Hello everyone! A bit of a shortened Round-Up for you guys this week, with the Draft catching a lot of our attention this week. But we’ve got a few things to share with you.
For instance…last week we had #WorldOtterDay…Wha?
Manuel Geraldo Wins SAL Player of the Month
Congrats to our very own Manuel Geraldo for being named Player of the Month in May by @MiLB for all of the #SouthAtlanticLeague. Geraldo led the SAL in average, hits and runs, and was second in total bases and RBI.— Augusta GreenJackets (@GreenJackets) June 5, 2018
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Manual Geraldo has been a nice revelation to Augusta this year, and he gets rewarded. Geraldo led the SAL in average (.384), hits (38), and runs (23) on the month, and was second in total bases (62) and RBI (20). Geraldo’s full line for May was .384/.413/.626 with four doubles, one triple, and six home runs, and also 11 steals in 13 attempts.
On the season, Geraldo is at .313/.370/.484 with 7 doubles, one triple, and eight home runs.
Three of your GreenJackets have been selected to the 2018 #SouthAtlanticLeague All-Star Team!— Augusta GreenJackets (@GreenJackets) June 5, 2018
Starting pitchers Joey Marciano and John Gavin and starting shortstop Manuel Geraldo will all represent Augusta.
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With the Player of the Month honors, it’s no surprise to see Geraldo’s name here as well. Geraldo is one of the three Augusta GreenJackets headed to the SAL All-Star Game in Greensboro, NC. Geraldo will be joined by pitchers Joey Marciano and John Gavin this year.
Marciano has a 1.94 ERA in 10 games, with 51 strikeouts in 12 walks over 55.2 innings of work. That puts him currently in 7th in the league in ERA.
John Gavin isn’t far behind with a 2.01 ERA in 10 games, and 55 strikeouts against 18 walks in 44.2 innings. He has just a .172 batting average allowed as well. Gavin is 10th in the SAL in ERA.
The Dominican Summer League Begins Play
On Saturday, the Dominican Summer League got started, and now has three games finished on the schedule. The Giants’ DSL team has certainly been hurt a bit by the Giants past penalties on international signings thanks to the Lucius Fox deal. While the Giants will have no restrictions on signings for this season (starting on July 2nd), it’s unlikely the top names will appear in the DSL this year.
It’s a little early to sort out who is going to be the best names to keep an eye on, so I’ll save that for next week. In the meantime, expect the wild games we’ll usually see in the DSL, as the games have already seen a wild amount of walks and errors.
A Quick Scouting Report
Quick arm, downhill plane, explosive fastball and slider, great pitcher's frame. Mechanics looks pretty stiff and changeup isn't sharp but should have a lot of time to improve on it. Promising pitching prospect. https://t.co/YdmY7rd5P3— Giant Prospective (@giantprospectiv) June 1, 2018
Gregory Santos is one of the hidden prospects in the Giants’ system. Santos is there in Extended Spring Training, and we’ll probably be seeing him in the Arizona League when that gets underway.
A Season Debut
A fantastic California League debut tonight for Stetson Woods in San Jose. Five scoreless innings with just one hit allowed. Walked none, struck out two. Retired 15 of 16 hitters. Needed only 44 pitches to get through five.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) June 2, 2018
Woods, the 9th round pick from 2014, finally made his season debut with San Jose. Woods had a 3.36 ERA with Salem-Keizer last season, with 48 strikeouts and 21 walks in 64.1 innings. He’s skipping Augusta straight away this season, it appears.
Hitter of the Week - Steven Duggar
The great White Whale of Giants Twitter was likely very happy with Duggar’s week.
Duggar was 10-for-24 with four doubles, a triple and a rare home run on his week, starting to surge again. He collected hits in all six games of the week, one of his hottest streaks since the Spring.
On the season, Duggar is batting .274/.350/.406, having raised his batting average 20 points on the week. However, he still has just 24 walks agains 70 strikeouts, and he had 7 strikeouts on the week, so that part of his game still needs improving.
Pitcher of the Week - Franklin Van Gurp
It was a tough week for pitchers in the system, and that opens opportunities. So this week, a reliever takes the honor.
Franklin Van Gurp collected 8 strikeouts, two short of the high for the week, in just four innings of work. He also picked up the win with an inning in Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader.
