Good Tyler Beede news is here. With Phil Bickford shipped off to Milwaukee, Beede is now without a doubt the consensus pick for top starting pitcher in the Giants' system. Beede's 2016 season spent with the Richmond Flying Squirrels hasn't been jaw-dropping, but it's been really good. When he has struggled, it's been because the hit totals are high, not the walk totals. This is all good because Beede pitches to contact well, and like most pitchers, he'd rather be beat via the base hit than the free pass.
On Thursday night, Beede had a good chunk of his arsenal working splendidly. The fastball reached 97 twice in the fifth inning, and was otherwise coming in at a healthy 93 to 95 clip. He was moving it up and down in the zone, generally getting called strikes on the lower half and swing-throughs in the upper half. A high-80s cutter was used heavily against right-handers, as was his curveball. Both pitches coaxed a majority of his 13 swinging strikes on the night, which helped him tie a season-high in strikeouts with nine.
Beede got a mixture of fly ball and ground ball outs, including one double play started by a fabulous backhand grab from Christian Arroyo at third base. After totaling 96 pitches through seven frames, Beede had allowed just four singles, three walks, and zero runs in one of his best outings of the season.
— Indy ball signing T.J. Bennett, who has remarkable played in at least one game for all four Giants' affiliated full-season teams this year, has finally found some consistency in San Jose, where he has been June 30. Playing a mixture of second base and shortstop, Bennett has 22 hits over his last 19 games in which he has compiled an impressive .348/.444/.551 slash line. He has just recently developed the eye for drawing walks, as 11 of his 14 this year have come in his last 81 plate appearances, after recording just three in his first 83 plate appearances.
— Bryan Reynolds's four-hit night included his eighth and ninth doubles of the season, raising his slugging percentage to .515. In his splits so far this year, Reynolds' strikeout rate jumps from 18.2 to 28.2 going from right-handed to left-handed, though his batting average is 46 points higher as a lefty. All four hits Thursday night were from the left side.
— We have two notable hitting streaks to keep you up to date on. Heath Quinn recorded three hits in the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes first game back since the All-Star break, pushing his hitting streak to 13 games, and his on-base streak to 19 games. Quinn is now slashing .344/.421/.533 with a respectable 17.9 percent strikeout rate in 32 games in the Northwest League. Steven Duggar's hitting streak increased to 16 games with another multi-hit night for the Flying Squirrels. Over the current stretch, Duggar has amassed an incredible 30 hits and eight walks in his last 76 plate appearances.
— After beginning his Richmond Flying Squirrels tenure in a nasty 16-for-90 (.178) slump that included a 21.9 percent strikeout rate, first baseman Chris Shaw has nine hits and six walks in his last 33 plate apperances. The run gives him a .455 on-base percentage over the last eight games, as well as a .630 slugging percentage thanks to a double, two triples, and Thursday night's home run. Despite the slumping batting average since his transition to Double-A, Shaw is making one nice improvement, which is striking out in two percent fewer plate appearances/
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 0-for-4, SO
- Tyler Beede: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K
- Chris Shaw: 1-for-3, R, HR, RBI, BB
- Bryan Reynolds: 4-for-5, R, 2 2B, SO
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Duggar: 2-for-4, BB, SO
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- C.J. Hinojosa: 1-for-4, SO
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: DNP
- Ray Black: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 1-for-5
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Heath Quinn: 3-for-4, RBI, SO, SB
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Hunter Cole: 0-for-4, 3 SO
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Reyes Moronta: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Cory Taylor: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 0-for-4, BB, 2 SO
- Gio Brusa: DNP