Sunday, January 6, 2019

DrB's 2019 Giants Top 50 Prospects: #6 Gregory Santos

Gregory Santos, RHP.  DOB:  8/28/1999.  6'2", 190 lbs.  Acquired in 2017 trade from Red Sox for Eduardo Nunez.  IFA 2015.

2018 Short Season:  2-5, 4.53, 49.2 IP, 8.34 K/9, 2.72 BB/9, .377 BABIP, 2.54 GB/FB, 3.45 FIP, 3.43 xFIP.

Gregory Santos is the type of prospect that can flip a trade years after it's made.  He was a 17 year old pitching in the Dominical Summer League when the Red Sox gave him up for Eduardo Nunez who went on to be a really good player for them.  When the Giants brought Santos to the US for the 2018 season, they skipped him over Arizona and sent him to Salem-Keizer where he was competing against much older players, mostly college draftees and AZL graduates.  Although his ERA was not much to look at, his peripherals look good, especially that groundball rate.  He survived a really bad scare when he was hit on the head by a comeback liner and suffered a concussion but did come back to appear healthy before the end of the season.

A scouting report from 2080 website states that Santos has grown from his listed size to "roughly" 6'4", 225 lbs.  A video clip from the same site tends to back that up.  The FB sits at 94-96 MPH and is backed up by a sharp slider and a changeup that still needs work.  2019 will be just his age 19 season. I expect he will be in the starting rotation for the Augusta Greenjackets to start the season.  He's a kid to dream on.


  1. If Santos or Anderson, or both, make it to the major leagues as a starter, the trade of Nunez to the Red Sox will be a major success for the Sabean era. It will achieve what they had envisioned.

    1. Did trading Nunez lead to signing Longoria?

    2. It was part of Evans' chain of events that sent Duffy to TB earlier and leaving, after Nunez' trade, with the 2018 Giants 3B Arroyo and Sandoval, arguably not what was though to be a "contender's" IF.
      Maybe it was bad luck, maybe it was forced by the requirement to contend, but Bobby Evans was bad for the Giants.

    3. Maybe the Giants were bad for Bobby Evans?

      I still believe his processes were OK and bad luck can plain old fashioned scapegoating are what did him in.

    4. Duffy was injured until last season. Evans would have been looking for a 3B upgrade if Duffy was still a Giant. Nunez was a free agent after 2017 so his trade had nothing to do with acquiring Longoria.

    5. I think all GMs make some moves that work out and some don't. The Nunez and Will Smith trades were good trades. The Cueto signing was bad luck. Didn't like giving Samardja a 5 year contract and if he knew about Melancons arm issues as Schulman said then that's a questionable signing. Whether it's fair or not, all GMs are judged by the won/loss records of their teams. I'm sure Evans consulted with Sabean and others in the FO before making his moves. I remember Sabean being a bum too before winning 3 world series titles which Evans was a big part of! Thank you!

  2. thank you bobby evans for this trade