Matt Mikulski, LHP
BATS: L / THROWS: L
ACQUIRED: Drafted 2021, 2nd Round
LAST LEVEL: Rookie
GiantFutures 2022 Ranks: #4 Starting Pitcher, #12 Overall
Performance: Mikulski’s performance in 2021 was more about college than his pro debut. Mikulski didn’t get drafted in 2020 in the short draft, so he returned to college as a senior and made changes that boosted his stock, with 124 strikeouts to 27 walks in just 68.1 innings. The Giants took him in the 2nd round of the draft.
Mikulski made his pro debut in the Arizona Complex League, a touch old for the level at 22, and made four starts for a total of 5.0 innings, with five strikeouts to three walks. His real debut will be in 2022, however.
Strengths and Weaknesses: Mikulski’s fastball in 2020 sat in the mid-90’s, and touched a bit higher at times. His best secondary pitch is a mid-80’s fastball that he throws and gets good deception with. His breaking pitches are a bit behind, with a slider and a show-me curveball.
Mikulski got a ton of strikeouts without a lot of walks at the end of his college career more from his deception than from his control. He probably won’t have plus control as he moves up the pros.
2022 Outlook: Mikulski is an interesting pitcher of potential to watch in 2022. The Giants didn’t get to see much out of him yet. He’ll likely start the year in the rotation of San Jose. Where he goes from there is anyone’s guess.
Future Profile: Of the top starting pitching prospects in the system, Mikulski has the highest reliever risk. At his best, Mikulski could be a pitcher who gets a ton of strikeouts with his changeup using a lot of deception, perhaps similar to Logan Webb. But if his control slips or his breaking pitches don’t develop, Mikulski has the floor of a guy in a setup mix out of the bullpen, where shorter stints may lead to higher velocities.