Pitching prospects Harrison, Black promoted

May 25th, 2022

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Harrison, Black earn promotions (May 24)
Left-hander Kyle Harrison, who is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Giants' No. 2 prospect, continued to show he's on the fast track, earning a promotion to Double-A Richmond on Tuesday after logging a 1.55 ERA with 59 strikeouts over 29 innings in seven starts for High-A Eugene. The 20-year-old struck out 50 percent of the batters he faced in High-A while walking 10 and holding opposing hitters to a .179 clip. Harrison is expected to make his Double-A debut on Friday against Hartford.

The Giants also promoted right-hander Mason Black, who made the jump to High-A Eugene after recording a 1.57 ERA with 44 strikeouts over 34 1/3 innings in his first eight starts with Single-A San Jose. -- Maria Guardado

Matos (quad) begins game progression at Arizona (May 23)
Outfielder Luis Matos, who is ranked the Giants' No. 3 prospect by MLB Pipeline, has been sidelined with a left quad strain since May 4. Matos has been rehabbing the injury at the club's Minor League complex in Arizona and was expected to begin a game progression at extended spring training on May 23. The 20-year-old Venezuelan was batting only .152 over 18 games with High-A Eugene before landing on the injured list. -- Maria Guardado

Pomares posts multihomer game in High-A (May 22)
For the second time in his career, Jairo Pomares slugged two homers in a game.

The No. 6 prospect went deep to center and right field, both off of righties, while adding a single in High-A Eugene’s 9-7 loss to Spokane, tallying three RBIs. It was Pomares’ first three-hit game of the season and his first since Aug. 17 of last year. The 21-year-old lefty slugger has collected four extra-base hits, four RBIs and seven walks in his past 10 games and has five homers on the year. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Luciano and Harrison display why they're atop prospect list (May 20)
Marco Luciano hit his third homer in as many games, and Kyle Harrison held the opposing team scoreless for the fourth time this season.

MLB Pipeline's No. 11 overall prospect started the scoring in the sixth with a two-run blast, and the No. 71 overall prospect went five innings without giving up a run while striking out eight, but it wasn't enough as Eugene fell 4-3 to Spokane on a walk-off.

Over the last three games, Luciano has nearly doubled his home run total for the season (seven). It has been a successful season for the Giants' No. 1 prospect, with his average not dropping below .295 and getting as high as .500 after the first game of the season.

San Francisco's No. 3 prospect has been just as good, leaving the opponent scoreless in five-of-seven starts. The 20-year-old has yet to dip below five strikeouts in each performance this season and totals 59, which places him atop the Northwest League. -- Ethan Sands

Luciano homers in consecutive games (May 19)
The long ball hasn't come quite as frequently in May for Marco Luciano, but that might be changing. Baseball's No. 11 overall prospect left the yard for a second straight game after going 11 contests without one. His two-run shot in the first kicked off a four-run opening frame for High-A Eugene, which edged Spokane, 6-5.

Luciano also singled and is now batting .300/.366/.530 with 11 extra-base hits, six homers and 13 RBIs in 28 games. The 20-year-old posted an .815 OPS, slugged a career-high 19 homers and plated 71 runs across two Minor League levels in 2021, his first full-season campaign. -- Michael Avallone

Sacramento's Dean belts three home runs (May 15)
It was a prodigious display of power for Triple-A Sacramento’s Austin Dean.

For the first time in his 10-year professional career, the 28-year-old belted three home runs in a single game in the River Cats’ 11-8 comeback win over El Paso. It was also the first time since July 16, 2019 that Dean notched a multihomer performance.

It was the second three-homer performance by a River Cats player this season -- Kevin Padlo smacked three dingers in a six-RBI effort on May 1. Full story »

Harrison whiffs nine over five scoreless (May 14)
The distance between Eugene and Richmond is 2,882 miles, but Kyle Harrison is making that feel shorter and shorter every single time he takes the ball.

