Notorious younger brother Jonah Arenado may not be near the trajectory of his All-Star third baseman sibling Nolan, but he's putting together an impressive month as the San Jose Giants first baseman. Arenado added to his hitting streak, which began August 2, with a two-run home run on Monday night in Bakersfield to make it 12 straight. It's his 15th home run of the year, and third in the last three games. Paired with 32 doubles, Arenado's slugging percentage of .441 and ISO of .175 are both top-20 marks in the Giants' system.
Arenado is a high-strikeout, low-walk guy. But he's seen improvements over the course of the 2016 season. After striking out in 22.1 percent of plate appearances in the first three months, Arenado has lowered his season rate to 20.0 percent with a 16.6 mark over his last 40 games. And during the streak, he's K'd just eight times in 54 plate appearances, while cranking out five doubles and three home runs.
Arenado is still just 21 years old, drafted out of El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif. back in 2013's 16th round. Assuming he begins the 2017 campaign in Richmond, Va., it'll be his toughest test yet.
— Hengerber Medina was called up to the San Jose Giants on Monday to add to the parade of transactions taking place to fuel the injury-riddled club. The 21-year-old Medina began his pro career as an infielder, but was converted to a pitcher in 2015. On Monday, he threw 2.2 innings, walking two and striking out four. He arrived from Salem-Keizer after beginning the late-season there as a starter. He struggled in that role (5.73 ERA, 1.636 WHIP, 1.53 K/BB) but when moved into the bullpen, he seemed to begin flourishing. Before being sent to San Jose, Medina had made six appearances as a reliever and posted these numbers: 11.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 14 K.
— Gorkys Hernandez, who will probably get called up to the Giants in September, has 12 hits and three walks in his last 25 plate appearances, including three doubles and a home run. He is slashing .305/.384/.421 in his 2016 season with Sacramento and leads the entire system in hits with 127 in 110 games. It's the most hits he's recorded in a minor league season since 2011 with AAA Indianapolis where he batted .283 with 120 hits.
— Heath Quinn picked up his 14th double of the year (in just 42 games) to drive his slugging percentage up to. 522. He has successfully reached base in 28 of his last 29 games.
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: DNP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Chris Shaw: DNP
- Bryan Reynolds: 1-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI, 3 SO
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: 0-for-4, SO
- Joan Gregorio: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: 3.1 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
- Steven Duggar: DNP
- Steven Okert: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- C.J. Hinojosa: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: DNP
- Ray Black: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 2-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 SO
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Heath Quinn: 1-for-4, R, 2B, BB, SO
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Hunter Cole: DNP
- Austin Slater: 1-for-4, RBI
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Reyes Moronta: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Cory Taylor: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 1-for-5, R, 2B, 3 SO
- Gio Brusa: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, SO