SF Giants: Prospects stock up and stock down through first month

Eugene Emeralds Will Wilson (center) celebrates his 8th inning home run with Frank Labour at PK Park in Eugene.
Eugene Emeralds Will Wilson (center) celebrates his 8th inning home run with Frank Labour at PK Park in Eugene. /
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Jun 21, 2018; Omaha, NE, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders pitcher Caleb Kilian (32) throws against the Florida Gators in the first inning in the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. (Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports) /

SF Giants Prospects Early MiLB Season Stock Up Part 1

Matt Frisbee

Matt Frisbee has easily been the most dominant pitcher in the Giants upper minors. He leads the entire system in innings, WHIP, and walk rate while ranking in the top five in numerous other categories. All of that dominance resulted in a Triple-A call-up for Frisbee.

His fastball control is on point for most of his outings, he tunnels his plus breaking ball off his high 3/4 release point very well, and his brand new splitter flashed solid at times. He even was a part of a no-hitter.

My colleague Marc Delucchi did an excellent profile on Frisbee’s development and contributions to the no-hitter last month. Marc aggressively ranked Frisbee in his preseason Top 30 list, I did not. After his other-worldly May performance, he’s now solidly inside my updated Top 30.

Caleb Kilian

There has been no one in the Giants organization, and potentially all of baseball, who’s come out of nowhere more than Caleb Kilian this minor league season. Kilian’s numbers are off the charts, with a 1.89 ERA and a 35:1 strikeout to walk ratio. What’s more impressive is he even has a lower FIP, at only 0.89.

I already gave plenty of my thoughts on Kilian in my prospects rundown, but I’ll say it again. Kilian is a true top 30 prospect in the farm system with a plus fastball that reaches 97 MPH, average secondaries (curveball, cutter, changeup) that play up because of his feel, fastball command, and ability to sequence off his fastball.

Ryan Murphy

Murphy just keeps on racking up innings for the San Jose squad, ranking third behind Frisbee and Kilian in terms of innings pitched in the system. His 45.3% flyball rate is high but he keeps his line drive rate low at 11.3%. Overall, Murphy has a good chance of being called up to High-A ball by midseason. For more about Murphy’s hot start, pitching approach, off-season work, and more, check out my interview with him a week ago.