SF Giants Prospects Rundown 5/15: Low-A
San Jose Giants 2 at Stockton Ports 0
Performance of the Game: Chris Wright (2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 5 K, SV)
Outside of Kyle Harrison (fifth-ranked prospect), most Giants fans probably are not paying as much attention to the pitching side of the roster. However, San Jose’s arms carried the load on Friday.
Prelander Berroa just missed the preseason top 31 ranking but has long been a name worth keeping in mind since he was acquired from Minnesota in the Sam Dyson trade. After a couple of solid, albeit unexceptional, appearances to start the season, Berroa flashed his most dominant self more consistently. He struggled to put batters away quickly, laboring through 72 pitches in 3.2 innings of work but struck out five against just two walks and singles.
Luis Moreno picked up right where Berroa left off, shutting down the Ports for 3.1 innings as well. Moreno has quietly progressed up the minor-league chain since debuting at the Dominican Summer League in 2017. Moreno’s combination of control and soft stuff played well at Rookie-Ball but struggled mightily in two short stints at the now-defunct Short-Season Northwest League.
While Berroa and Moreno were both impressive, Chris Wright had the most dominant performance of the day. Wright recorded his second save of the year in a strong two-inning outing when he allowed one single and struck out five. The Giants’ 12th-round selection in 2019, Wright spent the last year refining his pitch arsenal to play in the back of the bullpen.
Stockton’s pitchers were similarly effective, but San Jose’s two runs were more than enough to secure the victory. The Giants’ top prospects, Marco Luciano (top-ranked prospect) and Luis Matos (second-ranked prospect) were responsible for nearly all of the damage. Matos finished 2-for-3 with two runs batted in, while Luciano finished 2-for-4 with a double (the only extra-base hit by either team).
We’ll be back with looks at the SF Giants farm system throughout the minor-league season with daily rundowns on the entire organization’s minor-league affiliates.