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The SF Giants Prospect Round-Up: Nearly No-No

The pitching in the system has been fantastic, and it’s midseason callup time. Who’s up? Who should we watch?

Prospect Roundup Cover Image Kevin J. Cunningham

Nearly No-Hit

Why did John Gavin win SAL Pitcher of the Week? Well, all he did was throw seven no-hit innings, only giving up a walk in what was by far his best performance of the year.

Luckily, we’ve got some video of John Gavin doing what he did…albeit in one of the weirdest-looking promotion jerseys of the day.

The San Jose native has been having an amazing season. The 8th rounder has more experience than stuff, but he works it well, and when he’s on, he can be dominating. Although we’re still learning how SRP Park will play for pitchers or hitters, Gavin has done everything he could reasonable be expected to this season.

What does the future hold for him? Augusta Chronicle journalist David Lee has seen a lot of players pass through Augusta, and here’s what he thinks about Gavin.

admit, it’s not the rosiest of outlooks, but it’s a good tool to get out of an 8th round pick. It’s a long ways to go, though, and the next step will be San Jose. Which brings up…

Mid-Summer Call-Ups

It’s the time of year that some of the top performers to get a chance to move up in the system. And this is truly one of the moments you can get a sense of what the system thinks about certain players, based on who gets pushed, and who gets left behind. So let’s take a look at some of the key callups that have happened.

To Sacramento:

Miguel Gomez - To be honest, Richmond hasn’t had a lot of callup worthy talent. And they didn’t really start with Gomez, either. Gomez started in Sacramento and only got in three games there before a decent stint as a backup in SF. The thing is, it’s probably the best thing for Gomez that Alen Hanson happened, because it lets Gomez work on himself. Now hitting .313/.333/.479 back in Richmond, he’ll get a real, likely uninterrupted run in Sacramento to prove himself.

To Richmond:

Patrick Ruotolo - We’re still waiting for some of the real possible callups from San Jose, but Richmond got one of the earliest ones. Reliever Patrick Ruotolo got a May 21st callup after putting a 1.47 ERA in 14 games at San Jose. He’s had a mixed bag in Double-A, now having given up as many home runs (3) in 11 games, as he had in 77 previous games of his career. But Ruotolo has still been effective in Richmond, and his undersized overstatement still has a future.

To San Jose:

Jason Bahr - Bahr got the successful callup first from Augusta’s strong rotation. The 5th rounder had a 2.75 ERA in Augusta, and went six shutout innings this week in his San Jose debut. Bahr may have a more well-rounded future than the other pitchers in the Augusta rotation who could come up, in Gavin and Joey Marciano.

Frank Rubio - Coming up alongside Bahr was Augusta’s strong closer. He doesn’t throw 100 MPH like many of San Jose’s relievers, but works off deception that was well over what the hitters in the South Atlantic League. Whether or not that will play at the next level is a good question. He’s got two appearances in San Jose looking good so far (and a spot appearance in Double-A earlier in the year that was not so good).

Midseason Heat-Ups

One other thing that tends to happen in the middle of a season is that some players just start to turn it on. And one prospect in particular that Giants fans have been waiting to break out.

Heliot Ramos spent the start of this week going 5-for-9 before taking an 0-fer on Tuesday. But he’s spent June turning things around. After Tuesday’s game, Ramos is batting .291/.365/.419 in June with eight doubles and a home run. He’s also upped his game on the basepaths with four steals in four attempts, after going just 1-for-6 in the previous two months.

The strikeouts are still there, although the walk percentage is turning up. But we’re finally starting to see the star we knew was there.

Other midseason turn arounds to look for (or are starting)

  • Ryder Jones - Two 3-hit games in a row are nice, but let’s make sure it’s not the thin Albuquerque air. Still, his average is at it’s highest point of the season now, and he has four of his seven homers in June.
  • Steven Duggar - The strikeouts are still a major issue. But lately, he’s been sputtering like an engine in an old cartoon trying to start. It’s there, then it’s not…but soon, he’ll start roaring again.
  • Logan Baldwin - Another player who’s shown streaks of talent but not for long enough, at some point his hustle is going to turn into production.
  • Melvin Adon - The numbers get frustrating to look at, but his stuff is legitimate and he’s starting to get a handle on it.

Diego Rincones - Watch Out

I think GPT puts it as well as I could. But he’s definitely a name to watch this summer, especially if Canario is not quite doing it for you.

Don’t sleep on Seth Corry, either. His potential is still there.

A Nice Scouting Report on Manuel Geraldo

For your watching and viewing pleasure

For Whom The Bells Toll

Okay, point one: needs to start including middle names. For the love of Wander Francos, they do.

Secondly, I still love the hotness that is the AZL Giants (now Orange) jerseys. I need to get a really good look at the black ones. Maybe I’ll head down in a couple of months for a weekend and see.

Hitter of the Week - Beicker Mendoza

Let’s give some love to a 20-year old who is tackling the AZL for a third season - Beicker Mendoza.

