This is where things get a little crazy with 11 of the San Francisco Giants top pitching prospects being in camp. I’m going to highlight the top ones, and just mention those who got a couple of innings.
The most notable pitching prospect for the San Francisco Giants is Tyler Beede. He pitched in five games and threw 9.1 innings, while posting a solid 0.96 ERA. However, giving up 10 hits and 4 walks is a bit alarming. The talented right-hander still has some things to work out in Triple-A.
It doesn’t really feel like he’s a prospect, but Ty Blach makes this list. He’s still competing for the fifth spot in the rotation. He has a 5.56 ERA in 11.1 innings this spring. He’s given up 17 hits, but hasn’t walked a batter.
The past two outings have really hurt Blach as he’s given up 6 runs on 10 hits in 4.2 innings. Until then I thought he was the leader for the fifth spot in the rotation, but now it will depend on his next couple of outings.
Joan Gregorio is listed as the eighth best prospect in the system and second best pitching prospect. He’s thrown 2.2 innings this spring and given up 1 earned run on 4 hits and 2 walks with 3 strikeouts.
He will start the year at Triple-A, and it’s possible he could get some spot starts with the big league club this year, but the Giants would have to add him to the 40-man roster.
Andrew Suarez really struggled this spring spring giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and 5 walks in just 1.2 innings. He’ll probably go back to Double-A for more grooming, but if gets it together he could also earn a spot start or two this year since he’s already on the 40-man roster.
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Another bullpen option for this year could be Steven Okert. He already has 14 innings in the majors, and he’s pitched 6 scoreless innings this spring and allowed just 2 hits and 1 walk. He has a really good chance of starting the season in the Giants’ bullpen.
It was not a good spring for the Giants’ 13th best prospect, Sam Coonrod. He gave up 3 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in 4 innings. The 24-year-old will go back to Double-A for grooming.
Dan Slania was very good in 2.1 scoreless innings this spring allowing just a hit and a walk. He’ll start the year in Triple-A and could also be a spot starter option since he’s on the 40-man roster.
Chris Stratton is in the same boat after giving up just 1 run on 4 hits in 5 innings with 6 strikeouts. The Giants have to figure out if they want to send him back to Triple-A to continue working on being a starter, or keep him in the bullpen.
We know Ray Black’s future is as a reliever. He only worked one inning this spring before being optioned to Triple-A. He’s certainly an option for a call-up if the Giants have a need in the bullpen this year.
And last, but not least, Chase Johnson got his second taste of spring training this year and threw 2 perfect innings with 2 strikeouts. He also has the potential to join the Giants bullpen at some point this year.
Now that we’re two weeks away from the start of the regular season, we should start seeing the regulars get more at-bats and innings. But I think we have a good idea of where all of these prospects stand right now.
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