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2024 Willie McCovey Memorial Community Prospect List No. 8

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

Walker Martin putting on a Giants hat while celebrating with his family at the draft. Photo by Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The new year is chugging along and so are we, as we continue with the 2024 Willie McCovey Memorial Community Prospect List, our annual endeavor to rank the top 44 prospects in the San Francisco Giants organization.

Voting in the latest chapter was close, but the end result allowed me to use one of the happiest genres of sports photography: someone celebrating getting drafted. That’s because the community has selected shortstop Walker Martin as the No. 7 prospect in the farm system.

Martin was selected in the second round of July’s MLB Draft, though it feels a little disingenuous to describe him as such. He was viewed by most evaluators as a first-round talent, and the Giants gave him a signing bonus of roughly $3 million, which is right in line with a late first-round pick, and more than double the slot value of where he was actually selected. Many expected the Giants to use their first-round pick on Martin and, had Bryce Eldridge not been available, perhaps they would have. So from a pure talent standpoint, it feels more like Martin is the team’s second first-round pick.

The 19-year old Martin graded out as one of the best pure athletes in the draft, and was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Colorado last season, where he hit a comical .633/.722/1.632 with 75 RBI and a nation-leading 20 home runs in 29 games. Even accounting for him being old for his class and playing in elevation, it’s clear that he has exceptional power for a middle infielder.

Like so many recent Giants draftees, Martin also has earned rave reviews for his character, with scouts, coaches, and teammates all singing his praises. Unfortunately he did not make his professional debut last year, so we’ll have to wait until April to see how he looks as a pro.

In the meantime, let’s add to the list!

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

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

On to No. 8!

No. 8 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)
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. 8 prospect on the Giants farm?

This poll is closed

  • 19%
    Hayden Birdsong
    (174 votes)
  • 21%
    Mason Black
    (192 votes)
  • 35%
    Reggie Crawford
    (312 votes)
  • 2%
    Grant McCray
    (24 votes)
  • 11%
    Wade Meckler
    (99 votes)
  • 9%
    Heliot Ramos
    (80 votes)
881 votes total Vote Now