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SF Giants Minor Lines 8/3/19: Rayner Santana Goes For Three

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Also, Jaylin Davis keeps hitting.

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Welcome to August, everyone! Well, I mean, I guess you all have already been here, but since it’s my first minor lines of the month, it’s time to get a look at all these great new prospects we got for Bumgarner and Smith and…

Oh…

Well, the farm system is not without change, and some of that change is on our list today. Including the one guy that seemed to be disregarded and trade day, and and was DFA’d the day after.

Yep, Dan Winkler is headed to Triple-A, no longer a member of a 40-man roster. And also, Ty Blach doesn’t slip by waivers. The Dodger killer now has about a 0.0001 chance of facing the Dodgers in the World Series…but seriously, Ty…good luck. #ForeverGiant

Highlights: Rayner Santana had a 3-home run game; Jaylin Davis continues to hit since his trade.


Sacramento lost to Round Rock (Astros), 10-9

The River Cats got the home runs off in Texas, but it wasn’t enough to get this win.

Chris Shaw hit his 15th home run with Sacramento in the first inning. Shaw now has three home runs in the last seven games, and in 51 games at Sacramento, he’s now more than doubled his total (7) that he had in Richmond in 45 games. This season has been a challenge to Shaw in many ways, as Farhan Zaidi brought in a bunch of Triple-A outfielders that presented a glut that sent Shaw back to Double-A. In August, more arrived. But Shaw is starting to show his stuff again.

Speaking of newcomers, Jaylin Davis arrived in Sacramento and debuted on Friday, and on Saturday, the 25-year old hit his first PCL home run. Davis was 3-for-3 with two doubles in his Sacramento debut, and now has a decent .714/.778/.1.429 batting line for the Cats. I’m fairly sure that’s not sustainable, but it’s a good start. Davis had two home runs in the four games before the trade, and it’s good to know he’s keeping it up.

Joey Rickard added his second in as many games, giving him four in Sacramento and eight overall on the season. Levi Michael, batting in the 9th spot, picked up a big triple, giving him five on the season between Sacramento and Richmond.

Steven Okert took the opener role for the second time this season. It didn’t go well the last time, and it really didn’t go well this time, with four runs coming in two innings, and Okert not getting any strikeouts. Okert now has 64 strikeouts and 13 walks in 45.2 innings with Sacramento this season. Ryan Halstead made his season debut with Sacramento to take the bulk of the innings, collected three unearned runs. Halstead had a 3.77 ERA working mostly in relief with Richmond. He had a 2.72 ERA spending most of last season in Richmond, but was hit hard in three games at Sacramento as well.

Melvin Adon also made his Sacramento debut, after very nearly sort of getting the call to the Giants, but never making it into a game. Adon’s 0.2 innings were spread over two innings. He walked one in the bottom of the 7th before closing the inning with an out. But in the 8th, he gave up a double, a walk, and a home run to lead off the inning. Adon had a 2.60 ERA in 36 games at Richmond before his promotion.


Richmond beat Harrisburg (Nationals), 3-1

The Squirrels had a difficult game in the fielding category, but the pitchers responded with a very big game.

Garrett Williams didn’t have his best game of the season, but he came close. Williams’ eight strikeouts were his 2nd-highest total of the season, as he shut out the Senators for six innings and only gave up one hit. There were four errors committed while Williams was on the mound, although two of them were by Williams during pickoff attempts. But only one run came across against Williams’ record, but unearned.

Tyler Cyr bounced back from giving up a run to get two scoreless innings with three strikeouts. He had 45 strikeouts and 18 walks in 40.1 innings. Cyr has been phenomenal this season, and has dropped his batting average allowed to .199. Sam Moll wasn’t as much of a shut down, with a hit and a walk allowed in his inning, but he has had four outings without allowing an earned run after giving up three in a game in Mid-July.

The offense wasn’t that strong in this game, but Gio Brusa did pick up his 11th home run in Richmond this season. Brusa has 14 overall this season, and is closing in on his career-high of 19 set last season in San Jose. Zach Houchins had a 3-hit game, his first since July 1st. Houchins had a .256 batting average after that game, but it’s dropped to .239 since.


San Jose lost to Inland Empire (Angels), 5-1

It was a very rough day for San Jose, and not a lot of good to see here.

San Jose struggled to six hits, and just one double going for extra bases. Manuel Geraldo picked up that lone double, his 13th of the season. Geraldo had 15 in 124 games at Augusta last season, when he was batting .294. He is hitting just .225 this season in San Jose, with a .579 OPS.

Joey Bart took an 0-for-4, his third straight hitless day after four straight multi-hit games. He has 46 strikeouts and 12 walks this season in 54 games. Meanwhile, Heliot Ramos took a day off.

On the mound, Jose Marte has been flip-flopping between good and bad games over his last five starts. He’s had two shutout starts all around games giving up multiple runs. This was a bad one, giving up a season-high-tying five runs. Camilo Doval had a quiet inning at the bback of this game, giving up a pair of hits with a strikeout. Doval’s ERA sits at 4.81 after 36 appearances, with 61 strikeouts but 30 free passes letting guys get on base.


Augusta lost to Hickory (Rangers), 10-7 (10 Innings)

This was just a weird game all around. So let’s dig in.

The GreenJackets had a pretty competitive night offensively, with seven runs on nine hits. But much of it came from the unexpected side of the order, with the bottom three hitters collected six hits, all the extra-base hits, five of the runs scored and three of the five walks. The ninth spot of the order was the biggest one, with Mikey Edie having a perfect game on-base-wise. Three hits, with his sixth double and third triple, and a walk. Edie is batting .251/.321/.335 on the season, with 12 walks against 50 strikeouts. But this was his fifth straight game without a strikeout.

