The hype surrounded 18-year-old Julio Urias on Wednesday night in Rancho Cucamonga, and he certainly was the focal point considering he eventually struck out a career-high nine hitters in five innings (footage here). But Giants 2013 sixth-round pick Nick Vander Tuig twirled a gem of his own. In a year surrounded by injury and constant movement from team to team, the UCLA product has strung together two consecutive solid starts, including a phenomenal one Wednesday while facing arguably the most intriguing 18-year-old pitching prospect in decades. Vander Tuig (pronounced 'TYGH') allowed just two baserunners over seven innings, and at one point retired 16 consecutive Quakes.
Vander Tuig featured a two-seam fastball in the high-80s, topping out at 91, that had good tail. It wasn't incredibly late movement, but sufficient enough to work in hard on right-handers and force ground balls. He also throws a changeup and a breaking ball.
Daniel Carbonell picked up two more hits, upping his average back to .400. One was a sharply hit single between the first and second basemen off Urias and the other was an infield single hit softly to third. After Carbonell seemed to spike the Quakes' second baseman on a slide in the third inning, Urias pegged Carbonell in his next at-bat with a fastball. The Cuban center fielder didn't seem to care, and no way of knowing whether it was intentional, but worth noting.
—Stetson Woods extended his scoreless innings streak to begin his pro career, striking out five over two innings in rookie ball. So far, he's pitched 9.2 innings with no earned runs and 13 strikeouts.
—Tyler Beede made his third pro appearances, pitches two innings for the second straight outing. He struck out four and allowed one hit and one walk.
—Nathanael Javier, an 18-year-old third baseman suspended earlier this season for performance enhancing drugs, played his first game with the AZL Giants since his 50-game suspension concluded. He went 2-for-5 with two strikeouts. Javier signed for $475,000 in 2012 out of the Dominican Republic.
Top-20 Prospect Roundup
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Tyler Beede: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- Andrew Susac: DNP
- Adalberto Mejia: DNP
- Keury Mella: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: 0-for-4, SO
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Luis Ysla: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
- Christian Arroyo: DNP
- Ryder Jones: 1-for-4, 2B, SO
- Mac Williamson: Out for season
- Derek Law: Out for season
- Kendry Flores: DNP
- Matt Duffy: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Mike Kickham: DNP
- Gary Brown: 1-for-4