Well, that was a bummer!
Joey Bart is coming out of a Fall League game after getting hit on the hand. Second time he’s been hit tonight. pic.twitter.com/FiuqpBypic— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) October 9, 2019
What felt like merely seconds after I excitedly posted how people could watch Joey in the AFL Rising Stars game his 2019 came to an end for good — well not “good” per se. But with finality.
Update on Joey Bart: non displaced fracture of his right thumb. No surgery needed. Expect full recovery in 4-6 weeks. #SFGiants— Amy Gutierrez (@AmyGGiants) October 10, 2019
There’s no need to over-dramatize things. No surgery (happily), no long term issues (presumably), and he was two weeks away from needing and getting a month or so’s rest anyhow. But, damn! Just damn! Let us please stop with the breaking of digits for the foreseeable future, shall we, please? Pretty please? My Christmas wish is for Joey and all his good friends to see a healthy and uninterrupted 2020.
Anyway, with the break for the Rising Stars game this was a particularly short week in the desert, so we’ll give it a short recap:
Joey Bart, 1 game, 0 for 1, 1 R, 2 HBP, Season Over, Season totals .333/.524/.767
Jacob Heyward, 2 games, 3 for 7, 2 2b, 2 K, Season totals .200/.333/.400
Jalen Miller, 1 game, 1 for 4, 0 BB, 0 K, Season totals .263/.263/.474
Heliot Ramos, 3 games, 2 for 9, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 CS Season totals .180/.250/.280
Jacob Heyward swung it a bit this week, inching his average up to the Mendoza Line. Both he and Jalen Miller present the Giants with interesting 40 man decisions this winter. One presumes that the AFL assignments were intended to help clarify their situations for the front office — whether either was able to do so or not is another matter. There is a LOT of work to be done on the 40 man between now and the Rule 5 deadline (a matter for another post down the line).
Tristan Beck, 1 GS 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 HR A, 3 K, Season Totals 3.29 ERA
Frank Rubio, 1 G, 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K, Season Totals 3.00 ERA
Tyler Schimpf, 1 G, 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, Season Totals 6.43 ERA
Bryce Tucker, 1 G, 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 K, Season Totals 1.69 ERA
Tristan Beck continues to post a strong and interesting AFL campaign. And he’s catching a few eyes with his performance.
Tristan Beck sat 92-94 in the first. Looked like it played harder than that. #Giants— Josh Norris (@jnorris427) October 9, 2019
Beck finishes the second by whiffing Oneil Cruz on a dandy curveball. #Giants— Josh Norris (@jnorris427) October 9, 2019
It’ll be interesting to see what path Beck ends up taking in his development. You no doubt saw this piece on him this week from Alex Pavlovic:
The Giants might have found someone from the Mark Melancon trade who could quickly be in their rotation.— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) October 9, 2019
Tristan Beck already is enjoying a lot of success (via @PavlovicNBCS) https://t.co/6A4Q76w06D pic.twitter.com/uGfaUeJtfi
The Giants are also seeing some very encouraging results this fall from Bryce Tucker. Tucker is interesting in a couple of ways — he’s one of the very few LH arms the team possesses in the lower minors and he’s also quite probably got the least amount of professional experience of anybody in this year’s AFL. I’m not going to fact check that, but he didn’t make his pro debut until June 15 of this year and has just 20 professional innings on his arm. Tucker was drafted in 2018 out of University of Central Florida, but never appeared in a game which probably suggests that he had an arm injury that delayed his debut and his Fall opportunity is making up for some lost time and innings. Interesting guy to put on the radar.
That’s all for this week. In addition to the AFL, the Dominican Winter League has now started up (Abiatal Avelino is 5 for 10 already) so I’ll give you another reminder that you can easily follow the progress of all the Giants’ organizational players in the offseason on this one-stop shop.
And, since I know my audience, I’ll go ahead and drop a little Heliot content before I head out as well. Enjoy the playoffs everybody! (PS, Go NATS!)