It's time for another update on the old "Will Chris Shaw approach Brandon Belt numbers" front. I predicted at the beginning of the year that Shaw had the potential to do so, and he's proving me right so far. Not that it was a crazy prediction, either. Shaw was the most coveted collegiate bat in the 2015 draft, in all.
Facing Los Angeles Dodgers 30 million dollar man, Yaisel Sierra, Shaw hit his ninth and 10th home run of the season, but not in the conventional way. His first of the day was a surprising inside the park, aided by the mistake of Dodgers' rehabbing outfielder Scott Van Slyke. The bearded corner outfielder somehow thought the ball was out of play, when it was, in fact, not, allowing a typically slow Shaw to round all the bases. In the fourth inning, though, Shaw unloaded, blasting a deep drive to center field to post his 10th of the year, bringing his RBI total to 36.
Shaw, ranked seventh in Giant Potential's Top-30, has already tied Belt for home runs during their respective California League seasons, in 162 fewer plate appearances. Though after Belt was promoted to Richmond, and later Fresno, he finished the season with 23 homers in 595 plate appearances. So maybe it's better to compare Shaw to Paul Goldschmidt, who played a full season (599 PA) in the California League for the Visalia Rawhide in 2010. Shaw, extended out to 599 plate appearances, is on pace for 35 home runs, 45 doubles, 126 RBI, and 164 hits. Goldschmidt's totals were 35 home runs, 42 doubles, 108 RBI, and 165 hits.
Currently, Shaw is tied for third in the California League in home runs (10), tied for second in doubles (13), third in slugging percentage (.592), and second in OPS (.966).
— Stay hot, Jalen Miller. The 19-year-old middle infielder has 11 hits in his last 22 at-bats, which includes a four-hit performance on Sunday. After batting .221 in May, Miller is all the way up to .278 with a .343/.365/.522 slash line in 76 May plate appearances.
— Steven Duggar picked up two more hits, bringing his average up to .296, and making him 13-for-33 (.394) over his last eight games. He's also third in the league in on-base percentage at a .402 mark.
— Michael Santos has to be the most consistent minor league starting pitchers the Giants have at the moment, continuing to prove himself for a promotion candidate later in the year. The 20-year-old Dominican has gone eight, eight, and seven innings in his last three starts, posting a 3.13 ERA and a 13/2 strikeout-to-walk ratio. On the season, Santos has 36 punch outs to just 4 walks. Santos' numbers would be even better if it weren't for Sunday's mini blow-up to start the eighth inning, where he gave up four straight hits that resulted in three of his four earned runs on the day. Otherwise, Santos was his usual self, staying in the strike zone, pitching to contact, and giving his defense a heavy dose of ground balls to field. His 15 ground-ball outs on Sunday were the most this season, with his previous high being 14 twice.
— Hunter Cole hit his first home run of the season on Saturday, then followed it up with another on Sunday. He has a nice four-game stretch going, where he's collected two doubles and two home runs in six total hits.
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 1-for-4, SO
- Tyler Beede: 7 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
- Phil Bickford: DNP
- Lucius Fox: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Mac Williamson: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, SO
- Aramis Garcia: 1-for-1
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Adalberto Mejia: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 4-for-5, 3R, 2B, 2 RBI, SB
- Ray Black: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Jarrett Parker: 2-for-4, R, RBI
- Hunter Cole: 1-for-3, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SO
- Austin Slater: 3-for-4, 2 R, 3B, RBI, SO, SB
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Michael Santos: 7 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Mac Marshall: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 0-for-4
- Derek Law: DNP
- Chris Stratton: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Jake Smith: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
- Dylan Davis: 2-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 SO