Top SF Giants power-hitting prospect among a pair of promotions

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This has been promotion week for the SF Giants. Since the first wave of promotions earlier this week, the club made two additional moves later on. Bryce Eldridge was moved up to High-A, whereas Tyler Myrick advanced to Triple-A according to the team's transaction log.

Top SF Giants power-hitting prospect among a pair of promotions

Roger Munter of There R Giants was the first to confirm the Eldridge news. For Giants fans, this is an exciting step in what many hope will be a fruitful career with San Francisco down the road.

The Giants originally drafted Eldridge in the first round of the 2023 draft as a two-way player out of James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia. However, the left-handed bat had a promising pro debut with San Jose last year, so he dropped the pitching side to focus solely on being a position player. This was done in part because Eldridge's bat will likely be the quickest and surest path to the majors.

The 19-year-old performed well in the California League, posting a .263/.323/.478 line (110 wRC+) with 10 home runs, 45 RBI, and 34 runs in 229 plate appearances. This included a 7.4 percent walk rate, 26.6 percent strikeout rate, and a .215 ISO. Eldridge led San Jose in home runs and RBI by a comfortable margin.

While Eldridge proved that he could handle the pitching in Low-A, the Northwest League should prove to be a good challenge for the top Giants prospect. He will become just the fourth player under 20 years of age to take an at-bat in that league.

On the other hand, Tyler Myrick earns a promotion to Sacramento after putting together solid results in four seasons in the minors. The 2024 campaign might be an exception to this as he has struggled to the tune of a 5.14 ERA in 21 outings with the Richmond Flying Squirrels. That said, he did finish his time in Double-A with five scoreless appearances.

Overall, the right-handed hurler has a 2.91 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 9.4 K/9, and a 3.22 SO/W ratio across four seasons while working exclusively out of the bullpen. His command was considered a work in progress in college, but he has shown nice improvement in that area as he has risen through the minors.

On the mound, Myrick features a mid-to-high 90's fastball that gets armside carry through the zone. He mixes this with a slider and an occasional cutter. He will join a Sacramento team that is off to a surprisingly strong start with a 46-32 record.