With the Augusta GreenJackets winning 8-5 on Friday, for their third win in their last four games, it was first baseman Dillon Dobson breaking further and further out of of his slump and providing half the team's RBI count. He hit his eighth home run of the year, homering in back to back games to put him in a tie for the South Atlantic League lead. Dobson also added two doubles to rake in four runs. Going into Thursday's game, Dobson had five hits over his last seven games (31 plate appearances). Now, in two games since, he has six hits, including two home runs and two doubles.
Jalen Miller added a crucial run-scoring hit in the first inning — a two-run triple — as the GreenJackets posted seven runs in the first two innings to give some breathing room for right-hander Cory Taylor, though he didn't really need it. The big righty was a ground ball machine, forcing 12 ground outs in six innings while allowing just one unearned run on four hits and one walk. Taylor dropped his season ERA to 1.96, and has not allowed an earned run in his last 12 innings.
— I was in Rancho Cucamonga for the opener of a four-game series between the San Jose Giants and the Quakes. Jordan Johnson took the mound for his seventh start of the season, and wasn't his sharpest, but showed off his fastball/curveball combination that makes him a top-20 prospect in the organization. The pitches produced eight swinging strikes in six innings, certainly not his highest total of the season, but Johnson managed to work around 11 baserunners and only allow one run. The contact was hard at times off Johnson, who surrendered eight hits, including three extra-base hits. Johnson entered the night with opposing hitters averaging .198 off him in 2016.
The fastball was a 90-93 mph offering that had slight tail when he threw it with a two-seam grip. It was mostly the four-seam though, placing it well on the outside edge against right-handers and getting swing-throughs on high heat. His tight 12-6 curveball looked great all night, serving as an out pitch and a get-it-in-there strike. It ran anywhere from 78 to 81 during the evening. He also threw a firm changeup that ran a bit higher than usual, in the 86-89 range. It wasn't a noteworthy pitch on Friday, but it's known to have splitter-type depth and could be a plus pitch in the near future.
In Johnson's highlights below, pay special attention to the three-pitch strikeout (FB, CB, FB) starting at the 2:29 mark. Probably his best sequencing of the night, but certainly not the only good curveball. The clip is packed full of good hammer.
— Two players took Dodgers' rehabbing lefty Hyun-jin Ryu deep: first baseman Chris Shaw with a towering drive to dead center field, and center fielder Ronnie Jebavy. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera set up yet, so no clip of Shaw's bomb. But Jebavy's first of the season was captured. It came on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu, and was driven down the left field line.
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 1-for-4, SO
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Phil Bickford: DNP
- Lucius Fox: 1-for-4, 2 R, RBI, BB
- Chris Shaw: 1-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Mac Williamson: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2 SO
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Adalberto Mejia: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 2-for-5, R, 3B, 2 RBI, SO
- Ray Black: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
- Chase Johnson: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
- Jordan Johnson: 6 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Jarrett Parker: 1-for-4, 2 SO
- Hunter Cole: 1-for-4, RBI, SO
- Austin Slater: 1-for-3, R, BB
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Michael Santos: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Mac Marshall: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI
- Derek Law: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Jake Smith: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 0-for-5, SO