Adrian Sugastey, C
BATS: R / THROWS: R
ACQUIRED: International Signing, July 2019
LAST LEVEL: Rookie
GiantFutures 2022 Ranks: #4 Catcher, #26 Overall
Performance: Adrian Sugastey missed his chance at a normal rookie season in the Dominican Summer League with 2020 getting cancelled, but he put together a strong debut campaign in Arizona in 2021. In 43 games across the ACL, Sugastey hit .358/.405/.439 with six doubles and two home runs.
Behind the plate, Sugastey put together a solid season, catching 29.7% of baserunners against him and nine passed balls in 40 games. The 19-year old has a lot of work to grow behind the plate, but overall it was a first good pro season for him with his development.
Strengths and Weaknesses: At the outset of his career, Sugastey’s offensive profile is more exciting for his future. He’s put out some great exit velocities in his scouting, and thus has promising future power potential. He hasn’t yet unlocked that consistently in games, but it could be his carrying tool as he develops. His first season did have him prove some good contact skills, which was a bigger questions.
Unlike some of the Giants’ other catching prospects, Sugastey isn’t as natural a defensive catcher. His development will be worth watching as he gets into full-season leagues. Sugastey has shown an ability to work well with pitchers so far, but full-season leagues will be his real test.
2022 Outlook: San Jose looks to be a sure future for Sugastey barring his health, where he’ll be working on proving himself and building his stamina to be a catcher for a full season.
Future Profile: Sugastey’s future is wide open, with an upside of being a regular starting catcher with some pop. We’ll have a better idea after his 2022 season.