Good morning everyone! We’re going to have a bit of a shortened Prospect Roundup this week, with all the work that was done on the draft.
That said, I encourage everyone to check out The SF Giants 2019 Draft Roundup. We took a look at some of the best stories about the 40 young men drafted by the Giants this year, and I hope you’ll find some laughs and some serious thoughts among them.
But for now, let’s look at the guys already playing in the system!
Joey Bart Returns!
On Tuesday, the top prospect in the Giants system made his return from a broken hand, and he got back to work.
Bart hit a home run in his first game back, going 2-for-3 with a walk, and raising the hearts and hopes of Giants fans everywhere. In a season that is looking incredibly bleak at the Major League level, and a farm system that rightfully has the reputation of being shallow, having Bart and Ramos both go down within days of each other cast a pall over the early part of this season.
Bart did go lukewarm with a couple of 0-for days after that return, but he bounced back over the weekend, hitting two home runs on Saturday and two doubles on Sunday. On the week, he’s 6-for-21 (.286) with three home runs, two doubles and one single.
On the season, Bart has only gotten into 15 games, but is batting .276/.344/.638 on the season, with five walks and ten strikeouts.
It’s been a good couple of weeks for the system. Heliot Ramos came back from his strained knee the week before. The Giants drafted one of their best case scenarios with the #10 overall pick, getting outfielder Hunter Bishop. And now Bart is healthy and back to hitting with power.
This season could be saved just yet…
Wait, Did Ramos Injure Himself Again?
A peek at Sunday’s box scores showed something unsettling. Heliot Ramos’ game ended early after two at-bats. He was lifted in the bottom of the third, after the one-out single credit as having gone to Bryce Johnson in right field. Ramos had been playing center. San Jose made a pitching change, and removed Ramos. This is Single-A, land of the DH, so it wasn’t a double-switch.
Behind the removal appears to be this play, from the top half of the inning.
Obviously, Ramos got to second with no limp, and stayed in the game (at least, initially). Luckily, Joe Ritzo was on top of it.
I trust Joe to not be blowing smoke up what I’m now calling the Kevin Durant Memorial Injured List Line, although the timing seems a little more than coincidental. Remember, Ramos’ first IL stint this season came after a series of two physical maladies in one game, getting hit by a pitch in the knee, and later straining it in the same game. The latter is why he went on the IL, but one has to wonder if the former event led to it. Perhaps this time, Bill Hayes wanted to avoid such a thing from happening again.
With Ramos, it’s going to be a wait and see. Perhaps he’ll get Monday off, so let’s only start panicking on Tuesday, okay?
San Jose lands Three All-Stars, Including Ramos
It’s early June, which means it’s getting close to All-Star season. The San Jose Giants will have three representatives on the North Division in the upcoming California League All-Star Game. OF Heliot Ramos, RHP Aaron Phillips, and RHP Frank Rubio will be the Giants representatives.
Ramos made it to the squad, despite playing in just 30 games so far this season, just under half of the team’s 61. The Giants number two prospect is batting .301/.413/.583 this season, with eight doubles and seven home runs. Ramos’ best improvement this season has been his walks versus strikeouts, as he has 17 walks against 32 strikeouts. He’s nearly halfway to his 2018 total of 35 walks.
Aaron Phillips has been the Giants’ leading pitcher, starting every game he appeared in until this weekend. Phillips has a 4.39 ERA in 12 games, with 46 strikeouts against 20 walks in 53.1 IP, and a 1.35 WHIP on the year.
Closer Frank Rubio has been one of the league’s leading relievers. Rubio has a 0.30 ERA in 20 appearances this season, and has seven saves on the season (collecting all of them in his last nine appearances). Rubio has 34 strikeouts and nine walks in 30 innings of work, with a 0.93 WHIP and a .181 batting average allowed.
The California League All-Star Game will be held June 18th at the home ballpark of Inland Empire, San Manual Stadium in San Bernardino.
Augusta lands Three All-Stars of their own
The mix of All-Stars selected for the Southern Atlantic League All-Star Game is very similar as those from San Jose - A hitter, a starter, and a dominant reliever. OF Ismael Munguia, starter Seth Corry, and reliever Jesus Tona will represent the GreenJackets.
Munguia is batting .292/.340/.385 in 50 games this season. Munguia has hit nine doubles, three triples and one home run, but hasn’t been known for his power hitting in his career. The 20-year old Nicaraguan only has had one home run in each of his last two seasons.
Seth Corry was the Giants’ 3rd-round pick in the same draft class as Heliot Ramos. The 20-year old has been relatively unhittable by SAL hitters this season, posting a .194 batting average against, with 32 hits in 45.1 innings. He’s also gotten more strikeouts this season, with 69 in 45.1 innings, more than he had last season in more innings (59 in 57.2 IP). However, he’s also still struggling with control, having given up 36 walks to last season’s 32.
