Note No. 1: Today is nomination day. Head to the comment section to nominate prospects for the next CPL.
Note No. 2: The CPL will be taking a one-week hiatus after today.
The 26th chapter of the 2023 Willie McCovey Memorial Community Prospect List is now in the books, as we seek to rank the top 44 prospects in the San Francisco Giants organization.
Coming in at No. 26 is left-handed pitcher Nick Swiney, who falls nine spots after being ranked No. 17 in last year’s CPL. Swiney, who turned 24 just a few days ago (happy belated!) is the first lefty to appear since three of them landed in the top 10.
2022 was an up and down year for the southpaw in his first season of full work. He spent the entire year with High-A Eugene, where he registered a 3.84 ERA and a 4.11 FIP. The peripherals aren’t fantastic, as he had 105 strikeouts and 45 walks in 89 innings, but scouts continue to have decent things to say about his pitches.
It’s easy to see Swiney having a breakout year and knocking on the door of the Majors in 2023 ... or fading into the distance.
Swiney was a compensatory pick in 2020, selected with the pick the Giants got when Madison Bumgarner left in free agency. With Swiney on the list, six of the seven draftees from 2020 are now on the CPL: first-rounder Patrick Bailey (No. 10), second-rounder Casey Schmitt (No. 3), third-rounder Kyle Harrison (No. 1), fourth-rounder R.J. Dabovich (No. 17), and fifth-rounder Ryan Murphy (No. 19). Only Jimmy Glowenke, the team’s other compensatory pick, has been left off this year’s CPL.
Now onward we march, and a reminder that today is nomination day, so head to the comments to cast your vote and nominate the next batch of prospects.
The list so far
- Kyle Harrison — LHP
- Marco Luciano — SS
- Casey Schmitt — 3B
- Luis Matos — CF
- Vaun Brown — OF
- Grant McCray — CF
- Aeverson Arteaga — SS
- Carson Whisenhunt — LHP
- Reggie Crawford — LHP/DH
- Patrick Bailey — C
- Mason Black — RHP
- Heliot Ramos — OF
- Eric Silva — RHP
- Jairo Pomares — OF
- Cole Waites — RHP
- Keaton Winn — RHP
- R.J. Dabovich — RHP
- Tyler Fitzgerald — INF
- Ryan Murphy — RHP
- Landen Roupp — RHP
- Will Wilson — INF
- Adrian Sugastey — C
- Trevor McDonald — RHP
- Tristan Beck — RHP
- Will Bednar — RHP
- Nick Swiney — LHP
Note: Clicking on the above names will link to the CPL where they were voted onto the list.
On to No. 27!
No. 27 prospect nominees
Rayner Arias — 16.9-year old OF, yet to debut
Jose Cruz — 22.8 year old RHP, 3.10 FIP in Low-A (51.2 IP)
Ryan Reckley — 18.5 year old SS, 86 wRC+ in DSL (46 PAs)
Randy Rodriguez — 23.5-year old RHP, 7.52 FIP in AAA (6 IP), 5.21 FIP in AA (10 IP), 4.10 FIP in High-A (50.2 IP)
Note: Each player’s first name links to their Baseball-Reference page, and their last name links to their Fangraphs page.
Reminder: voting (and nominating!) is now in the comments!