Looking back through San Francisco Giants organizational debuts in the minor leagues, one season certainly stands out: Brandon Belt's 2010 campaign. It truly was absurd. He casually showed up to San Jose, skipping two rookie levels, and compiled a 1.121 OPS in 333 plate appearances with the Baby Giants before top brass decided to give him a new test. He logged 201 plate appearances with Double-A Richmond, slumping down to just a 1.036 OPS. He finished out the year playing in 13 games for the Fresno Grizzlies at the Triple-A level, clubbing four home runs and four doubles among 11 total hits for a .956 OPS.
Enter Heath Quinn. The right-fielder drafted in 2016's third round is putting together the best debut season by a Giants' minor league bat since Belt. Through 224 plate appearances, his .970 OPS is the highest by a first-year player since 2010 when Belt dominated almost all of the minor leagues. The closest comparison would be Chris Shaw in 2015, who posted a .911 OPS before season's end.
Shaw displayed more home run power (12 dingers, .551 SLG), but less pure hitting ability (.287 AVG). Their walk and strikeout rates are almost identical, but when it comes to OPS and more advanced metrics like wOBA and wRC+, it's still Quinn who takes the cake. In 201 plate appearances last season with Salem-Keizer, Shaw's wOBA was an impressive .416 to go along with a wRC+ of 156. Quinn's are even better through 215 plate appearances as a Volcano: .452 and 173.
Quinn went 3-for-5 with his seventh home run of the season in Wednesday's game, giving him 10 hits in his last six games. In 49 games with the Volcanoes, Quinn has failed to reach base just six times, and two of those came in the first three games after he was quickly promoted from the AZL. The consistency, along with a 9.3 percent walk rate, add up to a .424 on-base percentage in 2016.
— T.J. Bennett hit his eighth home run of the season, and seventh in his last 20 games. The Indy-ball signing has already become one of the best stories of 2016 in Giants' minors land, and is continuing to make the organization look smart for the discovery. In 208 plate appearances with San Jose, the utility infielder is slashing .316/.377/.529, and overall in 2016, owns a .395 wOBA as well as a 140 wRC+.
— Pitching another perfect inning for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes was Pat Ruotolo, who in 13 apperances has struck out fewer than two batters only once. Ruotolo has struck out four of the last six he has faced, which makes it a total of 33 in 17 innings.
— Flying Squirrels' second baseman Brandon Bednar has been one of the streakiest offensive players all season. His three-hit night on Wednesday, including the run-scoring double below, made it five straight games with at least two hits, giving him 12 hits in his last 22 plate appearances. Prior to that, though, he had just four hits in his last 35 plate appearances — a .114 average. But before that, he was hot all of July, batting .326 in 26 games despite a 10-game stretch from July 17 to July 26 where he averaged only .152.
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 1-for-5, R, RBI
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 2-for-5, R, 2B, SO
- Bryan Reynolds: 1-for-4, 2 SO
- Aramis Garcia: 1-for-4, R, 2 SO
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Duggar: 1-for-5, R, RBI, 2 SO
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- C.J. Hinojosa: 2-for-5, 2 R
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
- Ray Black: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 2-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Heath Quinn: 3-for-5, R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 SO
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Hunter Cole: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, 2 SO
- Austin Slater: 0-for-3, BB, 3 SO
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Chris Stratton: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
- Cory Taylor: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 2-for-4, 2 R, BB, 2 SO
- Gio Brusa: 2-for-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI