MLB.Com published its top-100 prospect list for 2024 on Friday. Four SF Giants prospects made the cut, headlined by left-handed pitching prospect Kyle Harrison at No. 23.
4 SF Giants prospects land on MLB's 2024 top-100 prospect list
The rest of the group included Marco Luciano at No. 39, Carson Whisenhunt at No. 83, and Bryce Eldridge at No. 96.
Perhaps, the young movement in San Francisco is taking more time than many fans had hoped. That said, both Harrison and Luciano are expected to make the Opening Day roster and have prominent roles with the 2024 club.
The Giants will be relying on organizational depth to support the rotation this year. That depth includes a handful of pitching prospects led by Harrison. There is a good chance for the lefty pitcher along with one or two other prospects to stake a claim on a rotation spot this year. One of those prospects could be someone like Whisenhunt, who finished the year in Double-A.
The Giants plan to start the year with Logan Webb anchoring the rotation. Jordan Hicks and Ross Stripling are penciled as rotation options. Both Alex Cobb (hip) and Robbie Ray (Tommy John surgery) are expected to miss the first part of the season, so there is good reason to believe that Harrison will get a long look. They hope that by the end of the season, the 22-year-old pitcher is a fixture in the rotation for the foreseeable future.
On the other hand, Luciano will get a chance to be the starting shortstop next year. The middle infield prospect has long been considered one of the better prospects in the game. In recent years, he has missed some important development time due to injuries, so staying on the field will be key to his development in 2024.
Luciano appeared briefly with the Giants in 2023, posting a .641 OPS in 45 plate appearances. He did not look overmatched and consistently made the type of hard contact that has made him such a highly-regarded prospect.
Lastly, Eldridge opened a lot of eyes after being selected in the first round of the 2023 draft. The two-way prospect finished the year in San Jose, recording a .785 OPS in 69 plate appearances. It was not that long ago when a high school prospect reaching full-season ball in his draft year was a notable achievement. He did not appear on the mound, but that is not uncommon for pitching prospects in their draft year.
The 19-year-old prospect should begin the year again in Low-A, but there is a chance that he quickly rises up the rankings with another solid performance in 2024.