No ACL or DSL games on Sunday, but the San Francisco Giants AAA, AA, High-A, and Low-A affiliates were all in action. Let’s dive in.
All listed positions are the positions played in that game.
AAA Sacramento (37-47)
Sacramento River Cats lost to the Salt Lake Bees (Angels) 12-5
Not the River Cats’ best or most exciting game. The bulk of the pitchers got rocked, notably RHP Raynel Espinal, who gave up 5 runs in 4.1 innings, and RHP Patrick Ruotolo, who allowed 4 runs without recording an out. Talk about an ERA inflator!
But there was one good inning of work, courtesy of RHP R.J. Dabovich (No. 16 CPL), who struck out 1 batter in a perfect inning. It was just the 4th AAA appearance for the 2020 4th-round pick. More outings like that and he’ll be in San Francisco before long.
The offense managed 12 hits, but no home runs (and just 1 walk to 15 strikeouts).
Designated hitter Willie Calhoun and left fielder Austin Dean both had 2-hit days with a double.
The Dean of Baseball gives us the lead!— Sacramento River Cats (@RiverCats) July 10, 2022
Cats lead 2-1 in the top of the 3rd!! pic.twitter.com/drn3lKAPzU
After a tough start to the year, Calhoun has been doing much better since joining Sacramento after the Giants traded Steven Duggar for him, as he has a .924 OPS and a 129 wRC+.
Catcher Jhonny Pereda also had a 2-hit day, while left fielder/right fielder Heliot Ramos (No. 4 CPL) reached base twice with a single and a walk.
AA Richmond (44-37)
Well, this is a slightly more interesting game!
The big hit in this one came from right fielder Franklin Labour, whose 3-run home run put the cap on a 5-run 6th inning that gave the Flying Squirrels a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Franklin Labour puts us up a touchdown in the sixth pic.twitter.com/iyF1IswC0c— Richmond Flying Squirrels (@GoSquirrels) July 10, 2022
It hasn’t been a very good year for Labour, who has a .669 OPS, an 85 wRC+, a batting average below the Mendoza line, and a strikeout rate above 40%, but homers are worth celebrating!
Speaking of them, shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald (No. 35 CPL) hit 2-4 with a big fly, raising his OPS to .662 and his wRC+ to 85.
It’s been a rough season for Fitzgerald, but he has an .861 OPS in July so far.
Left fielder Armani Smith (No. 41 CPL) also hit 2-4, with both of his hits being doubles. He has a .634 OPS and a 76 wRC+ in 33 games since an in-season promotion.
The pitching star was RHP Matt Frisbee, who gave up just 4 hits, 0 walks, and 2 runs in 6.1 innings, with 5 strikeouts.
He has just a 4.96 ERA and a 4.64 FIP, with a low strikeout rate, but this was certainly a good game for him.
High-A Eugene (46-34)
Despite the ugly final score, there were a lot of exciting performances that came from the talent-stacked Emeralds team. On offense, the biggest star was center fielder Hunter Bishop (No. 10 CPL), who hit 2-4 with a home run and a double.
After a lost 2020, an awful (and injury-riddled) 2021, and a brutal start to 2022, Bishop is starting to put things together. He had a .940 OPS in June, and is backing it up with an .804 OPS in July, which features a .515 slugging percentage. That’s brought his season OPS to .754 and his wRC+ to 114. Maybe we’ll see him in Richmond soon.
And speaking of promotions, yet another brilliant day at the office for designated hitter Vaun Brown, who hit 2-4 with a home run. The move from Low-A to High-A did nothing to slow down last year’s 10th-round pick, who has a 1.113 OPS and a 208 wRC+ in 61 plate appearances with Eugene.
Also a nice game for left fielder Jairo Pomares (No. 7 CPL), who hit 1-3 with a double and a walk, raising his OPS to .707 and his wRC+ to 100.
On the pitching front it was an excellent start for one of the breakout performers of the year on the Giants farm, RHP Landen Roupp, a 12th-round pick a year ago. He gave up just 3 baserunners and 1 run in 4 innings, while striking out 7 batters. It was just his 2nd start with the Emeralds after a dominant run in San Jose earned him a quick promotion.
But RHP Jake Wong struggled mightily after taking over, giving up 6 runs (5 earned) in 3 innings.
Low-A San Jose (46-35)
San Jose Giants lost to the Fresno Grizzlies (Rockies) 3-2
A very nice pitching performance from RHP Nick Sinacola, a 7th-round pick in last year’s draft. He tossed 6 scoreless innings, allowing just 4 hits and 0 walks, while striking out 6. That plays anywhere!
Sinacola has a 3.23 ERA and a 4.38 FIP on the year, with 74 strikeouts to 20 walks in 61.1 innings. But he’s been quite special of late — in his last 4 starts, he’s pitched 20 innings and allowed 13 hits, 4 walks, and 3 runs, with 23 strikeouts.
But things didn’t go so well when the ball was handed to LHP Matt Mikulski (No. 14 CPL), who gave up 3 runs (albeit just 1 earned) in 2.1 innings, as he gave up 5 hits and a walk with 3 strikeouts. It was the 1st appearance since June 26 for last year’s 2nd-round pick, who has been struggling this year (5.46 ERA, 5.00 FIP).
No extra-base hits for the Baby Giants, but left fielder Carter Williams hit 3-4, and has a 1.254 OPS and a 211 wRC+ in 22 games since getting moved down from High-A to Low-A. Still not sure why that move was made, but it’s probably time to unmake it!
AA Tyler Fitzgerald (11)
AA Franklin Labour (6)
High-A Hunter Bishop (13)
High-A Vaun Brown (4)
San Jose: Off
ACL Orange: vs. ACL D-backs Red
ACL Black: vs. ACL Rockies
DSL Orange: vs. DSL Phillies White
DSL Black: vs. DSL CLE Red