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Farhan Zaidi expects Giants to be aggressive in promoting top prospects

Farhan Zaidi expects Giants to be aggressive in promoting top prospects

When Baseball America released its latest list of top 100 prospects, the Giants saw three of their young players mentioned within the first 63 names. 

Leading the Giants at No. 19 overall, though, is shortstop Marco Luciano. The young infielder full of power is only 18 years old, but he likely won't make his MLB debut until at least 2020 when he would be 20. 

Behind Luciano is 23-year-old catcher Joey Bart and 20-year-old outfielder Heliot Ramos. Both players are expected to begin the 2020 season in Triple-A Sacramento. It's also reasonable to expect Bart and Ramos to make their way to San Francisco this year. 

"I don't think it's out of the question, and that's one thing that we tried to do this past year," Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi recently said on KNBR. "We had a lot of guys make their debut. We moved guys aggressively through the system.

"I think that not only creates excitement through the fans and people at the major league level, but for the players themselves."

Zaidi also included 6-foot-11 pitcher Sean Hjelle in the conversation with Bart and Ramos. The Giants promoted all three prospects from San Jose to Double-A Richmond last season.

Bart and Hjelle both are non-roster invitees for Giants' big league camp in spring training. 

Zaidi wasn't just referring to top prospects, though. Reliever Tyler Rogers finally was given a chance in the bigs at 28 years old last season and posted a 1.02 ERA in 17 games for the Giants. 

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"Promoting guys aggressively and rewarding performance, rewarding guys addressing areas of weakness that have been pointed out to them as things that they need to address, that's a real positive," Zaidi said. "I expect us to continue on that path in 2020." 

The Giants are going through a rebuild with hopes of competing as contenders again in the near future. Zaidi is ready for a youth movement in San Francisco, and you should be, too.

Three A's prospects named to Baseball America's top 100 for 2020 season

Three A's prospects named to Baseball America's top 100 for 2020 season

The A's have one of MLB's best young cores in third baseman Matt Chapman, shortstop Marcus Semien and first baseman Matt Olson. Add in pitchers Sean Manaea and Frankie Montas and it's clear why this team keeps knocking on the door as a contender. 

The future for Oakland already is here, too. That sentiment was reinforced Wednesday when Baseball America released its latest list of their top 100 prospects before the 2020 season. 

Pitchers Jesus Luzardo (nine) and A.J. Puk (21), and catcher Sean Murphy (41) all made the list. They also all made their major league debuts last season. 

Luzardo is Baseball America's No. 2 left-handed pitching prospect behind only MacKenzie Gore (six) of the San Diego Padres. Puk is the website's fourth-best lefty, three spots higher than MLB Pipeline ranked him. 

Murphy comes in as the third-highest ranked catcher, behind Giants prospect Joey Bart. As someone whose defense stands out, he will be a key factor in Luzardo and Puk's development on a big league mound. 

Luzardo, 22, might wind up being the A's ace as soon as this upcoming season. Puk, who will turn 25 in April, isn't too far behind. Both pitchers are hard-throwing southpaws who have dirty offspeed pitches. 

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Murphy, who hit four homers in just 20 games for the A's last year, likely will be Oakland's Opening Day catcher this year. He has Gold Glove potential behind the plate and is continuing to improve as a hitter. 

The A's already have their Big Three on offense in Chapman, Olson and Semien. The next trio already has arrived, and they're here to stay.

Three Giants prospects named to Baseball America's top 100 for 2020

Three Giants prospects named to Baseball America's top 100 for 2020

Marco Luciano's rise up the rankings of the top prospects in baseball continued Wednesday morning.

Luciano turned 18 years old Sept. 10. Just four months later, Baseball America has named the young Giants shortstop as the No. 19 overall prospect in the game. 

The Giants have three prospects on Baseball America's new top 100 before the 2020 season. Behind Luciano are catcher Joey Bart (32) and center fielder Heliot Ramos (63). 

Hunter Bishop, the Giants' top pick from the 2019 MLB Draft, has fallen off Baseball's top 100. Bishop was ranked No. 98 in July. 

Luciano is ranked as Baseball America's fourth-best shortstop prospect, but that comes with a catch. Gavin Lux and Carter Kieboom both are ranked ahead of him, however, their primary positions aren't shortstop anymore. Lux likely will be the Los Angeles Dodgers' Opening Day second baseman, while Kieboom could be the Washington Nationals' starting third baseman after Anthony Rendon signed with the Angels. 

Playing at only 17 years old all season long, Luciano burst onto the scene in 2019. He hit .322 with 10 homers and a 1.055 OPS in 38 games in the Arizona Rookie League before being promoted to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in Class A Short Season.

When Baseball America last updated their top 100, Luciano was ranked No. 63. He has jumped 44 spots with his off-the-charts potential. On the 20-80 scouting scale, Baseball America ranks Luciano's hit tool as a 60 and his power as a 70. 

Giants fans saw much more of Bart, 23, and Ramos, 20, last season than Luciano. The duo played together in San Jose and were promoted to Double-A Richmond on the same day. 

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Though he battled a hand injury in San Jose -- and again in the Arizona Fall League -- Bart hit .278 with 16 homers and an .824 OPS between the two levels. Ramos was even more impressive, hitting .290 with 16 long balls and an .850 OPS.

Bart and Ramos are expected to start the season in Triple-A Sacramento. There's no doubt Bart is in line to take over as the Giants' top catcher in the near future, while Ramos is the Giants' most exciting young outfielder in years.