Another week, and we get far more videos from the San Francisco Giants prospects twitter account. There’s a lot of videos to look at today, so let’s dive into it.
Bericoto broke out in 2019, and yet was overshadowed in the DSL by Luis Matos. Both were promoted to the Arizona League late in the 2019 season. Bericoto hit .344/.472/.485 in 60 games in the DSL, and a respectable .273./.273/.318 in five games in the Arizona League. He’s most noted for his advanced plate discipline (53 walks to 56 strikeouts in 60 DSL games at just 17 years old at the time). That’s good to build on, and if he can add swings like this on an offspeed pitch, that might just work.
Six strikeouts out of seven outs is going to impress at any level. The 11th round pick from 2019 only threw four innings in the AZL, strikeout out eight and walking two, but the high school pick was one of the high upside picks the Giants made that year. The Giants need that high upside in the their pitching prospects, and McDonald could bring it.
Speaking of pitching, the Giants fifth round and final pick got another highlight from the instructs, picking up three strikeouts across two innings. Murhpy’s still a bit of a mystery, a small school pickup made as the Giants were saving cash for Kyle Harrison’s signing, but the cherry picked highlights the Giants have shown us look good.
We finally get a good look at the team’s 2019 first round pick, and he’s hitting a ball with a 111 EV for a triple. Even Oracle Park’s shortened triple’s alley will result in a lot of triples if balls are hit out there with that kind of exit velocity, not letting outfielders get under them. Bishop is still a big key to the Giants future.
One of the Giant’s trade pickups in 2019 got two videos this week, and looks good in these highlights. He had a 2.27 ERA in six starts at San Jose in 2019 after he was traded, following up a 5.65 ERA in eight games in the Florida State League. The 95 mph top velocity is pretty much in line with his previous scouting reports This video shows him getting two swing throughs on his fastball, and one on his curve, which are his stronger pitches. His his changeup and slider are coming along, the 24-year old could be in the mix as a starter down the line.
It’s notable the Giants didn’t tell us how many innings he threw in the second clip when he struck out five. The Angels batters clearly wasn’t wild about some of these calls, notably a changeup outside and a curveball inside to lefty hitters. But this is just more of the same, and seeing Beck’s fastball unable to be caught up with is nice to see.
Despite poor framing from whomever set this camera up for the Giants, we get a good look at Armani Smith smacking this double to left center. The Walnut Creek native got a video last week as well, and I’m ready to see more. The 106 EV looks good as well. Smith had a good 2019 in Salem-Keizer, batting .307/.372/.454, so wherever he appears in 2021 he should be someone to watch, even though he might be alongside much more heralded prospects.
Back to the pitching, and Seth Corry is touching 96, and damn, that curveball looks good. What I really love about this clip, although we don’t see if there were any other pitches, he that places a curveball high and inside to a lefty hitter, and then gets him to chase with a curve that dives to the inside corner. Great stuff to see.
18-year old Matos had one of the most impressive 2019 performances in the system, and what we’re seeing with these highlights doesn’t hurt. There’s not a lot of loft in Matos’ swing here, and he’s getting an offspeed pitch, and he’s hitting this ball out to left. Matos had 7 home runs in 60 total games in 2019, and if he can get himself to 15+ in a normal season while playing a good center field, he’s going to be pushing Hunter Bishop and Seth Corry for one of those top 3 prospect rankings after the 2021 season.
Two more swings from Matos in our second clip of the week, and we get two extra-base hits going in different directions, with one off the end of his bat going to right field, and then ripping an inside pitch which seems like have been pulled just inside the third base line. How can you not like what you see?
One of the Giants’ undrafted signings in 2020, it’s great to get a look at the USF prospect. Emery is just another catcher in a system that seems to have plenty of depth at the position. There’s not a lot of scouting done on Emery, but it’s hard to fault this swing, with a good fastball down the middle and he sends it straight back out up the middle.
Rivera topping out at 97 MPH is right in line by his previous scouting, as he was touching 98 in 2019. He had a 3.95 ERA in Augusta in 2019, working mostly as a starter. His fastball, a heavy fastball with cut, is his best pitch, and also has a good curve, but seeing three of this four strikeouts come on the curve, both swinging and looking, looks good. Rivera’s future might be more as a reliever with those two pitches.
Whew, a single with a 111 mph EV. It looks like he lined this pick right in front of the right fielder. Toribio’s another Giants prospect with a great approach at the plate, as he posted a .436 on-base percentage on top of a .297 batting average in 51 games at the AZL in 2019. He added 15 doubles, three triples, and three home runs in that time. Toribio is a third baseman who might end up at first, so one will hope his power will keep coming in.
White was the Giants 24th round pick in 2018, and is not a guy you’ll see in prospect rankings, but he put up a solid 2019 in Augusta, with a 3.47 ERA working mostly in relief, with 49 strikeouts and 18 walks in 62.1 innings. It’s notable in this clip that he’s getting batters to chase pitches out of the zone, with even his strikeout looking at the bottom edge of the zone. I love that the Giants are including him, because even though he’s not a big name with big expectations, they’re recognizing players like him. Especially considering that in the future MLB drafts, there won’t even be a 24th round. He’ll be 24 to start the 2021 season (assuming it’s on time), so we’ll see where the Giants have him start.