Pitcher Kyle Harrison of the San Francisco Giants poses for a portrait during the MLB photo day at Scottsdale Stadium on February 24, 2023 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
By Matthew Tallarini
World Baseball Network
The No. 20 Major League prospect and No. 1 ranked player in the San Francisco Giants organization according to MLBpipeline.com, starting pitcher Kyle Harrison, was called up to the Major Leagues on Sunday.
Harrison, 22, born in San Jose, California, was selected in the third round of the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft and signed out of De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif for $2.5 million on July 16, 2020. He had been committed to play college ball at UCLA.
This season, Harrison started in 20 games with Triple-A Sacramento, going 1-3 with a 4.66 ERA, throwing 65.2 innings while allowing 52 hits, 34 earned runs, 10 home runs, 48 walks, and striking out 105 batters with a 1.523 WHIP.
Harrison had a 16.3% walk rate and 35.6% strikeout rate during the 2023 season with Triple-A Sacramento.
Last season, Harrison spent time between High-A Eugene and Double-A Richmond, starting in 25 games with a 4-3 record along with a 2.71 ERA throwing 113 innings allowing 79 hits, 34 runs, 13 home runs, 49 walks, and 186 strikeouts including a 1.133 WHIP.
During Harrison’s first professional season, he played in Low-A San Jose, posting a 4-3 record through 98.2 innings over 23 starts. He had a 3.19 ERA and allowed 86 hits, 35 earned runs, three home runs, 52 walks, and struck out 157 batters.
The Giants have mixed in a few pitchers in the starting rotation this year.
Harrison will have to fill spots in the rotation around Logan Webb, Alex Cobb, Jakob Junis, Alex Wood, Sean Manaea, and Ross Stripling.
Stripling landed on the 10-day injured list due to a back strain on Saturday.
Sean Hjelle was also called up to fill in a swingman role, either coming out of the bullpen in the middle innings or making spot starts. With nearly a month to go in the regular season, the Giants are 65-59 and hold second place in the National Wild Card race, two and a half games behind the first place Philadelphia Phillies.