What you need to know about top Giants prospect Kyle Harrison
Aug 22, 2023, 8:30 AM | Updated: 8:35 am
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The day has finally come.
After months of speculation surrounding when San Francisco Giants top prospect Kyle Harrison would take the mound for his MLB debut, the left-handed starting pitcher has arrived in Philadelphia to begin his big league career.
Harrison will join a Giants team that is fresh off a 10-4 defeat at the hands of Bryce Harper and a Phillies lineup that racked up 16 hits on Monday night.
At a time that San Francisco is sliding in the National League Wild Card standings, the Giants need an X-factor for a struggling pitching rotation that has posted a 5.36 ERA over the past five games (1-4 record during that span).
"Ready to help these guys out for whatever they need."
Kyle Harrison says it's "pretty surreal" to see his jersey in his Giants locker, and explains how he found out he had been called up pic.twitter.com/uC3lspDurC
— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) August 21, 2023
Over his past four starts, Harrison has struck out 17 batters over 11.1 innings while posting a 3.18 ERA and holding opponents to a .191 batting average.
San Francisco could use that type of impact on the mound as they look to stabilize their place in the highly-competitive race for one of three NL Wild Card spots.
Harrison is the Giants’ most-hyped pitching prospect since fellow lefty Madison Bumgarner took the mound for the first time in 2009. Now, it’s time to see what the Bay Area native is made of.
Here’s everything that you need to know about Kyle Harrison:
About San Francisco Giants prospect Kyle Harrison
Weight: 200 lbs
Born: San Jose, CA
High School: De La Salle | Concord, CA
Draft: 2020, 3rd round, 85th overall selection
Career stats in Minors: 9-9 record, 3.32 ERA, 69 games, 279.1 IP, 452 strikeouts, 14.6 K/9
Pitch mix: Four-seam fastball, slider, changeup
Harrison, San Francisco’s top prospect and the 20th-ranked prospect in all of Major League Baseball, posted a 4-3 record and 2.71 ERA while striking out 186 batters over 113 innings pitched at the AA and High-A levels in 2022.
Over 18 starts with AAA Sacramento in 2023, Harrison holds a 4.52 ERA to go along with 109 strikeouts (sixth-most in the Pacific Coast League) over just 67.2 innings pitched.
Next stop: Philadelphia.
Upcoming San Francisco Giants Schedule
- Monday, August 21st-Wednesday, August 23rd – @ Philadelphia Phillies
- Friday, August 25th-Sunday, August 27th – vs. Atlanta Braves
- Monday, August 28th-Wednesday, August 30th – vs. Cincinnati Reds
- Thursday, August 31st-Sunday, September 3rd – @ San Diego Padres
- Monday, September 4th-Wednesday, September 6th – @ Chicago Cubs