Wednesday, December 8 2021

How Luciano, Giants prospects played in Arizona Fall League originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The 2021 Arizona Fall League came to an end with Saturday’s championship game, and all Giants prospects finally can take a break this offseason. At least for a little bit. 

San Francisco sent eight prospects to the fall league this season, highlighted by top prospect Marco Luciano. The group included four pitchers and four hitters, with mixed results against some of the game’s best young up-and-comers.

Below is how all eight performed this year for the Scottsdale Scorpions, starting with the pitchers. 

Cole Waites, RHP 

After an eye-opening 10 games in Low-A with the San Jose Giants, Waites struggled for Scottsdale. He appeared in 10 games this fall and recorded one save, but allowed 15 earned runs in only 8 1/3 innings. 

Waites can hit 100 mph with ease. He also has to be able to control. The right-hander struck out 11 but walked eight, hit a batter and had two wild pitches. The velocity is there, now it’s about easing the horse out of the stable.

R.J. Dabovich, RHP

The Arizona State product was back to where he caught plenty of attention before the 2020 draft. Dabovich has the stuff to be a closer or big-time reliever in the very near future. He also has to control his stuff as well. 

Like Waites, Dabovich can throw absolute cheese. He appeared in nine games, went 1-0 and had just a 1.69 ERA over 10 2/3 innings. In that span, he struck out 15 batters and only allowed three hits. However, he also walked 12, threw four wild pitches and balked once. 

Though the numbers and the box score weren’t always pretty, Santos showed why the Giants liked him so much last season before being suspended 80 games after testing positive for Stanozolol.

Santos and Dabovich were the Giants’ two pitchers named to the Fall Stars Game. The stats were ugly for Santos, but his fastball consistently was at 99 to 100 mph. If he learns to locate his slider, he can have a nasty one-two punch with that combination. 

Seth Corry, LHP

Corry was a late add to the fall league and the Giants’ only starting pitching prospect in the desert. No Giants pitching prospect needed to be in the AFL more than Corry, too.

The lefty at one point was a top-100 prospect and the best pitching prospect in the Giants’ farm system. That’s no longer the case. After a breakout 2019 season, Corry took a big step back for High-A Eugene where he had a 5.99 ERA and 1.71 WHIP after walking 63 batters in 67 2/3 innings. 

In the fall league, Corry did struggle with his command at times and walked 12 batters in 11 2/3 innings. But he also struck out 17 and had a 3.09 ERA over six starts. 

The Giants did not add Corry to the 40-man roster on Friday, meaning he will be available in the Rule 5 draft.

Will Wilson, UTIL 

Listed as an infielder, Wilson played all over the diamond in the AFL. That included a lot of reps in the outfield, too. 

Unfortunately for Wilson, just as he did after his promotion to Double-A Richmond, he couldn’t find his groove at the plate. In 19 games, Wilson hit .164 with 19 strikeouts. He did hit two home runs and three doubles to go with three RBI. 

Patrick Bailey, C

What a turnaround for Bailey. His start to the season couldn’t have gone worse with the Eugene Emeralds. He even spent some time in the Arizona Complex League. When he returned to the San Jose Giants, he was a new player. 

That player showed up in Scottsdale. Bailey was named to the Fall Stars Game and finished the AFL slate batting .292 with a .792 OPS.

Hunter Bishop, OF

Yes, Luciano was his teammate on the Scorpions. Don’t get it wrong, though: Bishop’s time in the fall league was the most important out of all eight Giants prospects. 

Bishop being healthy and on the field consistently in the fall league is a win already. The Giants certainly were happy with the product as well. The former first-round pick proved his potential and even blasted a deep home run in the Fall Stars Game. 

In non-Fall Stars Games, he hit .262 with five doubles in 14 games. 

Marco Luciano, SS

One day, Luciano will play against people his age. That wasn’t the case in the AFL. Just like his time in High-A this year, Luciano was the youngest player in Arizona. 

After struggling for stretches, Luciano finished the fall league strong. He wound up hitting .253 with three home runs and a .356 on-base percentage. His 11 walks and high on-base percentage are great signs, and he had plenty of strong at-bats. 

RELATED: Ex-Giants prospect perfect for six innings in AFL title game

Luciano had seven hits in his final 17 at-bats as he looks to carry what he learned from the fall league into an important spring training a few months from now.

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