Mendoza was 11-for-19 on the week, scoring 10 runs! He walked twice against four strikeouts, and had four doubles and two triples. That’s a .579/.636/1.105 batting line. Not bad for a week in the hot sun.

Although it’s just the first week and could be a hot start, it’s good to see from Mendoza. Last season, he posted a .236/.267/.403 batting line in the AZL, and had a .272./.300/.316 line the season before.

Pitcher of the Week - John Gavin

Of course it was! But, let’s take a quick moment to recognize some really nice performances this week:

  • Dan Slania struck out 11 in six innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk.
  • Seth Corry struck out eight in 4.2, with two hits and two walks.
  • Freddery Paulino in the DSL went five and struck out seven, just allowing one hit.
  • Ivan Armstrong had a nearly identical line in the DSL, just swap out two walks for the one hit.
  • Logan Webb struck out seven in four scoreless innings.

Quite a week for pitching performances in the system!

Saturday’s Lines

Sacramento Litter Box

  • Jeff Samardzija had the rough rehab start, his third start in his rehab and first really rough one.
  • Steven Okert had an equally painful outing, giving up six hits, an error and catcher’s interference. Three of those hits were for extra-bases.
  • Tyler Rogers struck out three in two shutout innings, and has now walked just four batters in his last 10.2 innings. Three of those walks were in his only really rough outing, when he didn’t get an out.
  • Mac Williamson picked up his second home run since returning to Sacramento. He’s 2-for-8 since returning with a walk and two strikeouts, with both hits behind home runs.
  • Ryder Jones collected three hits for the second straight game, and his .297 batting average is the highest of the season.

Richmond Nuthouse

  • Ryan Howard picked up three hits, and now has a 7-game hitting streak. He’s hitting .314 in June, with a .778 OPS.
  • Jordan Johnson took the rough day on the mound, matching a career high in hits with 11, which he hadn’t allowed since 2016. On the season, he’s given up 80 hits in 79.1 innings.
  • Pat Ruotolo has suffered a bit in June. He’s given up four earned runs, three of which came off of solo home runs.

San Jose Footprints

  • The 5 earned runs Adon gave up were his most since May 6th, but it came mostly from giving up two home runs in a game for the first time this season. He’s given up six on the season now.
  • The San Jose offense was shut down by Stockton’s Matt Milburn, a 29th round pick in 2016 with a now-4.39 ERA on the season.

Augusta Putt-putt Course

  • Manuel Geraldo picked up a pair of hits, and has multiple hits in three of his last four games.
  • Just as Heliot Ramos was starting to show signs of waking up, he had an 0-for-5 game. He has struck out exactly once in each of his last seven games.
  • Starter Jose Marte gave up four runs, the fourth time over his last six games that he’s given up at least three earned runs.

Salem-Keizer Crater

  • Trevor Abrams led the Volcanoes with three hits, his third straight game with multiple hits. In 10 games at Salem-Keizer, Abrams is batting .366/.395/.659. The 23-year old Abrams was signed as an undrafted free agent in December.
  • Jose Layer has been working well as the Volcanoes leadoff hitter, with multiple hits in five of the nine games he’s played.
  • Gregory Santos was just good enough on the mound to pick up the win. In his second game with five strikeouts and no walks, he now has 14 strikeouts against three walks in three starts this season.

Arizona Black Adders

  • Jose’s brother Abdiel Layer was 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season. He’s 7-for-19 on the season, with three multiple-hit games on the season.
  • 25-year old T.J. Bennett made a rehab start on the Black team. It’s his first appearance since May 19th, when he was with Augusta.
  • 21-year old Israel Cruz took the start on the mound, bouncing back nicely after giving up six runs in his first start of the season.

Arizona Orange Order

  • Joey Bart is starting to wake up, although the Giants still haven’t had him catch a full game. Bart with 2-for-3 with his first extra-base hit, a double.
  • Beicker Mendoza hit the biggest hit of the game, a grand slam for his second home run of the season.
  • Ismael Munguia picked up his first triple of the season as he continues to hit well in limited play. This was his first game since June 21st.
  • Jasier Herrera struck out five and walked none in his first start. In his second start, it was three walks and one strikeout. Las season as a reliever, he struck out 21 and walked seven in 22 innings.
  • Chris Heston’s rehab continued with his second appearance in the AZL.

Dominican Beach

  • Luis Toribio returned after leaving Monday’s game early. He picked right up, with three hits and a walk. Toribio is batting .308/.458/.585 in 19 games this summer.
  • Ismael Alcantara was 2-for-2 with two doubles, giving him five on the season. He has multiple hits in three of the last four games he’s played, raising his batting average from .176 to .279.
  • Cristian Acosta didn’t start, but he had the best appearance of any pitcher on the staff, going a personal season-high 2.2 IP.

The Wrap-Up:

Hey…sports are fun. Right?

Good job, guys.