Hello and happy Wednesday.
On Tuesday, just a week into the Minor League Baseball season, Baseball America added three names to its top 100 prospects list: Cincinnati Reds Major League catcher Tyler Stephenson, New York Mets outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong, and, most importantly, San Francisco Giants left-handed pitcher Kyle Harrison.
Harrison debuts on the list at No. 99, behind four Giants: Marco Luciano (No. 10), Joey Bart (No. 33), Heliot Ramos (No. 72), and Luis Matos (No. 89). If last week’s trends continue, I suspect Ramos will be rising sooner rather than later.
I’ve been excited about Harrison since the Giants selected him in the third round of June’s truncated draft. Players with high ceilings are right up my alley, and Harrison’s smooth-yet-funky lefty delivery was appealing. The Giants shifting around their draft and handing out a large overslot bonus to him only fueled the excitement fire.
That delivery looks even smoother now that he’s in the pros, and it looks mighty powerful as well.
Kyle Harrison made his professional debut on Saturday, striking out seven over three scoreless innings, topping out at 97 pic.twitter.com/vl49QzhVlP— SFGProspects (@SFGProspects) May 11, 2021
Harrison is still a very long ways from earning the title of the team’s next Madison Bumgarner, but he’s certainly on the right path. If nothing else, he’s already secured his spot as one of the organization’s must-follow prospects for the next few years.
In other Minor League news, Drew Robinson hit his first home run of the season on Tuesday, and followed it up with a double that was a few feet shy of a homer. What an amazing moment.
Old, random MCC article for you to read
Reminder: the Giants paid for their stadium their own damn selves (Jan 14, 2016 — Doug Bruzzone)
- Roger Munter reviews the week in the Minor Leagues (There R Giants)
- Grant Brisbee on why it’s time to stop being skeptical about the Giants (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Maria Guardado on Gabe Kapler’s confidence that the best is yet to come for Logan Webb (MLB)
- Kerry Crowley on the Giants earning respect in national power rankings, and other notes (Mercury News)
- Andrew Baggarly on how Alex Wood and Jake McGee see similarities between last year’s Dodgers team and this year’s Giants team (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Alex Pavlovic on Hunter Pence’s lone regret from his wonderful baseball career (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Mark W. Sanchez on Buster Posey and Curt Casali pulling Logan Webb aside during his Tuesday start (KNBR)
What time do the Giants play today?
The Giants have an off day today.
I hope you all have a great Wednesday.