After mysteriously missing what was supposed to be his second career Triple-A start last week, Joan Gregorio returned to the mound and showed no signs of slowing down after his stellar debut. He struck out eight in five innings, allowing a run on two hits and three walks. He topped his 14 swinging-strike performance from 12 days ago, inducing 18 swing-throughs. I didn't get a chance to watch the game, but from I saw in his first Sacramento outing, the culprit was likely the devastating slider, mixed in with his sinking fastball.
Overall on the season, between seven starts (five in Richmond), Gregorio owns a 2.65 ERA with a 0.865 WHIP. He has 42 strikeouts to 10 walks in 37 innings, and opposing hitters are having an incredibly difficult time finding open field off him, averaging .175 in 139 plate appearances.
— As mentioned in some early morning tweets, Martin Agosta has been improved this year as a starter with the San Jose Giants. The Sacramento product has battled weird finger injuries for a few years but seems healthy now. In three starts, he has a 0.929 WHIP and is building his pitch count with each start. Monday, he went five (80 pitches) and struck out five while allowing two runs on four hits and a walk. Stay tuned for more on Agosta. I hope to have some footage of him soon, and will get an update on his pitches and velocity.
— Kyle Crick pitched six innings for the first time since May 25 of last season, and for just the second time since July 25 of 2014. His game score of 60 on Monday night was his best of the season, and best since that same May 25 start (62). Crick allowed fewer baserunners than innings pitched for just the second time this year, and third time in his last 19 starts. He pitched into the seventh inning before allowing a leadoff double and walking the next batter on the 13th pitch of the at-bat. Let's compare Crick's numbers to his first seven starts from last year:
- 2015: 30 IP, 21 H, 10 R, 7 ER, 20 BB, 33 K, 2.10 ERA, .198 OPA, 58 St%, 11 StS%
- 2016: 36 IP, 26 H, 17 R, 17 ER, 24 BB, 29 K, 4.25 ERA, .198 OPA, 59 St%, 10 StS%
So, he's getting a little deeper into games, but walking people at the same rate. Although, 2015 started to get really bad later in the year. He was walking guys like crazy in June and July. During those months, three out of every ten batters who stepped to the plate reached on four balls.
— Matt Winn, who is pretty old (23) for the South Atlantic League, hit his fourth home run in 20 games to raise his impressive slugging percentage to .526 since joining the Augusta GreenJackets. His move from Richmond to Augusta was surprising to some, considering his age and what is known about the Giants' praise of the catcher. It's not as if Winn was grinding in his Richmond at-bats. He had a .250 average and .411 slugging percentage in 59 plate appearances.
With high end pitching prospects like Phil Bickford and Michael Santos in Augusta, coupled with the major struggles of Zach Bowers, I think the "demotion" was more of just a necessary placement for the affiliate itself. With Bowers needing work in Extended Spring Training, the GreenJackets were left with Adam Sonabend and Matt Pare (both minor league free agent signings), likely neither of whom the Giants consider any more than an "org guy." Richmond had two catchers getting healthy near the Winn move, Jeff Arnold and Eliezer Zambrano, who are both back stops the organization trusts to catch the talented arms in Richmond.
Anyway, check out Winn's dinger from Monday night.
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 2-for-4, R, HR, RBI, SO
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Phil Bickford: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
- Lucius Fox: 0-for-4
- Chris Shaw: 3-for-3, R, 2B, RBI, BB
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Mac Williamson: 1-for-4, 3 SO
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Adalberto Mejia: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: DNP
- Ray Black: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Okert: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- Kyle Crick: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
- Jarrett Parker: 1-for-2, R, 2 BB, SO
- Hunter Cole: 0-for-3, 3 SO
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
- Michael Santos: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Mac Marshall: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 1-for-5, 2 SO, SB
- Derek Law: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Jake Smith: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 0-for-3, BB, SO