Joan Gregorio – Photo by Connor Penfold, Giant Potential – http://www.sfgiantpotential.net/
Each week, “Cow Tipping” will feature a San Francisco Giants’ prospect from one of our farm teams.
If no one has noticed, I tend to drift towards writing about Pitchers. Maybe in another life I was a Minor League Pitcher. Or maybe I just dreamt I was. Who knows? I chose this week’s Cow Tipping to be about Right Handed Pitcher, Joan Gregorio.
At 6’7” and weighing in at 180 lbs, Gregorio is described as being one of the lankiest Pitchers to come along. He is also one of the toughest to hit, with an average of 10 K’s per 9 inning in 2013. He throws a fastball that has been clocked at over 90 MPH and a slider, which hits the mid-80’s. His tall frame gives him an advantage, so that his pitches come from a higher and wider angle than other Pitchers.
Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Gregorio played in the Dominican Summer League for the San Francisco Giants in 2010. He had a 2.80 ERA, with 14 games played and 74 IP. In 2011, he moved to the Arizona League and was ranked the league’s Number 18 Prospect during that year. He had a 2.32 ERA, with 12 games played and 50 IP. In 2012, while playing for the Volcanoes, his ERA went up to 5.54, but it has since improved over the past 2 years.
Now pitching for the GreenJackets in Augusta, Gregorio currently has a 2.65 ERA, with 10 games played and 51 IP. He was ranked the Giants’ Number 17 Prospect after the 2013 season. Overall, he has a 3.82 ERA, with 72 games played, and 344 IP. He has allowed only 16 homeruns, and has 311 K’s under his belt. Not too bad for someone who has been playing professional ball for only 4 years.
This kid is eligible for the Big Leagues in 2016. By then, he should be a great addition to the Orange and the Black in the City by the Bay.
Photo credit: Connor Penfold, Giant Potential