High-A has been a consistent feeder to the Double-A team in 2023. That trend continued on Tuesday as the SF Giants announced that power-hitting prospect Victor Bericoto and pitching prospect Tyler Myrick have been bumped up to Richmond.
SF Giants promote 2 prospects to Double-A, including power-hitting outfielder
Bericoto was in the midst of a really strong season as he slashed .296/.353/.533 (128 wRC+) with 16 home runs, 55 RBI, and 47 runs in 309 plate appearances for the Euegen Emeralds. This includes a solid 9.4 percent walk rate against a 19.4 percent strikeout rate. His .237 ISO is also a really healthy sign of his power upside. His 16 home runs ranked as the third-best mark in the Northwest League.
The right-handed bat is coming off of a season in which he posted a .748 OPS with 12 home runs in 487 plate appearances with the San Jose Giants in 2022. Solid numbers, but not exactly the type of production that would suggest that he was about to have a breakout season.
He originally came up as a first baseman, but has seen more time at the corner outfield spots in 2023. Bericoto has average speed and an average arm, but he is athletic enough to continue seeing time in right field.
Eric Longenhagen and Tess Taruskin of Fangraphs ranked Bericoto as the No. 22 prospect in the Giants system and thinks he is a prety advanced hitter for his age:
"Bericoto has a sweet righty swing and above-average raw power already at age 21. His hands are electric and Bericoto is very good at making in-flight adjustments to breaking balls, but his bat path tends to make him a bit late on good fastballs."- Eric Longenhagen and Tess Taruskin
Bericoto will become one of the younger position players in Richmond. Joining him is Tyler Myrick, who probably deserves more recognition than he has received this year. The right-handed pitcher was a 14th-round pick by the Giants in the 2021 draft out of Florida International University in Miami, Florida.
Myrick tallied a 1.04 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 8.7 K/9, and a 3.57 SO/W ratio in 26 appearances for the Eugene Emeralds. This includes a solid 58.0 percent ground ball rate. I did see him in the Arizona Fall League last year where he allowed just two earned runs in 12 innings for the Scottsdale Scorpions.
It did look like he had a fastball that sat in the low-90's with a slider/sweeper that got a few swinging strikes. Bericoto and Myrick will help bolster a Richmond team that has consistently fed the Triple-A roster as well.