In November, the San Francisco Giants added right-handed pitcher Randy Rodriguez to their 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. And in February, the McCovey Chronicles community added him to the 2022 Willie McCovey Memorial Community Prospect List, voting him as the No. 22 prospect in the organization.
After sub-par rookie ball campaigns in 2018 and 2019, Rodriguez — who turned 22 towards the end of the season — had a breakout 2021. He spent the year in Low-A San Jose, where he accumulated a 1.74 ERA and 2.28 FIP, and absolutely blew his pitches by batters, striking out 101 in 62 innings, with just 23 walks.
In addition to adding him to the 40-man roster, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has publicly stated that the Giants will consider moving Rodriguez back to a starting role, so it would seem the organization is quite high on him, and he has multiple paths towards success.
Now let’s add to our list, and we’ve got some new names to choose from after Wednesday’s nominations.
The list so far
- Marco Luciano
- Joey Bart
- Luis Matos
- Heliot Ramos
- Kyle Harrison
- Camilo Doval
- Jairo Pomares
- Will Bednar
- Patrick Bailey
- Hunter Bishop
- Ryan Reckley
- Aeverson Arteaga
- Ryan Murphy
- Matt Mikulski
- Diego Rincones
- R.J. Dabovich
- Nick Swiney
- Will Wilson
- David Villar
- Ricardo Genovés
- Sammy Long
- Randy Rodriguez
Note: Clicking on the above names will link to the CPL where they were voted onto the list.
On to No. 23!
No. 23 prospect nominees
Kervin Castro —22.11 years, 2.12 FIP in MLB (13.1 innings), 3.73 FIP in AAA (44 innings)
Seth Corry — 23.3 years, 5.25 FIP in High-A (67.2 innings)
Sean Hjelle — 24.8 years, 5.77 FIP in AAA (53.1 innings), 4.00 FIP in AA (65.2 innings)
Manuel Mercedes — 19.4 years, 5.12 FIP in ACL (56.1 innings)
Ismael Munguia — 23.3 years, 130 wRC+ in High-A (357 PAs)
Gregory Santos — 22.5 years, 22.67 FIP in MLB (2 innings), 5.15 FIP in AAA (15.2 innings)
Casey Schmitt — 22.11 years, 91 wRC+ in Low-A (280 PAs)
Adrian Sugastey — 19.3 years, 126 wRC+ in the ACL (163 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. 23 prospect in the system?
This poll is closed