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SF Giants pitching prospects week in review (7/4-7/10)

SF Giants pitcher Sean Hjelle (84), who is 6'11' helps out photographers so he so he fits in the seamless backdrop during spring training media day at Scottsdale Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)
SF Giants pitcher Sean Hjelle (84), who is 6'11' helps out photographers so he so he fits in the seamless backdrop during spring training media day at Scottsdale Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)
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Former Brewers reliever Jay Jackson will be trying to make the SF Giants roster as a non-roster invitee.

Make sure to revisit our weekly SF Giants prospect rundowns to keep up with each of the organization’s minor-league affiliates. If you do not feel well acclimated to the prospects throughout the farm system, you might want to revisit our prospect week articles that detailed the system from the top prospects to lower-level fringes. If you’re just interested in the biggest names, then the preseason SF Giants top 31 prospects list is the one-stop-shop for you.

SF Giants Prospects Weekly Rundown: Triple-A

Notable Performers

Kervin Castro: 1 G, 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 0.00 ERA
Tyler Cyr: 1 G, 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0.00 ERA
Jay Jackson: 2 G, 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA

With another scoreless outing this week, Kervin Castro has now thrown 12.1 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts and has only allowed six hits and two walks. He’s thrown 66% of his pitches for strikes and it lowered his ERA to an impressive 3.22 in a hitter-friendly environment. He’s clearly a top-30 prospect entering the midway point of the 2021 season.

Another reliever who was impressive this week was Tyler Cyr. The 28-year old right-hander has had his ups and downs this season, with his downs mainly fueled by his 16.8% walk rate. He’s pitched two scoreless outings this month and is looking to right the ship in the second half of the season. Interestingly, Cyr has reverse splits this season (.163 vs. lefties, .200 vs. righties).

Jay Jackson has continued his fine form this week as he continued to give himself a shot at a big-league comeback. The 33-year old right-hander has only allowed just four baserunners in 10 innings pitched this season with 16 strikeouts. He’s been a master of pounding the zone with a 67% strike percentage and his fastball-slider combination resulted in a 71% groundball rate. He’s definitely worth a call-up in case the bullpen runs thin in the later stages of the season.

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