Five rising Giants prospects after 2019 Minor League Baseball season


Five rising Giants prospects after 2019 Minor League Baseball season

The Giants are climbing the ladder of farm systems in baseball, and much of that has to do with the rise of their prospects signed on the international market. While shortstop Marco Luciano -- who recently turned 18 years old -- has grabbed the spotlight, he isn't alone. 

Pablo Sandoval is the last Giants homegrown All-Star who the team signed as an international prospect. That All-Star appearance came back in 2012, but could change in the recent future. 

As the Giants jumped from No. 28 to No. 15 in Baseball America's farm system rankings in late July, let's take a look at five prospects on the rise. 

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While the list is highlighted by four international signees, we actually begin with a pitcher selected in the third round of the 2017 MLB Draft. 

Seth Corry, Pitcher 

Though Logan Webb made his major league debut at just 22 years old, Corry was the Giants' best pitching prospect this year, and he was a mere 20 years old for the entire season.

Corry earned some big-time accolades this season. The left-hander was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year after going 9-3 with a 1.76 ERA and striking out 172 batters in 122 2/3 innings for Low A Augusta. He also was named Baseball America's Pitcher of the Year for all of Low A. 

After working on his mechanics with GreenJackets coaches, Corry completed a season for the ages. He broke the team's single-season strikeout record of 161, which was previously held by Madison Bumgarner. Opposing batters hit just .171 off him and he lowered his WHIP to only 1.07 after posting a 1.46 mark the year before. 

The Giants were aggressive in getting Webb to the bigs, and could do the same with Corry if he continues to hone in his command.

Alexander Canario, Outfielder 

Canario, 19, broke out this season and moved all the way up to No. 7 on's list of top Giants prospects. 

Canario has the best bat speed in the Giants' farm system and he showed it off this year in a big way. He started off the season in the Arizona Rookie League and hit an absurd .395 with seven homers, three doubles and a triple in just 10 games before being promoted to Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer. 

Once he joined the Volcanoes, he didn't slow down one bit. Canario hit .301 with nine more homers and a .904 OPS in 49 games after his promotion. He has transitioned to center field and has the ability to play all three outfield spots. 

It will be a few years until Giants fans see Canario in San Francisco, though they should keep an eye on him in the minors. This prospect is loaded with potential.

Jairo Pomares, Outfielder

Pomares, another 19-year-old with the skills to play anywhere in the outfield, is a sweet-swinging left-hander. The Giants signed him in the same international class as Luciano, and some believe he could be the franchise's best pure hitter in the minor leagues. 

He spent the first 37 games of the season in the AZL and hit .368 with three homers, four triples, 10 doubles and a .943 OPS. He slowed down after being promoted to Salem-Keizer for 14 games, but he's still extremely young. 

Pomares hit for the cycle in just his 19th game in the minors this season and while he doesn't launch long balls yet, the raw power certainly is there. 

Franklin Labour, Outfielder

Labour entered the season outside of the Giants' top 30, but now is ranked as the team's No. 20 prospect after displaying some huge power numbers in Salem-Keizer. 

The 21-year-old spent the first 41 games of the season with Salem-Keizer, where he hit .307 with a 1.030 OPS and 14 homers. He also knocked in 34 runs and added nine doubles. 

Labour struggled in the final 31 games of the season, where he hit just .215 after being promoted to Augusta. He doesn't add much value defensively, but Labour's raw power is for real and the Giants could always use more of that.

Luis Toribio, Infielder

Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2017, Toribio hit 10 homers in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League last year. He followed that up with an impressive campaign this season, too. 

While Toribio displayed plenty of power last year, his approach and ability to get on base really stands out. He slugged just three homers this season in the AZL, but walked 45 times compared to only 54 strikeouts in 51 games and had a .436 on-base percentage. 

Toribio hit .297 in the desert with an .895 OPS and was called up to Salem-Keizer for three games. He has a strong arm at third base, though he should be able to move around the diamond if needed.

Listed as the Giants' No. 10 prospect, look for Toribio to rise as he grows and produces even more power.

MLB rumors: Angels pursuing Madison Bumgarner during free agency

MLB rumors: Angels pursuing Madison Bumgarner during free agency

The Angels' search for an ace continues.

The Halos missed out on Southern California native Gerrit Cole, who couldn't turn down a reported record nine-year, $324 million contract from the Yankees. And Stephen Strasburg, who hails from San Diego, returned to the Nationals on a seven-year, $245 million deal. 

So, who will the Angels turn to now? They reportedly have their eyes on longtime Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. 

MLB Newtork's Jon Morosi reported Wednesday night that the Angels are pursuing MadBum, among other pitchers as well. 

Bumgarner reportedly is being courted by several teams -- including the Dodgers --  but NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reported Wednesday that the Giants still are in talks with the left-hander's camp. If Bumgarner does sign with the Angels, however, it not only would spell the era of an era in San Francisco, it would be bad news for the A's. 

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While Cole no longer is in the AL West, star third baseman Anthony Rendon reportedly agreed to a seven-year, $245 million contract to join the Angels after years of starring on the Nationals. The Angels now feature a lineup of Mike Trout, Rendon, Shohei Ohtani and some guy named Albert Pujols. 

Add an ace like Bumgarner could be the cherry on top for the Angels. It also would be another hurdle for the A's to clear in their path to winning the AL West. 

Giants, Madison Bumgarner's camp talking with Dodgers rumor swirling

Giants, Madison Bumgarner's camp talking with Dodgers rumor swirling

SAN FRANCISCO -- Sure they're the ones talking to agents in suites, discussing blockbuster trades, and spending millions on players, but at points of the MLB Winter Meetings, Giants executives are just like their fans. 

That was the case Tuesday night, when Gerrit Cole reportedly agreed a record contract and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic immediately reported that the Dodgers, a finalist for Cole, would turn their attention to Madison Bumgarner. Rosenthal's tweet instantly caught the attention of officials in the team's suite and some who were wandering the lobby. Those who had already left for dinner discussed the news after ordering their wine. 

The report startled the fan base. It did not shake the front office. You won't find many people who work for the team who are confident that Bumgarner will be pitching in San Francisco next season, but the Giants also do not believe he'll actually end up with the Dodgers. 

"A smart negotiation tactic," one source said, smiling. 

The Dodgers reportedly bid about $300 million on Cole and were in on Anthony Rendon, who reportedly got $245 million from the Angels, but they don't have a recent history of spending big on free agents. Cole and Rendon were special cases because they were at the very top of their respective markets. 

Bumgarner, per sources familiar with his thinking, is seeking a deal in excess of $100 million. It's unknown just how high the Giants would go and they're not thought to be at the forefront of discussions, but president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi met with Bumgarner's agents on Tuesday and said Wednesday night that the Giants are still engaged with Bumgarner's camp. 

Most in the organization are still preparing for Bumgarner's departure, and it's unlikely that the latest rumors will change that thinking. Zaidi isn't one to be bullied into a move by the possibility of a popular player signing with a rival. This will be a baseball decision for the Giants.

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"We are kind of going through the process with all free agents based on where we are as an organization, what our direction is going to be, and there's a lot of rumors and a lot of innuendo and a lot of noise," Zaidi said Wednesday night when the latest rumor was brought up. "We just have to go based on what we know and the conversations that we're having."