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2024 Willie McCovey Memorial Community Prospect List No. 1

Who is the top prospect on the Giants farm?

View from behind of Willie McCovey standing at a batting cage. Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images

After a little hemming and hawing, we’re finally here: at the point where we get to vote on the top prospect in the San Francisco Giants farm system.

On Monday we had the introduction to the 2024 Willie McCovey Memorial Community Prospect List, a group project which will see us rank the top 44 prospects in the organization. We came together as a group to nominate seven players who will vie for the vaunted title of top prospect. We’ll vote on those seven today.

But shortly after, we had a fun bump in the road: the Giants signed Jung Hoo Lee, who is a prospect in the literal sense, but doesn’t really feel like one. So on Wednesday, instead of voting for the top prospect, we instead voted on whether or not Lee (and, by proxy, Yoshinobu Yamamoto or Shōta Imanaga, should the Giants sign either) should be included in the CPL.

The verdict: no.

That feels right to me, even though I would be exceptionally curious to see where people would place him if he were included. So in addition to stumping for the person you think should be the top prospect, maybe jump in the comments to discuss where you would rank Lee among this crew.

And with that said, let’s get this show on the road! All stats are from the 2023 season, unless noted otherwise.

No. 1 prospect nominees

Rayner Arias — 17.7-year old CF, 1.333 OPS/230 wRC+ in DSL (76 PA)
Bryce Eldridge — 19.1-year old RF/RHP, .785 OPS/123 wRC+ in Low-A (69 PA), 1.041 OPS/139 wRC+ in ACL (61 PA)
Kyle Harrison — 22.4-year old LHP, 4.15 ERA/5.53 FIP in MLB (34.2 IP), 4.66 ERA/5.15 FIP in AAA (65.2 IP)
Marco Luciano — 22.3-year old SS, .641 OPS/86 wRC+ in MLB (45 PA), .738 OPS/77 wRC+ in AAA (78 PA), .789 OPS/115 wRC+ in AA (242 PA)
Walker Martin — 19.10-year old SS, yet to debut professionally
Carson Whisenhunt — 23.1-year old LHP, 3.20 ERA/2.87 FIP in AA (19.2 IP), 1.42 ERA/2.56 FIP in High-A (25.1 IP), 3.29 ERA/3.23 FIP in Low-A (13.2 IP)
Keaton Winn — 25.9-year old RHP, 4.68 ERA/4.37 FIP in MLB (42.1 IP), 4.81 ERA/4.69 FIP in AAA (58 IP)

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

Poll

Who is the No. 1 prospect on the Giants farm?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Rayner Arias
    (30 votes)
  • 7%
    Bryce Eldridge
    (62 votes)
  • 69%
    Kyle Harrison
    (545 votes)
  • 10%
    Marco Luciano
    (84 votes)
  • 0%
    Walker Martin
    (5 votes)
  • 5%
    Carson Whisenhunt
    (46 votes)
  • 1%
    Keaton Winn
    (9 votes)
781 votes total Vote Now