San Francisco Giants: 5 Players in Richmond to Watch in 2017
Matt Gage, LHP
Gage is a pitching prospect that you’ve likely never heard of. He’s not the only pitching prospect on here, but boy does he look promising. Gage was a tenth round draft pick in 2014 out of Siena University. His K/BB Ratio has been incredibly impressive. In fact, the organization thought he was doing so well, that they bumped him up to Richmond from Augusta, skipping the usual stop in San Jose between the two moves.
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Last season, Gage started 23 games in Richmond, and ended the season with a 3.38 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and a 3:1 K:BB ratio. That was just behind Tyler Beede. In fact, I might be willing to say Gage spends more time in Sacramento than he does in Richmond. For some reason, he just isn’t that highly rated as a prospect. Frankly, I can’t tell you why, because he’s been a fast mover, and impressed at every level so far.
The only player who pitched better than him in Richmond last season was Tyler Beede. Honestly, I’m ok if he stays under the radar for a while. If he builds on his success so far into the 2017 season, he is likely going to shoot up the boards. Good numbers as a starter is too hard to ignore for much longer.