San Francisco Giants: Top prospect update for MiLB week 2
RHP Sean Hjelle, Single-A Augusta GreenJackets
The Giants took Sean Hjelle in the second round of the 2018 draft.
The 21-year-old has a chance to be the tallest pitcher in MLB history if he reaches the majors, as he checks in at a towering 6’11” and is a truly imposing figure on the mound.
With an assignment to Single-A to start the year, it’s clear the front office is going to let him develop at his own pace, as many college pitchers head to High-A in their first full professional season.
Thus far, he’s gone 0-1 with a 3.95 ERA in three starts, while flashing similarly impressive command to the aforementioned Shaun Anderson.
In 13.2 innings, he’s tallied 13 strikeouts against just two walks.
Despite his imposing size, Hjelle doesn’t overpower hitters. He sits in the mid-90s with his fastball and has three solid offspeed pitches, but he relies more on his command on than on a high strikeout rate.
In his most recent outing, the University of Kentucky product allowed three earned runs in 4.2 innings of work, striking out four and walking one for a no-decision.