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2024 Willie McCovey Memorial Community Prospect List No. 6

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

The Willie McCovey statue outside Oracle Park Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

The 2024 Willie McCovey Memorial Community Prospect List marches on, with our final chapter of the calendar year, as we continue on our quest of ranking the 44 best prospects in the San Francisco Giants organization.

The latest chapter brings us one of the most exciting stories on the farm in 2023, as center fielder Rayner Arias has been voted the No. 5 prospect in the system. It’s a jump of 22 spots for Arias, who was ranked No. 27 in his inaugural CPL last year, after being a shiny international signing who had yet to debut.

He debuted during the 2023 season, and it was nothing short of electric, even if it was very short-lived. After some speculation that Arias might make his debut stateside in the Complex League — some in the organization even publicly said that he was ready to play in the states — the Giants instead had him play in the Dominican Summer League.

Arias only played in 16 games in the DSL before suffering a wrist injury that ended his season. But he was nothing short of spectacular in those 16 games, hitting 24-58 with four home runs, two triples, six doubles, 15 walks to just 11 strikeouts, and four stolen bases. That was good for a 1.333 OPS and a 230 wRC+. Not bad for someone who didn’t turn 17 until the very end of April.

We’ll surely see Arias in the states in 2024, it’s just a matter as to whether the Giants play it conservatively and wait until the summer to play him in the Complex League, or if they go more aggressively and start him in Low-A San Jose. I’m certainly hoping for the latter, because Arias has the kind of tools that could make us very quickly regret putting him this low on the CPL.

Now onward we go!

The list so far

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

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

On to No. 6!

No. 6 prospect nominees

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. 6 prospect on the Giants farm?

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    Hayden Birdsong
    (29 votes)
  • 18%
    Mason Black
    (117 votes)
  • 22%
    Reggie Crawford
    (143 votes)
  • 15%
    Walker Martin
    (97 votes)
  • 2%
    Grant McCray
    (17 votes)
  • 7%
    Wade Meckler
    (48 votes)
  • 5%
    Heliot Ramos
    (36 votes)
  • 23%
    Keaton Winn
    (152 votes)
639 votes total Vote Now