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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SF Giants, Kai-Wei Teng, Nick Morreale
Pitchers Nick Morreale, left, and Kei-Wei Teng visit PK Park for the start of the Eugene Emeralds’ 2021 season.SF Giants prospects /

SF Giants Early MiLB Season Other Prospects of Note

Kyle Harrison‘s walk rate is the fourth-highest among all Giants pitchers in the system, which is really odd as he is known more for his pitchability and control coming out of college. The sample size is still small but if it persists throughout the season, I would bump his command grade down. From what I saw so far, his mechanics, fastball-slider combo, arm-slot, and present control issues really reminded me of a right-handed version of former Giants top prospect Kyle Crick.

One of the hottest hitters in the farm system is Bryce Johnson, with him ranking fifth in wRC+ in the month of May. His line drive rate is the third-highest among qualified Giants hitters. His .460 BABIP seems unsustainable but when looking at the ratio between his batting average and BABIP, his ratio this year of 1.35:1 is actually in line with his normal ratio of 1.32:1 so there’s an indication that this potential breakout is for real.

Looking at the difference between ERA and FIP, Nick Morreale‘s ERA-FIP difference is 1.79, which would be sixth among all Giants pitchers. However, what’s more encouraging about his performance is that it is fueled with a high SwStr%. I’ve watched his best start of the season and he’s improved a lot with his fastball control.

The owner of the lowest SwStr% in the first month of the season belongs to Ismael Munguia. The contact-heavy Nicaraguan has upped his power a bit, shifting towards a line-to-line approach from a more pull-center approach when comparing his spray charts in the last two years. He’s also added a bit of lift to his swing, with a lower line drive rate but a higher flyball rate as proof.

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