SF Giants prospects rundown 5/18: Clean sweep from Low-A to Triple-A
By Marc Delucchi
SF Giants Prospects Rundown 5/18: Low-A
San Jose Giants 2 at Fresno Grizzlies 0
Performance of the Game: Ryan Murphy (6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K)
The Giants’ 2020 fifth-round pick, Ryan Murphy, has easily been the most dominant starter at San Jose and might be the best performer so far in all of Low-A West. After striking out 11 in 4.2 shutout innings on May 11th, Murphy returned to the mound in Fresno and arguably put together an even more impressive outing. While he only struck out six batters, Murphy retired 18 of the 19 he faced. He flashed the ability to generate swings-and-misses at an elite rate in his last outing. This time, he aggressively targetted the zone and needed just 68 pitches over six shutout innings.
Murphy’s outing overshadowed some strong pitching from a pair of relievers as well. Ivan Armstrong made his first appearance since throwing 4.2 shutout innings on May 12th and built off that success. He struck out one and walked one over 1.2 innings. He has not allowed a hit over his last seven innings of work.
Not to be outdone, closer Chris Wright struck out three over 1.1 innings, en route to his third save of the season. Wright did surrender a walk and hit, but the Grizzlies never mounted a rally. On the year, Wright has struck out 14 batters against just three walks across six innings. He’s allowed just one run.
Marco Luciano (top-ranked prospect) and Luis Matos (second-ranked prospect) were once again the only San Jose hitters to record multiple hits in the contest. Matos finished 2-for-4 with a double while Luciano finished 2-for-3 with a double and walk. Matos is rightfully turning heads with his league-leading start to the season, but Luciano has quickly recovered from his difficult first few games, hitting .304/.385/.565 in his last six.
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.