No question the hottest Giants' minor league hitter right now is Richmond Flying Squirrels outfielder Hunter Cole. His June stats are off the chart compared to how the former University of Georgia player began the season.
After promoting to Double-A toward the end of 2015, Cole began the new season in Richmond again, but did so with a .211 average in 83 April plate appearances. He made a turn for the better in May, pushing his average to almost .250 and slugging to just below .400. But now, as we near the end of June, Cole has a season slash line of .269/.331/.439, all thanks to a June where Cole has racked up 10 doubles, six home runs, and 31 hits all together in 26 games. And through 295 plate appearances, Cole is now near the top, organizationally speaking, in wOBA (.347) and wRC+ (116) — ninth and tenth, respectively.
Cole's last nine game have been particularly hot, where he has totaled seven doubles and three home runs. Two of those doubles came last night, a day after another two-double performance.
The only concerning aspect of Cole's game appears to be his strikeout and walk rates, where he resides in below average areas in both categories. In June, the best he's played this year, he has struck out 23 percent of the time and walked only 8 percent of the time. Those numbers are right near his season marks (22% and 7%), as well.
— Congratulations to Adalberto Mejia and Phil Bickford, who have not only both received deserving promotions this year, but were also just named to the MLB Futures Game. Mejia, a native of the Dominican Republic, will represent the Giants on the World roster while Bickford, of Southern California, will be on the United States team.
— Two more promotions were announced on Tuesday, as San Jose Giants closer Rodolfo Martinez will join the Richmond Flying Squirrels while submariner Tyler Rogers is off to Sacramento to make his Triple-A debut. Martinez has arguably been the most dominant ninth-inning man in the minor leagues in 2016 while Rogers began the season going 32 straight innings without allowing an earned run.
— One video highlight from yesterday's action is this opposite field shot off the bat of Tyler Horan, who is now slugging .460 in 178 plate appearances in Richmond.
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 1-for-3, R, 2B, RBI, SO
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Phil Bickford: DNP
- Lucius Fox: 1-for-4
- Chris Shaw: 1-for-4, RBI, 2 SO
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Mac Williamson: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Adalberto Mejia: 4 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 2-for-4
- Ray Black: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Okert: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Hunter Cole: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI, BB
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Michael Santos: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Steven Duggar: 0-for-4, SO
- Mac Marshall: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 1-for-3, R, BB, SO, SB
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Jake Smith: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 2-for-4, R