The San Francisco Giants have reportedly signed free agent right-handed pitcher Jack Conlon after he failed to sign with the Baltimore Orioles.
The Orioles selected Conlon in the fourth round of the 2017 MLB Draft. However, the Orioles weren’t happy with Conlon’s physical and decided not to offer him a contract, which made him a free agent.
As a result, the San Francisco Giants were able to grab another prospect from this year’s draft, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Conlon still has to pass a physical with the San Francisco Giants. The Orioles have a history of passing on players over physicals, but most teams aren’t as strict — especially with a high school pitcher who has years to get healthy before reaching the big leagues.
However, Conlon did miss most of his junior season in high school because of a strained oblique.
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There has not been a dollar amount reported for what the San Francisco Giants are willing to give Conlon, but most think it will be around $1 million.
As for Conlon, he has a fastball that sits between 92-95 MPH. He pairs that with an above average slider that gives him a nice two-pitch mix. Conlon is still trying to develop a change-up, which could determine whether or not he makes it as a starter or a relief pitcher.
At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds he certainly has the size to be a big league starting pitcher. That frame usually produces the durability needed to pitch deep into games. He still needs to polish his mechanics to become a more consistent pitcher.
Conlon had committed to play at Texas A&M, but it looks like he might be able to land in the big leagues after all.
Either way, this is a pretty good move by the San Francisco Giants if they can get the deal completed. Conlon was a top 100 talent in this year’s draft, so it just gives them another prospect in the mix for the future.