SF Giants prospects rundown 5/25: Seth Corry’s partial no-hitter
By Marc Delucchi
SF Giants prospect Seth Corry threw 4.2 no-hit innings, but he highlighted an erratic day for starting pitchers throughout the system.
Make sure to revisit our daily SF Giants prospect rundowns to keep up with each of their minor-league affiliates. If you do not feel well acclimated to the prospects throughout the farm system, you might want to revisit our prospect week articles that detailed the system from the top prospects to lower-level fringes. If you’re just interested in the biggest names, then the preseason SF Giants top 31 prospects list is the one-stop-shop for you.
SF Giants Prospects Rundown 5/25: Triple-A
Reno Aces 6 at Sacramento River Cats 4
Performance of the Game: Jason Krizan (1-4, 2B, BB, K, R)
Tyler Beede made his fifth rehab appearance at Sacramento, but he has regressed in his last two outings after early signs of progress. In the former first-round pick’s first three outings since he underwent UCL surgery last spring, Beede struck out 10 and surrendered just two walks and runs over 5.2 innings of work. After capping off his first trio of appearances with a nearly perfect three innings in Oklahoma City, Beede has struggled with control in his last two outings, walking six over 4.2 innings. Beede reached his pitch limit on Tuesday after just two innings and still appears a ways away from handling a big-league rotation role.
The River Cats split their six hits among six different players offensively and managed just one extra-base hit, a Jason Krizan double. Without a strong offensive day, Sacramento needed a strong bullpen outing to come out victorious. While Kervin Castro, Yunior Marte, and Sam Wolff each delivered shutdown outings, Silvino Bracho and Jasier Herrera combined to surrender five runs, which was too much to overcome.
SF Giants Prospects Rundown 5/25: Double-A
Richmond Flying Squirrels 6 at Reading Fightin Phils 3
Performance of the Game: Matt Frisbee (6 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 8 K)
Matt Frisbee delivered his worst start of the 2021 season on Tuesday, and it is a testament to how strong his first month of the minor-league season has been that it was still a quality start. Frisbee continued showing his impeccable control of the strike zone, avoiding walks and striking out eight. However, Frisbee got tagged by the long ball for the first time all year, first on a solo homer in the second and then a two-run shot in the fifth. Otherwise, Frisbee was once again efficient, needing just 77 pitches to complete six innings. The Giants made a slew of promotions on Tuesday, including Frisbee’s teammate Sam Long. Assuming Frisbee continues this stretch, a promotion should be coming soon.
Norwith Gudino has been very effective as a long reliever out of Richmond’s bullpen and added two shutout innings to his ledger on Tuesday, followed by another 1-2-3 ninth inning for Pat Ruotolo.
In the slew of minor-league roster moves, Andres Angulo was quietly optioned back to Arizona. It was somewhat surprising to originally see him assigned to Double-A after struggling at Class-A Augusta in 2019, but he had performed quite well. Nevertheless, veteran minor-league catcher Ronnie Freeman one of the Flying Squirrels’ best hitters against the Fightin Phils. Frankie Tostado recorded his first home run of the season, and Jacob Heyward hit his second of the year as a pinch hitter. Heliot Ramos and David Villar each finished 1-for-5 with multiple strikeouts.
SF Giants Prospects Rundown 5/25: High-A
Spokane 4 Eugene Emeralds 7
Performance of the Game: Seth Corry (4.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 5 BB, 9 K)
Seth Corry looked like the unhittable southpaw he often has in the Giants system. However, five walks and a continuous struggle with the strike zone led his pitch count to rise quickly. He was pulled after throwing 91 pitches across 4.2 innings. Corry continued to strikeout batters at an elite rate, adding nine more to his tally on Tuesday. On the season, he has struck out nearly 45% of every hitter he’s faced. However, he’s also walked more hitters (16) than innings pitched (15.1).
Will Wilson gave the Emeralds an early lead with a 400-foot homer in the third inning. Then a four-run fourth, capped off by a three-run double by Patrick Bailey, gave Eugene an early 5-0 lead that they would never surrender. Jacob Gonzalez recorded a pair of doubles while Tyler Fitzgerald and Ismael Munguia recorded a pair of singles.
Ryan Walker and Tyler Schimpf each struggled a bit out of the pen, allowing all four of Spokane’s runs. However, with a seven-run cushion, the Emeralds were never really in danger. Closer R.J. Dabovich struck out one and allowed one walk in an otherwise quiet ninth inning.
SF Giants Prospects Rundown 5/25: Low-A
Lake Elsinore Storm 8 at San Jose Giants 7
Performance of the Game: Brett Auerbach (4-5, 2B, 2 RBI)
Brett Auerbach and Ricardo Genoves were the stars of the night for San Jose. Auerbach finished with four hits and a pair of runs batted in, while Genoves finished 2-for-4 with his third home run of the season. Genoves was off to a solid start at the plate but had yet to show off his above-average power potential. After hitting a home run on back-to-back days, though, his slugging percentage is now a strong .554. Another reminder that just one or two great performances can radically shift a hitter’s line at this point in the season.
The Giants’ pitching staff and defense were unable to take advantage of the strong offensive output. Four of the Giants’ six pitchers allowed a run on Tuesday, but Justin Crump surrendered the most to Lake Elsinore, allowing four runs en route to the loss. Auerbach committed a fielding error at second base, while top prospect Marco Luciano committed his fifth throwing error of the season. Luciano looked good at shortstop this spring at big-league camp but has struggled with his throws at San Jose.
We’ll be back looking at the SF Giants farm system throughout the minor-league season with daily rundowns on the entire organization’s minor-league affiliates.