Two highly-ranked Giants' starting pitching prospects concluded their 2016 season's with some of their most dominating outings. Richmond's Andrew Suarez and Sacramento's Joan Gregorio combined to allow just one run and strike out 17 over 13 innings on Monday.
Suarez struck out eight in eight shutout innings, surrendering just two hits and one walk. At a game score of 85, it was his best start of the year by 15 points. He finishes the year making 19 starts in Richmond after a promotion from San Jose, where in five starts he owned a 2.7 RA/9 and 1.011 WHIP. He averaged 2.6 more hits per nine innings in Double-A compared to Single-A, and struck out 3.2 fewer hitters on average per nine innings. One constant that remained for Suarez was his ability to stay in the strike zone, averaging 1.5 walks per nine in San Jose and 1.9 in Richmond. At 1.8 for the season, it was the second lowest among Giants' starters on the farm, trailing only Domenic Mazza at 1.7.
Gregorio was also the beneficiary of a mid-season promotion, moving from Richmond to Sacramento in May, just like Suarez after five starts. Gregorio went five innings in his concluding start, striking out nine and giving up one run on three hits and three walks. The lanky Dominican struggled in Triple-A with hits and walks, increasing his season H/9 average from 5.0 to 8.5 and BB/9 from 2.0 to 3.3. He had no trouble continuing to strike hitters out, though, maintaining a stellar 10.2 K/9 mark after moving to Triple-A. He ends with the highest strikeout average among Giants' minor league starters.
— After a 1-for-11 start to his Northwest League debut, Jacob Heyward went 3-for-3 with two doubles with a walk in his final regular season game. In 143 plate appearances in his pro debut, the former Miami Hurricane yielded a ridiculous on-base percentage of .483 with a 18.9 percent walk rate.
— Steven Duggar drew three walks in his season finale, bringing his total to 72 — the organizational lead by 15 over Austin Slater. He closed out his Double-A debut, 276 plate appearances, with a .321/.391/.432 slash line.
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: DNP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 1-for-4, 2 SO
- Bryan Reynolds: 0-for-3, BB, 2 SO
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: 0-for-4, R, 2 BB, 2 SO
- Joan Gregorio: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 9 K
- Andrew Suarez: 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Duggar: 0-for-2, 3 BB, 2 SO, SB
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- C.J. Hinojosa: 1-for-4, SB
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 1-for-4, 2 SO, CS
- Ray Black: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 0-for-6, 2 SO
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Heath Quinn: 2-for-6, R, BB, 3 SO
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Hunter Cole: 1-for-5
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Reyes Moronta: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Cory Taylor: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 1-for-7, 2B, SO
- Gio Brusa: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, SO