The SF Giants, along with every other team in baseball, are getting ready for spring training. Many teams have published their non-roster invite lists, but one former Giants prospect surprisingly remains unsigned - Seth Corry.
1 former SF Giants pitching prospect who surprisingly remains unsigned ahead of spring training
At one point, Corry was looking like he was going to become a future rotation cog for the Giants. San Francisco selected him in the third round of the 2017 draft out Lone Peak High School in Highland, Utah.
The left-handed prospect had a commitment to Brigham Young University, but the Giants swayed him away from that commitment with a hefty, $1 million signing bonus. The slot value for that pick was roughly $550,000.00, so the Giants paid a considerable price in getting him to sign.
Given that he was drafted out of high school, San Francisco was relatively cautious with managing his workload. Corry did not reach full-season ball until 2019 and that is where he began to make his mark.
While pitching in the South Atlantic League, the lefty prospect put together some impressive numbers. This included a 1.76 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 12.6 K/9, and a 2.987 SO/W ratio in 122.2 innings with the Augusta GreenJackets. With numbers like these, Corry's 2019 season was, at times, compared to Madison Bumgarner's lone season with Augusta 11 years prior. In that season, the former Giants lefty tallied a 1.46 ERA in 141.2 innings during his age-18 season.
Corry was a year older than Bumgarner while competing in the same league, but both were selected out of high school and pitched from the left side. Corry posted eye-popping strikeout numbers for someone his age and his control began to improve. Prior to that year, there were questions as to whether he would throw enough strikes to stick as a starter.
The former third-round pick showed improvement in that department, which helped him move rapidly up prospect rankings. He ranked as high as No. 99 according to MLB.Com prior to the 2020 season.
As his development was beginning to head in the right direction, Corry, like many minor leaguers, lost a year of game reps due to the canceled 2020 season. It was only one season, so there was plenty of opportunities for him to make up for lost time.
However, the 25-year-old struggled badly with his command in High-A. walking 63 batters in 67.2 frames with the Eugene Emeralds in 2021. The strikeout stuff was still there, but the lack of control limited his ability to get any type of length from his starts.
Unfortunately, things did not become any easier as Corry underwent shoulder surgery in May of 2022. He returned to the mound midway through the 2023 season but only recorded 34 innings. Most of those innings were rehab outings in the lower minors.
Six years after he was selected, Corry became a free agent for the first time in his career. Heliot Ramos is the only Giants draft pick from that draft who signed and is still with the club. Teams are gearing up for spring training. It is a bit surprising to not see a team take a chance on Corry, who was considered a top prospect not that long ago.