San Francisco Giants: Final 2019 Top 30 Prospects (30-21)
24. RHP Matt Frisbee
Acquired: 2018 draft (15th round)
Future Value: 35+
Stock: Previously unranked
It’s normally pretty hard for a 15th-round pick to crack prospect rankings in his first full professional season. However, Matt Frisbee’s remarkable effectiveness and consistency earned him a spot on this list.
Frisbee was a starter for his entire career at UNC-Greensboro, but he was immediately moved to the bullpen for his pro debut. He spent the offseason preparing to work exclusively in relief, but after the turnover within the Giants player development office, he was moved back to the rotation.
After a few strong showings in the South Atlantic League, Frisbee became the second pitcher from the San Francisco Giants 2018 draft class to receive a promotion to High-A. In the California League, a league with a reputation for being hitter-friendly, Frisbee threw 116.1 innings. He walked just 22 while striking out 131 and posting a strong 3.17 ERA.
While higher picks like Sean Hjelle and Jake Wong received later promotions to San Jose, they were the first to move up to Double-A. Still, Frisbee made the most of his opportunities, earning San Jose’s Pitcher of the Year award.
His fastball sits in the 91-93 mph range and occasionally touches 95 mph. It projects as 50-grade pitch. His changeup shows flashes of being an average big league offering as well, but at the moment, his slider remains his best secondary offering and the only pitch that projects as an above-average option.
That repertoire is enough to make him a competent starter if his command continues to develop. That will be the challenge for Frisbee as he moves up and faces greater competition.