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Minor League round up, August 7

Recapping Sunday’s action form the Giants Minor League affiliates.

Drew Jackson playing defense in an A’s jersey
Recent Minor League signee Drew Jackson hit 2 home runs for AAA Sacramento, including a walk-off
Photo by Chris Bernacchi/Diamond Images via Getty Images

The ACL and DSL squads were off, but the San Francisco Giants four A-ball affiliates were all in action on Sunday, and they put on a show, going 3-1 and bopping 13 home runs on the day.

Let’s dive into it.

Link to the 2022 McCovey Chronicles Community Prospect List (CPL)

All listed positions are the positions played in that game.

AAA Sacramento (44-61)

Sacramento River Cats beat the Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) 10-8
Box score

Well, hello to the new dudes! A pair of hitters fresh to the Giants system really showed off in this one. 29-year old shortstop Drew Jackson, playing in his 2nd game since the Giants signed him to a Minor League contract, hit 2-5 with both of his hits clearing the fence. And better yet, the 2nd one was a walk-off!

Controversial opinion: multi-homer games are a good thing. So are walk-offs.

And 25-year old designated hitter Ford Proctor, whom the Giants acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays last week, played his 3rd game for the River Cats and hit 3-4 with a home run and a walk.

Quite an introduction to the organization for both players!

And speaking of introductions, third baseman David Villar (No. 19 CPL) didn’t need one, but he reintroduced himself in a big way. After being optioned following his first MLB stint, Villar got back to his old habits on Sunday, hitting 2-4 with a home run and a walk.

With a 1.046 OPS and a 152 wRC+, it’s only a matter of time before Villar is showcasing his swing in San Francisco again.

Also a nice day for center fielder Heliot Ramos (No. 4 CPL), who hit 2-4 with a double and a walk.

It will go down as a disappointing year for Ramos, who has a .625 OPS and a 59 wRC+, but it’s not too late to end it on the type of high note that will restore the organization and fanbase’s excitement in him.

On the pitching front RHP Tristan Beck continues to show signs of putting it together, as he went 5 strong innings, allowing 5 baserunners and 2 runs, while striking out 5. The numbers still aren’t great for his first year of AAA — a 5.86 ERA and a 4.34 FIP — but here’s his line over his last 4 starts: 22 innings, 16 hits, 2 walks, 6 earned runs, 17 strikeouts. He’s probably playing himself into needing to be protected in the Rule 5 Draft.

LHP Thomas Szapucki, one of the incoming pieces from the Darin Ruf trade, made his 2nd appearance for Sacramento, and like his 1st one it didn’t go well. He gave up 2 hits, 1 walk, and 2 runs (admittedly unearned, but also admittedly due to his own error) in 0.2 innings.

AA Richmond (51-50)

Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays) 19-1
Box score

It’s pretty safe to say that when a team scores 18 more runs than their opponent, that there were some good performances. And there were some good performances in this one, starting with a 7-run 1st inning that was punctuated by a grand slam courtesy of first baseman Riley Mahan.

Mahan hit 2-4 with a walk on the day, bumping his OPS up to .930 and his wRC+ to 151. It’s admittedly just his 5th game with the Flying Squirrels, and he is 26, but still.

But while grand slams are fun, the best day belonged to catcher Brett Auerbach (No. 28 CPL), who is trying to get back on track after an illness led to a rough couple of months of striking out all the time. Auerbach hit 4-6 with all of his hits being of the extra-base variety: a home run and 3 doubles, which led to a 6-RBI day.

That nice day pushed his OPS up to .702 and his wRC+ to 90. Certainly trending in the right direction.

There were home runs from 3 other players: center fielder Jacob Heyward, who also drew a walk and was hit by a pitch, raising his OPS to .565 and his wRC+ to 58.

Shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald (No. 35 CPL), who also singled, bringing his OPS to .726 and his wRC+ to 97.

And second baseman Carter Aldrete, who now has a .713 OPS and an 81 wRC+ 11 games into his promotion.

Third baseman Sean Roby, who has struggled with his strikeout-to-walk ratio this year, had a hat trick of free passes, leading the way on a day where Richmond drew 10 walks.

The pitching was led by LHP Jake Dahlberg, who gave up just 4 baserunners in 5 scoreless inning, while striking out 5. Still not a great year for the 28 year old, who has a 4.06 ERA and a 4.58 FIP.

