Reynolds breaks out of slump with home run, triple

BOX SCORES: SAC / RIC / SJ

The San Jose Giants managed 12 runs on 11 hits in Sunday afternoon's victory over the Stockton Ports. Six of those 11 hits came from two of the team's top hitters — shortstop Jalen Miller and outfielder Bryan Reynolds.

Most important of the two performances was that of Reynolds, who entered Sunday's game 0-for-his-last-15 with five strikeouts. He crushed a 395-foot home run in the first inning, scoring a Miller single, and smacked an opposite-field triple off Oakland Athletics' top pitching prospect A.J. Puk in the seventh. For the switch-hitter, it was a satisfying day from both sides of the plate. The homer came batting left-handed while the triple was from the right side.

Do you notice anything interesting about Reynolds? I do now thanks to Baseball Prospectus' Daniel Rathman. Reynolds features a leg kick in his left-handed swing, but his right-handed swing has basically no stride.

Miller's three-hit showing was his seventh multi-hit game of the season, and included his second home run of the year. Miller's compact swing and strong hands have impressed me since I saw him for the first time in spring training in 2016. He's not going to hit a ton of home runs, though his total should see an uptick the more time he spends in the California League. Miller will pepper you with double and triples, especially with his plus speed.

Miller, who just turned 20 back in December, is 69 plate appearances into a potentially breakout season. He currently owns .306/.377/.468 slash line with the sixth highest wRC+ in the farm system at 140. His strikeout rate has dropped 4% compared to both 2015 and 2016 seasons and his walk rate is up almost 5%.

San Jose' starting pitcher Heath Slatton didn't last more than two frames after he allowed two home runs and two doubles in the second inning. But a trio of right-handed relief arms were more than solid, especially Dusten Knight. In 13.1 innings this April, Knight has surrendered just seven baserunners — six hits and a hit-batsman — while striking out 17.

On Sunday, Knight showcased his full arsenal of pitches. From an almost straight-over-the-top position, he throws a fastball in the 90-92 range, a changeup in the low-80s, and an impressive straight-down curveball at 74-77. In 2.2 innings, Knight struck out four and induced eight swinging strikes, with about half coming from the fastball and half from the curve.

OTHER NOTES

Christian Arroyo went 4-for-6 with a walk-off single, a hit that certainly would have been a double in any other situation as it cleared the left fielder. It's his second four-hit performance in the last five days and raises his batting average to .446 and his wRC+ to 221.

Miguel Gomez sure seems like he's set out to prove he can hit at any minor league level. Through 62 plate appearances in Double-A Richmond, Gomez is slashing .328/.371/.483. He has finished every season since 2013 with a batting average over .300.

Reyes Moronta had his first rough outing of the year, recording just one out while giving up three runs on a double and two walks. Still, he's allowed five baserunners in 6.1 innings 11 strikeouts.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS

TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Tyler Beede: DNP
  2. Christian Arroyo: 4-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI, SO, SB
  3. Bryan Reynolds: 3-for-4, 3 R, 3B, HR, 5 RBI, SO
  4. Steven Duggar: DNP
  5. Chris Shaw: 0-for-1, 2 BB, SO
  6. Sandro Fabian: DNP
  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: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 0 K
  18. Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
  19. Austin Slater: 1-for-1, RBI, BB
  20. Kelvin Beltre: DNP
  21. Dan Slania: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 5 K
  22. Cory Taylor: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 8 K
  23. Chris Stratton: DNP
  24. Chase Johnson: DNP
  25. Jalen Miller: 3-for-4, 4 R, HR, RBI, BB, SO
  26. Melvin Adon: DNP
  27. Garrett Williams: DNP
  28. Dylan Davis: DNP
  29. Ryder Jones: 1-for-5, R, SO
  30. Hunter Cole: 1-for-3, BB, SO

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