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2024 Willie McCovey Memorial Community Prospect List No. 5

Who is the fifth-best prospect on the Giants farm?

Side view of Carson Whisenhunt mid-delivery. Photo by Jerry Kime/MLB Photos via Getty Images

The 2024 Willie McCovey Memorial Community Prospect List keeps marching on, as we seek to come together as a community to rank the 44 best prospects in the San Francisco Giants organization.

In the latest chapter, we added one of the most exciting and dynamic players in the system: left-handed pitcher Carson Whisenhunt, who has been voted as the No. 4 prospect on the farm. It’s a rise of four spots of Whisenhunt, who was the No. 8 prospect last year, in his inaugural CPL.

A second-round pick in 2022, Whisehunt had, nearly unanimously, the best season of any Giants pitching prospect in 2023. It was his first full season, after pitching just 7.2 innings in 2022. The southpaw, who just turned 23, opened the year in Low-A San Jose, where he made just four starts before a promotion to High-A Eugene. He made just six starts there before a promotion to AA Richmond. There was open talk from the Giants brass that Whisenhunt had a chance at an MLB debut late in the season, but an elbow injury ended his year in late July. After some initial fears of Tommy John, the Giants received good news about Whisenhunt’s elbow, and he’s expected to be fully healthy in time for Spring Training.

Across three levels, Whisenhunt — who has an elite changeup — had a 2.45 ERA, and struck out 83 batters in 58.2 innings. He’ll likely open the year in AAA Sacramento and, health permitting, has a great shot at making the Majors this coming season.

Now onward we move, and we have a few new prospects to talk about and vote on. Due to ties, we have a very large list of new nominees!

The list so far

  1. Kyle Harrison — LHP
  2. Marco Luciano — SS
  3. Bryce Eldridge — RF/RHP
  4. Carson Whisenhunt — LHP

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

On to No. 5!

No. 5 prospect nominees

Rayner Arias — 17.7-year old CF, 1.333 OPS/230 wRC+ in DSL (76 PA)
Hayden Birdsong — 22.3-year old RHP, 5.48 ERA/3.36 FIP in AA (23 IP), 3.25 ERA/3.59 FIP in High-A (36 IP), 2.16 ERA/2.69 FIP in Low-A (41.2 IP)
Mason Black — 24.0-year old RHP, 3.86 ERA/5.33 FIP in AAA (60.2 IP), 3.57 ERA/3.23 FIP in AA (63 IP)
Reggie Crawford — 23.0-year old LHP/1B, 1.13 ERA/2.83 FIP in High-A (8 IP), 4.09 ERA/5.74 FIP in Low-A (11 IP), .840 OPS/108 wRC+ in Low-A (18 PA)
Walker Martin — 19.10-year old SS, yet to debut professionally
Grant McCray — 23.0-year old CF, .777 OPS/114 wRC+ in High-A (584 PA)
Wade Meckler — 23.8-year old OF, .578 OPS/72 wRC+ in MLB (64 PA), .965 OPS/144 wRC+ in AAA (102 PA), .881 OPS/149 wRC+ in AA (174 PA), 1.127 OPS/205 wRC+ in High-A (87 PA)
Heliot Ramos — 24.3-year old OF, .537 OPS/47 wRC+ in MLB (60 PA), .928 OPS/120 wRC+ in AAA (263 PA)
Keaton Winn — 25.10-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. 5 prospect on the Giants farm?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    Rayner Arias
    (195 votes)
  • 3%
    Hayden Birdsong
    (24 votes)
  • 12%
    Mason Black
    (82 votes)
  • 14%
    Reggie Crawford
    (95 votes)
  • 6%
    Walker Martin
    (45 votes)
  • 2%
    Grant McCray
    (15 votes)
  • 7%
    Wade Meckler
    (52 votes)
  • 6%
    Heliot Ramos
    (42 votes)
  • 18%
    Keaton Winn
    (124 votes)
674 votes total Vote Now