SF Giants undrafted free-agent pitching prospect rewarded with promotion to Triple-A

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The SF Giants rewarded one of their undrafted free agents with a much-deserved promotion to Triple-A. Wil Jensen was moved up to the Sacramento River Cats after spending parts of the past three seasons with the Richmond Flying Squirrels, per a team announcement.

SF Giants undrafted free-agent pitching prospect rewarded with promotion to Triple-A

Jensen joined the organization as an undrafted free agent following the 2020 season. That draft was shortened to five rounds due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it created an opportunity for players who went undrafted to search for the best chance to play.

In that year's draft, the Giants made seven selections including Patrick Bailey, Casey Schmitt, and Kyle Harrison. They were also aggressive on the undrafted free-agent market, adding both Jensen and Brett Auerbach. The Giants also recently moved Auerbach up to Triple-A to support a roster that has been depleted by a handful of injuries to the big league club.

Jensen spent four years at Pepperdine University and posted a 3.03 ERA while working primarily out of the rotation. As a pro, he has been a steady contributor at every minor league stop. In four minor league seasons, he has registered a 3.11 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 9.6 K/9, and a 3.14 SO/W ratio. This includes a stellar 1.91 ERA in 13 outings this year with Richmond before his promotion.

The Giants used him as a starter in the lower minors, but he has since transitioned to the bullpen. On the mound, the 26-year-old flashes a low 90's fastball with a slider, curveball, and a changeup. The slider is his go-to secondary offering, but he can throw all four pitches for strikes.

Jensen does not overwhelm with velocity. That said, he knows how to sequence his pitches to keep opposing hitters guessing. His profiles leans more in favor of pitchability over stuff.

The right-handed hurler joins a River Cats team that is off to a surprisingly strong start with a 29-21 record in the Pacific Coast League. Despite the depleted roster, Sacramento continues to find ways to win. The River Cats recently placed both Landen Roupp and Cody Stashak on the injured list, so they could use some reinforcements.