SF Giants Prospects Weekly Rundown: Low-A
Kyle Harrison: 2 G (2 GS), 8 IP, 4 H, 4 R (4 ER), 5 BB, 15 K, 4.50 ERA, 34% CSW
Carson Ragsdale: 1 G (1 GS), 4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 9 K, 10.38 ERA, 40% CSW
Prelander Berroa: 1 G (1 GS), 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 8 K, 0.00 ERA, 38% CSW
Wil Jensen: 1 G (1 GS), 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 0.00 ERA, 36% CSW
Ivan Armstrong: 2 G (0 GS), 2 SV, 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 0.00 ERA, 32% CSW
The only pitcher who made two starts in the past week for San Jose was Kyle Harrison, where he struck out a career-high ten Ports batters in four strong innings with only one walk. There has been a mix of promise and doubts with Harrison’s season due to his high strikeout and walk numbers, but let’s keep in mind that he is only 19 and making his first appearances in pro ball. Harrison’s slowly honing in his stuff, with a 60% strike rate in the past week. If he keeps shedding his walks down over the coming weeks, he’s got a chance to be pretty special.
With the amount of strikeouts that Harrison had, it’s a pleasant surprise that it is Carson Ragsdale who leads the team in strikeouts in the season. With nine more strikeouts in his belt in his latest start, he brings his total to 54 in the season. Ragsdale got hit around in his last start, but he’s generally baffled hitters with his north-to-south approach with his mid-90s fastball and two breaking balls. This is why the Giants made the move to get him in exchange for Sam Coonrod.
I have been a bit disappointed with Prelander Berroa‘s season coming into last week, but he was at his absolute best in his latest start. Even though Berroa has exceptional stuff, especially his fastball that can hit 99 MPH, he’s been effectively wild with him relying more on stuff than location to get hitters out. I still see Berroa as a future back-end reliever with the chance to hit triple digits with his fastball but let’s see if his strike-throwing improves in the summer.
The pitcher that impressed me the most over the past couple of weeks is Wil Jensen. The 2020 nondrafted free-agent signee has been a pleasant surprise, sporting a 2.64 ERA and above-average strikeout and walk rates. His last six pitching appearances have been in the rotation. He is a bit old for the level, but his strike-throwing has been good and he could be pitching his way to a High-A call-up in the coming weeks.
There have been great pitching performances out of the bullpen, but I chose to highlight Ivan Armstrong because he’s impressed me the most over the past week. The big right-hander has been getting plenty of back-end innings, with him closing games over the past week with positive results. His pitching repertoire includes a mid-90s fastball and a sharp slider from a low, 3/4 arm slot that he locates well early on but tends to run out of gas. I would prefer for him to be a one-inning only ninth-inning guy where he’s got plenty of potential.
Stay tuned every weekend for a full rundown of the SF Giants hitting prospects on Saturday and pitching prospects on Sunday.