SF Giants pitching prospects rundown (4/16 - 4/22)
Flying Squirrels Pitching Prospects
Matt Frisbee: 1 G (1 GS), 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 HBP, 0 BB, 4 K, 3.38 ERA
Tyler Schimpf: 1 G, 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 0.00 ERA
Solomon Bates: 1 G, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA
It was a little bit late but Matt Frisbee has made his 2022 debut this week and it was a strong debut all things considered. He's throwing a lot of strikes, and he's flashing command with his heater, slider and splitter. However, an old foe from last season, the long ball, has showed up this season as well. He's allowed an absurdly high 27 homers last season across two levels but it's definitely not yet the time to call it his Achilles heel.
Things can happen very quickly for a reliever. One bad outing here after a string of good performances and here you are sitting with a bad ERA and whatnot. Tyler Schimpf is an example of that. Last season, Schimpf had two appearances where he allowed a combined 11 total runs that skewed his numbers. However, he also struck out 36.5% of the total batters that he faced. This season, Schimpf's finding himself in a bit of a pickle as well with pretty rough numbers but he's still showing that nasty stuff that made him a strikeout machine last season with a fastball that can reach 97 MPH and a hammer curveball.
Capping off the Flying Squirrels rundown is Solomon Bates. Bates has been a bit weird in 2021 where he struggled with control with a 62% strike rate and a 4.6 BB/9. Looks like the Bates that we are used to coming back with a 67% strike rate and a 3.18 BB/9. He was commanding the fastball on the edges of the zone against Erie this week and he could throw it up to 95 MPH though he's still in the low-90s more often than not. His breaking ball also flashed well but it's really the fastball control that resulted in his strong start to the 2022 season with a 3.18 ERA, a 36.4% strikeout rate, and a 9.1% walk rate.