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Giants pitching prospect Birdsong to make MLB debut Wednesday

SAN FRANCISCO – Still missing several key pieces to their starting rotation, the Giants plan to call up rookie Hayden Birdsong to make his MLB debut on Wednesday. Manager Bob Melvin made the announcement prior to Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Cubs at Oracle Park and said that the team has high expectations for the

Giants pitching prospect Birdsong to make MLB debut Wednesday

SAN FRANCISCO – Nonetheless lacking a number of key items to their beginning rotation, the Giants plan to name up rookie Hayden Birdsong to make his MLB debut on Wednesday.

Supervisor Bob Melvin made the announcement previous to Tuesday’s sport in opposition to the Chicago Cubs at Oracle Park and stated that the group has excessive expectations for the 22-year-old right-hander.

“We’re enthusiastic about it,” Melvin stated. “For my part, he’s going to have an extended big-league profession. It’s in all probability coming, the beginning of it, a bit earlier than we anticipated due to the necessity and doubtless pitching the most effective down there. I believe that was why the choice was made.”

The Giants haven’t had a completely wholesome rotation for a lot of the season. Reigning NL Cy Younger Award winner Blake Snell and newcomer Robbie Ray, together with holdovers Alex Cobb and Keaton Winn, have been sidelined at various times with quite a lot of accidents.

Birdsong, a sixth-round choose in 2022, is without doubt one of the Giants’ high pitching prospects. He started the season in Double-A Richmond the place he went 4-2 with a 2.05 ERA. With an expansive repertoire of pitches, Birdsong notched 61 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings.

He was promoted to Triple-A Sacramento on June 15 and continued to impress, recording 14 strikeouts in 9 innings over two begins. Birdsong threw 91 pitches in his final begin with the River Cats, so he has the flexibility to go deep into video games.

“The 2 begins that he’s had with Triple-A have been good,” Melvin stated. “He can throw upwards of what you’ll suppose a starter would throws so far as pitches go. Look, there’s some threat with a man that was simply in Triple-A. He’s a younger child, he’s very gifted.”

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Birdsong frolicked with the Giants throughout spring coaching, so Melvin and the employees already had been aware of him earlier than watching his work within the minors.

“You watch his bullpens, it’s true starter stuff and it’s expertise,” Melvin stated. “He’s younger but it surely’s fairly thrilling to suppose that he’s going to get an opportunity to begin, particularly right here at house.”

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