The San Francisco Giants have no business fighting for the NL West division crown: their 68-63 record is not close to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 81-49 mark.
However, they do have a chance at one of the National League’s Wild Card spots.
They are, as of Tuesday afternoon, half-a-game behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for the third and last WC spot.
To aid their pursuit, they recently called up left-handed pitching prospect Kyle Harrison.
Harrison has been nothing short of amazing in two starts with the Giants, the most recent coming on Monday against the Cincinnati Reds (another team in the Wild Card quest).
“Kyle Harrison’s home debut was a beauty: 6 1/3 IP | 3 H | 0 R | 2 BB | 11 K. The No. 1 @SFGiants prospect (MLB No. 20) has posted a 1.86 ERA through the first two starts of his Major League career,” MLB Pipeline tweeted.
Kyle Harrison's home debut was a beauty:
6 1/3 IP | 3 H | 0 R | 2 BB | 11 K
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 29, 2023
He was untouchable and, for 6.1 innings, he left the Reds scoreless and with just three hits and two walks to show for their efforts.
Perhaps most impressively, he struck out 11 hitters.
Those who have followed his minor league path, however, know that the most promising part of that stat line are his two walks.
In 65.2 innings in Triple-A this season, Harrison gave up a whopping 48 walks.
Control can be a problem for the young southpaw, but that certainly wasn’t the case on Monday.
It’s certainly worth monitoring his performance after three or four starts, once the league has a more comprehensive scouting report on him and his stuff.
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