The third-ranked Giants prospect continued his domination of the Northwest League with another brilliant outing on Saturday night. Harrison worked around a pair of hits and a walk to fan nine over five scoreless frames to pace Single-A Eugene's 1-0 blanking of Vancouver in eight innings in Game 1 of a doubleheader at PK Park.

It was the fourth outing of the year with at least nine strikeouts for Harrison, and his third straight. The 20-year-old retired the first seven batters he faced -- whiffing the side in the second -- and exited after tossing 75 pitches, 47 for strikes. Full story »

Harrison fans 10 in four scoreless (May 6)
Kyle Harrison continues to rack up strikeouts.

The 2020 third-round Draft pick added 10 more K’s to his ledger with his second double-digit strikeout performance in a row in Eugene’s 1-0 win over Hillsboro. Harrison needed 75 pitches to get through four innings, but the No. 3 prospect (MLB No. 73) worked around two hits and three walks to keep the Hops off the board.

He registered two swinging strikeouts in the opening frame around a two-out single, and after issuing a leadoff walk in the second, he struck out four in a row before allowing two walks and a single to load the bases with two outs. He caught Caleb Roberts looking to escape the jam before striking out the side in his final frame. The 20-year-old lowered his ERA to 2.37 and has amassed 42 strikeouts in 19 innings. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Hjelle earns first callup (May 6)
The Giants called up Sean Hjelle, their No. 26 prospect, for the first time ahead of Friday night’s game against the Cardinals. The 6-foot-11 Hjelle would tie Jon Rauch as the tallest player in Major League history once he debuts.

“It’s been incredible so far,” said Hjelle, who posted a 4.37 ERA over his first five starts with Triple-A Sacramento this year. “It’s what you dream about in the backyard as a kid. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Manager Gabe Kapler said the Giants felt it was a good time to promote Hjelle since the pitching staff needed some coverage out of the bullpen after two relievers -- Mauricio Llovera and Sam Long -- were sent down on Friday. Kapler said the Giants also felt the Cardinals would be a good matchup for Hjelle since their lineup skews right-handed.

“Sean had a really nice spring and is off to a good start at Triple-A,” Kapler said. “Obviously he’s been in the zone more in Triple-A this year than he was in Triple-A last year. Great job at Double-A Richmond in 2021. Big initiative for him was attacking the strike zone with his sinker. He’s getting a ton of balls on the ground. That’s a good signal.” -- Maria Guardado

Schmitt delivers pair of roundtrippers (May 4)
One of the premier offensive days of Casey Schmitt’s professional career began somewhat inauspiciously with a strikeout in the third inning. Batting seventh amid a loaded High-A Eugene lineup, Schmitt took that at-bat -- which featured three foul balls -- and parlayed it into a two-homer night.

Schmitt jumped all over the second pitch of his next plate appearance, pulling a homer to left in the fifth, which tied the game at 4. Then on the next pitch that he saw, in the seventh, the Giants’ second-round selection in the 2020 Draft put the Emeralds ahead for good with a blast to center.

The multihomer outing marked the second such instance since turning pro for Schmitt, who through 18 games this year, boasts the highest OPS (.960) among Eugene regulars. Ranked as San Francisco’s No. 13 prospect, the 23-year-old has now plated a run in three consecutive games. -- Jesse Borek

Padlo parks three homers, drives in six (May 1)
Kevin Padlo
has hit six home runs this season, three of them in his latest outing. All six of them have been at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque. But Padlo does not play for the Isotopes.

The 25-year-old infielder has played for two different teams in the young season. He posted a two-homer game with Triple-A Tacoma on April 14, then was traded to San Francisco. On Sunday, he swatted three dingers for Triple-A Sacramento in a 16-8 loss to Albuquerque.

The 25-year-old recorded the top two exit velocities and the top two distances of the game, with two of his three dingers traveling more than 430 feet and the ball twice flying off his bat at 109.3 mph. Full story »

Swiney, Emeralds polish off seven-inning no-hitter (May 1)
With just a single Minor League no-hitter the first month of the season, the time was ripe for another. Nick Swiney and two relievers delivered in the first game of a doubleheader.

