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Two rising Giants make FanGraphs' Top 100 prospects list originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Essentially every Top 100 prospects list from a major outlet will include the Giants' Big Three: Marco Luciano, Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos. Every once in a while, Hunter Bishop, Patrick Bailey or Seth Corry could be sprinkled in as well. FanGraphs went down a different road.
On Wednesday morning, the same day pitchers and catchers report to spring training, FanGraphs released its Top 100 prospects list -- Top 133 in this case -- and five Giants made the cut. Luciano leads the way at No. 11, followed by Bart at No. 55 and Ramos at 61. But two other Giants prospects fans need to know were included: Outfielder Luis Matos and pitcher Gregory Santos.
Matos is ranked No. 87, while Santos is 98.
So, who are they? Matos is a 19-year-old center fielder who looks to have unlimited potential. While he lost a year of development due to there being no minor league season last year, Matos is sky-rocketing up the rankings. Baseball America now has him as the Giants' No. 4 prospect.
Listed at 6-foot and 186 pounds now, Matos is electric in the box. He obviously doesn't have the biggest frame but still can produce plenty of power. Once he stepped on the field at the Arizona Fall Instructional League, he turned heads with exit velocities up to 111 mph.
Matos starred in the Dominican Summer League in 2019, batting .362 with seven home runs, a 1.000 OPS and 20 stolen bases in 55 games, and hit .438 (7-for-16) in five games in the Arizona Rookie League. He's still extremely young, however, there's so much to like here.
Santos will make a more immediate impact for the Giants. He also really opened eyes during instructs, pitching solely out of the bullpen. According to Kyle Glasser of Baseball America, Santos touched 100 mph with his fastball, showcased a hard slider and also displayed better command of the strike zone in the fall.
Throughout his minor league career, Santos has dealt with some injuries and inconsistencies while being used mainly as a starter. But he could have a quick path to the majors as a reliever, and might even make the Opening Day roster. He will be closely watched in the spring.
As the Giants' farm system continues to rise, these are just two more names to know -- one for now and one for a few years down the road as San Francisco hopes to again soon be contenders.