Seth Corry and Kyle Harrison are some of the more intriguing southpaw prospects in baseball, but they may not have to wait much longer to crack these lists if Webb has a say. That said, Corry has already opened some eyes as he was ranked as the no. 99 prospect according to MLB.Com before the 2020 season.
Corry was originally drafted by the SF Giants in the third round of the 2017 draft out of Lone Peak High School in Highland, Utah. As a high school draftee, the lefty was considered tough to sign. However, the Giants awarded him a $1 million signing bonus, which was significantly over the $450,000 slot value for that pick.
Since 2017, the 22-year-old has made a gradual and deliberate ascent through the minor league ranks, reaching as high as Low Single-A. There are several reasons for this, but workload management as he was coming out of high school and a lost 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic are the primary culprits.
Nevertheless, Corry strung together one of the more impressive seasons with the Augusta Greenjackets in 2019. He dominated the South Atlantic League to the tune of a 1.76 ERA with 172 strikeouts across 122.2 frames. He did struggle with command a bit as he posted an 11.4 percent walk rate, but his control improved as the season wore on.
His performance reminded many of the season Madison Bumgarner had with Augusta in 2008 where he registered a 1.46 ERA with 164 strikeouts in 141.2 innings. Of course, one caveat that bears mentioning is the fact that Bumgarner was in his age-18 season in 2008, whereas Corry was in his age-20 season.
This should not take away from Corry’s production, especially considering that his development took a big step forward that year. This was enough for him to make the backend of a top-100 prospect list last winter.
On the other hand, Kyle Harrison has not thrown a professional pitcher yet, though he is beginning to build some buzz. Harrison was drafted in the third round of the 2020 draft out of De La Salle High School in Concord, California. Also considered a tough prospect to sign, the Giants handed out a $2.5 million signing bonus, which was substantially higher than the $710,000 slot value for the pick.
The lefty flashed a low-90’s fastball with good command of a curveball in high school, but he was touching 97 MPH in the instructional league in October. This type of velocity increase was unexpected for a prospect who was considered to be polished and mature for his age.
San Francisco is light on dynamic pitching prospects given that they have targeted mostly position players in recent drafts and J2 signing periods. However, both Harrison and Corry offer the type of upside that could really shape the future of the rotation and it seems that another young hurler has taken notice as well.