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SF Giants Prospects: 2021 Preseason Top 31 Rankings

Joey Bart #21 of the SF Giants looks on walking back to his position against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the top of the eighth inning at Oracle Park on September 07, 2020. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Joey Bart #21 of the SF Giants looks on walking back to his position against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the top of the eighth inning at Oracle Park on September 07, 2020. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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SF Giants top prospects: No. 5 — LHP Kyle Harrison

Age: 19
Highest Level: High School
Acquired: Draft (2020)
Future-Value Grade: 50

The Giants drafted Kyle Harrison with the 85th overall selection in last summer’s draft but paid him a lucrative $2.5MM signing bonus equivalent to the slot-value of a late first-round pick. While the Giants drafted four players before Harrison, he received the second-highest bonus of the group. Even without a minor-league season, he has already taken substantial steps in the right direction.

Harrison showed excellent ability to mix his pitches at local De La Salle High School with a potential plus curveball, average changeup, and low-90s fastball. His mechanics were somewhat inconsistent, and his arm seemed to get caught behind his body at times. However, he still projected as a potential mid-rotation arm.

Then, over the summer, Harrison bulked up and came into instructs consistently hitting the mid-90s and even touching 97 mph. Given his already advanced feel for his secondary pitches, a jump in velocity could have huge implications for his upside. He still worked primarily from 90-94 mph, but at this point, the Giants are confident he’s the best pitching prospect in the system.

Given his advanced pitchability, fans should expect Harrison to make his full-season debut in 2021. Luckily for the Bay Area native, that should be at San Jose, where Harrison will highlight a pitching staff beside a lineup filled with the Giants’ best prospects.

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