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SF Giants have high hopes for hometown hero Kyle Harrison

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SAN JOSE — San Francisco Giants fans Matt Spillar and Jordan Kan waited for more than an hour in line at San Jose’s San Pedro Square for one man: Kyle Harrison. When they finally reached the front of the queue at the team’s FanFest tour stop in January, their favorite player signed a Harrison jersey, two rookie cards and a ticket from his MLB debut.

It’s easy to understand why Harrison resonates with so many Giants fans. He was born at San Jose’s Kaiser Santa Teresa, starred at Concord’s vaunted De La Salle High, grew up going to A’s and Giants games and spurned UCLA for the Giants, who drafted him in 2020.

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Kyle Harrison signs autographs at FanFest, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024, at San Pedro Square in San Jose, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Kyle Harrison signs autographs at FanFest, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024, at San Pedro Square in San Jose, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) 

He has the chance to write his own story as local kid turned franchise face.

“When you’re able to see them kind of work their way up through the ranks in the minors, you kind of feel like you were on that journey with them a little bit,” said Spillar, who followed some of Harrison’s journey from the San Jose Giants press box, where he works part-time.

Kan added, “That’s why those World Series years were special, because that core group of guys were homegrown players. We’re hoping for the new homegrown guys.”

The Giants and their fans know the franchise needs a wave of drafted and developed players to take lead roles to become a consistent winner again. That starts with Harrison, the top left-handed pitching prospect in baseball.

“I don’t want to put unrealistic expectations on him, but I think we all as a group have some expectations for him,” ace Logan Webb said. “I know he does…There’s a lot of people that feel that way, including MLB.com and all those things putting him as the No. 1 prospect. I give him a little crap for that. But I’m excited. He’s excited. I keep saying it, but the sky’s the limit for him.”

One of the big questions the Giants must answer heading into the 2024 season is how real – and how ready – Harrison is.

Harrison will open the season in a Giants rotation that also includes Webb, Blake Snell, Jordan Hicks and Keaton Winn. Veterans Alex Cobb and Robbie Ray are expected to come off the injured list later in the season.

San Francisco Giants pitcher Kyle Harrison #45 delivers a pitch during the spring training game between the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers at Billy Parker Field at Surprise Stadium on Feb. 25, 2024 in Surprise, Arizona.....Photo by John Medina
San Francisco Giants pitcher Kyle Harrison #45 delivers a pitch during the spring training game between the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers at Billy Parker Field at Surprise Stadium on Feb. 25, 2024 in Surprise, Arizona…..Photo by John Medina 

Much has changed since Harrison made his debut with the Giants last season – a seven-start audition that saw him log a 4.15 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 34 ⅔ innings.

Bob Melvin replaced his first MLB manager, Gabe Kapler; his first MLB pitching coach, Andrew Bailey, left for Boston, and Brian Bannister, whom he worked closely with, took a job with the White Sox after serving as the Giants’ director of pitching.



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