SF Giants prospects: Midseason 2021 rankings
19. Adrian Sugastey, C
Highest Level: Rookie (Arizona)
Acquired: IFA (2019)
Future-Value Grade: 40+
Adrian Sugastey was one of the bigger names from the SF Giants 2019 IFA class, having played on the international circuit for the Panamanian U16 and U18 teams. His experience in high-level competition shows. When the Giants challenged him last fall with an invitation to their instructional camp in Arizona he quickly emerged as a leader among the mostly older players.
Sugastey’s thin 6’1’’ frame still needs time to mature, but he already has a propensity for contact and the potential to develop above-average power. His right-handed swing is a bit on the longer side, and will likely need to undergo some overhauls to generate consistent extra-base hits, but it has been good enough to generate a solid .339/.372/.413 triple-slash in Arizona. Defensively, Sugastey is a smooth receiver with an above-average arm for his age but is far from a finished product behind the plate.
Any teenager yet to make a full-season appearance comes with a great deal of risk. At the same time, that uncertainty comes with plenty of upside. He’ll likely begin next season at Low-A, where he’ll hopefully begin showing off his power potential more consistently. If he makes the necessary strides as a hitter, he could become an above-average everyday player, but if the power never develops, his defensive acumen and other intangibles position him to at least become a big-league backup.