Welcome back to our monthly review of the Giants' minor-league system. Who's hot and who's not? Let's take a look.
Adam Duvall quite simply exploded in May. Though the right-handed corner infielder has been nursing a hamstring he aggravated legging out a triple on May 22, Duvall's 76 at-bats yielded a .355/.430/.846 line during baseball's second month. Giants manager Bruce Bochy was considering Duvall as the Brandon Belt replacement call-up, which eventually went to Tyler Colvin on May 10. That same day, Duvall hit his sixth home run of the month for the Fresno Grizzlies, eventually clearing the fence thrice more in the next five games.
So, yes. Adam Duvall is posting Pill-ian numbers in the Pacific Coast League. He'd probably be a hit in Korea, too.
While May belonged to the 25-year-old Louisville product, other Giants minor leaguers impressed, as well. Let's welcome in June with some stats, both good and bad.
C - Andrew Susac
San Francisco's top catching prospect hasn't been the healthiest in 2014, hitting the disabled list twice in the season's first two months for a concussion and a hamstring, but a healthy Susac produces.
1B - Mark Minicozzi
Spring training's best story is back after missing more than a month with a separated shoulder. He joined the San Jose Giants roster for rehabilitation starts on May 16, and has proceeded to register 24 hits in 16 games split between San Jose and Fresno.
2B - Joe Panik
Joe Panik, who followed up his stellar April with an even better May, leads all Giants minor leaguers with 70 hits. He batted .345 with 39 hits in May and maintained a strikeout percentage of 10.8 percent, totaling just 25 in 243 plate appearances.
SS - Matt Duffy
No offense to Blake Miller, who has continued to be the organization's most surprising standout player. But Matt Duffy's month-long barrage of hits (42) are most worthy. In 28 May games, Duffy recorded a hit in 25 of them, and logged two or more in 15.
3B - Adam Duvall
Seventeen extra-base hits out of his last 27 knocks pretty much explains everything you need to know about Adam Duvall last month.
LF - Elliott Blair
After a surprisingly good April for San Jose Giants repeater Elliott Blair, the team's everyday left fielder had a similar May. He recored less hits, but more doubles (6) and walks (10).
CF - Jesus Galindo
Jesus Galindo continues to be the organization's best center field prospect, statistically speaking. Though Gary Brown is having a much better year than 2013, notably dropping his strikeout percentage through two months by three percent and drawing five more walks than this time last year. But back to Galindo, who at age 23 is continuing to show what his speed and ability to get on base can provide to a team.
RF - Tyler Horan
Tyler Horan's 16 doubles and five triples are best among Giants minor leaguers, and though he only averaged .240 in May, 16 of his 24 hits went for extra bases.
SP (RHP) - N/A
Sadly, no right-handed starter stood out in May. At all. So highlighting the trio of lefties in Augusta seems more appropriate.
SP (LHP) - Luis Ysla, Christian Jones, Matt Lujan
These three southpaws have been ridiculous since April ended, and they've done it by keeping opposing hitters off base. Among the three, Matt Lujan's 1.02 May WHIP was highest. Both Christian Jones and Luis Ysla flirted with no-hitters, as well. Here are their May numbers, respectively.
RP (RHP) - Brett Bochy
Bruce's son made eight appearances in May, totaling 13.2 innings. Opponents averaged just .146 off his pitches. Surprisingly, Bochy has dominated left-handers, holding them to a .095 average and striking them out at a 30 percent rate.
RP (LHP) - Dan Runzler
It was hard to not type Steven Okert in the above slot, considering he leads the California League with 15 saves after not registering his first save until April 15. But Dan Runzler has surrendered two earned runs over 24 innings since season's beginning. That equates to a 0.75 ERA. Also worth noting is his .125 opposing batting average in May, as well as his relatively even splits against both sides of the plate.
1B - Angel Villalona, 8 doubles
SS - Blake Miller, 9 doubles, 4 home runs, 26 RBIs
SS/3B - Ryder Jones, 5 doubles, 5 home runs
3B - Mitch Delfino, 34 hits, 6 doubles
3B - Mario Lisson, .359 AVG, .441 OBP
3B/OF - Chris Dominguez, 6 doubles, 6 home runs
CF - Tyler Graham, 11 stolen bases
LF - Shawn Payne, 9 doubles, 4 home runs
SP (LHP) - Jack Snodgrass, 4 wins, 2.63 ERA
RP (RHP) - Cody Hall, 14.5 K/9, 0.95 WHIP
RP (LHP) - Steven Okert, 1.17 ERA, 10 saves
RP (LHP) - Donald Snelten, 0.82 ERA
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It was a rough month for a few Giants prospects, particularly starting pitchers that happen to be the organization's top two prospects. Here's a group of players who are glad to see June on the calendar.
RHP - Kyle Crick
April was not good for the Giants No. 1 prospect. He walked 14 batters in 12.2 innings. May showed signs of promise, mainly this start against Altoona where he allowed just three baserunners in six innings. But last month also proved worrisome due to starts like this against Trenton. Crick has allowed as many hits as walks (27) in 35 innings this season.
Bonus optimism! Crick struck out six and allowed only four runners yesterday in 5.1 innings.
LHP - Edwin Escobar
Edwin Escobar impressed in spring training, forcing many to believe he was next in line to crack the Giants roster should the team be plagued with injuries to the starting rotation. But the lefty has continued to struggle against Pacific Coast League hitting, making six starts in May and allowing 40 hits and 16 walks in 34.1 innings. At least he's eating up innings, pitching five or more frames on all six occasions.
LHP - Bryce Bandilla
Last year's strikeout machine is this year's most notable player demotion. Hard-throwing lefty reliever Bryce Bandilla was sent down to San Jose from Richmond on May 27 after compiling an 8.80 ERA and a 2.15 WHIP in 15 appearances.
LHP - Adalberto Mejia
This should pretty much explain it.
|vs RHB as LHP||9||165||153||42||12||2||6||8||32||.275||.305||.497||.802||.305|
|vs LHB as LHP||5||28||26||10||2||1||1||2||6||.385||.429||.654||1.082||.474|
RHP - Kendry Flores
Kendry Flores actually began May on a positive note, striking out six over 6⅔ innings. But then he let 19 earned runs cross the plate over his next 18⅔ innings, raising his season ERA to 5.94.
SS - Nick Noonan
Nick Noonan's poor May was highlighted by four extra-base hits, three walks and 28 strikeouts in 109 plate appearances.
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Hits: Joe Panik, 70
SB: Tyler Graham, 23
BB: Mario Lisson, 26
2B: Tyler Horan, 16
3B: Tyler Horan, 5
HR: Adam Duvall, 15
RBI: Adam Duvall, 44
OBP: Mario Lisson, .388
SLG: Adam Duvall, .616
OPS: Adam Duvall, .975
ERA: Dan Runzler, 0.75
Games: Tyler Mizenko, 27
Saves: Steven Okert, 15
IP: Jason Berken, 63.2
K: Matt Lujan, 54
K/9: Ray Black, 16.2
K/BB: Hunter Strickland, 8.0
WHIP: Ray Black, 0.84
H/9: Ray Black, 4.3