Newly promoted Ricardo Genoves got a hit for the second straight game, picking up a double in the second straight game. Tyler Flores picked up a pair of hits, including his first double for Augusta in his ninth game played at the level.

On the mound, starter Keith Weisenberg had an unusual game, as he apparently lost his control. He had a season-high seven walks allowed, despite giving up just three hits, and did not notch a single strikeout for the first game this season. Despite it all, Weisenberg left the team in a winning position. Sandro Cabrera ended up with the blown save, although no runs fell on his record. He came in with two runners on and a 7-5 lead in the eighth. He walked the first batter he faced, and after a strikeout, allowed a single that tied the game. Cabrera ended up with just the single allowed and four strikeouts, but that was enough to blow the game.

Matt Seelinger worked the extra frame, with a runner starting on second. After a bunt and a single to score the game-winning run, a throwing error by Genoves on a pickoff and a wild pitch helped seal the game for the Crawdads.


Salem-Keizer was edged by Hillsboro (Diamondbacks), 7-6

Big days by Alexander Canario and Harrison Freed couldn’t stop the Volcanoes from their third straight loss.

Canario had a 4-hit game, picking up two doubles (giving him 10 for Salem-Keizer) and a home run (his fifth in Oregon). It was his second 4-hit game in Keizer, but his nine total bases were his best in any game at any level. His .292/.381/.547 batting line contains his best numbers since after his first day in Salem-Keizer. Has Canario finally woken up at the Short-A level?

Meanwhile, Harrison Freed picked up his second home run in as many games, as well as having a perfect OBP day (and he needed it!). Freed is batting .226/.273/.430 in Keizer, and is 9-for-30 (.300) with two doubles and two home runs with four walks in his last eight games.

Unfortunately, Conner Nurse struggled in his fourth game in Oregon (and second against Hillsboro), who laid six runs on him in his shortest start since his promotion. His ERA jumped from 2.84 to 5.51, and he now has 10 walks in 16.1 innings, matching how many he got in the AZL in 28.2 innings down there.

One more prospect side, Hunter Bishop picked up a single hit (a ground rule double), his fifth straight game with one hit as he slowly brings his average up. But he also collected three walks. Bishop now has 13 walks against 14 strikeouts in 14 games at Salem-Keizer. But the kid has some wheels.


AZL Black lost to the Dodgers Lasorda, 2-1 (10 Innings)

For nine innings, neither team scored, and then both scored in the final frame.

It was simply a weak day of offense for the Giants, as only one player got a hit (and wasn’t involved in the scoring). Jairo Pomares had a 2-hit day, his second straight and extending his hitting streak to seven games. Pomares remains the bright spot in the Black team lineup, batting .378/.413/.583 on the season.

Jasier Herrera had a great start for the team, with seven shutout innings and seven strikeouts. The 21-year old has 48 strikeouts and eight walks in 54.1 innings this season. He is repeating the AZL and had a 3.88 ERA with in the league last season, with 49 strikeouts and 15 walks in 55.2 innings.


AZL Orange lost to the AZL Rangers, 5-2 (8 Innings)

It was a quiet day on the Orange side as well. Najee Gaskins continued his hot season, however, getting his second 3-hit game in the last seven games. Gaskins is hitting .381/.506/.476 with 12 walks in 24 games this season. The 20th round pick has been a firestarter for the Orange Squad when he’s been in, even though at 21 he’s a bit old for the circuit.

Nick Avila suffered through his toughest start of the career, allowing a season-high three walks on top of three hits and two runs, including his first home run allowed of the season. Avila now has allowed five walks (all in his last two starts) with just four strikeouts on his young season. Luis Moreno worked the majority of the game, allowing three runs in 5.2 innings. In three games since coming down from Salem-Keizer, Moreno has allowed eight earned runs and ten overall in 10.2 innings.

Marco Luciano took a hitless day, his first in four games, but did collect his 24th walk on the season. He has 24 walks against 34 strikeouts in 34 games this season.


The DSL Giants defeated the DSL Royals2, 14-8

Rayner Santana, have a day!

Santana more than doubled his season total of home runs, and even got his 10th double on top of it. The 16-year old catcher had been cold lately, going 4-for-29 (.138) in his previous nine games, but he exploded in a big way. In 36 games, he has 10 doubles and five home runs on the season.

It came on a day with a lot of good performances. 17-year old Ronaldo Flores had a home run on a 3-hit day, giving him a 7-for-12 run over his last three games, with a pair of home runs. Victor Bericoto had a third straight game with two hits, keeping his average floating at .346. Even with three strikeouts, Bericoto still has more walks (46) than strikeouts (42) on the season. And Luis Matos was 2-for-6, breaking out of a mini-slump, where he’d been 3-for-17 with six walks over his past five games.

Today’s Scheduled Starters

Sacramento (Yoanys Quiala) at Round Rock (Rogelio Armenteros), 4:05 pm PDT
Richmond (Brandon Lawson) at Harrisburg (Kyle McGowin), 1:00 pm EDT
San Jose (Tristan Beck) at Inland Empire (TBD), 5:35 pm PDT
Augusta (Seth Corry) vs. Hickory (Tyree Thompson), 5:05 pm EDT
Salem-Keizer (TBD) at Hillsboro (TBD), 4:05 pm PDT

An interesting Sunday on the line. Seth Corry continues his breakout season for Augusta in an evening start. And new Giants prospect Tristan Beck returns to California to make his Giants debut in San Jose. But before we go, a little light reading before Corry’s Sunday start.