We have now entered the top ten San Francisco Giants prospects entering the 2022 season. Let's now take a peek behind the curtain to see who makes up the lower half of the top ten.
2022 Pre-Season SF Giants Top Prospects: 10-6
10. Matt Mikulski
Weight: 200 lbs.
Projected Level: Eugene (High-A)
MLB ETA: 2023
Tool Grades: (Present/Future)
FB 55/60 | CH 50/55 | SL 45/50 | CB 40/45 | CMD 30/45
PV 30 | FV 45
The second of the nine straight pitchers that were drafted in the first two days of the 2021 MLB Draft by the Giants, Mikulski greatly improved his stock in the past off-season after going undrafted into the five-round 2020 MLB Draft. The expectation for Mikulski is to have a taste of full-season ball this season, but the Giants coaches made the conservative choice of keeping Mikulski in the Arizona backfields.
Mikulski looked like a completely different pitcher after he made several positive strides to his craft last winter. His shortened arm action and improved physique turned his fastball from a low-90s pitch to a mid-90s offering that tops out at 98 MPH with plenty of tailing life generated by his low-¾ arm slot and deception from his unorthodox, herky-jerky mechanics.
Either of his slider and changeup is his preferred secondary pitch, with the latter flashing plus at times with good velocity separation and a fastball arm speed but only has solid fade while the former has late, two-plane break at its best. He can also flip a mid-70s curveball that flashes solid-average as his true fourth pitch.
Even though his refined mechanics helped Mikulski throw more strikes aside from his improved stuff, it needs good maintenance and he has a violent head whack that needs to be ironed out to improve his command. However, he has shown good pitchability this season, throwing any of his four pitches in any count against any hitter.
The fastball should touch triple-digits in a relief role, but Mikulski has the stuff while also throwing enough strikes to pitch in a rotation in the short term. As a senior signee, Mikulski projects to leap through the system and could be ready to help the big-league club in a couple of years if all goes well for him.