Van Gurp has done well in a relief role in Augusta. He has a 0.65 ERA in 13 appearances, with 39 strikeouts and 10 walks in 27.2 innings, with just 14 hits allowed. All of Van Gurp’s peripherals look good, with a 0.87 WHIP and a .147 batting average allowed. The 25th round pick from last year is looking like a nice pickup, and might get a chance to show off in San Jose sometime this season.
- Not a single River Cat got more than one hit, but Steven Duggar picked up his third home run of the year for the biggest hit of the game for the victorious Cats. It was Duggar’s first home run since he hit home runs in back-to-back games on April 27th and 28th. All three of Duggar’s home runs have come at home.
- Ryder Jones picked up his 12th double of the year, but perhaps more impressively, three walks as well. Those three walks represent a full 20% of Jones’ total on the season, and were his first walks since May 17th.
- Daniel Camarena made his third start with Sacramento and went 5.2 shutout innings, escaping despite five hits and three walks. Each of Camarena’s last two starts have not allowed a run, and his Sacramento ERA is 0.51.
- Rough game for the Squirrels. Only Dylan Davis had a big hit for Richmond, his 7th home run of the season. Davis had only 10 home runs in 99 games with Richmond last season.
- Jordan Johnson took the brunt of the loss, giving up seven runs in 3.2 IP. His ERA jumped from 3.46 to 4.32 in just the one game, and is the second time in three starts that he only went 3.2 innings.
- San Jose managed just one extra base hit in a loss to Stockton. Jalen Miller’s 14th double was that hit, giving him some much needed hits as he’s been 1-for-11 over his past three games.
- Bryce Johnson picked up a 2-hit, 2-walk game. Bryce Johnson is batting just .261 in San Jose over 51 games this season, but he has an impressive .351 OBP with 23 walks against 45 strikeouts.
- Sandro Cabrera deserved better than this loss, giving up just two runs in seven innings of work. gave up five hits and two walks, brining down some totals from recent trends.
- The Giants faced rehabbing Oakland reliever (and former San Francisco closer) Santiago Casilla. Casilla pitched the first inning, giving up just one hit (Jalen Miller’s double) and striking out one (Gio Brusa).
Augusta Putt-putt Course
Took 12 innings of a double header to do it, but Logan Baldwin’s hit for the cycle today!— Roger Munter (@rog61) June 6, 2018
- It was a big day for Logan Baldwin, picking up the doubleheader cycle. In Game 1, he picked up the double (his 11th of the year) and finished the game with a two-run walk-off home run. In Game 2, Baldwin got his 5th double and 31st single. Baldwin is now batting .272/.322/.435 on the year.
- Heliot Ramos went a combined 1-for-6 with his 10th double of the season, as he continues to hit, but not a lot. Fellow top prospect Jacob Gonzalez is 2-for-5, raising his batting average to .254.
- Joe Marciano went six strong innings in Game 1, but didn’t get the win even after six shutout innings. His ERA had gone over 2.00 in his last game, to 2.17, but it’s back under that line at 1.94.
- Caleb Baragar wasn’t as good in Game 2, giving up four earned runs in four innings of work. The reliever had been working in San Jose before coming down to get the spot start in Augusta. Baragar had a 4.76 ERA in eight appearances in San Jose, and a 2.45 ERA in two appearances in Sacramento. With the rough game, his ERA is now 5.21 combined across the three levels.
- The Giants came up short in their second extra-inning game in as many days. 21-year old Lylon Lopez was on the mound for the Giants, in his second season with the Giants. He struck out 20 in 18.1 IP and had a 2.45 ERA working mostly as a reliever. He shut out the Rockies through 5 but gave up the first three of a game-changing five run sixth inning.
- Luis Toribio picked up his first home run of the season. The 17-year old is now 2-for-5 with one home run in his first season.
- Robinson Batistas had his second straight 2-hit game, raising his batting average to .267 in three games.
Okay, it’s not Giants related, but next season, Amarillo, Texas, will be getting a Double-A team as San Antonio moves to Triple-A. And this means…time for a new team name!
But, in true minor league fashion, the names have just become more and more ridiculous. Sure, perhaps the obvious name (Amarillo Armadillos) was a previous indy league team and the copyright might be stopping it from being used but I’d have to think there are at least 37 better options than the five they came up with.
Sigh…I get the feeling some teams just aren’t taking things seriously anymore.