Small sample sizes considered, left-hander Grant Watson, a 16th-round pick out of UCLA, has put up incredible numbers in his first four starts with the Augusta GreenJackets. He issued his first walk of the year on Friday while going six strong, allowing no runs and striking out a career-high nine. The performance brings his season totals, in 19.2 innings, to 10 hits, two earned runs, one walk, and 19 strikeouts. That puts him at a 0.92 ERA and crazy-low 0.559 WHIP — lowest in the South Atlantic League.
The former Bruin is rumored to throw his fastball in the mid-to-high 80s, but with that and his secondary offerings, managed to produce 12 swinging strikes on Friday.
The GreenJackets won 9-0, with Dylan Davis raking two doubles to raise his slugging percentage to .622 — third best in the South Atlantic League. Davis, who was averaging a strikeout per game through 15 games, has only gone down on strikes just twice in his last 24 plate appearances.
— Probably the hottest hitter in the Giants' system right now is San Jose first baseman Chris Shaw, who is 12 for his last 24 with five doubles and three home runs. He's striking out at a lower rate, too, dropping his percentage to 21.2% (K/PA). The type of offense that many were expecting of Shaw is now being displayed, while part of an already potent lineup. Seriously, get out to Municipal Stadium when you can. Those guys are good.
— Hitting in front of Shaw in the San Jose order is shortstop C.J. Hinojosa, who with three more hits on Friday, pushed his batting average (.382) and on-base percentage (.468) to California League-leading status.
— Joan Gregorio continues to be a difficult at-bat for Double-A hitters, as seen by his 0.773 WHIP through four starts. He's allowed just 12 hits in 22 innings, while opponents are slugging .257 off him. His start on Friday featured two earned runs on three hits and no walks in six innings. He also struck out six, and had a season-high in swinging strikes (15) and ground ball outs (9).
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 1-for-5, R, 2 SO
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Phil Bickford: DNP
- Lucius Fox: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 3-for-3, R, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, BB
- Sam Coonrod: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
- Mac Williamson: 1-for-5, SO, CS
- Aramis Garcia: 0-for-3, 3 SO
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Adalberto Mejia: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 2-for-5, 2 R, RBI
- Ray Black: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Jarrett Parker: 0-for-5, SO
- Hunter Cole: 1-for-5, 2 SO
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
- Michael Santos: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Mac Marshall: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 0-for-5, 2 SO
- Derek Law: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Jake Smith: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 3-for-5, R, 2 2B, RBI