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Wednesday BP: With the season looming, a look to the future

The Giants signed UNLV LHP Haydn King, and the early returns from R.J. Dabovich are exciting.

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Logan Etherington

The San Francisco Giants season begins on Thursday, which means for the next couple months we’re mostly going to be focused on the team directly in front of us. But over the last year and a half, the most exciting developments in Giants land have been regarding the future of the franchise, not the present.

So it’s fitting that, on the eve of the season starting up again, we have some prospect news to talk about.

First up, the Giants signed another undrafted free agent: 21.8-year old LHP Haydn King.

King is a local kid, having been born in Aptos, and starring for Archbishop Mitty High School. He spent the 2018 season at the University of San Francisco, where he struggled. In 16 innings, he allowed 28 hits and 9 walks, while striking out just 10. His ERA was 7.31.

He then transferred to UNLV, and his latest numbers there were a little bit more promising: 14.1 innings, 9 hits, 3 walks, 9 strikeouts, and a 3.14 ERA. In between USF and UNLV, he had mixed results in the Cape Cod League.

Chances are the Giants see something they like in King, and want to make a few mechanical adjustments.

In even more exciting pitcher prospect news, the Rapsodo data is in for 2020 fourth-round pick R.J. Dabovich, and let me just say this: if you want to get irrationally excited, I am not going to be the person to stop you.

There have been mixed reviews on the Giants 2020 draft, and you can never accurately judge a draft until a few years have passed. But if nothing else, data like this confirms what we already knew: the current Giants decision makers are a bit more interested in analytics than the previous front office was. I suspect that will yield some good results.

Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?

Yes. Honestly, what were you expecting me to say?

July 22, 1993: Against the Philadelphia Phillies, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning off of Terry Mulholland. It gave the Giants a 1-0 lead, and they would win 4-1. It was his 27th homer of the year.

July 22, 1994: Against the New York Mets, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 3rd inning off of Jason Jacome. It cut the Giants deficit to 4-1, and they would lose 6-3. It was his 30th homer of the year.

July 22, 1997: Against the Philadelphia Phillies, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 5th inning off of Matt Beech, scoring Jose Vizcaino. It tied the game 2-2, Jeff Kent would make it back-to-back homers, and the Giants would win 8-5. It was his 30th homer of the year.

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Have a great Wednesday, everyone. It’s the last one without a Giants baseball game for more than a month.