SF Giants hitting prospects week in review (6/26-7/2)

Eugene Emeralds Will Wilson (center) celebrates his 8th inning home run with Frank Labour at PK Park in Eugene.
Eugene Emeralds Will Wilson (center) celebrates his 8th inning home run with Frank Labour at PK Park in Eugene. /
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First base coach Alyssa Nakken #92 of the SF Giants bumps fists with Ricardo Genoves #91 after he walks during the sixth inning of the MLB spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium on March 11, 2021 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

SF Giants Prospects Weekly Rundown: High-A

Notable Performers

Armani Smith: 5 G, 17 AB, .353 AVG, 1.330 OPS, 1 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 SB
Ricardo Genoves: 5 G, 12 AB, .250 AVG, .833 OPS, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K
Will Wilson: 6 G, 27 AB, .296 AVG, .914 OPS, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K

If there is one hitter who boosted his stock this season, it’s Armani Smith. His offensive numbers this season for both San Jose and Eugene have been identical, with a larger propensity to hit groundballs after his promotion. He’s always had the raw tools (plus-plus power, solid speed, above-average arm strength) but needed to produce in the Minors to validate his breakout season in his junior year of college. He’s proved this year that his tools are legit and has firmly entrenched his place among the top 30 prospects in the organization.

Another one who has boosted his stock big time this season is Ricardo Genoves who made his High-A debut this week. Even though the sample size is still small, he’s proven that he belongs in the level on both sides of the game, showing a strong eye at the plate, and has already thrown out a would-be base stealer with a sub-1.90 second pop time. He’s firmly anchored himself in the upper half of the top 30 prospects in the organization.

Rounding out the hitters this week is Will Wilson whose 10 home runs does not only lead the team but also is tied for the High-A West lead with three other prospects. Even though the exit velocities in his home runs are average at best, his ability to consistently make hard contact and maturity at the plate stand out more. Couple that with his above-average defense at shortstop this year and he’s definitely one of the top 10 prospects in the organization.