Luis Matos

21-Year-Old OutfielderOF
San Francisco Giants A+
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There are contextual factors (quad injury in May, .226 BABIP) that didn't help Matos, but there's no denying his 2022 season was among the most disappointing by a top prospect. Always young yet advanced for his levels, there was nothing in Matos' profile to suggest he might struggle at High-A, but he slashed .211/.275/.344 with a 74 wRC+ and a 31.9 Soft%. Amid all the struggles, his 16.0 K% and ability to hit 11 homers and steal 11 bases in 91 games show there are still skills to work with. The hitter-friendly Arizona Fall League seemed like a great chance for Matos to end the year on a high note, but he had a .640 OPS with 20 strikeouts and two home runs in 22 games. He is only entering his age-21 season, so it's still early, but it's currently tough to see much more realistic upside than a Manuel Margot type of outfielder who plays a bunch and compiles unspectacular counting stats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a $725,000 contract with the Giants in July of 2018.
Optioned out of camp
OFSan Francisco Giants  A+
March 15, 2023
The Giants optioned Matos to minor-league camp Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The 21-year-old outfield prospect slashed .211/.275/.344 through 407 plate appearances with High-A Eugene last season and has already shown enough potential to warrant a spot on the Giants' 40-man roster. Matos went 6-for-24 at the plate this spring with a home run, and he will likely return to Eugene for the start of 2023 with a shot at reaching the Double-A level at some point.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Matos lived up to the hype in his full-season debut. A top-30 prospect for dynasty leagues before playing his first game at Low-A, the lean, athletic outfielder hit .313/.358/.494 with 15 home runs, 21 steals (on 26 attempts) and an elite 12.4 K% in 109 games as one of the youngest hitters at the level. It's unusual for a teenager to make contact at such a high clip in full-season ball, but to do so while also hitting for notable power is quite rare. Matos' batted-ball profile wasn't exquisite (52.3 Pull%, 19.4 LD%, 30.4 IFFB%), and it's clear that he is an aggressive hitter who was able to get by on rare talent among his peer group -- something that might not translate, at least initially, against more advanced pitchers. However, the fact that he is already checking so many important boxes should leave dynasty-league managers quite bullish on Matos heading into his age-20 season.
Matos turned heads in 2019 with an eye-popping statistical performance in the Dominican Summer League and AZL as a 17-year-old. The pandemic prevented him from having a true stateside breakout in 2020, but he worked diligently on his body, adding good weight (now 6-foot, 186 pounds), and really stood out during the fall instructional league. Matos, who turned 19 in January, has a chance to be a true five-tool player. He will stick in center field thanks to above-average speed and good instincts and he also has an above-average arm. He is most impressive at the plate, however, where he has the bat speed, pitch recognition and contact skill to become a plus hitter who also hits 20-plus home runs annually. Matos has a chance to be fast-tracked going forward, likely spending most of the 2021 season at High-A.
The July 2, 2018 international signing class is looking very promising, and Matos is the big sleeper of the group. Unlike Marco Luciano, Noelvi Marte and Orelvis Martinez, Matos did not receive a seven-figure bonus ($725,000), but he performed like a future star in his pro debut. The 5-foot-11, 160-pound center fielder showed off big tools in 55 games in the Dominican Summer League, hitting .362/.430/.570 (171 wRC+) with seven home runs, 20 steals (on 22 attempts), a .209 ISO, 7.0 BB% and 11.1 K%. He also excelled in five AZL games to close the year. As with many overqualified DSL hitters, Matos pulled the ball too much (59.9 Pull%), simply because it was an easy way to dominate on that circuit. However, with his elite contact skills and bat speed, he is a good bet to be able to make the necessary adjustments against advanced pitching. Look for Matos to spend most of his age-18 season at Low-A.
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Joining 40-man roster
OFSan Francisco Giants  A+
November 15, 2022
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Warms up late in season
OFSan Francisco Giants  A+
October 28, 2022
Matos slashed just .211/.275/.344 with 11 homers, 11 steals and a 27:65 BB:K across 91 High-A games in 2022.
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Busts out with two doubles
OFSan Francisco Giants  A+
August 3, 2022
Matos went 2-for-5 with two doubles, four RBI and a walk for High-A Eugene on Tuesday.
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Back in action in Eugene
OFSan Francisco Giants  A+
June 14, 2022
Matos (quadriceps) has gone 2-for-18 with a double, a run and an RBI in his four games since returning from High-A Eugene's 7-day injured list Thursday.
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Rehabbing in Arizona
OFSan Francisco Giants  A+
June 8, 2022
Matos (quadriceps) began a rehab assignment in the Arizona Complex League on Monday and has gone 3-for-7 with a home run, a double, a walk, four RBI and three runs in his first two games with the rookie-level affiliate.
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