The San Francisco Giants added three more prospects to their 60-player pool on Wednesday, the team announced. Outfielder Alexander Canario, left-handed pitcher Caleb Baragar, and right-handed pitcher Sam Wolff will all join the team at Oracle Park.
The #SFGiants added Alexander Canario, Caleb Baragar and Sam Wolff to the player pool— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) July 8, 2020
Canario is not a particularly surprising addition. He’s one of the organization’s top prospects, and the Giants have added many prospects to their pool as they seek to find any and all ways to develop their promising young players.
To that end, Fangraphs ranks Canario as the organization’s tenth-best prospect, and eight of the nine names ahead of him are also in the player pool (only 18-year old Luis Matos remains outside of the pool). Canario just turned 20, and hasn’t played above low-A ball, so don’t expect him to be added to the 40-man roster at any point this year. He’s strictly there to develop.
The McCovey Chronicles Community Prospect List, for what it’s worth, voted Canario as the team’s sixth-best prospect (albeit before the draft).
Baragar is a more surprising name. He was the Giants ninth-round pick (275 overall) in 2016, and had a pretty decent 2019 in AA, striking out 8.0 batters per nine innings, while allowing 3.2 walks. He had a 3.45 ERA and a 3.89 FIP in 120 innings, before finishing the year with a short stint in AAA. The lefty was Rule 5 eligible over the offseason, but no one opted to steal him.
It was a bit of a surprise that he wasn’t invited to Spring Training, but now he’ll get his chance at Summer Camp.
Last but not least is Wolff, who I guess is technically still a prospect even though he’s 29. The righty reliever, who was drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers, has yet to make his MLB debut. But he did have a strong 2019 for the Giants, striking out 10.7 batters per nine innings, while walking 2.8, and accumulating a 1.78 ERA and 2.10 FIP in 35.1 AA innings. Like Baragar, he finished the year with a short stint in AAA.
The Giants player pool is now almost full (I believe it’s at 59, without counting Hunter Bishop), though there are a handful of names that could be waived (or traded) if push comes to shove.