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Kyle Harrison promoted to AA

The Giants top pitching prospect is moving up a level.

Kyle Harrison throwing a pitch while a prep player Photo by Peter DaSilva/MLB Photos via Getty Images

One of the San Francisco Giants top prospects is making a quick jump. On Tuesday it was announced that Kyle Harrison, unanimously seen as the organization’s top pitching prospect, was promoted from the High-A Eugene Emeralds to the AA Richmond Flying Squirrels.

A third-round pick in 2020, Harrison was excellent in his debut season last year with the Low-A San Jose Giants. But he’s been even better this year in High-A, with eye-popping numbers that proved he had nothing left to learn at the level.

In seven starts with the Emeralds, Harrison has a 1.55 ERA and a 1.42 FIP, with a WHIP of 1.000. He has a staggering 59 strikeouts to 10 walks in 29 innings, and has struck out exactly half of the batters that he’s faced this season, which is ... absurd.

Harrison, who was voted as the No. 5 prospect on the Giants farm in our community rankings, and No. 3 by Fangraphs, is the first of the Giants big-name prospects to earn a promotion this season. It wouldn’t be too surprising if his Eugene teammate, shortstop Marco Luciano, soon joins him in Richmond.

Taking his spot in the rotation is right-handed pitcher Mason Black, a third-round selection in last year’s draft. After eight starts in Low-A, Black had a 1.57 ERA and a 2.46 FIP, with a 0.961 WHP and 44 strikeouts to eight walks in 34.1 innings.