Arroyo pushes hit streak to 10 games

BOX SCORES: SAC / RIC / AUG

San Francisco's top hitting prospect Christian Arroyo will return to Sacramento for an eight-game homestand with a basket of eye-opening stats. Aside from his 10-game hitting streak and Pacific Coast League-leading .462 batting average, Arroyo owns the lowest strikeout rate in the organization at 9.5%.

Of course, this number will likely regress as it's only natural that someone reaching base at an even .500 clip through 42 plate appearances would be striking out fewer times. But at 9.5%, he's 4.4 points lower than 13.9% in 2016 with Richmond, which was 3.9 points lower than 17.8% in 2015 with San Jose. If this continues, Arroyo is developing into a hitter who closely resembles Marco Scutaro — a high-contact, gap-to-gap type hitter whose strikeout rates are impressively low. Now, Scutaro had a career 10.4 K% with a .111 ISO, and I expect Arroyo to fall somewhere between these two marks — not quite as low of a strikeout rate but more power than Scutaro supplied.

Fourteen of Arroyo's 18 hits have been singles, including the two hits of his 2-for-5 performance on Monday in Las Vegas. 

OTHER NOTES

Ryder Jones also went 2-for-5 in the River Cats' series finale in Vegas, though his two hits were doubles. I think Jones will sincerely enjoy the Pacific Coast League.

— Lefty Matt Gage was only a couple outs away from securing a solid outing for Richmond before a sixth-inning hiccup derailed things. He hit the first batter of the inning, forced a ground out, then gave up his first extra-base hit of the day. Following the double was a strikeout, but a three-run shot off the bat of Austin Wynns gave Bowie a 3-2 lead, and another double ended Gage's day.

Pat Ruotolo struck out three in his 1.1 innings of relief work on Monday for the GreenJackets, bringing his season total to seven in 4.2 innings. The only batter to reach base off the right-hander this season was a hit-by-pitch. Ruotolo had a breakout debut in 2016 with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, where he struck out 35 in 19 innings, culminating in a ridiculous 40.7 K%.

— The San Jose Giants were rained out of their game Monday evening, creating a doubleheader with Visalia on Wednesday. Michael Morse was scheduled to begin rehab with the club, and with the River Cats back home now, we'll see how long it takes for Morse to be moved to Sacramento.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS

TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Tyler Beede: DNP
  2. Christian Arroyo: 2-for-5, R
  3. Bryan Reynolds: DNP
  4. Steven Duggar: DNP
  5. Chris Shaw: 0-for-4, SO
  6. Sandro Fabian: 1-for-4, SO
  7. Heath Quinn: DNP
  8. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  9. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  10. Andrew Suarez: DNP
  11. Ty Blach: DNP
  12. Steven Okert: DNP
  13. Sam Coonrod: DNP
  14. Matt Krook: DNP
  15. Aramis Garcia: DNP
  16. C.J. Hinojosa: DNP
  17. Reyes Moronta: DNP
  18. Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
  19. Austin Slater: 1-for-5
  20. Kelvin Beltre: 1-for-4, R, SO
  21. Dan Slania: DNP
  22. Cory Taylor: DNP
  23. Chris Stratton: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  24. Chase Johnson: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K
  25. Jalen Miller: DNP
  26. Melvin Adon: DNP
  27. Garrett Williams: DNP
  28. Dylan Davis: DNP
  29. Ryder Jones: 2-for-5, R, 2 2B, SO
  30. Hunter Cole: DNP

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