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Minor League round up, Sept. 12

A round up of the San Francisco Giants Minor League affiliates.

San Jose Giants vs Fresno Grizzlies
Outfielder Luis Matos hit 4-4 with a home run and a double for Low-A San Jose, giving him 9 straight ABs with a hit
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Just two games on Sunday for the San Francisco Giants affiliates. The Arizona Complex League and Dominican Summer Leagues were off, and High-A Eugene has had a few days of rest before their final series of the season. AAA Sacramento was scheduled to play, but their game was postponed due to power issues, and will be made up today.

But let’s dive into two great offensive showings.

Link to the 2021 McCovey Chronicles Community Prospect List (CPL)

All listed positions are the positions played in that game.

AA Richmond (55-52)

Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Akron RubberDucks (Cleveland) 10-4
Box score

Offense abounding for Richmond, which had 11 hits and 8 walks, with 5 different players reaching base at least 3 times. But no one did more work than first baseman Frankie Tostado, who hit 2-4 with a home run, a double, and a walk, bopping his OPS up to .749 in the process.

Third baseman David Villar also had a rather dominant game, hitting 3-4 with a double and drawing a walk to raise his OPS to .896.

Right fielder Diego Rincones (No. 37 CPL), second baseman Simon Whiteman, and catcher Andres Angulo all drew 2 walks with a hit, with Whiteman’s being a double that raised his OPS to .706. Rincones’ day bumped his OPS To .920 as he continues to dominate AA despite having just turned 22.

LHP Michael Plassmeyer had an all right game, allowing 7 hits, 0 walks, and 3 earned runs in 5.1 innings, while striking out 6. And more great relief appearances from RHPs R.J. Dabovich (No. 36 CPL) and Patrick Ruotolo, who both pitched a scoreless inning with 2 strikeouts. Dabovich lowered his ERA to 4.08, with 30 strikeouts to 7 walks in 17.2 innings, while Ruotolo dropped his ERA to 2.57, with 49 strikeouts to 5 walks in 35 innings.

Another tough day for shortstop Will Wilson (No. 10 CPL), who went 0-5 with 4 strikeouts. While his slash line has come around a little bit in AA — he’s hitting .198/.294/.328 — he now has 71 strikeouts in 201 plate appearances.

Low-A San Jose (72-42)

San Jose Giants beat the Stockton Ports (A’s) 11-6
Box score

The Baby Giants concluded a dynamic offensive series with another win over the Ports. After dropping the series opener, San Jose won the last 5 games of the series, scoring 50 runs along the way.

Over the last year or so, Luis Matos (No. 5 CPL) has gained a lot of steam as the team’s second-best prospect, behind only Marco Luciano. And days like Sunday are a reminder why, as the right fielder hit 4-4 with a home run, a double, and a walk. He has a stunning 9 at-bat hit streak.

Matos, who will be a teenager for another four and a half months, is hitting .311/.353/.487 for San Jose, good for a 117 wRC+. He has 47 extra-base hits on the year, but what is perhaps most exciting is that he has just a 13.1% strikeout rate. He has an incredible ability to hit the ball hard when he makes contact, and is proving that he’ll make contact more often than not.

Catcher Patrick Bailey (No. 8 CPL) continued his dominance of Low-A, hitting 3-5 with a double, raising his OPS to .990. In 183 plate appearances with San Jose, Bailey has 22 extra-base hits, and has drawn 25 walks to 42 strikeouts.

Second baseman Jimmy Glowenke (No. 34 CPL) and shortstop Abdiel Layer both hit 2-4 with a home run and a walk, raising their OPS’ to .770 and .670, respectively.

The organization’s first-round pick in July’s draft made his Low-A debut, as RHP Will Bednar went 2 innings, allowing 3 hits, 0 walks, and 1 unearned run, while striking out 1 batter.

He was followed up by RHP Tristan Beck (No. 13 CPL), who struggled, pitching 3 innings and giving up 6 hits, 0 walks, 4 runs, and 3 earned runs, with just 1 strikeout.

Home runs

AA Frankie Tostado (13)
Low-A Luis Matos (14)
Low-A Abdiel Layer (12)
Low-A Jimmy Glowenke (11)

Monday schedule

Sacramento: Doubleheader @ Tacoma Rainers, 12:05 p.m. PT
Richmond: Off day
Eugene: Off day
San Jose: Off day
ACL Orange: vs. Padres
ACL Black: vs. Indians
DSL Orange: vs. Mariners
DSL Black: Doubleheader vs. Brewers1