The San Francisco Giants have a number of young players making waves in the minor leagues and three of those prospects have made Baseball America’s top 100 list.
The San Francisco Giants have done an excellent job of rebuilding their minor-league system in recent years under the guidance of Farhan Zaidi. What was once a barren farm system devoid of top prospects has rebounded in a big way.
So much so that the Giants had three of their minor-leaguers make Baseball America’s Top 100 prospect list for 2020.
While none of the players in their system are top-10 prospects, the Giants have come a long way as an organization from where they were just a few short years ago. And now, they boast a fairly respectable farm system.
Coming in at No. 19 overall is 18-year-old shortstop Marco Luciano. Luciano burst on to the scene last season slashing .322/.438/.616 with 10 home runs in 38 games in the Arizona Rookie League before being promoted to Class-A Short Season Salem-Keizer.
At 17-years-old, Luciano became one of the hottest names in the Giants organization and quickly rose from his No. 63 ranking last season all the way up inside the top 20.
While he may not have as much name value as the other two Giants that made the list, Luciano should quickly become a household name amongst Giants fans even if his major-league debut is still years in the future.
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That said, the other two Giants on this list may not have to wait too much longer for their first look in the MLB.
Behind Luciano, catcher Joey Bart came in at No. 32 as the second Giants prospect to make the list. Bart spent last season split between High-A San Jose and Double-A Richmond excelling each step of the way.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft, Bart is expected to begin this year in Triple-A before hopefully seeing major-league action before the end of the year — whether during September call-ups or before then.
Finally, outfielder Heliot Ramos made the list once again at No. 63 overall. Ramos, much like Bart, split time last season between San Jose and Richmond and will also begin the 2020 season in Triple-A.
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Ramos is three years younger than Bart, however, which could delay his path to the majors just a bit. Still, don’t be surprised to see the flashy center fielder playing in the big leagues by September with a chance to earn a roster spot by 2021.
There was one notable omission from the list, however. 2019 first-round pick Hunter Bishop originally cracked the top-100 coming in at No. 98 overall back in July but the left-handed-hitting outfielder has since fallen off the list.
Bishop played mostly with Salem-Keizer last season and while he didn’t put up any earthshattering numbers, he showed enough promise to excite Giants fans about his future.
The Giants’ farm system is the best it’s been in years and they have three top-100 prospects to show for it.
While the next couple of years might still be difficult for Giants fans to watch, there is reason to believe in a brighter future.