HIGHLIGHTS: Luigi Rodriguez won the Eastern League All Star Game MVP; Joey Bart hit his 5th HR in 6 games; Frankie Tostado had three more hits.
Sacramento and Richmond are both on All Star breaks
Tyler Rogers pitched 0.2 innings, allowing two hits and no runs.
Luigi Rodriguez claimed the game’s MVP honors, thanks his solo HR that briefly put the Western Division ahead in the 8th inning.
With Austin Slater and Steven Duggar now manning San Francisco’s OF, it’s probably time for Luigi to get acquainted with the PCL.
#SFGiants outfielder Luigi Rodriguez came through in the clutch in the @EasternLeague All-Star Game. His go-ahead homer in the eighth helped earn him BUSH’S® All-Star MVP honors. https://t.co/soV0ohfq6p pic.twitter.com/85f3tnEDTD— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) July 12, 2018
#SJGiants roster moves: RHP Connor Overton returns from Richmond. RHP Ryan Walker added from AZL. Keenan Bartlett back to Salem-Keizer & Chris Roberts back to AZL.— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) July 12, 2018
San Jose’s pitching staff has taken quite a few hits the last couple of weeks as Mac Marshall and Melvin Adon were sent to the DL, Conner Menez to AA, and Jason Bahr to Texas. With Logan Webb getting skipped a turn in the rotation for a mid-summer blow, the Giants have had to bring in new arms from all over the org.
Thus it was that the Giants got a 3 hit shutout yesterday from:
- Carlos Sano, a minor league FA who started the year in XST before being assigned to Augusta in May; Sano was making his second start of the year;
- Ryan Walker, the team’s 31st round draft pick this year from Washington State, whose only action thus far had come in the AZL; and
- Conner Overton, coming back down to San Jose from Richmond where he had started twice in five appearances.
Walker pitched to two batters, got one out, and picked up his first Cal League Win.
Dillon Dobson, who has also just returned to San Jose from Richmond, doubled in the 7th and came around to score the game’s lone run on a single from Bryce Johnson.
And since there wasn’t much action to read about in this game, that gives us plenty of time to catch up on this excellent Baseball Census scouting report on Jalen Miller.
Orlando Garcia’s second HR in his last four games broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the 8th, and Camilo Doval closed it out in the 9th for the victory.
Doval posted a 14.20 K9 in rookie league last year, and he hasn’t lost any swing and miss ability in the jump to full season ball — his K9 in the Sally so far is 13.36.
Jacob Gonzalez picked up two hits and scored a run on a Ryan Kirby Sac Fly:
(You might want to get a little more out of the way, there, Orlando).
Heliot Ramos had his first hitless game in the last week, possibly ending his hopes of getting his average above .250 in time for the Futures Game.
Joey Bart homered for the 5th time in six games with Salem-Keizer. He only has 8 hits with the Volcanoes — six of which have gone for extra bases, leading to a somewhat ridiculous .593 Iso! Lordy Momma! Might be time for Joey to pack his bags and head back home to Georgia!
This morning I wrote about the #SFGiants top pick Joey Bart and his power bat. Tonight he homered in his third straight game with the @SKVolcanoes. Bart now has 5 home runs in 5 games for Short Season Class A Ball. https://t.co/jJUXBQ3NKy— Dalton Johnson (@DaltonJ_Johnson) July 12, 2018
But there wasn’t much else erupting in the Volcanoes lineup last night. Diego Rincones picked up a double and score a run. Rincones is now tied for the league lead in batting as his average has dropped down to .366 and his OPS to .913. Teammate Jose Layer is hot on his heels, 5th in the league with a .358 average.
Blake Rivera made his professional debut, throwing 35 pitches over 1.1 innings. Good to have you aboard finally, Blake! (We’ll just go ahead an ignore the stuff that actually happened with those pitches)
Blake Rivera showing rust that has to be dusted off. Hit 2 batters and walked two in the first inning. Struck out the last batter to get out of the bases loaded jam. FB clocked at 95 according to radio broadcast.— Giant Prospective (@giantprospectiv) July 12, 2018
Andy Rohloff gave up a two-out Grand Slam in the top of the 9th to the Indians, preventing an AZL Giants Team sweep for the day. But there were plenty of fine performances to be found.
Alexander Canario’s lack of power (and hitting) remains a mystery, but again he showed off his other physical abilities yesterday. Canario reached base three times on a single and two walks, stole his 4th base, and picked up yet another OF assist (I believe that’s his 4th). He has just one extra base hit so far this year, which is hard to credit, but he’s a raw diamond in the rough.
Enoc Watts had his best day since coming stateside, picking up three hits — that’s five hits for Watts in his last two games played.
Yorlis Rodriguez, the former Cuban league SS, picked up a double, giving him hits in 9 consecutive games.
But the story of the day was Frankie Tostado, who picked up three more hits including a double, and is now hitting .400 in his pro debut. For reference:
Tostado has now begun his pro career with a 15 game hitting streak—the kid has yet to collect an O-fer as a pro! And he’s just getting hotter: yesterday was hit fourth consecutive multi-hit game. He’s gone 11 for 18 in those four games with three doubles. The Big Crunch! Let’s revisit Tostado’s scouting report prior to the draft last year. From Baseball America:
Tostado was committed to Cal State Northridge out of Camarillo (Calif.) HS but instead ended up at Oxnard JC. He quickly emerged as one of the state’s top JuCo talents as a freshman this spring. Athletc and lefthanded, Tostado hit .333 with 10 homers, 34 RBI and a 1.008 OPS while playing an above-average center field for the Condors. Scouts are intrigued by Tostado’s potential average power and left-left center field profile, but some worry he merely stacked up big numbers in a down year for California junior colleges. Still, Tostado put himself on the map with his performance and has a decent chance to be drafted on the draft’s third day.
LF Robinson Batista had a monster game, with four hits including two doubles and a triple, but his teammates didn’t feel like joining in the fun. The 19 year old Batista is in his third season in the DSL. The undersized (5’11”, 170 lbs) LF saw sporadic play last year, but hit well when he saw action. He’s hitting .276/.366/.379 in more regular time this year.
Richgelon Juliana continued his ascent up towards the .300 line with two more hits. The speedy CF has an eight game hitting streak going with 7 hits in his last three games. So far in the month of July, Juliana is hitting .355/.364/.548.
And finally, congratulations are due:
3B Luis Toribio, SS Jean Pena, LHP Juan Sanchez have been selected to represent Liga Nacional in the DSL All-Star Game. The game is on Sunday at the Dodgers facility, Campo Las Palmas.— GPT (@giantsprospects) July 11, 2018
With the top clubs resetting after the All Star break and the A ball clubs scrambling to find starters for rotations in tatters, there’s virtually nobody listed as a scheduled starter today, so I’ll dispense with that. Garrett Cave is going for Augusta, everybody else is TBD.
But it’s a busy day with all eight teams back in action and TWO double-headers in rookie ball. Ten games might be a Minor Lines record! Better rest up for a big weekend of baseball.