While the MLB All-Star rosters are still taking shape, today, the rosters for the MLB Futures Game was announced, and unsurprisingly, two of the SF Giants brightest up-and-coming stars were selected to the roster.
Two SF Giants prospects elected to MLB Futures Game
Firstly is the Giants No. 1 overall prospect Kyle Harrison, who may not have the best statistical start to the season, but is arguably the most electric pitcher in all of Triple-A when he has his game on, giving Giants fans the hope that he will be in the big leagues sooner, rather than later.
In 15 starts this year, Harrison is just 1-3 with a 4.53 ERA, but he has allowed 2 or less runs in 15 of those starts, but with 82 strikeouts in 49.2 innings, he's shown electric stuff that's going to make him a star at the next level, at least San Francisco hope so.
While his control has been shaky at times, the 21-year-old has been working with a new slider grip. The Giants hope that this will lead to better control, but it might take some time to learn.
Then, one of the Giants fastest rising prospects in Carson Whisenhunt will be joining him after a meteoric rise that has seen him pitch at the A, A+ and AA level throughout the 2023 campaign, which has seen him become a projected star at the next level despite being just 22-years of age.
It is not common for players to reach AA in their first full season as a pro, so the rapid rise is a reflection of Whisenhunt's performance thus far. If he continues to excel, the Giants would not rule out yet another promotion.
Whisenhunt has also thrown 49.2 innings over three levels this year, compiling a 1-0 record with a 2.93 ERA with 71 strikeouts and a WHIP of just 0.987, showing that this prospect pool is one of the deepest in all of baseball. Plus, similar to Harrison, Whisenhunt is a lefty.
There have been many other prospects throughout this system that have improved their stock in the Giants organization such as Mason Black, Marco Luciano and Luis Matos who now finds himself an everyday big leaguer, but it's still great to see at least two being honored for fantastic performances throughout the 2023 campaign.