Camilo Doval, RHP
BATS: R / THROWS: R
ACQUIRED: International Signing, October 2015
LAST LEVEL: MLB
VOLATILITY: Very High
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GiantFutures 2022 Ranks: #1 Relief Pitcher, #17 Overall
Performance: For years, Camilo Doval has had a tantalizing amount of talent and potential. But during the lost year of 2020, Doval’s impressive performance in the Alternate Site and Instructional League led to him being one of three Single-A pitchers being added to the 40-man roster and being protected by the Rule 5 draft. He went on to have a roller coaster of a year that put him on the minds of Giants fans everywhere.
Doval started the year with the Giants, getting a promotion in mid-April to the bigs and started solid, but struggled after a few appearances, giving up three home runs across six games in May, and was sent down to Triple-A with a 7.59 ERA in the bigs. Doval got hit hard in Triple-A across 28 games, giving up a 4.99 ERA with 44 strikeouts and 24 walks in 30.2 innings.
Doval’s stuff looked great, though, and in early September got called back up to the big leagues. His second go-around in the bigs was much better. Across17 games with 14.1 innings in his second stint, striking out 20, walking three and allowing just seven hits. Doval took over the team’s closer role, and carried it into the playoffs, though he ended up giving up the series-losing run in Game 5.
Strengths and Weaknesses: Doval’s upper 90’s fastball has a ton of spin and movement, and a slurvy low-80’s slider with a ton of horizontal movement. What makes it work, however, is the low arm slot he throws with, an unusual one from a right-hander that looks a lot like many lefties. That deception is key to what makes him so hard for hitters to pick up.
Doval has always been hard to hit, but his control has always put him into bad situations. It also has often led to a tendency of giving up big games. In 2019, 18 of the 24 earned runs Doval gave up were in multi-run games, just six of 45 appearances. In 2018, he gave up eight earned runs in just his first three games, walking eight in 1.1 innings, and spent the rest of the year playing that down, eventually giving up just 18 total earned runs.
2022 Outlook: Some have penciled Doval in as the Giants big league closer, but it’s not quite a sure thing. He’ll still need to prove his control can stay consistent, and that he can stay away from the big games. Either way, he’s likely to start in the big leagues.
Future Profile: Doval’s unique motion gives him closer level potential. It’s no sure thing, but even if he has occasional bad games, he still should be late-inning bullpen material.