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SF Giants left-handed pitching prospect makes huge jump in latest Baseball America ranking

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Baseball America released its updated top 100 prospects list (subscription required) on Thursday and the SF Giants continue to have several representatives. Oddly enough, outfield prospect Heliot Ramos was omitted after a rough start to the 2022 season.

SF Giants left-handed pitching prospect makes huge jump in latest Baseball America ranking

Three SF Giants made the list and they have become household names among those who follow the farm system. That said, one of their top prospects made a considerable jump in the rankings.

Below are the Giants prospect rankings:

No. 14 - Marco Luciano (previously No. 15)

No. 47 - Kyle Harrison (previously No. 64)

No. 87 - Luis Matos (previously No. 66)

For the past couple of years, Luciano has been regarded as one of the best prospects in baseball and he continues to solidify that status. The shortstop prospect is slashing .298/.371/.525 (155 wRC+) with eight home runs, 17 RBI, and 22 runs in 159 plate appearances at High-A.

He posted an extremely high 37.2 percent strikeout rate in his first stint in High-A last year, but he has lowered that rate to a much more tolerable 22 percent. It bears mentioning that Luciano remains one of the younger players in the Northwest League.

Harrison has quickly emerged as one of the better pitching prospects in baseball and he will likely continue to rise as the season progresses. The left-handed pitching prospect began the year as teammates with both Luciano and Matos, but his performance warranted a promotion to Double-A.

The 20-year-old pitching prospect registered a 1.55 ERA with 59 strikeouts against only 10 walks in 29 innings as he overpowered High-A hitters. He has started one game in Double-A where he yielded two earned runs against nine strikeouts and one walk in 5.1 frames.

Lastly, Matos saw a noticeable drop after a slow start to the season. The right-handed bat posted a .149/.260/.149 line (35 wRC+) with zero home runs, three RBI, and eight runs in 77 plate appearances.

He sustained a quadriceps strain at the beginning of May but he is expected to return to the Eugene Emeralds soon. Similar to Harrison and Luciano, Matos is extremely young for High-A, so there are going to be some developmental bumps along the way.

The Giants farm system is beginning to feed the major league roster with both Joey Bart and Ramos appearing with San Francisco this season, but there are several more talented prospects on the way.

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