McCasland breezes through another South Atlantic League start

BOX SCORES: SAC / RIC / SJ / AUG / SK / AZL / DSL

Jake McCasland and Michael Connolly have been making pitching in the South Atlantic League look particularly easy recently. McCasland's Friday night start was more evidence of this. He pitched his second consecutive start without allowing an extra-base hit, going six incredibly strong innings while posting nine strikeouts. Just three opposing hitters reached base (two hits, one walk) as McCasland managed to drop his already-low WHIP to 0.952.

McCasland has been lights out since moving into Augusta's starting rotation. He's built his pitch count up to 85-95 pitch mark while averaging exactly six innings in 10 starts. He's held opposing hitters to a .283 slugging percentage and owns a 1.65 ERA, 0.850 WHIP, and 14 percent swinging strike percentage during those 10 starts. No more than three runs have ever crossed the plate during his time on the mound, and he's kept the opposition off the scoreboard five of 10 games — including July 17's seven-inning no-hitter.

McCasland, alongside Connolly and Dan Slania, are a notable trio of Giants' minor league pitchers who have moved from the bullpen into their respective rotations during the 2016 season, with all three seeing encouraging success.

OTHER NOTES

Pat Ruotolo reached the 18.0 K/9 mark with another dazzling relief inning with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. He now has 27 strikeouts in 13.1 innings since promoting to the Northwest League.

Dylan Davis remains red hot at the plate, homering for his second-straight game to make it 19 total in 2016. He has six hits (two doubles, two home runs) and five walks in his last 21 plate appearances, which all comes out to a .524 on-base percentage. 

Christian Arroyo finished July on the upswing, posting a .356 batting average with five doubles in his last 11 games. But August hasn't been as kind to the Giants' top non-pitching prospect. He has just six hits (one for extra bases) in his last 39 at-bats. But interestingly enough, the slump hasn't resulted in an increased amount of strikeouts. He is falling victim to strike three at a 17.4 percent clip in August, just three percent higher than his season average, and is actually drawing more walks than usual. He has just 24 walks on the year, and seven of them (more than 25 percent of his total) have come since August 1.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS


TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Christian Arroyo: 0-for-4, SO
  2. Tyler Beede: DNP
  3. Chris Shaw: 2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, RBI, BB
  4. Bryan Reynolds: 0-for-4
  5. Sam Coonrod: DNP
  6. Aramis Garcia: DNP
  7. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  8. Andrew Suarez: DNP
  9. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  10. Steven Duggar: 2-for-4, SO
  11. Steven Okert: DNP
  12. Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
  13. C.J. Hinojosa: 1-for-3, R, 2B, BB
  14. Clayton Blackburn: DNP
  15. Jalen Miller: DNP
  16. Ray Black: DNP
  17. Dylan Davis: 3-for-5, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 SO
  18. Chase Johnson: DNP
  19. Heath Quinn: 0-for-4, SO
  20. Matt Krook: DNP
  21. Hunter Cole: 0-for-4, SO
  22. Austin Slater: 0-for-2, 2 BB, SO
  23. Ty Blach: DNP
  24. Reyes Moronta: DNP
  25. Kyle Crick: DNP
  26. Chris Stratton: DNP
  27. Cory Taylor: DNP
  28. Ian Gardeck: DNP
  29. Ronnie Jebavy: 2-for-5, 2 SO
  30. Gio Brusa: 2-for-4, R, HR, RBI

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