giants facility in Scottsdale and according to one industry source, he has been playing well alongside much older competition. Assuming he stays stateside and joins an ACL roster, he will surely be one of the youngest players in the league (he does not turn 18 until October). If he performs up to league averages this season at the ACL, Velasquez’s youth would surely get some scouts to turn their heads. Anything more could rocket him up the system’s rankings.