Harrison understands development is key with majors in sight


Giants top pitching prospect Kyle Harrison is one player that fans are excited about, considering the 20-year-old is a local product from the San Jose area. 

Harrison currently finds himself with San Francisco's Double-A affiliate, the Richmond Flying Squirrels, after earning a promotion from the team's High-A squad in Eugene. In 71 1/3 innings over 15 starts between both stops this season, he has a 2.52 ERA and 119 strikeouts.

The left-handed pitcher understands he's on the cusp of reaching the big leagues but knows there are still areas of his game that need development. 

"... Me coming out of high school, I didn't have nearly the stuff that I have now, so me just kind of trying to find out how to, you know, work for the best of my ability to keep that consistent," Harrison told KNBR's "Papa & Lund" on Thursday

"I got to work at executing more of my pitches, and I think just getting more of a feel for the game. I think I'm a young player right now, and I need to develop and get ready for that next level."

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Nonetheless, being in Richmond, Harrison can see that possible call-up from the Giants in the distance but does state that he takes it day by day and doesn't begin looking too far up the road. 

"... You gotta keep it realistic and attack each day like it's your last one, you know?" Harrison said. "And you got to control what you can control. ... It's me learning how to go out there and pitch and just treat every day like it's the last one and having fun doing it; that's the big thing."

Regarding an estimated time of arrival, MLB.com says Harrison should be with the Giants by 2023, but his performance so far this season could accelerate that timeline.

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