Roundup: Giants invite Luciano, Ramos to camp
Joey Bart made his Major League debut during the shortened 2020 season. This spring, the Giants will take a closer look at their three other Top-100 prospects. No. 16 overall prospect Marco Luciano, No. 82 Heliot Ramos and No. 83 Hunter Bishop all received non-roster invitations to San Francisco's Major
No. 16 overall prospect
Luciano, 19, has climbed quickly to the top spot in the Giants prospect rankings. The shortstop enjoyed a breakout season in 2019, hitting .302/.417/.564 with 10 homers over 47 games between the Rookie-level Arizona League and Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer. That performance came in Luciano's age-17 season, earning him bonus points for his performance despite jumping stateside at such a young age. The Dominican Republic native also impressed last year with his work at the alternate training site and instructional league as the Giants continued to get aggressive with his assignments, even in a season without Minor League Baseball.
Luciano showcases tremendous raw power and shows a promising hit tool from the right side. A plus arm should help him stick at shortstop in the long term, but even if he ends up moving, his bat should provide value from any defensive spot. Luciano is expected to make his full-season debut with either Low-A San Jose or High-A Eugene this summer.
Ramos can also show above-average power and a solid hitting tool. He has experience at Double-A and produced a .290/.369/.481 line with 16 homers in 102 games between that level and Class A Advanced in 2019. The 2017 first-rounder has played a lot of center field but is more likely to move to right field due to his average speed and plus arm.
Like Luciano, Bishop is still awaiting his first full Minor League summer. The 10th overall pick in 2019 played only 32 games in his Draft year, and what would have been his first full season in 2020 was, of course, canceled by the pandemic. Bishop showcases plus speed and plus power as a left-handed hitter, making him one of the toolsiest prospects in the San Francisco system. He can strike out in bunches, drawing his overall hitting ability into question, and reducing those should be a focus in 2021. Bishop has only played center field in pro ball, and his speed could help him stick there higher up the chain.
No. 6 Giants prospect Patrick Bailey, No. 10
San Francisco pitchers and catchers are scheduled to have their first workout next Wednesday in Scottsdale, Arizona. The first full-squad workout is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 22.
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Padres invite 33 to camp:
No. 8 overall prospect Abrams was taken sixth overall by San Diego in the 2019 Draft. The shortstop spent almost most of his rookie campaign with the rookie-level Arizona League Padres where he batted .401/.442/.662 with 40 runs scored and 22 RBIs. Abrams was named AZL Padres 1 MVP as well as a post-season all-star. Hassell, 62nd overall prospect, was selected with the eighth pick in the 2020 Draft out of Independence High School in Tennessee. Considered the best pure hitter in the 2020 high school draft class, the toolsy outfielder possesses a 60-grade hit tool to go with 55 grades in speed, fielding and arm strength.
Among the other Friars non-roster invitees were No. 8 prospect Justin Lange, No. 10 Joshua Mears, No. 17 Jagger Haynes, No. 18
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The other ranked Baltimore prospects to receive non-roster invitations were No. 6
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Edwards, selected 38th overall in the 2018 Draft by the Padres, opened the 2019 season with Class A Fort Wayne where he hit .336/.392/.414 over 77 Midwest League games before being promoted to the Cal League where he finished the season with a .301/.349/.367 slash line in 46 games. He was named a midseason and postseason all-star with Fort Wayne, as well as an MiLB.com Organization All-Star following that season. The shortstop was a focal point of a deal that December that sent him to Tampa Bay as part of a five-player deal that included
Baz was taken with the 12th overall pick in 2017 by the Pirates. The right-hander was the PTBNL in the deal that sent
Among the other Rays non-roster invitees were No. 11
Blue Jays invite 28 to camp: Austin Martin,
Groshans, the 46th overall prospect, was taken No. 12 overall in the 2018 Draft. The shortstop spent the 2019 season with Class A Lansing where he hit .337/.427/.482 over 23 games. Richardson was a second-round selection of the Mets in 2018. The right-hander was dealt to the Blue Jays at the 2019 trade deadline as part of the deal that sent former ace Marcus Stroman to New York. The No. 87 overall prospect made six starts for Class A Advanced Dunedin and posted a 2.54 ERA.
Among the other Jays non-roster invitees were No. 5
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