Kyle Harrison

21-Year-Old PitcherP
San Francisco Giants AA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Harrison isn't a perfect pitching prospect, but he is as good as they come with regards to missing bats. The 21-year-old southpaw struck out 186 in 113 innings across 25 starts between High-A and Double-A, with the bulk of his work coming at Double-A. He has a standard three-pitch mix (fastball/slider/changeup) and can get whiffs on any of his pitches in any count if he executes. Harrison had an 11.2 BB% at Double-A, but he cut down on the walks as the summer went on, and most evaluators expect him to stick as a starting pitcher. He is a flyball pitcher (35.6 GB%, 11 HR allowed at Double-A), so assuming his command and control are never elite, he will likely fail to log ace-level ratios, even if he is one of the game's top strikeout arms. While Harrison is not on the 40-man roster, he is clearly the team's best young pitcher, so a 2023 MLB debut is in the cards if he earns it. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $2.5 million contract with the Giants in July of 2020.
Drops playoff opener
PSan Francisco Giants  AA
September 21, 2022
Harrison made the start in Double-A Richmond's first playoff game Tuesday and lasted just three innings, striking out nine while allowing two runs on four hits and a walk.
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All things equal, it wasn't a terrible outing, considering that Harrison recorded every one of his outs via strikeout, but he did give up a trio of doubles while needing 71 pitches to navigate three frames. Harrison closed out the regular season for Richmond with a 3.11 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 127:39 K:BB across 84 innings after averaging more than two strikeouts per inning alongside a 1.55 ERA in a 29-frame stint in High-A. Regardless of the returns in these playoffs, he's earned his place as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball.
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
Harrison could be a frontline starter if the rest of his development goes smoothly. We shouldn't count on that happening, but his talent and upside were on full display last year. The 20-year-old southpaw struck out 157 over 98.2 innings at Low-A, but his 1.40 WHIP on the year was obviously a red flag. That said, he closed the year on a high note, logging an 0.97 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 61:13 K:BB in 37 innings over his final eight starts. He can already touch 98 mph with his four-seam fastball, and his slider and changeup might be 70-grade offerings in time. Both offspeed pitches got whiffs at over a 40% clip last season. If his late-season control gains hold and he can stay healthy, Harrison should cruise through the minors and may eventually pitch atop the Giants' rotation.
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Three straight scoreless outings
PSan Francisco Giants  AA
August 5, 2022
Harrison has pitched 12 scoreless innings over his last three starts with Double-A Richmond, allowing just five hits in that span while posting a 17:7 K:BB.
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Settling in at Double-A
PSan Francisco Giants  AA
June 24, 2022
Harrison has allowed just one earned run over 11 innings spanning his last two starts for Double-A Richmond, posting a 17:7 K:BB in the process. All told, he has a 4.44 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 39:15 K:BB in five starts and 24.1 innings since being promoted.
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Promoted to Double-A
PSan Francisco Giants  AA
May 24, 2022
Harrison was promoted to Double-A Richmond on Tuesday, Melissa Lockard of The Athletic reports.
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Looking sharp early in High-A
PSan Francisco Giants  AA
April 27, 2022
Harrison has put up a 21:3 K:BB alongside a 3.27 ERA and 1.00 WHIP across 11 innings spanning three starts so far this season for High-A Eugene.
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Selected by San Francisco
PSan Francisco Giants  AA
June 11, 2020
The Giants have selected Harrison with the 85th overall pick in the 2020 first-year player draft.
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