The 14th chapter of the 2022 Willie McCovey Memorial Community Prospect List belongs to one of the brightest stars of the 2021 Minor League season for the San Francisco Giants. Perhaps the brightest star. By a margin of just three votes, the McCovey Chronicles community has voted outfielder and designated hitter Diego Rincones as the No. 14 prospect in the system.
A right-handed hitter who turned 22 in June, Rincones had an utterly sensational season, slashing .300/.385/.533 (141 wRC+) in 107 High-A plate appearances, and then keeping it up through his promotion, hitting .290/.373/.505 (140 wRC+) in 213 AA plate appearances. For comparison, Heliot Ramos — who is less than three months younger — had a 107 wRC+ in AA this year.
Rincones’ defense remains a huge question mark, but he certainly appears to be one of the top hitters in the organization, if not the top hitter. And him showing that off swayed the voters, as he had a massive rise from last year, when he finished No. 37 in the CPL.
Now we move on.
The list so far
- Marco Luciano
- Joey Bart
- Luis Matos
- Heliot Ramos
- Kyle Harrison
- Camilo Doval
- Jairo Pomares
- Will Bednar
- Patrick Bailey
- Hunter Bishop
- Aeverson Arteaga
- Ryan Murphy
- Matt Mikulski
- Diego Rincones
Note: Clicking on the above names will link to the CPL where they were voted onto the list.
On to No. 15!
No. 15 prospect nominees
R.J. Dabovich — 22.11 years, 3.03 FIP in High-A (12.2 innings), 1.94 FIP in AA (19.2 innings)
Ricardo Genovés — 22.7 years, 161 wRC+ in Low-A (161 PAs), 77 wRC+ in High-A (245 PAs)
Ismael Munguia — 23.2 years, 130 wRC+ in High-A (357 PAs)
Nick Swiney — 22.10 years, 2.26 FIP in Low-A (24.1 innings)
David Villar — 24.11 years, 141 wRC+ in AA (446 PAs)
Will Wilson — 23.5 years, 120 wRC+ in High-A (224 PAs), 65 wRC+ in AA (221 PAs)
Note: Each player’s first name links to their Baseball-Reference page, and their last name links to their Fangraphs page.
Who is the No. 15 prospect in the system?
This poll is closed