SF Giants pitching prospects week in review (6/20-6/26)
SF Giants Prospects Weekly Rundown: Low-A
Prelander Berroa: 1 G, 1 GS, 1 W, 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 8 K, 1.80 ERA
Carson Ragsdale: 2 G, 2 GS, 1 W, 1 L, 8 IP, 9 H, 7 R (7 ER), 7 BB, 15 K, 7.88 ERA
Kyle Harrison: 1 G, 1 GS, 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 6 K, 4.50 ERA
Austin Reich: 2 G, 1 W, 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 10 K, 1.93 ERA
The spotlight is pointed towards Prelander Berroa after his best start in a San Jose uniform, where his changeup and fastball were on full display. The right-hander is racking up the strikeouts this month with 30 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched. Control is still an issue for Berroa but the 21-year old is dancing to the tune of 3.34 ERA this season.
Speaking of strikeouts, Carson Ragsdale and Kyle Harrison are now first and second in terms of strikeouts in the Low-A West with 76 and 63, respectively. The former had a tale of two starts, the first allowing six runs while the second only allowing one run. One thing to note with Ragsdale is the massive spike in his walk rate this month with a 6.3 BB/9 compared to just 2.3 in May. He’s still generating strikeouts at such a high rate however, and he really deserves a call-up to Eugene.
On the other hand, the latter was so-so in his latest start. The left-hander is starting to ramp up his pitch count where he threw a career-high 88 pitches. After nine starts, Harrison has proven that he is the best pitching prospect in the organization by a good margin.
The star out of the bullpen this week is Austin Reich. The 24-year old is having a strong season out of the bullpen, with 43:9 strikeout to walk ratio in 24 innings pitched and a 1.88 ERA. The right-hander features a fastball that touches 95 MPH with tail and his main secondary pitch is his changeup that acts as a splitter. He has flown under the radar but he also deserves a call-up to Eugene with his performance this season.
Stay tuned every weekend for a full rundown of the SF Giants hitting prospects on Saturday and pitching prospects on Sunday.