Shaw finding groove in Richmond, Rojas drives in six

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

After just a miserable start to his first Double-A stint with the Richmond Flying Squirrels, Chris Shaw seems to really be finding a nice stride 34 games since the promotion. Over his last 12 games, Shaw is slashing .310/.396/.619, including a two-hit game Sunday afternoon that included a double and a home run. Seven of his 13 hits during the stretch have gone for extra bases, and are made up of three doubles, two triples, and two homers. 

This all comes after Shaw's first 22 games in Richmond produced a .178 batting average, 21.8 strikeout rate, and just three walks in 96 plate appearances. The skid dropped his season slugging percentage to below .500 after reaching as high as .617 on May 27. Remarkably, Shaw recorded 10 hits in his first five games on the east coast, as it was the next 17 games that were truly brutal: 6-for-67 with 19 strikeouts (26.0 K%). 

Shaw still remains the organization's most powerful offensive player with a wildly impressive ISO of .229 through almost 450 plate appearances in his first full-season of pro ball. It's the 35th highest mark in all of the minor leagues, and eighth among players currently in Double-A.

OTHER NOTES

— Up in Salem, Ore., the Volcanoes scored 17 runs on 16 hits, and six runs were driven in by Leo Rojas. The 26-year-old Venezuelan catcher/first baseman hit two home runs and was on base four times. 

Bryan Reynolds picked up his 10th double in just 30 games, which is a good time to update his pro debut season. In 130 plate appearances, Reynolds is striking out 26 percent of the time, but when he's making contact, the hits are racking up quickly. His .304/.377/.513 batting line is thanks in part to a crazy-high .378 BABIP. 

Austin Slater is drawing walks often in Sacramento, reaching base via the free pass at a 16.5 percent clip in his last 23 games. His season on-base average of .375 has climbed to it's current status because of it, and it's now the third highest mark among qualifying Giants' minor leaguers, trailing only Steven Duggar and Gorkys Hernandez.

T.J. Bennett's last 20 games have shown what steal the Giants might have gotten from their mid-season Indy ball signing. His 27 hits over the span include seven doubles, a triple, and three home runs. Along with a solid 11.1 percent walk rate, Bennett .634 slugging percentage has driven his season mark up to a more-than-respectable .462, which has been spent mostly with San Jose.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS


TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Christian Arroyo: 1-for-4, R
  2. Tyler Beede: DNP
  3. Chris Shaw: 2-for-4, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, SO
  4. Bryan Reynolds: 1-for-4, 2 R, 2B, 3 RBI, BB
  5. Sam Coonrod: DNP
  6. Aramis Garcia: DNP
  7. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  8. Andrew Suarez: DNP
  9. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  10. Steven Duggar: DNP
  11. Steven Okert: DNP
  12. Rodolfo Martinez: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  13. C.J. Hinojosa: 0-for-3, BB, 2 SO
  14. Clayton Blackburn: DNP
  15. Jalen Miller: DNP
  16. Ray Black: DNP
  17. Dylan Davis: 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB
  18. Chase Johnson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  19. Heath Quinn: DNP
  20. Matt Krook: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 6 BB, 3 K
  21. Hunter Cole: 0-for-3, R, BB, SO
  22. Austin Slater: 1-for-3, R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB
  23. Ty Blach: DNP
  24. Reyes Moronta: DNP
  25. Kyle Crick: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 2 K
  26. Chris Stratton: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
  27. Cory Taylor: DNP
  28. Ian Gardeck: DNP
  29. Ronnie Jebavy: 0-for-3, 3 SO
  30. Gio Brusa: 1-for-5, 2 SO

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