Monday, January 2, 2017

DrB's 2017 Giants Top 50 Prospects: #34 Manuel Geraldo

Manuel Geraldo, IF.  DOB:  9/23/1996.  B-S, T-R.  6'1", 170 lbs.  International FA.

2016 A:  .162/.205/.176, 9 SB, 2.6 BB%, 33.6 K%, 152 PA.
2016 SS:  .298/.333/.371, 10 2B, 5 3B, 0 HR, 13 SB, 4.8 BB%, 23.5 K%, 293 PA.

Many DSL graduates struggle when they reach the Arizona League, the lowest level stateside in the minor leagues.  Despite a .328 BA in his second DSL season, Low A Augusta was an extremely aggressive placement for Manuel Geraldo, so it is no surprise he was completely overmatched there.  Salem-Keizer would have been a very aggressive placement for him too, so it is encouraging that he enjoyed success after resurfacing there.

For a guy who is getting zero national attention and very little even on Giants oriented sites, Geraldo does come with some pedigree.  He got a $375 K signing bonus as in international FA.  If you want to see a player to dream on, I implore you to look up a couple of videos and still photos that are easily available by Googling his name.  There is one video showing him scalding the basepaths on a triple and a couple of still photos with him making IF plays.  This guy is a pure athlete with projectability oozing out of every pore of his body.  Think Jalen Miller with a lot more speed.  He switch hits to boot!

He's played SS, 2B and 3B so far in his career.  I'm not sure how much arm he has but he sure looks like a shortstop in pics and videos.  If he is not a SS, I think he could probably play CF too.  Geraldo is an extremely interesting prospect to follow and a guy I've been bullish on since his first DSL season.   I think a big breakout is in his future, possibly as soon as 2017!

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