After a surprise start last week, the San Francisco Giants Prospects twitter account continues to send out video highlights and some velocity tidbits about how their young players are doing. Let’s take a look at who is being featured by them.
We get one swing of Armani Smith’s 3-for-3 day, which is a double with a very impressive reported exit velocity, 114 MPH. It’s a great swing by Smith on a pitch down broadway, as he shows off his impressive batspeed. The 22-year old from Walnut Creek had a very nice debut in Salem-Keizer in 2019, with a .307/.372/.454 line in 43 games, with six doubles, three triples and four home runs. The 7th round pick out of Santa Barbara definitely looks like someone to watch going into 2021.
Next up is Seth Corry, one of the more exciting pitchers in the Giants system. We get to see a fastball and what appears to be a changeup, and get told that Corry is throwing “up to” 94. This is in line with previous scouting, as he was hitting 94 by a couple of reports, but sat around 92-93.
We got another first look at a 2020 draft pick, with third rounder Kyle Harrison. Harrison was a big money signing, getting the De La Salle graduate to go pro and not go to UCLA. The big news is that velocity, 97 MPH. He was just touching it, but after pre-draft scouting reports said he was reaching 93-94, those extra tics on the radar gun are very nice. But we also get a great look at his motion, a nearly sidearm approach. Also, we get to see a couple of his sliders, which comes reportedly in the upper 70’s and almost looks to rise and drop to hitters. If that velocity growth sticks, and with that slider, Harrison is looking like a tantalizing prospect indeed.
The same day, we got a look at RJ Dabovich, whose over-the-top motion is a 90 degree change from Harrison. Dabovich was also touching 97 (remember, top velocity is not regular sitting velocity). But this video is more focused on Dabovich’s 12-6 curveball, messing with the Cubs hitters. There’s some impressive breaking balls coming out of the 2020 draft between these two.
Logan Wyatt was a 2nd round pick in 2019, a hitter with great batting eye but who hadn’t developed the power you’d look for in a corner infielder. His 2019 was a combined .278/.388/.377 batting line in 44 games across 3 levels. In this video, they note that Wyatt hit an opposite field home run on a 3-2 count. That, and the 103 exit velocity, are both impressive. But what’s nicer is looking at the pitch he took out. He got what looks like a cut fastball that was sliding away from him. It was belt-high, but was on the outer edge of the plate, not a terrible pitch. This is a very encouraging swing for the young first baseman.
Will Wilson, the first rounder the Giants traded for, was getting on base in this game, as the tweet notes he was on base four times, with two extra base hits. We get to see Wilson turning nicely on an inside offspeed pitch, hitting a double down the line with a 109 exit velocity. A great-looking swing from a kid with big expectations. He had a .275/.328/.439 batting line in 46 games in the Pioneer league, with 10 doubles, three triples and five home runs.
And we’ll wrap up with a video many Giants fans have seen already: Marco Luciano being incredibly cruel to a baseball. He gets a pitch belt-high and hits a no-doubter that we don’t even need to see the fence to be impressed. Luciano also has quick an impressive bat toss as he begins his trot, shoving the bat to the dugout (not throwing it in the air). Oh, and that 119 exit velocity?
That is just incredible. And also, Marco Luciano is only 19. He hit .322/.438/.616 in 2019 in the Arizona League for his 2019 debut, although he did struggle in Short-A in a late promotion for nine games (7-for-33, .212). But everyone is excited for this.
Matt Daniels, the Giants Coordinator of Pitching Sciences was suitably impressed.
MLB Network wanted to broadcast it…
And, of course, Giants fans were all in awe.
Man, I want minor league baseball back.