On a day where fans saw the Giants select switch-hitting outfielder Bryan Reynolds with their first pick of the 2016 MLB Draft (59th overall), last draft's first offensive selection by the organization hit his 13th home run of the season and drove in five runs. Chris Shaw broke out of a mini slump with a 2-for-5 night that included a three run bomb and a two-run single to bring his season RBI total to a league-leading 46. Shaw had previously been 4-for-37 over his last 11 games. Despite the skid, he sits second in the California League in three major categories: home runs (13), slugging percentage (.564), and OPS (.927).
Dylan Davis had been in a bit of a slump, as well, and bursted out of that with a two-home run performance for the Augusta GreenJackets. He now has seven on the season and is slugging .484 with 11 doubles and three triples. Going in to the game, Davis was 4-for-31 (.129) in his last eight games.
— Michael Connolly jumped into the Augusta GreenJackets rotation when the team put left-hander Mac Marshall on the 7-day disabled list, where he still is currently. The 24-year-old right-hander selected in the 27th round back in 2013 has been a crucial part of the pitching staff with his 2.63 ERA in six starts, including a solid 29/8 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 37.2 innings. Though he has allowed a .297 opponent batting average in those six starts, and .301 mark overall, Connolly has limited the damage. Connolly has been good to the team's bullpen, as well, going 22 innings in his last three starts, including seven on Thursday night. Tyler Cyr and Caleb Smith took care of the final two frames, facing six batters and striking out five of them.
— Striking out seven and walking one on Thursday for Richmond was Tyler Beede, whose strikeout total was a season high. He was coming off his best start of the season, where he sat at just 73 pitches through eight shutout innings but was pulled for maintenance work for Ray Black.
— Mitch Delfino cleared the bases with this triple in last night's River Cats game in El Paso. Does that look like the swing of a guy whose slugging percentage is just 99 points above his batting average? He's never been a Chris Shaw-type power, but Delfino should creep over the .400 mark by the end of the year.
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 1-for-3, RBI, SO
- Tyler Beede: 6 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
- Phil Bickford: DNP
- Lucius Fox: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 2-for-5, 2 R, HR, 5 RBI
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Mac Williamson: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Adalberto Mejia: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: DNP
- Ray Black: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Jarrett Parker: DNP
- Hunter Cole: 2-for-4, R, HR, RBI
- Austin Slater: 1-for-5
- Joan Gregorio: 5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
- Michael Santos: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Mac Marshall: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 1-for-4, R, BB, SO
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Jake Smith: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 3-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI