The SF Giants got some good news on the prospect front as a pair of prospects are beginning a rehab assignment. One is one of the top prospects in the system, whereas the other is a name that some might have forgotten.
Pair of SF Giants prospects begin rehab assignment
The first name is Luis Matos. The outfield prospect got off to a slow start in Single-A in 2022 and quietly disappeared from the lineup. We later found out that Matos sustained a quad injury and would be beginning a rehab assignment soon.
The time has come as the 20-year-old was assigned to the Arizona Complex League (ACL) Giants on Monday to begin a rehab assignment. He recorded two hits in four at-bats in Monday's game against the ACL Diamondbacks.
On the year, Matos is slashing .149/.260/.139 (35 wRC+) with zero home runs, three RBI, and eight runs in 77 plate appearances with the Eugene Emeralds. This includes an 11.7 percent walk rate against a 16.9 percent strikeout rate.
Despite his struggles, the right-handed bat continues to rank as one of the better prospects in baseball. Our prospect expert, Wrenzie Regodon, believes that he has some of the highest upside of any Giants prospect in the organization.
On the other hand, Melvin Adon is not a name that Giants fans have heard about recently. The 27-year-old prospect will join Matos on a rehab assignment with the ACL Giants and then transfer to the Sacramento River Cats upon completion.
Adon sustained a shoulder injury during a game in the Dominican Winter League in 2020 that required surgery to repair. He has not pitched in a pro game since then.
Earlier in his career, the hard-throwing righty was known for flashing a fastball that could reach triple digits that he paired with a developing slider. The Giants added him to the 40-man roster after an impressive performance in the Arizona Fall League in 2018 where he recorded a 2.92 ERA with 21 strikeouts against three walks in 10 appearances.
He began the following season on a high note in Double-A, posting a 2.60 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 45 innings. This earned him a promotion to the River Cats, but he struggled to the tune of a 13.94 ERA in 12 outings with Sacramento.
Adon signed a minor league contract in the offseason, so his return does not have any implications on the 40-man roster. However, if he can flash the type of fastball that he did earlier in his career, he will be a name to watch as the season progresses.