Jesus Tona has been one of the leading closers this season in the South Atlantic League, with his nine saves being good for third in the league. Tona has 40 strikeouts in 13 walks in 29 innings, leading to a 1.55 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP on the season.
This year’s South Atlantic League All-Star Game will be at the home of the West Virginia Power, Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, West Virginia.
Of course, we aren’t the only ones covering this draft. One of the first interviews with a late round draft pick, 20th Round pick Najee Gaskins, was done by our friend Wrenzie at Giant Prospective! If the Draft Roundup wasn’t enough for you, give this interview a try!
- Chris Shaw continued to improve at Triple-A, hitting his second double in seven games, and drawing another walk. He’s batting .269/.367/.462 after having gone 0-for-10 in his first three games at the level this season.
- Abiatal Avelino picked up his 13th double of the season, a key one that was a part of the ninth inning rally to tie the game. Avelino is batting .300/.324/.471 on the season.
- Connor Menez got a rough welcome to the Triple-A level this season, giving up back-to-back one-out home runs in the first inning in his first start at the level in 2019. But he settle down, giving up just two more hits and one walk in the rest of his five innings, and collected nine strikeouts. Menez had 70 strikeouts against 20 walks in 59.2 innings in Double-A.
- Sam Coonrod struck out 2 in an inning of relief work. He’s had eight straight games without allowing a run, and his ERA has dropped from 9.45 to 5.91 over that span.
- Richmond came very, very, very close to being no-hit. The only hit of the game was by Johneshwy Fargas on this hit single, which was definitely a close play with no definitive angle to say for sure. It is Fargas’ fourth game with a hit.
Wow...Nate Pearson and Willy Ortiz came *this close* to a no-hitter.— New Hampshire Fisher Cats (@FisherCats) June 9, 2019
No definitive angle on Richmond's only hit from the fourth inning, but this is as close as it gets: pic.twitter.com/EAApKbWZ99
- Fargas also followed up his four stolen base game with getting caught stealing in his only attempt. Fargas has a 70% success rate, with 21 steals in 30 attempts.
- Brandon Beachy got the start for Richmond, and had a solid game if his offense wasn’t being one-hit. Beachy did give up a season-high six hits in just his fifth appearance of the season.
- San Jose set a season-high in hits, but still ended up on the losing end.
- A day after hitting two home runs, Joey Bart followed that up with a 2-double game, giving him four on the year. Bart’s batting average jumped to .276, and his has an ISO of 362 with four doubles, one triple, and five home runs in 58 at-bats.
- Heliot Ramos was 1-for-2 with his eighth double of the year before being removed mid-game (read above for more on that). The day nudged Ramos back over .300, and he has a batting line of .301/.413/.583.
- Bryce Johnson had a 3-hit day, his fourth in his last five games, and added two stolen bases to give him 14 on the season (in 22 attempts).
- Manuel Geraldo’s 3-hit game broke a 4-game hitless streak during which he was 0-for-9, but with five walks.
- Trent Toplikar had the start, giving up a season-high five walks in 2.2 innings. Toplikar has 17 walks against 36 strikeouts in 38.2 innings.
- Camilo Doval worked the middle of the game in relief, giving up two walks and one hit, a home run. Doval has a 5.63 ERA on the season, and has given up seven earned runs in his last 11 innings.
- Aaron Phillips made his first relief appearance of the season, giving up four runs in four innings, as his ERA jumped from 4.01 to 4.39.
- This game was supposed to be the first game of a doubleheader, but the second game was cancelled, the second game lost to rain in two days.
- Jacob Gonzalez had the big day, starting right when the game picked up. The bottom of the second, the first inning as the game resumed from where it had been suspended on Friday, Gonzalez hit his third home run of the season to tie the game. The 3-hit game is the fourth mutli-hit game in his last five.
Jacob Gonzalez goes deep for third time this year pic.twitter.com/XViGYBAqfs— Roger Munter (@rog61) June 10, 2019
- Seth Corry had the start on Friday, so he only got two innings in. It was a mixed back, giving up just one hit, but he also gave up four walks, which was remarkably similar to his May 22nd start. It was also 2.0 innings, he walked four, but he gave up just one run on one hit, and it was a home run. Those are the only two home runs Corry has given up.
- Jesus Tona picked up his third consecutive save in as many appearances, but those appearances are spread out going back to May 31st.
It’s been a busy week, so let’s take a break, and get back one of my favorite diversions….uniforms.
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will soon be donning a new identity next week, and this is definitely one of the strangest https://twitter.com/TimberRattlers/status/1135960614990503936
I’m really not about putting two lines of script on a baseball uniform. That just does not look right. On the other hand, the subtle grey spotting on the jersey and the hat are a great touch. It’d be a lot worse if those were black, but the grey is just perfectly non-aggressive to work.
Too bad the logo is aggressive enough for everything together: