Jae-Gyun Hwang is taking full advantage of his limited time hitting at altitude. The 29-year-old Korean infielder had been kept out of the home run column until Saturday in Colorado Springs, where he hit his first as a pro in the United States. He made it two on Sunday before the Sacramento River Cats left Colorado for Oklahoma.
MiLB didn't choose to upload Hwang's homer from Sunday, but here is Saturday's.
Heading into the weekend, Hwang was slashing .294/.320/.378 in 125 plate appearances, and it probably came as a surprise to most that he hadn't cleared the fences yet seeing as though he totaled 27 last season, and 26 a season before that.
— Austin Slater is on a roll, and he's got to be thinking about pushing the Giants' envelope. A day after reaching base six times, including a home run and a double, Slater recorded his eighth two-bagger of the year. Over the last 13 games, totaling 60 plate appearances, Slater owns a slash line of .354/.458/.500 with just five strikeouts. Slater could (and frankly should) be an upgrade over Gorkys Hernandez, whose 36 wRC+ (.172/.250/.230) and simply average defense in the outfield can't possibly be around for much longer.
— Another River Cats outfielder has been on the upswing in May, as well. Mac Williamson began the year slowly but is operating with a .326/.404/.543 line in the current month.
— Ryder Jones is not on the disabled list, but has only played in one game since May 10. I'm looking into what may be the reason for these absences.
— Kyle Crick has put up this line in his last six appearances: 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 9 K. Overall, he's been stellar this year for the River Cats, keeping opposing hitters to a .228 batting average with a 15.6 K-BB%.
— Hunter Cole is continuing his slump turnaround, which began on April 19. In those 82 plate appearances, Cole has posted a .301/.378/.507 batting line featuring 10 doubles. He went 3-for-5 on Sunday with his 11th double of the year — tied for third most in the Eastern League.
— Jordan Johnson made it back-to-back quality outings for the Flying Squirrels with a 6.2-inning display Sunday afternoon. Like May 8th's start, Johnson kept the trend of looking strikes going, totaling 21 after posting 20 last week. Johnson has been hard to hit all season (.216 OBA) but is still allowing an unusually high number of home runs. The solo homer he gave up to Bowie on Sunday is already his fifth of the season. In 2017, he's surrendered a home run to one out of every 27 batters he's faced — basically one per game.
- Sacramento: Chris Stratton (5.12 ERA, 1.49 WHIP)
- Richmond: Andrew Suarez (3.48 ERA, 1.48 WHIP)
- San Jose: Jake McCasland (5.70 ERA, 1.90 WHIP)
- Augusta: Domenic Mazza (5.73 ERA, 1.27 WHIP)
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Christian Arroyo: 0-for-3, BB
- Bryan Reynolds: 2-for-4, 2B, 3B
- Steven Duggar: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 1-for-5, 2B, SO
- Sandro Fabian: 1-for-4, SO
- Heath Quinn: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: 0-for-4, SO
- C.J. Hinojosa: 1-for-3, R, 2 BB
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Austin Slater: 1-for-4, 2B, BB
- Kelvin Beltre: DNP
- Dan Slania: DNP
- Cory Taylor: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 0-for-4
- Melvin Adon: DNP
- Garrett Williams: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 2-for-4
- Ryder Jones: DNP
- Hunter Cole: 3-for-5, 2B
- Miguel Gomez: 2-for-5, R, 2B