There are currently two pitchers in all of the minor leagues who can still say their ERA is 0.00. A quick reminder that it's June 16, and we're almost to the halfway point of the minor league season. One is a top Detroit Tigers prospect named Joe Jimenez, who has 39 strikeouts in 23.1 innings between High-A and Double-A. Jimenez hasn't allowed a run, earned or unearned, in 2016. The other is Giants submariner Tyler Rogers, who has pitched 31 innings this season for the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Rogers isn't on any top prospect list, except here at Giant Potential.
Rogers' last 12 appearances have resulted in 10 saves, which have all come since taking over the closing job from Ray Black. Two of his last four outings have been multi-inning saves.
The "Other Notes" section is going to be used today to highlight some underappreciated players in the Giants' system so far. They are, of course, being appreciated by their respective teams. But many of these players have not received an appropriate of media attention.
— Augusta GreenJackets outfielder Seth Harrison is quietly having a standout season in the South Atlantic League. For starters, Harrison, a seventh-round pick from the 2014 draft, is 10th in the organization with a wRC+ of 117. By that metric, Harrison is having a better offensive season than other notable top prospects like Christian Arroyo (100), Hunter Cole (99), and Ronnie Jebavy (91). Thanks in part to a hot month of June, Harrison is slashing .272/.346/.403 with 12 doubles, three triples, and three home runs. Harrison struggled in almost 400 plate appearances with San Jose last season, and should get the chance to redeem himself later this year.
— Another Augusta GreenJacket, Tyler Cyr, is making a strong case to be placed in the starting rotation. His entire sophomore season has been stellar, but particularly over his last four outings have the numbers really been eye-popping. He has racked up 59 strikeouts over 46.1 innings in a long-relief role, but in his last 10.1 frames, he has sent 17 hitters packing while allowing just one walk. In a 3.2 inning appearance on June 11, Cyr struck out seven and produced a ridiculous 23 swing throughs. His 2.45 FIP is fifth best in the organization, and fifth in he South Atlantic League among pitchers who have thrown more than 40 innings.
— Reyes Moronta is basically putting on a clinic in the California League, acting as Rodolfo Martinez's set-up man. The two have been an impressive duo in late innings for the San Jose Giants, with Moronta striking out the side in three of his last five outings. Here is his line over his last nine outings: 9 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 16 K. He's climbing the leaderboard of K/9 in the organization, now sitting in third place at 13.5 behind Caleb Smith (13.7) and Ray Black (14.8).
Here are a couple highlights from yesterday's action, including doubles from Lucius Fox and Ryder Jones.
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 1-for-4, 2B, SO
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Phil Bickford: DNP
- Lucius Fox: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 SB
- Chris Shaw: 0-for-4, 2 SO
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Mac Williamson: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Adalberto Mejia: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: 7 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- Jalen Miller: DNP
- Ray Black: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Jarrett Parker: DNP
- Hunter Cole: 3-for-4, 2B, RBI, SB
- Austin Slater: 0-for-4, BB
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Michael Santos: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- Mac Marshall: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 1-for-4, R, SB
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Jake Smith: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 1-for-3, BB