Scottsdale, Arizona —— Two of the San Francisco Giants‘ most dynamic young prospects find themselves in the rookie-level Arizona League after being drafted earlier this summer: outfielder Heliot Ramos, and third baseman Jacob Gonzalez. And while each one has gotten quite a bit of attention this summer (including video interviews with each by our on-air host Sande Charles), I figured now was as good a time as any to give you a long, in-depth look at game action. Click play on the clips below, and you can see each prospect hit from multiple angles in several different Arizona League contests over the last week.
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Heliot Ramos, OF, San Francisco Giants
Entering play on Monday night, through his first 29 games as a professional, Heliot Ramos has gotten off to a fast start, hitting .342/.389/.624/1.013 over 117 at-bats, with eight doubles, five triples, and five home runs. Strikeouts—and overaggressiveness—have proven to be an issue for the San Francisco Giants outfielder, but that’s understandable for a 17-year-old kid adjusting to pro ball for the first time, and the Puerto Rican is proving to be adept at adjusting to the pro game here now two months into his career. A very good athlete who is an extremely good runner—I think he may turn out to be even quicker than the impressive 60-grade that MLB Pipeline slapped on his speed—Ramos has been exclusively playing center field. I wonder if he doesn’t eventually move to right or left, depending on how his bat develops at higher levels, but his foot speed, arm strength, and athleticism are all without question good enough to handle center field right now and for the foreseeable future.
Extremely toolsy across the board with power that could develop quickly relative to most 17-year-olds, Heliot Ramos is going to be a monster prospect over the next few years and may give the San Francisco Giants a legitimate homegrown option in the outfield a couple seasons from now.
For more Heliot Ramos, watch the San Francisco Giants prospect talk to our Sande Charles earlier this summer:
Jacob Gonzalez, 3B, San Francisco Giants
Where Heliot Ramos is the toolsy, raw, extremely athletic prospect of the pair here, Jacob Gonzalez is a high school product who approaches the game like a college kid: measured, mature, patient, and calm, and no doubt at least in part a product of his upbringing as the son of longtime big leaguer Luis Gonzalez. This week, I’ve been extremely impressed by the younger Gonzalez’s ability to read the strike zone and discern the differences between a borderline strike and a borderline ball—as well as the differences between a strike he should be swinging at to drive, and a pitcher’s strike he can spit on and take. As good as his patience already is, though, the power is better, and the San Francisco Giants may have themselves a legitimate corner infield threat with serious pop as Gonzalez continues to physically mature into his early 20s. He hasn’t homered yet this year (in 107 at-bats), but he already manipulates the barrel well for a teenager and his plate coverage is above-average. He’s bigger and thicker than I expected, and may be thicker than his 190-lb. list weight.
Having now seen him defensively, too, my money says he eventually slides over to first base, or perhaps even left field, but for now he’ll benefit by playing as much third base as possible to further improve his glove and his arm strength. He’ll go as far as his bat takes him, though, and should become a good-enough first baseman or left fielder who must hit his way into a big league career—and a hot start this summer sure doesn’t hurt.
For more Jacob Gonzalez, watch the San Francisco Giants prospect talk to our Sande Charles earlier this summer:
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Furthermore, we also saw the third top San Francisco Giants prospect playing right now in the AZL this week: left-handed pitcher Seth Corry. If you’d like to read more about our observations of Seth, please click here for our full scouting report and video.