Two starting pitchers dazzled for San Francisco Giants' affiliates on Saturday, but neither team left the ballpark with a victory. Joan Gregorio pitched spectacularly again, making it two in a row to open up a promising season. The 6'7" right-hander, who from reports seems to have filled in a bit of his lanky frame, is now 10 innings into the season without allowing an earned or unearned run. His Saturday performance featured seven strikeouts, two hits, and one walk over six innings. He was incredibly efficient, using 74 pitches, 56 strikes, and faced two off the minimum.
Grant Watson pitched five innings in his second start for the Augusta GreenJackets, who ended up going 14 innings with Charleston. Watson struck out six in five innings and didn't allow a walk. He had zero free passes last week, too, which puts his hits/walks total in 10.2 innings at 7/0. Watson was 86-89 throughout the evening, according to David Lee. I've got nothing else on Watson other than this ridiculously slo-mo clip from last year at UCLA, which you may have already seen. I'm looking forward to Lee's scouting reports on him, as well as possibly getting video of him next year at Spring Training/San Jose.
Though the GreenJackets struck out 23 times to the RiverDogs, Dillon Dobson was a bright spot with his South Atlantic League leading fourth home run of the season. The homer extended his hitting streak to nine games, as well. The GreenJackets' other power hitter Dylan Davis, who was known to reach up to 98 mph in college as a pitcher at Oregon State, came in to handle the 14th inning and suffered the loss. Two runs crossed home plate on two hits and three walks, while the radar gun displayed low-90s on the fastball.
— Christian Arroyo played third base for just the second time in his pro career, logging nine innings at a spot he had previously only experienced for a third of an inning.
— The San Jose Giants got two-hit shut out by the Inland Empire 66ers, and Sam Coonrod managed to pitch four innings, allowing just one unearned run, and not strike anyone out. In Augusta last season, Coonrod averaged 9,2 punch outs per nine innings,
— The River Cats fell to 2-8 on the year and are really slacking offensively. With Mac Williamson up with the Giants and Jarrett Parker struggling heavily at the plate (15 strikeouts in 30 at-bats), the team is averaging just 3.3 runs per game.
TOP-30 PROSPECT ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 1-for-4
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Phil Bickford: DNP
- Lucius Fox: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 1-for-4, R, 2B, SO
- Sam Coonrod: 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
- Mac Williamson: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: 1-for-3, BB, 2 SO
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Adalberto Mejia: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 1-for-7, 3 SO
- Ray Black: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Jarrett Parker: 0-for-4, R, RBI, 2 SO
- Hunter Cole: 1-for-3, SO
- Austin Slater: 0-for-3, BB, SO
- Joan Gregorio: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
- Michael Santos: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Mac Marshall: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 0-for-4, SO
- Derek Law: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Jake Smith: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 0-for-4, 2 BB, SO, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K