The San Francisco Giants were able to show off their revamped minor-league system with the MLB’s release of the organization’s top 30 prospect list.
The San Francisco Giants have managed to completely rebuild their minor-league system in a matter of a few short years after residing at the bottom of baseball’s farm systems for far too long.
That’s a credit to president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, the rest of the front office, and the entire scouting department for taking what was arguably baseball’s worst farm system and turning it into one of the better ones in the MLB.
Earlier on Thursday, the MLB released its annual ranking of the top 30 prospects for each organization. In recent years, this has solely served as an annual reminder of the lack of depth in the Giants’ minors.
However, that was not the case this year.
Instead, Giants fans scrolling through the team’s list will encounter not one, not two, but five MLB top-100 prospects. Not only that, but the list has depth to it even amongst players not ranked on MLB’s league-wide list.
Players like Mauricio Dubon (11), Logan Webb (12), and Jaylin Davis (13) are all expected to make an impact in the majors this season to a certain degree. And others on the list shouldn’t be too far behind.
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Of course, the rankings are headlined by top catching prospect Joey Bart who has been the star of the Giants farm system for a couple of years now. But he’s been joined at the top by 18-year-old shortstop Marco Luciano who emerged as a premier prospect last season.
The young phenom isn’t expected in the MLB until at least 2022, but Giants fans will be keeping a close eye on how he develops this season.
Behind Luciano is a pair of young outfielders who are each former first-round picks of the Giants.
Ramos was the team’s first-round selection in 2017 and the 20-year-old was fast-tracked to Triple-A with Bart towards the end of last season. While we still could see Ramos in the majors in 2020, it’s more likely he gets his shot with the team the following season.
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Meanwhile, 2019 first-round pick Hunter Bishop sits right behind Ramos at No. 4 on the list. Bishop got his first taste of minors action last season playing in both the Arizona Fall League and Class-A short season, but isn’t expected in the MLB for at least another couple of years.
Like Luciano, Giants fans will be keeping tabs on Bishop’s development this season.
Finally, pitcher Seth Corry rounded out the top five coming in at No. 99 on MLB’s top-100 prospects list. Corry broke out last season playing for Single-A Augusta and could see major-league action as soon as September call-ups this season.
If he proves that last season wasn’t a one-year fluke, expect Corry to continue to shoot up not only the Giants’ prospect rankings, but the national rankings as well.
The Giants have a number of prospects primed to make an impact in the near and distant future. And after years of hosting a laughable farm system, it’s certainly nice to see the organization finally getting some league-wide acclaim.
Next step — developing these prospects and watching the new core be built.