Seth Corry, LHP, SF

Giants fans, would you like something to feel good about? Read on about young left-hander Seth Corry.

Video courtesy of FanGraphs
  • Born: November 3, 1998
  • B/T: Left/Left
  • 6’2″, 195-lbs
  • Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 3rd round of the 2017 MLB June Amateur Draft from Lone Peak HS (Highland, UT)

The Numbers

His raw numbers are listed above courtesy of baseball-reference.com. Let’s aggregate by year then focus on the important numbers for minor leaguers:

It’s not often you see a chart like this, but when you do it gets me excited. Oh, I know, there isn’t much green on there until 2019, and oh, those walks. But if you look at the WHIPK%B%, and K%-BB% columns, from 2017 to 2019, in each case the numbers get better. Every single one of them. This is a young arm learning to use his weapons, gaining dominance, and hopefully soon will increase his control. Once he does that, the sky’s the limit!

Not much of a split here. In 2019, he dominated anyone he faced.

Remember that chart above where every number improved from one year to the next? This is what it looks like graphically. He was in the doldrums as an 18-year-old in Rookie ball, and when he started again in short-season Rookie ball in 2018 as a 19-year old, he began in those doldrums and began climbing his way out. He almost reached mediocrity, and then he was sent to low-A ball, and then he faded late in the season.

In 2019, his breakout year, he led the South Atlantic League in ERA and K. His dominance climbed, and climbed, and climbed. If he could cut down on the walks, that line would have burst through the top of the chart!

Looks as if when those righties do get a home run off Corry, the pull it to left field. But there aren’t that many home runs, are there? Corry gets more ground balls than fly balls, and he is good at inducing weak contact with groundballs.

Looking in the BaseballHQ.com Minor League Baseball Analyst book, we see that Corry has three pitches in his arsenal:

All three pitches are average or better, with his curve being plus. He can get hitters to chase that curve.

His fastball has running action, and combined with his left-handedness is enough to make it a good enough pitch to set up that curve and his changeup. It’s a starter’s package, though more of a #3 or #4 than ace.

The Scouts

Warnings

He needs better control of his pitches. The strikeouts are here and growing, but if he can’t control the pitches, upper level batters will wait him out and take the walk. So the key for him is to get those walks down. Hey, he’s 21, he can do it.

He did great last year, but now let’s tackle Double-A and start striking guys out. If he does that, he will on all seven of the scouts list above next year.

Conclusion

When you are in a hole, stop digging, the saying says. Well, Corry found himself in a deep hole two years ago, and he started digging his way out. Last year was a breakthrough. Let’s hope he keeps it going this year. If so, we can tack a fourth year in a row of improvement.

I love it when pitchers get better in every metric from year to year. Seth Corry, I’m rooting for ya!

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