The San Francisco Giants have the best record in baseball so far. But, we aren’t here to talk about the big club in this article. We are here to talk about what their farm system looks like. After winning three World Series in five years due in large part to their first-round picks of Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, and Buster Posey, the Giants are looking to build up the farm again.
Admittedly the Giants minor leagues are top-heavy with talent. I will not be including Joey Bart in here as he has nearly enough plate appearances to remove his rookie status. Nevertheless, San Fran has four players in MLB.com’s top 100. Let’s see where they stand.
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Marco Luciano SS
The soon-to-be 20-year-old just got promoted to High-A Eugene last week. He was slashing an impressive .278/.373/.556 with 18 home runs in just 308 plate appearances in San Jose. The Dominican shortstop signed in 2018 for $2.6 million and has shown off his physical tools at every stop. Luciano’s bat is his calling card and his quick stroke and ability to hit with power to all fields has him ranked as one of the best prospects in the country.
Whether he sticks at shortstop is another question. The Giants are torn as they continue to play him there, but many believe he will move to third base or a corner outfield spot as he fills out his 6-foot-2 frame. It really doesn’t matter where Luciano plays on the diamond, his bat will be in the middle of the order for a long time.
Heliot Ramos OF
The outfielder from Puerto Rico has graduated to Triple-A Sacramento. In 18 games, he hasn’t shown the power yet but it will come. He does have seven doubles and a couple of steals so far while maintaining a .743 OPS. He has a plus arm and would fit well at a corner outfield spot. His bat is geared to line drives right now but with a little more loft and some more aggressiveness at the plate, Ramos should be a solid bat at the major league level.
Hunter Bishop OF
The outfielder has been out since May with a shoulder injury. He should be nearing a return to High-A Eugene shortly. He hasn’t hit and developed the bat as the Giants have hoped, but he is an impressive athlete. The defense and speed are what turned on San Francisco when they drafted him 10th overall out of Arizona State in 2019. If Bishop can improve his pitch recognition and cut down on the strikeouts, he has a chance to be a five-tool player.
Will Bednar RHP
Drafted in the first round this year, Bednar moves right into the top 5. He showed he is able to maintain his stuff as he pitched his Mississippi State squad all the way to a College World Series Championship. The right-hander posted a solid 3.12 ERA with a 139/26 K/BB rate in just 92.1 innings. Bednar should hit the ground running next season and move up the ranks quickly. Don’t be surprised to see him in the rotation by the end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023.
Seth Corry LHP
The Giants selected the left-hander out of High School in the third round of the 2017 draft. Since then Corry has been piling up the strikeouts including 261 Ks in his last 182 innings. The problem is he has also walked 117 in that same span. Corry has a good three-pitch mix with an exceptional curveball. It plays well off of his low-90s fastball and he has developed his changeup to the point that it is good at neutralizing righties. If he can harness his stuff, the Utah native could slide into the rotation in a couple of years.
What Does the Future Hold?
The next few prospects on the list are a few years away including exciting outfielder Luis Matos. The 19-year-old Venezuelan has been tearing up San Jose slashing .325/.360/.488 with nine homers and 18 steals in 78 games. Another player you can’t miss is right-hander Sean Hjelle. He just made his first start at Triple-A Sacramento and should see the majors next year. Another reason you won’t miss him is that he is 6-foot-11.
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