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)
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AA Richmond (55-52)
Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Akron RubberDucks (Cleveland) 10-4
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.
FRANKIE pic.twitter.com/kxGXFltwmF— Richmond Flying Squirrels (@GoSquirrels) September 12, 2021
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.
Have a night, @davidavillar pic.twitter.com/zV1G0qWcms— Richmond Flying Squirrels (@GoSquirrels) September 12, 2021
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
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.
END 3— San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) September 13, 2021
Giants 5 | Ports 5
Luis Matos with a 2-run Sunday send to tie the game! pic.twitter.com/eGigUIDYWi
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.
END 1— San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) September 13, 2021
Giants 2 | Ports 1
Jimmy Glowenke with a no-doubter to left to take the lead! pic.twitter.com/ma5sT5afMA
BOT 1— San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) September 13, 2021
Giants 1 | Ports 1
Abdiel Layer crushes a solo shot to right to tie the game! pic.twitter.com/ATxAuibHnn
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.
RHP Will Bednar in SJ debut: 2IP 3H 1R 0ER 0BB 1K. 36P/26S.— GPT (@giantsprospects) September 13, 2021
Gave up a hard hit GB 1B on a thigh high FB away to a LHH. Showed a 2 plane tight breaking SL as primary breaking ball. Used a CB more in 2nd inning. Clean arm action, 93-95 FB with good carry, should be effective up. pic.twitter.com/vE9UT27yv7
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.
AA Frankie Tostado (13)
Low-A Luis Matos (14)
Low-A Abdiel Layer (12)
Low-A Jimmy Glowenke (11)
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