It had been a rough start, especially in terms of the offense, for the noticeably young Augusta GreenJackets. But the bats came alive on Sunday for the series finale in Rome, as the group picked up 10 hits and cashed in pretty much all of them. They scored nine runs and handled the Braves 9-2. Nineteen-year-old third baseman Kelvin Beltre paced the offense, hitting his first home run of the year (video here) and driving in four runs. Beltre upped his average to .286 with the two-hit night, as did second baseman Jalen Miller, whose notable hit was a bases-clearing triple to break open the game in the 8th.
Former UCLA Bruin Grant Watson made his pitching debut for the GreenJackets and ate up five and two-thirds innings. He issued no walks, and allowed just one run on four hits while striking out two. Tyler Cyr backed him up with 2.1 solid innings, and has impressed early with his high strikeout totals. Cyr has recorded 13 outs out of the pen in two appearances and nine of them have been by way of the punchout. Both Watson and Cyr are products of the 2015 draft, with Watson joining the Giants in the 16th round and Cyr, out of Embry-Riddle, being taken in the 10th round.
— If you can believe it, a second straight San Jose Giants game was postponed due to rain with Sunday's finale between the Giants and Lancaster JetHawks being washed out. On top of that, Friday night's ballgame was suspended when the rain moved in, and was supposed to be completed today, along with today's originally scheduled game. This will create a series of headaches for scheduling as the JetHawks were not to make another appearance in San Jose the rest of the season. No word as of now on how exactly that conundrum will be solved, but it will likely involve games being played in Lancaster later in the season that will have to count toward both the first half standings, and toward San Jose's home games.
—Although his team is 0-4 to start 2016, Mac Williamson has to be happy with how his first four games have gone. In 17 plate appearances, Williamson has two doubles and two home runs, which amounts to an .800 slugging percentage. He's also only struck out twice. The powerful outfielder struck out at a 21 percent clip last year.
—The River Cats/Bees series conclusion was quite weird, in that Sacramento lost 7-4, and managed to have all seven runs be unearned. Six of those came off starter Matt Lujan in the second inning. Shortstop Hak-Ju Lee made a throwing error to begin the inning, and all six runs that followed went into the unearned column. Then another run came home in the seventh on a fielding error by Grant Green.
— One positive from the River Cats pitching staff was Derek Law serving up 98-mph heat in a scoreless bottom of the 8th.
— Oh. And one last thing. MiLB.com put up video of Lucius Fox's home run from yesterday. That can be found here.
TOP-30 PROSPECT ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: DNP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Phil Bickford: DNP
- Lucius Fox: 1-for-5, R, BB, 3 SO
- Chris Shaw: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Mac Williamson: 1-for-3, HR, RBI, BB
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Adalberto Mejia: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 2-for-5, R, 3B, 3 RBI, SO
- Ray Black: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Okert: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Jarrett Parker: 0-for-3, BB, SO
- Hunter Cole: DNP
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Michael Santos: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Mac Marshall: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: DNP
- Derek Law: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Jake Smith: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 1-for-3, R, 2 BB