RHP Nick Avila pitched a perfect inning, and has yet to allow a run in 5 games and 5.2 innings since getting the call up to AA.

High-A Eugene (60-39)

Eugene Emeralds beat Spokane (Rockies) 12-5
Box score

A fantastic — and nearly identical — day for 4 Giants prospects who were in need of fantastic days: center fielder Luis Matos (No. 3 CPL), left fielder Jairo Pomares (No. 7 CPL), designated hitter Patrick Bailey (No. 9 CPL), and second baseman Jimmy Glowenke (No. 43 CPL).

All 4 prospects, who have scuffled more than we hoped for this year, hit both a home run and a double on the day to lead a strong offensive charge. Bailey added a walk for good measure, while Pomares had the best day, adding both a walk and a single to his tally.

With the nice day, Matos now has a .576 OPS and a 66 wRC+; Glowenke has a .700 OPS and a 99 wRC+; Bailey has a .725 OPS and a 107 wRC+; and Pomares has a .757 OPS and a 113 wRC+. All 4 prospects have been hitting the ball much better lately, and can end the year on a very high note.

But it wasn’t a high note for LHP Nick Zwack, who made his 1st appearance for the organization since coming over in the Darin Ruf trade. Zwack pitched 4 innings and allowed 7 hits, 2 walks, and 4 runs, with just 2 strikeouts. Better luck next time!

RHPs Ty Weber and Brooks Crawford both struck out 2 batters in a scoreless inning of work. Weber now has a 3.72 ERA and a 4.08 FIP, while Crawford has a 3.55 ERA and a 3.90 FIP.

Low-A San Jose (58-44)

San Jose Giants lost to the Fresno Grizzlies (Rockies) 8-4
Box score

Not a strong pitching day for the Baby Giants, but the dude who kicked it off had a much needed quality outing: LHP Matt Mikulski (No. 14 CPL), who gave up 3 baserunners in 3 scoreless inning, while striking out 4. It’s been a tough initial full season for the organization’s 2021 2nd-round pick, who has struggled with injuries, poor run prevention (5.60 ERA, 4.77 FIP), and poor control (a decent 26 walks in 70.2 innings, but with 11 hit batters). Good to see a nice showing from him.

Notable offensive days from a few players, as shortstop Aeverson Arteaga (No. 12 CPL) hit 2-5 with a pair of doubles, bringing his OPS to .750 and his wRC+ to 95. Arteaga also committed his 20th error of the year, but remains a high-quality defensive prospect, and only turned 19 in March. So in my book this has been a very successful year for him.

Also a good day for right fielder Jared Dupere, who hit 2-5 with a double. Last year’s 13th-round pick started the year injured, then headed to the ACL where he did quite well and quickly went up to San Jose. So far the 23-year old is handling the assignment beautifully, as he has a .972 OPS and a 145 wRC+ in 18 Low-A games. Wouldn’t be surprising if he stays in San Jose for the rest of the year, but I would assume he starts 2023 in Eugene.

Speaking of people who should be in Eugene, left fielder Carter Williams hit 2-4 with a walk, and now has a 1.094 OPS and a 179 wRC+ in 42 games since getting demoted.

Home runs

AAA David Villar (22)
AAA Drew Jackson, 2 (3)
AAA Ford Proctor (1)
AA Tyler Fitzgerald (18)
AA Brett Auerbach (14)
AA Jacob Heyward (5)
AA Carter Aldrete (3)
AA Riley Mahan (1)
High-A Jairo Pomares (12)
High-A Patrick Bailey (10)
High-A Luis Matos (8)
High-A Jimmy Glowenke (8)


A good week for AA Richmond awards, as RHP Wil Jensen was named Pitcher of the Week, while utility player Brett Auerbach (No. 28 CPL) was named Player of the Week.

But a tough week in AAA Sacramento, where 4 players were released, including utility player Ka’ai Tom (who appeared in an MLB game this season), and RHP Patrick Ruotolo, who had a very exciting 2021.

Monday schedule

Sacramento: Off
Richmond: Off
Eugene: Off
San Jose: Off
ACL Orange: vs. ACL Rockies
ACL Black: vs. ACL D-backs Black
DSL Orange: vs. DSL Twins
DSL Black: vs. DSL Angels