The Eugene Emeralds might be one of the more talented SF Giants affiliates in recent memory and a great indicator of that is how many players have been promoted to Double-A in 2022. According to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic, that trend will continue as both Keaton Winn and Landen Roupp are set to be promoted.
Two SF Giants pitching prospects promoted to Double-A
Neither Winn nor Roupp pitched extensively for Eugene in 2022, but both made an impact in the brief time there. Winn was originally drafted in the fifth round of the 2018 draft out of Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The right-handed hurler had a strong season in his first full year of pro ball where he registered a 3.32 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 7.0 K/9, and a 3.81 SO/W ratio in 26 appearances, including 20 starts, for the Augusta Greenjackets.
However, the 2020 season was canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Winn underwent Tommy John surgery prior to the 2021 season, so this year was his first season back on the mound since 2019.
He posted a 4.87 ERA in 13 appearances with the San Jose Giants as part of his rehab assignment. He moved up to Eugene midway through this season where he recorded a 3.16 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 11.2 K/9, and a 4.60 SO/W ratio in eight starts before earning a promotion. Our prospect expert, Wrenzie Regodon, foreshadowed the promotion just last week.
Similar to Winn, Roupp is in the midst of a strong 2022 campaign. The right-handed pitcher has really opened a lot of eyes this season with his performance. He was selected in the 12th round of last year's draft out of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Wilmington, North Carolina. He joins Will Wilson, Patrick Bailey, Nick Swiney, and Matt Frisbee as recent college draftees out of the state of North Carolina.
On a different note, reaching Double-A in a player's first full season as a pro is an impressive accomplishment and a good indicator of how he is viewed within the organization. Pitching prospects R.J. Dabovich and Caleb Kilian both reached Double-A last season in their first full season as a pro.
Similarly, outfield prospect Tristan Peters is in the same boat as Roupp. Peters was acquired at the trade deadline from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for hard-throwing reliever Trevor Rosenthal.
Roupp posted a 2.59 ERA in 14 appearances with the San Jose Giants before earning a promotion to Eugene. He was even better with the Emeralds as he tallied a 1.67 ERA, 0.866 WHIP, 14.5 K/9, and a 5.78 SO/W ratio.
The 23-year-old pitcher flashes a low-90's fastball that can reach as high as 94 MPH that he pairs with a good curveball and an occasional changeup. Roupp does not overpower opposing hitters, but he works quick and attacks the strikezone.
The minor league season is winding down but this will be good exposure for both pitching prospects as they head into the offseason. Both Winn and Roupp are names to watch, and that is especially true of the latter given how quickly he has been moved.