The 2020 MLB season is underway (and for some teams ~15% complete) after months of uncertainty and the San Francisco Giants begun their 60 game sprint against their long time division rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Fortunately for the Giants, they won’t face them at all during the final month of the season. It will be interesting to see how Kapler and the rest of his coaching staff use their entire roster during this stretch. I’ll highlight a couple of prospects to keep an eye on during the season and then some other players you should have your eye on as you prepare for your 2021 fantasy season.
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) June 29, 2020
Here are my 10 San Francisco Giants prospects you need to know for 2020. I’ve included their preseason rank from my Giants Top 50 Prospects if they were ranked back in January.
Mauricio Dubon, SS/2B/CF (Preseason #13)
Highest Level: MLB
Dubon should be the most interesting prospect for the Giants in the upcoming season. With the ability to play SS/2B, the Giants brass saw enough athleticism, defensively, to give Dubon an opportunity in the OF to get his bat in the lineup. Gaining additional eligibility in the OF relatively quickly, Dubon will provide fantasy owners with some needed roster flexibility for the short season. You can find additional information about what to expect from Mauricio this upcoming season as well as in the future in my Giants 2020 Fantasy Baseball Preview that I dropped during Spring Training.
A “majestic” home run for Mauricio Dubon that you need to see for yourself. 👑👀
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) March 1, 2020
Jaylin Davis, OF (Preseason #50)
Highest Level: MLB
Jaylin came to the Giants via trade last summer and we quickly began to see why Zaidi and Giants scouts liked him. Davis slugged 35 HR last year in 126 games while providing quality plate appearances. Expect Davis to get a chance to earn his stripes this year and hopefully spring board him into a starting roll next spring. Should provide sneaky stats in 2020.
Jaylin Davis called game: pic.twitter.com/IZ2I98RwbZ
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) September 26, 2019
Dany Jimenez, RHP (Preseason NR)
Highest Level: AA
Jimenez was a Rule 5 selection from the Blue Jays and looks to be in a Giants uniform this year and the years to come. A hard thrower featuring an upper 90’s FB and two solid offerings in a SL and CH, expect to see Jimenez continue to show why he’ll be an asset in the future. I wouldn’t expect much from a fantasy perspective this year from Dany but he does have some potential to pitch in high leverage situations later down the line.
Patrick Bailey vs Dany Jimenez pic.twitter.com/e3zYbSAyU7
— KXSF Sports (@KXSFsports) July 15, 2020
Marco Luciano, SS (Preseason #3)
Highest Level: A-
Stud. Plain and simple. Luciano has showed his star power last year and every owner in a dynasty league should be finding a way to fit him on your roster this year and in the future. Potential to be a top prospect overall, Luciano will spend the rest of the year in the Giants player pool. Don’t expect the Giants to promote him this year but he’ll be knocking down the door very soon.
💥 Marco Luciano 💥 pic.twitter.com/hhMBjw5NxL
— SFGiants (@SFGiants) July 8, 2020
Luis Matos, OF (Preseason #8)
Highest Level: AZL
Matos had a strong 2019 season and showed why he shouldn’t be overlooked in this system. Gaining steam in a light system, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Matos make more waves in 2021 as he continues to develop into a potential star. Nice blend of power and speed, Luis should be on every dynasty owners watch list. Still very young and needing more time to develop, be patient.
beginning of the week😍🔥 pic.twitter.com/WQAvDw4lVh
— Luis Matos (@LuisMat80651635) June 22, 2020
Will Wilson, SS/2B (Preseason #10)
Highest Level: Rookie
Acquired from the Angels in a salary dump, Wilson comes to the Giants organization as a potential impact player. Ultimately I am unsure where he fits long term, but adding another 1st round talent to this system was a nice shot in the arm. Selected 15th in the 2019 draft, Wilson has shown enough to warrant that selection. I do like Wilson moving forward as someone who can contribute at the big league level, he isn’t the flashy type but someone who should provide fantasy value in years to come.
3B/2B Will Wilson complete at-bat vs RHP Jeff Samardzjia
👀Wilson (21 years old, NC State) drafted 15th overall by the Angels in 2019 and acquired this past offseason in the Zack Cozart deal
💰The Giants basically paid the Angels $12.7 mil this guy, could be the long term 2B pic.twitter.com/EYZ43EzWpo
— KXSF Sports (@KXSFsports) July 12, 2020
Patrick Bailey, C (Preseason NR)
Highest Level: N/A
Selected in the first round of this years players draft, Bailey comes to the Giants as a potential switch hitting, power hitting C with a strong defensive background. Time will tell how the Giants plan on using Bailey with Bart in the upcoming years, regardless of what happens, having multiple strong players at 1 position is not a bad spot for the Giants to be in as they look to find their identity. With C being a light position, Bailey should be on all owners radar especially first year player drafts.
Jairo Pomares, OF (Preseason #17)
Highest Level: A-
Jairo is the lesser known of the 2018 J2 signings, paired with Luciano and Matos, Pomares should be able to etch his own name in some prospect lists in the upcoming years. He may take longer than the aforementioned but he still should be someone to keep an eye on. Plate discipline will be something he needs to develop over time but there is still a lot to like about the young prospect.
Grant McCray, OF (Preseason #27)
Highest Level: AZL
McCray should be someone to keep an eye on as he continues to develop. Potential to be a leadoff candidate in the future, McCray possess good speed and developing plate discipline. McCray hit .270/.379/.335 in his first taste of pro ball and if he can improve his SB rate as he matures, he has the potential to provide 20 SB seasons for years to come.
The @SFGiants #87 overall pick outta high school, Grant McCray (@Grant_McCray42) shows a good feel for driving the ball the other way. In this AB, he’s simply looking to get on 2-1 and slices one down the line for a double. Signed slightly above slot at $697.5k. Talented kid! pic.twitter.com/3kgD0aWUd6
— Jacob Zweiback (@TheReelJZ) June 19, 2019
Kyle Harrison, LHP (Preseason NR)
Highest Level: N/A
Harrison was the gem of the 2020 draft class in my opinion. I was extremely impressed with the Giants ability to sign him away from his UCLA commitment and convince the hometown kid to play for the Giants. Listed at 6’2 200, expect Harrison to continue maturing physically as he develops while in a system that lacks true starting pitching. Harrison would be an arm I target in FYPD, also in dynasty leagues as you can read more about him here in my 2020 draft review.
My name is Paul Aiton and I’ll be covering the San Francisco Giants prospects. I grew up in Yorktown, Virginia until 2014, where I’ve since been traveling the country the last few years in attempt to chase a dream, working in professional baseball. I played 3 years in college, one season at New River CC and another two at Averett University after a shoulder injury derailed my dreams of playing professionally. Since then, I’ve gone on to coach high school and collegiate baseball. I also worked with Inside Edge Baseball for 5 years while working in their advanced scouting department. Outside of baseball I like to spend my mornings either on a golf course or taking my puppy Ace on hikes through Arizona. You can follow me @Paul_8en on Twitter. I’m always available to talk about Giants prospects, anything fantasy related or baseball!