SF Giants: Pitching Prospect Just Misses MLB.com Top-100 List
By Jeff Young
MLB.Com recently released its top-100 prospect list and four SF Giants prospects landed on the list, but one more just barely missed the cut.
Mike Rosenbaum listed ten prospects, including SF Giants pitching prospect Seth Corry, who just missed making it on to the top-100 prospect list.
SF Giants prospect barely misses top-100 list
The four that did make the cut include Marco Luciano (No. 16), Joey Bart (No. 23), Heliot Ramos (No. 82), and Hunter Bishop (No. 83). Corry’s exclusion seems like a step back for the young lefty as he ranked as the no. 99 prospect according to MLB.Com before the 2020 season.
Much of that evaluation was based on his impressive 2019 campaign in the South Atlantic League. With the Augusta Green Jackets, Corry registered a 1.76 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 12.6 K/9, and a 2.97 SO/W ratio in 122.2 frames.
As a pro, Corry has struggled to command his arsenal, but he showed growth in this area as the 2019 season progressed. His performance reminded many of a dominant 2008 season Madison Bumgarner had with Augusta where he posted a 15-3 record and 1.46 ERA in 141.2 innings. The one caveat was Bumgarner being in his age-18 season, whereas Corry was in his age-20 season.
With that being said, Corry projects to be one of the better left-handed pitching prospects the Giants have seen since Bumgarner.
Rosenbaum indicates that scouts are excited to see how Corry pitches against more advanced competition in 2021:
"Like (Bryson) Stott, Corry finished 2020 in the Top 100 (No. 99) but didn’t land a spot on this year’s list… Scouts are eager to see how the 22-year-old left-hander’s low-90s fastball that can touch 96, downer curveball and improving changeup translate against more advanced hitters in 2021.”"
I would not be too concerned over Corry’s exclusion from this year’s top-100 list. With the lost 2020 minor-league season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some prospects without much of a track record of success are being bumped down with the infusion of new talent from the 2020 draft.
The SF Giants likely view Corry, along with infield prospect Will Wilson and outfielder prospect Luis Matos, in the same talent-level as a number of prospects in the back-end of the top-100 list. With the minor-league season returning in 2021, each of these prospects will get a chance to display their respective tools against game competition soon enough. Before the season even gets underway, it is clear that there will be a lot of attention on Corry as a prospect on the rise.