Austin Slater did something he hadn't done in awhile. He now has seven home runs in the last nine games, so it wasn't that. He pulled a ball. Hit one over the fence to left field for once. All previous six dingers on this powerful stretch all went to center or right field off the right-handed hitter's bat. Go figure.
Slater is getting hot at a convenient time, as it may be just want pushes Giants' personnel to the limit. It's still a bit of a long shot that he would be one of Thursday's September call-ups, but if he wasn't slashing .512/.565/1.098 in his last 10 games, there would likely be zero chance.
After an impressive .490 slugging percentage in 172 plate appearances in Richmond, Slater has his Triple-A mark up to .519 with Sacramento thanks to 13 home runs and 12 doubles. Slater's strikeout rates are down, too, as he dropped the percentage from 20.9 to 18.3 in the move from Double-A to Triple-A.
— Giants' 18th-rounder from the 2016 draft Jacob Heyward was off to a ridiculous start in the Arizona League, but went down with an unknown injury and missed two weeks in the middle of August. The younger brother of Jason Heyward is back now, and is four games into his return. Thus far, he's 3-for-12 with a double and five walks, which brings his walk rate in 2016 up to a crazy-high 25 percent. Overall, in 125 plate appearances, Heyward is slashing .337/.488/.579.
— Another AZL player, right-hander D.J. Myers, has made a complete 180 in his last seven starts. After allowing 37 hits in his first 22.2 innings, Myers pitched the next 35.2 giving up only 23 hits, including just nine in his last 21 innings. He's still increasing his spectacular strikeout-to-walk ratio, as he pushed his totals to 52 strikeouts and just five walks with Sunday night's scoreless six frames.
— Mac Marshall turned out his best start of the season, tossing six one-run innings for the Volcanoes on Sunday. The left-hander has struggled with walks all season, and all of his career, really, but in his 16th start of the year, struck out eight while allowing just two walks. Stlll, Marshall is averaging 8.6 walks per nine innings in 2016, up from an already-high 6.5 in 2015.
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 1-for-4, 2B
- Bryan Reynolds: 0-for-5, R, 4 SO
- Sam Coonrod: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 2 BB, 8 K
- Aramis Garcia: 0-for-2, 2 BB, SO
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Duggar: 2-for-4, BB, SO, SB
- Steven Okert: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- C.J. Hinojosa: DNP
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 1-for-5, SO
- Ray Black: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 0-for-4, RBI, 3 SO
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Heath Quinn: 0-for-3, BB, 2 SO
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Hunter Cole: 1-for-4, SO
- Austin Slater: 3-for-4, R, HR, RBI, BB
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Cory Taylor: 2.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 2 K
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 2-for-5, 2B
- Gio Brusa: 1-for-5, R, HR, RBI