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2024 Willie McCovey Memorial Community Prospect List No. 7

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

Close up of Keaton Winn mid-delivery. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The old year may officially be over, but our project to rank the top 44 prospects in the San Francisco Giants organization still has quite a ways to go. And so, on the first day of 2024, we announce the next name in this season’s Willie McCovey Memorial Community Prospect List: right-handed pitcher Keaton Winn, who has been voted the No. 6 prospect in the Giants organization.

It was a wildly successful 2023 for Winn, who rises 10 spots from last year’s ranking of No. 16. He ended up higher on last year’s CPL than he probably was initially slated to be, as opinions of him rose following the team’s decision to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.

That led to Winn — who, between COVID and injuries, had missed the 2020, 2021, and 2022 seasons — opening the year with AAA Sacramento, and making his MLB debut in mid-June.

His numbers weren’t overwhelming at either level, as he sported a 4.81 ERA/4.69 FIP in AAA, and a 4.68 ERA/4.37 FIP in the Majors, while a minor injury just barely kept him from spending enough time on the big league roster to exhaust his prospect status. But there was a lot to love about what Winn provided. His big frame, high-90s fastball, and exceptional splitter gave many fans hope that he could become a durable mid-rotation starter in the near future. Even in a year where the Giants (temporarily, hopefully) moved away from traditional starters, they seemed to like Winn pitching in large chunks: he threw at least four innings in eight of his nine outings, and made five starts.

It’s easy to see a world in which Winn becomes a staple of the rotation in 2024. He faced 172 batters at the Major League level in 2023, and walked just eight of them. His WHIP of 1.039 was the lowest of any Giant who took the mound for more than an inning. He’ll be exciting to watch in 2024, and he’ll surely be off the CPL when we reconvene next year.

Now let’s add to it!

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
  6. Keaton Winn — RHP

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

On to No. 7!

No. 7 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)

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. 7 prospect on the Giants farm?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Hayden Birdsong
    (54 votes)
  • 20%
    Mason Black
    (157 votes)
  • 23%
    Reggie Crawford
    (179 votes)
  • 27%
    Walker Martin
    (211 votes)
  • 2%
    Grant McCray
    (22 votes)
  • 10%
    Wade Meckler
    (82 votes)
  • 7%
    Heliot Ramos
    (61 votes)
766 votes total Vote Now