Friday, January 22, 2016

DrB's 2016 Giants Top 50 Prospects: #30 Michael Santos

Michael Santos, RHP.  DOB:  5/29/1995.  6'4", 170 lbs.

2013 DSL:  1-2, 2.75, 19.2 IP, 8.24 K/9, 2.75 BB/9, GO/AO= 1.29.
2014 AZL:  4-3, 2.56, 59.2 IP, 7.54 K/9, 1.96 BB/9, GO/AO= 1.81.
2015 AZL:  0-0, 0.00, 3 IP, 15 K/9, 6 BB/9, GO/AO= 1.00
2015 Low A:  0-2, 3.44, 36.2 IP, 5.65 K/9, 2.45 BB/9, GO/AO= 1.76.

When Michael Santos was 18 yo, he was so skinny the Giants shut him down after 4 starts in the DSL to work on nutrition and strengthening despite the excellent numbers he put up.  They brought him to Arizona for the 2014 season and he had nice numbers there too.  He got a late start on 2015 and put up decent numbers in Augusta.  He appears to be settling into a pitch-to-contact, low-walk, groundball pitcher.

In a Youtube video posted by Eric Longenecker, which I think is from an Arizona Instructional League game, Santos looks like he's filled out his frame and probably weighs more than 170 lbs now.  He has a high effort, over-the-top delivery that makes him look more like a reliever to my eye.  Scouting reports have his FB in the 91-94 MPH range with a curve and slider.  I did not find any mention of a changeup.  2016 will be his age 21 season, so starting out back in Augusta is a reasonable expectation.  His ceiling is mid-rotation SP and he could end up in the bullpen as a middle reliever/setup man.  ETA is 2019.


  1. Santos on Doc's Top 50

    2015: 21
    2016: 30

  2. I was glad to see that the Giants signed Ryan Lollis to a minor league contract. Hope he gets an invite to Spring Training -- and he does what he does best: putting the ball in play. He lacks the power of Parker and the potential of Williamson but he was Sacramento's best hitter for average and played all three OF positions and some 1B.