Dylan Davis, in his first two pro seasons, had not finished the year with a slugging percentage over .400. Now, almost 400 plate appearances into the 2016 season, Davis sits over .500 at an impressive .522 mark thanks to 17 home runs and 22 doubles. He hit his ninth of the year since joining the San Jose Giants, and sixth in the last 12 games.
His game Tuesday night was an impressive one. He was seeing the ball incredibly well as Davis went 2-for-2 with the home run, plus a double and two walks. His strikeout rate is down almost three percent since the promotion, while his walk rate is also down about seven percent. Overall on the season, Davis owns a wOBA of .386 and a wRC+ of 141 — the latter of which is the second highest mark among qualifying Giants' minor leaguers.
— Johneshwy Fargas went 3-for-4 on Tuesday afternoon, bringing his average since returning to Augusta up to .287. He was striking out 26.1 percent of the time in San Jose before the organization demoted him back into the South Atlantic League, but in 180 plate appearances since, he has only struck out 17.2 percent of the time while raising his overall batting average from .172 to .235. Oh, and he's still a base stealing machine, averaging almost one stolen base per two games.
— Christian Arroyo picked up his Eastern League-leading 30th double of the season in a 3-for-5 performance on Tuesday, continuing to climb his average toward the .300 mark. In a season where he's striking out three percent less frequently than a year ago, Arroyo is quietly putting up impressive numbers in Double-A. When comparing Arroyo's current Richmond campaign to that of Matt Duffy's in 2014 before he was called up, there are some key differences, while there are also some interesting parallels. Duffy's batting average was 48 points higher and his walk rate destroys Arroyo's current mark, but their strikeout rates are nearly the same with Arroyo's being slightly better and their ISO metric (which goes beyond slugging percentage to measure power without the influence of singles) are close, as well. Duffy held a .112 mark while Arroyo is just a bit lower at .105. This is key because one might look at Duffy's .444 slugging percentage that year and insinuate that he has more power than Arroyo, who is at .391 this year. But knowing that slugging percentage still counts singles, obviously Duffy's will be higher because his batting average is higher. ISO evens it out. All of this to say, whenever Arroyo arrives on the major league level, whether it's with San Francisco or another organization, he will likely be a very similar player to Duffy: a gap-to-gap, high contact guy who uses all parts of the field and will hit maybe 5-10 home runs.
— Giants' personnel have to be continually impressed with 2015 8th-round pick Cory Taylor, who made his 17th start of the year Tuesday for the Augusta GreenJackets. The smooth-throwing right-hander has allowed two or fewer earned runs 15 out of 17 times, and allowed one or fewer earned runs 11 times. That all adds up to a 2.40 ERA while averaging 5.2 innings per start. He's been averaging between 80 and 100 pitches since start number five of the year and has been striking out just over nine batters per nine innings. On top of all this, his 2.90 FIP is fifth lowest among qualifying Giants' minor league starters.
— Baseball America's J.J. Cooper was on hand at the GreenJackets game and had some things to say about Taylor, as well as Lucius Fox.
Great play by SS Lucius Fox ends the second. Dives to his right. Pops right up and throws out Roy Morales showing catcher speed.— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) July 26, 2016
Giants RHP Cory Taylor sits 89-92 but when Hoppers put runners on 2nd & 3rd bumps up to 93-94 and sharpens 78-83 breaking ball for 2 Ks.— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) July 26, 2016
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 3-for-5, 4 R, 2B, RBI, SB
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Phil Bickford: DNP
- Lucius Fox: 0-for-4, 2 SO
- Chris Shaw: 0-for-5, 3 SO
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Adalberto Mejia: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 0-for-4
- Ray Black: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Hunter Cole: 2-for-4, RBI, BB, SO
- Austin Slater: 0-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, SO
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Michael Santos: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
- Steven Duggar: 2-for-5, R, RBI, BB
- C.J. Hinojosa: 3-for-6, 2 R, 3B, SO
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Mac Marshall: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 0-for-1, 3 BB, SO, SB, CS
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 2-for-2, R, 2B, HR, RBI, 2 BB