Saturday, January 16, 2016

DrB's 2016 Giants Top 50 Prospects: #24 Joan Gregorio

Joan Gregorio, RHP.  DOB:  1/12/1992.  6'7", 180 lbs.

AA:  3-2, 3.09, 78.2 IP, 8.24 K/9, 3.66 BB/9.

If you are looking for a sleeper prospect who could break out and be in the majors by the end of the season, Joan Gregorio is your guy.  He had a rough 2014 in which he got demoted from San Jose to Augusta, the Giants had enough faith in him to place him in AA Richmond for the 2015 season.  He started out pitching out of the bullpen, but started down the stretch.  Once he was back to starting, he kicked it up a notch.  Over his last 10 appearances, including all 9 of his starts, he put up a line of 2-1, 2.28, 43.1 IP, 16 BB, 38 K's.  In his final start, he went 6 IP allowing 0 R on 4 H with 7 K's against 2 BB's.

I found a Kiley McDaniel scouting report that has him throwing 91-94 MPH with the FB with inconsistent secondary stuff.  He puts on a few lbs, adds 1-2 MPH to the FB and finds a consistent secondary pitch and boom!  You have a real prospect here.  I'm not sure where he will start 2016 as the Giants minor league rotations are getting very competitive.  He is on the 40 man MLB roster.  ETA is probably 2017 but I could see a outside chance for 2016 if he can take his game to the next level.  He will likely end up in the bullpen in the majors.


  1. Watched some vids of him and his mechanics look awkward and weird that, plus with his really tall but skinny frame, can possibly throw hitters off. He actually looks heavier and bigger than the 180 lbs that he is listed because when compared to Chris Sale, he looks bigger. There's just this thing that I am not digging deep for this guy. I feel he's going to be a bullpen arm in the long run too. I feel he's going to get the Cody Hall treatment someday.

    1. He's been fairly fragile, he's strained an oblique two years ago and had back problems last year. I've also read he's another pitcher that struggles to repeat his mechanics and that his secondary offerings are not terribly good and he's got a lot of 'reliever' future in his profile.

      But, as always, only time will tell.

  2. Gregorio on Doc's Top 50:

    2012: 24
    2013: ---
    2014: 13
    2015: 26
    2016: 24