Ryan Reckley, SS
DOB: 9/6/2004
ACQUIRED: International Signing, January 2022
LAST LEVEL: Dominican Summer League

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GiantFutures 2023 Ranks: #26 Overall, #3 Shortstop

2022 Performance: Unfortunately, Ryan Reckley’s professional debut was a bit of a lost season.  Reckley went hitless for his first four games, and after six games, he missed two weeks of playing time to an undisclosed injury.  When he returned, he got in five more games, before missing the rest of the season with an also undisclosed injury.

Overall, the numbers look bad, but after his first injury, he was looked better, going 5-for-15 (.333).  Overall, though, he hit just .194 with only one double.  The 18-year old showed off some of his strike zone judgement, however, with nine walks to ten strikeouts in 11 games, giving him a .370 OBP on top of that .194 batting average.  But all of his hits came only from the left side, going 7-for-30 (.233), while going just 0-for-6 as a right-hander.

Strengths and Weaknesses: On paper, Reckley’s tools look great.  He’s athletic and toolsy.  He has a contact-oriented swing with line drive power, and has both plus speed and a plus arm to work with.  Reportedly, he’s still raw defensively, but has all the physical tools to stay at shortstop.

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2023 Outlook: Reckley’s outlook is as unclear as anyone, with no news of the injuries he was dealing with.  He was placed on the 60-Day Injured List right away, so it’s very possible that his injury could keep him out through part or all of 2023.  If we assume he’s healthy by the middle of 2023, it’s up in the air whether the now-19-year old would be given a second try in the DSL, or whether he would get his first real chance in Arizona.  The latter seems likely, especially as the Giants have talked about their top 2023 signing Rayner Arias possibly debuting in Arizona.

Future Profile: There’s little to go on here.  The physical tools give him the ceiling of being a star shortstop and a top-of-the-order hitter.  Obviously, players rarely reach their ceilings, but his physical tools give him a pretty high floor, especially if he ends up playing a sharp short.