The No. 17 San Francisco prospect struck out seven over 5 1/3 innings for High-A Eugene en route to a 3-0 win over Tri-City at Gesa Stadium. Cole Waites and Nick Avila finished off the Emeralds' sixth no-hitter, their first one since 2015.

In his third start of the season, Swiney walked Dust Devils' leadoff batter Kyren Paris, the third-ranked Angels prospect. The southpaw set down the next 12 batters before a fielding error by first baseman Luis Toribio, the No. 22 Giants prospect, snapped the streak. Swiney worked his way out of the inning and set aside the first batter in the sixth before exiting after tossing 76 pitches, 51 for strikes. Full story »

Harrison fans 11, Luciano goes deep to lead Emeralds (April 28)
Kyle Harrison
turned in his most dominant performance as a professional, striking out 11 over four innings, and Marco Luciano went deep to lead High-A Eugene to a 4-1 win over Tri-City.

Harrison, the No. 3 Giants prospect, recorded three strikeouts in three different innings and scattered three hits and a pair of walks across his 71-pitch outing. The 20-year-old has a 3.00 ERA in four starts and a 32-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 15 innings. Opponents are batting just .193 against him.

Luciano went deep for the fourth time and tallied his second consecutive multihit game. Baseball's No. 13 overall prospect is batting .321/.361/.607 with eight extra-base hits and nine RBIs in 15 games. -- Michael Avallone

Bednar dazzles in hitless outing for San Jose (April 27)
Will Bednar’s first three outings this season were good. His fourth was great.

San Francisco’s No. 4 prospect struck out five over five hitless innings as Single-A San Jose rallied late for a 5-3 win over visiting Modesto.

“I started out really hot that first inning,” said Bednar, who struck out the first two batters he faced and retired the side in order. “My fastball and slider were playing really well early on, and then kind of in that middle few innings, my slider lost a little bit. I was kind of yanking it or front-dooring guys, not really on purpose, and then that last inning, I really dialed it back in.” Full story »

Beck promoted to Triple-A Sacramento (April 26)
Pitching prospect Tristan Beck was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday after logging a 2.57 ERA with 19 strikeouts over 14 innings in three starts with Double-A Richmond. Beck, a 25-year-old right-hander who was acquired from the Braves in exchange for Mark Melancon at the 2019 Trade Deadline, was limited to only 12 appearances last year due to injury, but he has the potential to move quickly now that he's healthy.

"Dating back to Spring Training, he’s looked awesome," manager Gabe Kapler said. "Reports have been good. I’m excited that he’s getting this opportunity." -- Maria Guardado

Luciano, Toribio go deep for Eugene (April 20)
Shortstop Marco Luciano, who is ranked the Giants' No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline, crushed a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning to lift High-A Eugene to a 6-5 win over Vancouver on Tuesday. Luciano's second home run of the season left his bat at 107 mph and went out to straightaway center field, bumping his batting average to .345 (10-for-29) with a 1.030 OPS over his first eight games. First baseman Luis Toribio (No. 22) also homered and added a triple to finish the night 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. -- Maria Guardado

Harrison fans nine for Eugene (April 15)
Kyle Harrison turned heads in his pro debut last season when he won Low-A West Pitcher of the Year honors. In 2022, he’s looking for a repeat performance.

MLB’s No. 74 prospect fired another gem on Friday night, this time striking out nine over five shutout innings in High-A Eugene’s thrilling 1-0 victory over Spokane. Harrison allowed only two hits and a walk as he tossed 44 of his 62 pitches for strikes. Full story »

Ramos called up to The Show (April 10)
No. 6 prospect Heliot Ramos was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento when the Giants placed right-hander John Brebbia on the bereavement list. A first-round pick in the 2017 Draft, the 22-year-old Ramos is batting sixth and playing left field in his big league debut.

A 2017 first-round Draft pick out of Puerto Rico, Ramos started in center field for Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, but he was replaced by Bryce Johnson in the top of the fourth. Over four games with the River Cats this year, Ramos is 3-for-13 with one home run, one double, four walks and four RBIs. -- Maria Guardado