Luis Matos, CF
DOB: January 28, 2002
BATS: R / THROWS: R
ACQUIRED: International Signing, July 2, 2018
LAST LEVEL: Rookie
GiantFutures Ranks: #1 Center Field
Performance: Matos had a reputation for good performances overall before his signing, and his first professional season was no disappointment. Matos absolutely tore up the Dominican Summer League in 2019, coming in third in batting average (.362), fourth in slugging (.570), and third in OPS (1.000). Along with seven home runs, Matos led the league in doubles with 24, and showed his speed with 20 steals in 22 attempts.
The Giants liked what he did enough to promote him midseason to the Arizona Rookie League, a rare event in himself, and was 7-for-16 with a double and a walk, and just one strikeout. Over 2020, he stayed in the US, and reportedly impressed everyone, including fans when the Giants started feeding out highlights from the Instructs.
Strengths and Weaknesses: Matos boasts average to above-average tools across the board, and they showed signs of improving in his first season. Matos’ biggest tool is his bat, making good contact and spreading line drives all around the field. His power is more of an average tool, but he will hit some home runs, and will also collect plenty of doubles as well.
Matos pairs that with above-average running ability, collecting more than enough steals to be a danger on the basepaths. It also gives him range in center field, although not elite, probably enough to stay in center field long term.
2021 Outlook: Matos would have been one of the most interesting players to watch in Low-A last season. After missing 2020, it’s a good question about how the Giants will push him. He’ll be in Single-A, and I’d bet in High-A Eugene, based on how he looked in 2020.
Future Profile: Matos shows all the tools to be an everyday Major Leaguer. The biggest question for Matos is his ability to stay in center field, where his speed and doubles power will be more valuable that it would be in a corner. But wherever he ends up, Matos should be a regular, and could be a star.