Buster Posey and Brandon Belt have hit as many home runs as Mike Trout, the Giants still sit atop the NL West standings and the Los Angeles Dodgers are reeling right now. Yeah, things are looking up in San Francisco.
The same goes with the Giants' farm system, too.
The Giants received even more good news Tuesday morning as pitcher Kyle Harrison became their fifth prospect to be named to Baseball America's top 100 list. Harrison now is ranked as the No. 99 prospect in the game. He joins Marco Luciano (10), Joey Bart (33), Heliot Ramos (72) and Luis Matos (89) from San Francisco's system.
"In a system stacked with young, high-end position prospects, Harrison has already ascended to the organization’s best pitching prospect," Baseball America writes in their scouting report of the young left-hander.
Harrison, 19, made his minor league debut Saturday for the San Jose Giants and quickly showed why evaluators are so high on the Bay Area native. He struck out seven batters in three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. The only downside to his debut was that Harrison did hit two batters and walked three.
But he also topped out at 97 mph with his fastball.
The Giants made catcher Patrick Bailey their top pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, but it's safe to say they centered their plans around Harrison. They paid the De La Salle alum nearly double his signing slot to keep him away from UCLA to stay close to home as a third-round draft pick. That plan has paid off so far.
Harrison, who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, gained a significant amount of strength in the offseason and his added muscle has resulted with an uptick in velocity. He came into last year's draft throwing in the low-90s. After opening eyes in the fall Instructional League, Harrison consistently is throwing his fastball in the upper-90s.
He also has a wipeout sweeping breaking ball that has drawn comparisons to Chris Sale.
While the Giants' top prospects are hitter-heavy right now, Harrison is an example of what San Francisco built its previous dynasty from: Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain all throwing gems in orange and black.
Harrison now is doing that in San Jose, and looks like a grade-A draft steal.