The Giants are climbing the ladder of farm systems in baseball, and much of that has to do with the rise of their prospects signed on the international market. While shortstop Marco Luciano -- who recently turned 18 years old -- has grabbed the spotlight, he isn't alone.
Pablo Sandoval is the last Giants homegrown All-Star who the team signed as an international prospect. That came back in 2012, but could change in the recent future.
As the Giants jumped from No. 28 to No. 15 in Baseball America's farm system rankings in late July, let's take a look at five prospects on the rise.
While the list is highlighted by four international signees, we actually begin with a pitcher selected in the third round of the 2017 MLB Draft.
Seth Corry, Pitcher
Though Logan Webb made his major league debut at just 22 years old, Corry was the Giants' best pitching prospect this year, and he was a mere 20 the entire season.
Corry earned some big-time accolades this season. The left-hander was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year after going 9-3 with a 1.76 ERA and striking out 172 batters in 122 2/3 innings for Low A Augusta. He also was named Baseball America's Pitcher of the Year for all of Low A.
LHP Seth Corry (20.8Y) had another dominant start last night for Augusta: 6IP 1H 1BB 8K. He was consistently 93-94, per stadium gun.
His last 5 starts: 27.2IP 13H 5BB 32K 1.30ERA
Season: 81.2IP 51H 45BB 112K 2.09ERA
Video of 7 out of 8 strikeouts from yesterday: pic.twitter.com/UOMAmHK5kl— GPT (@giantsprospects) July 19, 2019
After working on his mechanics with GreenJackets coaches, Corry completed a season for the ages. He broke the team's single-season strikeout record of 161, which was previously held by Madison Bumgarner. Opposing batters hit just .171 off him and he lowered his WHIP to only 1.07 after 1.46 the year before.
The Giants were aggressive in getting Webb to the bigs, and could do the same with Corry if he continues to hone in his command.
Alexander Canario, Outfielder
The 19-year-old Canario broke out this season and moved all the way up to No. 7 on MLB.com's list of top Giants prospects.
Canario has the best bat speed in the Giants' farm system and he showed it off this year in a big way. He started off the season in the Arizona Rookie League and hit an absurd .395 with seven homers, three doubles and a triple in just 10 games before being promoted to Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer.
Holy Canario! That would be HR #9 and 16 overall for Alexander - 27 of 58 hits with @SKVolcanoes have gone for extra bases. That's good! pic.twitter.com/dBCF0ExjJ7— Roger Munter (@rog61) August 30, 2019
Once he joined the Volcanoes, he didn't slow down one bit. Canario hit .301 with nine more homers and a .904 OPS in 49 games after his promotion. He has transitioned to center field and has the ability to play all three outfield spots.
It will be a few years until Giants fans see Canario in San Francisco, though they should keep an eye on him in the minors. This prospect is loaded with potential.
Jairo Pomares, Outfielder
Pomares, another 19-year-old with the skills to play anywhere in the outfield, is a sweet-swinging left-hander. The Giants signed him in the same international class as Luciano, and some believe he could be the franchise's best pure hitter in the minor leagues.
He spent the first 37 games of the season in the AZL and hit .368 with three homers, four triples, 10 doubles and a .943 OPS. He slowed down after being promoted to Salem-Keizer for 14 games, but he's still extremely young.
Pomares hit for the cycle in just his 19th game in the minors this year and while he doesn't launch long balls yet, the raw power certainly is there.
Franklin Labour, Outfielder
Labour entered the season outside of the Giants' top 30, but now is ranked as the team's No. 20 prospect after displaying some huge power numbers in Salem-Keizer.
The 21-year-old spent the first 41 games of the season with Salem-Keizer where he hit .307 with a 1.030 OPS and 14 homers. He also knocked in 34 runs and added nine doubles.
Labour struggled in the final 31 games of the season where he hit just .215 after being promoted to Augusta. He doesn't add much value defensively, but Laour's raw power is for real and the Giants could always use more of that.
Luis Toribio, Infielder
Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2017, Toribio hit 10 homers in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League last year. He followed that up with an impressive campaign this season, too.
While Toribio displayed plenty of power last year, his approach and ability to get on base really stands out. He knocked just three homers this season in the AZL, but walked 45 times compared to only 54 strikeouts in 51 games and had a .436 on-base percentage.
Luis Toribio is the lesser known signing from the Luciano @SFGiants class, but he steps up with real power and contact skills. Almost turns a double into a single as Luciano scores.#ProspectOne pic.twitter.com/t9vy1yc4V3— The Welsh (@IsItTheWelsh) July 2, 2019
Toribio hit .297 in the desert with an .895 OPS and was called up to Salem-Keizer for three games. He has a strong arm at third base, though he should be able to move around the diamond if needed.
Listed as the Giants' No. 10 prospect, look for Toribio to rise as he grows and produces even more power.