Tuesday was highlighted by Giants No. 4 prospect Adalberto Mejia making his first start after a brief disabled-list stint for blisters. The left-hander has struggled to get batters out since his promotion to Double-A Richmond to begin the 2014 season, thus his current 5.24 ERA. But in his last two starts, including Tuesday afternoon's scoreless four frames, Mejia has allowed just four baserunners (three hits, one walk) in nine innings of work.
Hunter Strickland earned his seventh save with a perfect, two-strikeout inning, and Jarrett Parker reached base four times, including his 12th home run and 19th double of the season. Matt Duffy had a rare 0-for-4, two-strikeout game. The league-leading .331 hitter has done that just three other times this season.
AZL Giants: I arrived at Papago Park, site of the Oakland Athletics' minor league spring training games, just in time to catch 2014 second-round pick Aramis Garcia throw out a runner trying to steal second base. Garcia caught another runner the next inning, as well.
In the third inning, newly-signed Cuban center fielder Daniel Carbonell made loud contact on a double that cleared the opposing center fielder and one-hopped the wall for this first hit in a Giants-affiliated uniform. His plus-plus speed was evident, especially on a dropped deep fly ball to lead off the first inning as he reached third base with ease. His bat speed was noticeable quick, as well. It was disappointing, however, to see him hit from the right-side against a right-handed pitcher, due to early reports of Carbonell's switch-hitting abilities. He's now listed as a right-handed only batter according to MiLB.com. I didn't get a chance to see how he threw the ball from the outfield, but hope to witness that in the next few days.
I'll also be recording video for the final two games — Wednesday and Thursday. I'm banking on stand-out right-hander Michael Santos pitching for the rookie team one of the next two days.
Other notable performances: No. 19 prospect Joan Gregorio struck out six hitters in six innings while giving up just one earned run for the Augusta GreenJackets. Beat reporter David Lee said this about Gregorio:
"The tall right-hander induced 13 swinging strikes, but eight came in the first two innings along with four strikeouts. He started falling behind in the third and was forced to pitch from poor counts often in the later innings."
— Left-hander Bryce Bandilla lowered his ERA to 1.09 since being demoted to the San Jose Giants earlier this season. He's struck out 33 and registered a 0.97 WHIP in 24.2 innings.
—Catcher Trevor Brown collected two hits in hist first game since being called up to help out a Fresno Grizzlies' team missing Andrew Susac.
Top-20 Prospect Roundup
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Andrew Susac: 0-for-2, BB, SO
- Adalberto Mejia: 4 IP 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- Keury Mella: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Joe Panik: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: 0-for-3, 2 SO
- Steven Okert: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, HR
- Luis Ysla: DNP
- Christian Arroyo: 1-for-5, 3 RBI
- Ryder Jones: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2B, BB
- Mac Williamson: Out for season
- Derek Law: Out for season
- Kendry Flores: DNP
- Matt Duffy: 0-for-4, 2 SO
- Joan Gregorio: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
- Mike Kickham: 6 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K