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SF Giants pitching prospects week in review (7/25-7/31)

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

SF Giants Prospects Weekly Rundown: High-A

Notable Performers

Kai-Wei Teng: 1 G, 1 GS, 1 W, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K, 0.00 ERA
Taylor Rashi: 2 G, 1 W, 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K, 0.00 ERA
Chris Wright: 2 G, 1 W, 1 SV, 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA

After a little over a month, Kai-Wei Teng finally twirled in a scoreless start for the Emeralds this week, with five shutout innings of two-hit ball. His prospect stock took a massive nosedive after pitching to the tune of 10.80 ERA in five starts from June 27 to July 21 and has only thrown 56% of his pitches for strikes. He’s lost the feel to finish off hitters over the stretch even though he’s still inducing whiffs with a 31.1% whiff rate. Hopefully, this start is the beginning of the upswing for Teng towards a strong finish to the season.

Out of the bullpen, Taylor Rashi had a dominant week capped off by a dominant performance against the Aqua Sox where all six outs came via the strikeout. The right-hander has a 7.1 inning scoreless streak with 13 strikeouts and just three baserunners allowed. The 2019 23rd round selection out of UC-Irvine has plenty of deception with his funky mechanics where even though he does not hinge well in his back leg well, it results in a slight crossfire and an over-the-top release point which gives his low-to-mid 90s fastball and curveball extra effectiveness.

Speaking of scoreless streaks, Emeralds closer Chris Wright is currently on a 12.1 innings scoreless streak that has already spanned a month of action with 14 strikeouts. He is still generating a good whiff rate of 35.8% but it is below the absurd 52% that he posted in his first 14 appearances. The walks have also been an issue for the left-hander with a 16.4% walk rate in his scoreless streak. Wright is still an awesome reliever having a breakout season, but he needs a good finish to be considered a true top 30 prospects.

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