Jairo Pomares, OF
BATS: L / THROWS: R
ACQUIRED: International Signing, July 2018
LAST LEVEL: High-A
GiantFutures 2022 Ranks: #2 Corner Outfield, #7 Overall
Performance: After teasing his potential in short-season ball in 2019, Pomares got off to a late start in 2021 thanks to a back problem, not debuting until June 15th. After that, Pomares just absolutely pounded the snot out of the ball in San Jose, hitting .372/.429/.693 with 22 doubles and 14 home runs in 51 games. That earned him a mid-August promotion to Eugene.
Pomares debuted with the Emeralds with a 3-hit performance and a 7-game hit streak. He dipped a bit in the final week of the season, which dipped his High-A numbers to .262/.269/.505. Pomares’ aggressive nature at the plate came to the forefront in High-A, where he struck out 33 times in 104 plate appearances, and walked only once.
Strengths and Weaknesses: Of any Giants prospect with at least 150 plate appearances, Pomares had the highest average exit velocity of 92.4 MPH, and had one ball hit at 115.5 MPH. That power is his calling card, and he’s here to smash the baseball. Pomares has clean mechanics at the plate, which make sure that when he makes contact, it’s good, hard contact.
That’s good, but making contact will be a problem for Pomares in his future as he faces better pitchers. He swings on good pitches and bad ones, and he’ll never be a walk machine. As he moves out of Single-A, he’ll face more pitchers that might take advantage of him.
In the field, Pomares grades out as average with most of his tools. He’s a sure-thing corner outfielder, and he should be a very capable left fielder as he makes it to San Francisco. He’s got average speed, but attempted just one steal all season, though that might have been affected by his back problems.
2022 Outlook: Pomares met his Single-A challenge and looked great. Double-A is a level filled with breaking ball pitchers, and it will be an interesting challenge to watch. He should be one of the stars to watch in Richmond.
Future Profile: Pomares fits the profile as a mashing left-handed left-fielder. Whether he’s just a star, or reaches All-Star level, will depend how his plate discipline develops and if he gets better at choosing which pitches to pulverize.