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2022 Willie McCovey Memorial Community Prospect List No. 32

Who is the 32nd-best prospect on the Giants farm?

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The start of the San Francisco Giants season has been canceled, and you have every right to be livid at MLB’s owners. But if you want something to feel happy about, we’re only about a month away from the start of baseball, even if it’s not MLB baseball. On April 5 the AAA Sacramento River Cats will start their season, and a few days later the other Giants affiliates will follow suit.

So Minor League excitement can continue, and that includes our 2022 Willie McCovey Memorial Community Prospect List, where the McCovey Chronicles community has voted right-handed starting pitcher Prelander Berroa as the No. 31 prospect in the farm system.

Berroa, who was one of three players that the Giants acquired when they traded Sam Dyson to the Minnesota Twins, was named the Low-A San Jose Giants Pitcher of the Year in 2021, beating out Kyle Harrison (admittedly for reasons that are not clear). He had a 3.56 ERA and 4.94 FIP in 24 starts with San Jose, striking out 135 batters while walking 53 in 98.2 innings.

He’ll turn 22 a few weeks into the upcoming season, which he’ll presumably start in High-A, and he’ll be one of the more exciting pitcher prospects to keep an eye on this year.

Berroa has had a funny journey on the CPL, debuting at No. 30 in 2020, then being omitted from last year’s list after the pandemic non-season, and now returning at No. 31.

Now let’s add to the list, and as a reminder, use the “rec” feature in the comment section to cast your vote.

The list so far

  1. Marco Luciano
  2. Joey Bart
  3. Luis Matos
  4. Heliot Ramos
  5. Kyle Harrison
  6. Camilo Doval
  7. Jairo Pomares
  8. Will Bednar
  9. Patrick Bailey
  10. Hunter Bishop
  11. Ryan Reckley
  12. Aeverson Arteaga
  13. Ryan Murphy
  14. Matt Mikulski
  15. Diego Rincones
  16. R.J. Dabovich
  17. Nick Swiney
  18. Will Wilson
  19. David Villar
  20. Ricardo Genovés
  21. Sammy Long
  22. Randy Rodriguez
  23. Manuel Mercedes
  24. Casey Schmitt
  25. Ismael Munguia
  26. Kervin Castro
  27. Adrian Sugastey
  28. Brett Auerbach
  29. Chris Wright
  30. Sean Hjelle
  31. Prelander Berroa

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

On to No. 32!

No. 32 prospect nominees

Seth Corry — 23.3 years, 5.25 FIP in High-A (67.2 innings)
Grant McCray — 21.2 years, 81 wRC+ in Low-A (88 PAs), 127 wRC+ in ACL (65 PAs)
Carson Ragsdale — 23.9 years, 4.12 FIP in Low-A (113.2 innings)
Gregory Santos — 22.6 years, 22.67 FIP in MLB (2 innings), 5.15 FIP in AAA (15.2 innings)
Luis Toribio — 21.5 years, 95 wRC+ in Low-A (408 PAs)

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