With the 2020 amateur draft in the rearview mirror, MLB.com released its updated top 100 prospect rankings and also ranked the top 30 prospects for each franchise.
The San Francisco Giants had four prospects among the league’s top 100, but 2020 first round draft choice Patrick Bailey was not among them. Joey Bart (No. 15), Marco Luciano (No. 38), Heliot Ramos (No. 73) and Hunter Bishop (No. 79) all cracked the top 80, but Bailey and former top 100 prospect Seth Corry narrowly missed the midsummer update.
Corry, a left-handed pitcher ranked as the fifth-best prospect in the Giants’ organization, was No. 99 in the last MLB.com rankings, but fell off the list after this year’s draft.
Bailey, a switch-hitting catcher out of North Carolina State, was selected by the Giants with the 13th overall pick in this year’s draft and found himself at No. 6 on MLB.com’s rankings of the organization’s top 30 prospects.
MLB anticipates all four of the Giants’ top 100 prospects to crack the big leagues by 2022 at the latest, which would theoretically give the organization a much-needed influx of homegrown talent. The Giants already have several top-30 prospects on their 40-man roster including Wednesday’s starting pitcher, Logan Webb (No. 12), and outfielder Jaylin Davis (No. 14).
It’s expected that Bart will make his major league debut at some point this year, but Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and manager Gabe Kapler have been reluctant to set a timetable for the former No. 2 overall pick’s arrival at the major league level. The Giants have received decent production at the plate from catchers Tyler Heineman and Chadwick Tromp, but there’s no question fans are eager to see Bart soon, especially with Buster Posey electing to sit out the 2020 season.
Utility player Mauricio Dubón was considered a top-15 prospect for the Giants, but he recently graduated from the list after exceeding 130 career plate appearances.
The Giants’ top five draft picks from the 2020 draft all made their top 30 list with Bailey leading the charge at No. 6 followed by third-round selection Kyle Harrison, who checked in at No. 13. Despite being taken after second round pick Casey Schmitt (No. 23) and compensatory selections Nick Swiney (No. 16) and Jimmy Glowenke (No. 30), Harrison received the second-largest signing bonus of any Giants draftee behind Bailey as the organization compelled him to forego his commitment to UCLA to sign with the club.
Harrison, a De La Salle (Concord) product, is one of four starting pitchers among the top 15 Giants prospects joining Corry, Webb and Sean Hjelle (No. 10).
A few other highly-ranked prospects were named to the Giants’ summer player pool and are working out at the team’s alternate site in Sacramento. Aside from Bart, Ramos, Luciano and Bailey, outfielder Alexander Canario (No. 7), third baseman Luis Toribio (No. 8), infielder Will Wilson (No. 11) and pitcher Jordan Humphreys (No. 26) are all part of the Giants’ 60-man player pool.
Humphreys, a right-handed pitcher, was acquired on Sunday in a trade with the Mets that sent outfielder Billy Hamilton to New York.