2022 Pre-Season SF Giants Prospects: 20-11
12. Adrian Sugastey
Weight: 170 lbs.
Projected Level: San Jose (Low-A)
MLB ETA: 2025
Tool Grades: (Present/Future)
Hit 30/60 | Raw Power 55/55 | Game Power 20/45 | Speed 30/30 | Arm 55/55 | Field 40/50
PV 20 | FV 45
One of the bigger signees by the Giants in the 2019 international free agent cycle, Sugastey was one of the highly ranked prospects in the 2021 Primer because of his impressive feel for the barrel. He’s proved that convincingly after winning the Arizona Complex League batting title where the distance between him and second-best is the same as the distance between second and the eleventh-best.
Sugastey has one of the most impressive hand-eye coordination from a teenager, let alone from someone who plays catcher. Sugastey also has a good eye at the box, a promising approach, and has clean swing mechanics and bat path. Even though Sugastey can hit baseballs north of 110 MPH as an amateur, he preferred to dink and dunk instead of hitting with more authority his way this season.
Defensively, Sugastey is still learning the nuances of framing and utilizing a one-knee set-up with no runners on base. Sugastey is only a decent athlete with well below-average speed but flashes good reaction time, effort, and agility to corral pitches in the dirt. Sugastey could benefit in using the one-knee set-up even with runners on base as he often drops his left knee when framing with runners on base using the conventional squat to put less pressure on his knees.
Overall, Sugastey is a bat-first prospect with promising hitting ability, raw power, and offensive peripherals that could move him out of the crouch if his defense does not catch up. If Sugastey hits with more authority while keeping his peripherals in check, he has the chance to be at least a .280 hitter with at least 15 homers’ potential while playing catcher or first base.