SF Giants Prospects Weekly Rundown: Low-A
Ryan Murphy: 2 G, 2 GS, 1 W, 11 IP, 6 H, 5 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 16 K, 1.64 ERA
Carson Ragsdale: 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 8 K, 4.50 ERA
Kyle Harrison: 1 G, 1 GS, 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 HBP, 3 BB, 4 K, 7.20 ERA
After a strong May performance, Ryan Murphy had a rough month of June for the Giants with a 5.75 ERA. The main issue with Murphy was the long ball, allowing seven across five starts including three in his final start in June. His first start in July however was a masterpiece where he brought his A-game to pitch seven innings of one-hit, shutout ball with a dozen strikeouts, his finest performance as a professional. He is now second in all of the pitchers in the entire farm system in strikeouts with 72 and he brought his ERA down to 3.29 ERA. I am excited to watch what he can do in the second half of the season.
With another high strikeout performance, Carson Ragsdale kept his farm system lead in punchouts with 84 which is also among the five largest tallies in all of the minor leagues. His stuff is definitely too good against Low-A hitters and he deserves a second half promotion to Eugene. Kyle Harrison looked mortal in his latest start where he allowed the most runs in a start as well as the first time where he struck out less than a batter an inning. He deserved a Futures Game invite but he’s entrenched himself as a definite Top 100 prospect after two months of play.
Out of the bullpen, big Ivan Armstrong leads the charge after two months of play with a 1.63 ERA. He’s being used in multiple innings in all but two of his appearances this season, and he has shown the control of his stuff worsens in the second inning of work. He’s given up a base on ball in his last five appearances but he’s still able to strike out more than a batter an inning this season. I expect him to be promoted to Eugene in the second half of the season.
Stay tuned every weekend for a full rundown of the SF Giants hitting prospects on Saturday and pitching prospects on Sunday.