Carson Ragsdale hasn't pitched in a while, as his collegiate season at the University of South Florida was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Philadelphia Phillies drafted him last year, but the lack of a Minor League Baseball season prevented the newly acquired Giant from making his professional debut.
But in his most recent appearance on the mound, Ragsdale left a strong impression. Taking the mound against the then-top-ranked Florida Gators last March, Ragsdale fanned 10 batters in just four innings of work.
Although he ultimately got a no-decision in South Florida's eventual 2-1 loss, his outing against such a deep lineup left Phillies amateur scouting director Brian Barber very impressed (H/T Phillies Nation).
“To be able to see him compete at that type of level against a quality team as the University of Florida, it probably gave us more comfort in what we had seen in the other starts as well,” Barber told the media during a Zoom conference. “He completely dominated a high-level team like Florida with his curveball that day and with the mid-90s velocity.”
Reliever Sam Coonrod was dealt to the Phillies in exchange for Ragsdale on Saturday.
Ragsdale was 1-0 overall in his final season with the Bulls, finishing with a 2.84 ERA over 19 innings. His 37 strikeouts over that span certainly jump off the page, as he averaged over nine per start.
MLB Pipeline ranked Ragsdale as Philadelphia's 30th best prospect prior to the move, after he was selected 116th overall in June's MLB draft.
At 6-foot-8, Ragsdale is an intriguing addition to the Giants' farm system. He was assigned to the Augusta Green Jackets according to his MLB.com profile, and the Giants are hoping he can replicate that dominance whenever he next takes the field.