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2024 Willie McCovey Memorial Community Prospect List No. 11

Who is the 11th-best prospect on the Giants farm?

Mason Black with his leg kicked up in his pitching motion while at Lehigh. Hannahally Photography/Lehigh Athletics

We’ve still got a long ways to go in our 2024 Willie McCovey Memorial Community Prospect List, in which we’ll rank the top 44 prospects in the San Francisco Giants organization. But after the latest chapter we’ve hit a fun milestone: we have a top 10. And rounding out that top 10 is right-handed pitcher Mason Black, who slides up one spot from his ranking in last year’s CPL.

Black, who turned 24 a month ago, was the team’s third-round pick in the 2021 MLB Draft. His 2023 season was a highly successful one, and he ended it knocking on the door of the Majors. The 6’3 pitcher kicked off the year with AA Richmond, where he posted a 3.57 ERA and a 3.23 FIP in 16 starts before getting promoted to AAA Sacramento. In 13 starts with the River Cats, Black had a 3.86 ERA and a 5.33 FIP. Across the two levels, Black struck out 155 batters and walked 52 in 123.2 innings. That made him as close to a true starter as the Giants used last year in the Minors, as he trailed only Kai-Wei Teng in innings pitched.

It will be fun to see what Black does in 2024, and what the Giants do with him. If he pitches well in Sacramento will he be given an opportunity to join the San Francisco rotation? Will he be used in a hybrid role like Tristan Beck and Sean Hjelle? We will hopefully soon find out!

Black was also on friend of the site Roger Munter’s There R Giants podcast on Tuesday, which I highly recommend giving a listen to.

Now onward we march, and we have some new names to vote on!

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
  7. Walker Martin — SS
  8. Reggie Crawford — LHP/1B
  9. Hayden Birdsong — RHP
  10. Mason Black — RHP

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

On to No. 11!

No. 11 prospect nominees

Aeverson Arteaga — 20.9-year old SS, .708 OPS/89 wRC+ in High-A (546 PA)
Vaun Brown — 25.6-year old OF, .705 OPS/90 wRC+ in AA (208 PA)
Grant McCray — 23.1-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 — 24.4-year old OF, .537 OPS/47 wRC+ in MLB (60 PA), .928 OPS/120 wRC+ in AAA (263 PA)
Landen Roupp — 25.4-year old RHP, 1.74 ERA/2.15 FIP in AA (31 IP)
Joe Whitman — 22.3-year old LHP, 0.00 ERA/4.44 FIP in ACL (4 IP), 3.18 ERA/2.52 FIP in Low-A (5.2 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. 11 prospect on the Giants farm?

This poll is closed

  • 17%
    Aeverson Arteaga
    (77 votes)
  • 4%
    Vaun Brown
    (19 votes)
  • 19%
    Grant McCray
    (88 votes)
  • 24%
    Wade Meckler
    (107 votes)
  • 22%
    Heliot Ramos
    (98 votes)
  • 5%
    Landen Roupp
    (23 votes)
  • 6%
    Joe Whitman
    (30 votes)
442 votes total Vote Now