Ryan Reckley, SS
BATS: B / THROWS: R
ACQUIRED: International Signing, January 2022
LAST LEVEL: N/A
GiantFutures 2022 Ranks: #3 Shortstop, #34 Overall
Performance: Reckley has yet to make his professional debut, but his $2.2 million bonus from the Giants is the biggest international bonus that Farhan Zaidi has given out, and the team’s biggest since Marco Luciano, so that’s some kind of performance.
Strengths and Weaknesses: At 17, there’s not much to know yet. Ranked as one of the top international prospects in the “2021” signing class (which didn’t happen until 2022), Reckley has plus speed and is very athletic, with a good base at shortstop. He’s a switch hitter, and is said to have an excellent feel for hitting, a good understanding of the strike zone, and above-average batspeed. Early reports indicate he is a better hitter from the left side, but has more power as a right-handed batter at this point.
2022 Outlook: Just getting on the field will be great. He should make his debut somewhere in 2022, probably in the Arizona Complex League. He’ll be one of the youngest players there, so at this point, just getting out there and being consistent will be enough. But he could have a surprise in store if things go well (see Arteaga, Aeverson).
Future Profile: At this age, it’s hard to make any predictions that aren’t wild. But a switch-hitting shortstop with speed is a stereotypical ideal top of the order sort of batter. Defense and speed are less volatile skills than hitting, so it’s easy to see that, but how he gets on base as a pro will be the key.