Present Giants’ 3B J.D. Davis when he was with the New York Mets; Photograph by way of D. Benjamin Miller
The baseball world and Giants followers alike have change into very accustomed to the “splash hit” dwelling run at Oracle Park in San Francisco that leaves the stadium and lands in McCovey Cove past proper subject. These splash hits have gained some consideration just lately, as Lamonte Wade Jr. hit the a hundredth dwelling run into the cove. Barry Bonds, recognized dwelling run hitter, is answerable for 35 of the 101 splash hits. Bonds’ whole of 35 is much increased than second place, which is 10 by Brandon Belt. Lefties have a large benefit within the splash hit sport, which ends up in an unbelievable statistic surrounding a majority of these dwelling runs: no right-handed hitter has ever hit one. One notable hit from a righty that was near being the primary right-handed splash hit was Buster Posey’s dwelling run within the 2021 NLDS off Walker Buehler. This text will look at the Giants’ roster and farm system from prime to backside, producing three candidates to hit the primary right-handed splash hit.
J.D. Davis (MLB)
So far as lively, MLB-level Giants go, J.D. Davis has confirmed himself to be probably the most harmful energy hitter from the right-handed batter’s field. Davis’ sport has seemingly improved since becoming a member of the Giants on the commerce deadline of 2022. His energy numbers and excessive percentile rankings are one thing that carried over from his 2022 season. In 203 at bats this 12 months, Davis has 9 dwelling runs, 34 RBI, and a .854 OPS. His batting common is pretty much as good as ever, too, sitting properly at .286. After all, batting common hardly captures a participant’s full skillset, however J.D.’s excessive common is price mentioning as a result of his 58 hits and strong batting common present that he doesn’t precisely promote out for dwelling runs.
Talking of dwelling runs, Davis’ spray chart from this 12 months is extraordinarily promising when looking for a righty who might hit a ball into the cove. In truth, 4 of Davis’ 9 dwelling runs have gone to the alternative subject. Pairing this truth together with his unbelievable energy percentiles would get any Giants fan excited in regards to the potential he has to hit this never-before-seen dwelling run. Davis sits within the 92nd percentile for HardHit %, ninetieth in Common Exit Velocity, 76th in Barrel %, and 73rd in Max Exit Velocity. The one draw back to this risk is his age of 30. Davis may have just a few years for this accomplishment to occur, and a few pure regression of energy could possibly be in play for him as he ages. If Davis continues to play on the identical fee he at present is and his power-hitting talents don’t regress too rapidly, he has a professional shot at hitting the primary ball into McCovey Cove from a right-handed hitter.
Luis Matos (AAA)
Luis Matos has been a well-known title within the Giants’ farm system for a lot of seasons. Matos was signed internationally and commenced working his approach up the minors in 2019. In 2021, he led all Low-A gamers in hits, extra-base hits, doubles, whole bases, and RBI. Nonetheless, Matos has had some struggles in his skilled profession. He has battled accidents that took away a few of the sharpness of his instruments as an athlete. Luis injured his quadricep final season, and when he returned, he was not the identical participant he as soon as was, slashing solely .211/.275/.344 in Excessive-A in 2022.
Since this setback, Matos has had a fast rise to the very best stage of competitors within the minors. In his final 30 video games between AA and AAA, he’s slashing .396/.434/.660 and has 5 dwelling runs in his final 5 video games. He wanted solely 31 video games performed at AA to show that he was prepared for his subsequent promotion. The aforementioned 5 dwelling runs in 5 consecutive video games performed have all come on the AAA stage up to now week. His confidence is returning. Matos’ means to play at a number of ranges in the identical season and seize spectacular outcomes is a vital high quality as a prospect, proving he is ready to play as much as and above his competitors. Matos was written off by a number of followers after his down season in 2022. He has absolutely bounced again since then, seemingly fueling himself with that criticism. If somebody tells him that it’s not possible to hit a ball into McCovey Cove as a righty, Matos would possibly shock individuals once more and get it performed.
Among the the reason why Matos won’t rating a splash hit are his measurement and his scouted energy numbers. Matos is listed as 5’11’’ and 160 kilos. His scouting grades solely listed him with an influence rating of 45 out of a potential 80. Nonetheless, as said earlier than, Luis has handled doubt and adversity in his younger profession and has confirmed he can rise above these expectations. If he provides measurement and extra energy to his sport, don’t be stunned to see Matos ship a screamer into the cove to perform the righty splash hit.
Marco Luciano (AA)
Marco Luciano has a few of the finest uncooked energy for a center infielder in the entire Giants’ group. He acquired a 65 out of 80 for his scouting grade and has demonstrated the power to hit the ball out of the park in his time within the minors. In his total 2021 season, he hit 19 dwelling runs with 71 RBI. Nonetheless, much like Matos, his efficiency within the minors has been a bit derailed due to an harm. Luciano injured his again in 2022, solely permitting the 20-year-old to play in 57 full video games. Luckily, his harm has come and gone, and Luciano is again enjoying for the AA Flying Squirrels in 2023.
Marco Luciano’s begin to the 12 months has been distinctive primarily based on his stats. He’s slashing a .191/.309/.452, good for a .761 OPS. When seeing that batting common beneath .200, it instantly makes one assume he isn’t producing near what he’s imagined to be. Nonetheless, the hole between his common and his on-base share is so giant (118 factors), and he has above-average slugging numbers, pointing to a participant who’s experiencing some dangerous luck with balls put in play. Now, there are not any anticipated stats for these minor leaguers, so the dangerous luck declare doesn’t have a ton of statistical proof behind it. Nonetheless, the kind of hitter that Luciano has been the previous few years makes his chilly batting common a bit of extra acceptable. His numbers will definitely regress to the imply. When that regression takes place, his spectacular energy means could be an enormous bonus, doubtlessly leading to Luciano taking an enormous step ahead as a prospect.
So far as his probabilities for the long run righty splash hit, there’s some critical consideration available for Marco. MLB Pipeline’s description of his talents stated “He’ll at all times be a power-over-hit man however his pure means and aptitude for making changes might imply that he is a .270 hitter with 35 homers per season.” If Luciano continues to be a harmful energy risk and his improvement within the minors sees him refine his hitting talents, he could possibly be the star shortstop the Giants will want after Brandon Crawford is out. And what higher option to introduce your self as the brand new star shortstop than gathering the primary righty splash hit?
This listing of right-handed hitters just isn’t the complete risk of everybody within the Giants’ system that would accumulate the primary right-handed splash hit. There could possibly be different prospects who turn into energy threats and even new draft picks who would possibly accumulate this elusive dwelling run. Nonetheless, primarily based on numbers and scouting of the entire gamers listed above, there’s a higher probability that one in all them would be the one to do it. Nonetheless, such a accomplishment is not possible to foretell, and whoever will get the primary right-handed splash hit will immediately change into a Giants legend, cementing themselves right into a second that no Giants fan will neglect.