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2023 Willie McCovey Memorial Community Prospect List No. 7

Who is the 7th-best prospect on the Giants farm?

Grant McCray in the batter’s box Shelly Valenzuela - San Jose Giants

The sixth chapter of the 2023 Willie McCovey Memorial Community Prospect List is in the books, as we march forward in our quest to rank the top 44 prospects in the San Francisco Giants organization. And just like in the fifth chapter (and the third), the latest installment features a player who flew up prospect lists thanks to a stellar 2022.

That player is center fielder Grant McCray, a 2019 3rd-round pick who has perhaps the best athleticism in the Giants system. He rises 28 spots in our rankings, after coming in at No. 34 a year ago.

McCray, who turned 22 earlier this month, began the year in Low-A San Jose, where he hit .291/.383/.525 (130 wRC+), with 21 home runs in 507 plate appearances. He thrived after a late promotion to High-A Eugene, where he hit .269/.387/.423 (131 wRC+) with 2 home runs in 62 plate appearances. He can do a little bit of everything: he hit for average and power in 2022, and drew a ton of walks (11.4% walk rate in San Jose; 14.5% in Eugene). Across the two levels he stole 43 bases, and his defense earned high praise.

He figures to start 2023 in Eugene, but if he picks up where he left off he’ll be donning a AA Richmond jersey sometime in the summer.

Now we move on to No. 7 and as a reminder, voting now happens in the comments. It’s also nomination day, so respond to my comment nominating the player you want to see on Monday’s CPL, and rec the names you agree with.

The list so far

  1. Kyle Harrison — LHP
  2. Marco Luciano — SS
  3. Casey Schmitt — 3B
  4. Luis Matos — CF
  5. Vaun Brown — OF
  6. Grant McCray — CF

Note: Clicking on the above names will link to the CPL where they were voted onto the list.

On to No. 7!

No. 7 prospect nominees

Aeverson Arteaga — 19.9 year old SS, 101 wRC+ in Low-A (565 PAs)|
Patrick Bailey — 23.6-year old C, 113 wRC+ in High-A (325 PAs)
Mason Black — 23.0-year old RHP, 4.52 FIP in High-A (77.2 IP), 2.66 FIP in Low-A (34.1 IP)
Carson Whisenhunt — 22.2-year old LHP, 1.79 FIP in Low-A (4.2 IP), -0.41 FIP in ACL (3 IP)

Note: Each player’s first name links to their Baseball-Reference page, and their last name links to their Fangraphs page.

Reminder: voting is now in the comments, and it’s nomination day!