Suarez getting more comfortable in Eastern League

BOX SCORES: SAC / RIC / SJ / AUG

Lefty Andrew Suarez's 6.2-inning start was the highlight of Monday's action on the Giants' farm. The usual good was there from Suarez, compiling 19 looking strikes and 11 swinging strikes for a total of seven punch outs to go along with zero walks.

Suarez has maintained a walk rate around five percent since he was drafted by San Francisco in 2015, while the struggles have usually come from an abundance of hits. Opposing hitters are slashing .284/.318/.438 in 2017, but he's somehow managed to keep runs off the board. With that kind of line, you'd expect a higher ERA than 3.12. 

Sixteen of the 46 hits Suarez has allowed this year have gone for extra bases, including three home runs. But compared to his Double-A debut last year, Suarez seems to be finding his groove. A couple notable differences are his decreased FIP (3.72 to 3.16) and his increase in strikeouts (18.6% to 20.1%). 

OTHER NOTES

Heath Quinn's debut in San Jose featured a double and a strikeout. He batted in the five spot and played right field. 

Bryan Reynolds is picking up some steam, especially in the slugging category, over his last couple games. Of the four hits in his last nine plate appearances, two have been doubles and one other was a triple. This came after a hitless four games, as well as a .164/.246/.182 line in his last 61 plate appearances. Hopefully Reynolds continues to come around, as his .683 OPS and 92 wRC+ indicate he's likely not at all where he or the organization expect him to be. Thankfully, he's kept his strikeout rate at a reasonable 22.2%.

— After what must have surely been a nerve-wracking Triple-A debut for Dusten Knight, right-handed reliever has settled down and pitched very well for the River Cats. He gave up two runs on three hits and three walks in his 2.2-inning debut, but has posted this line since: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K. 

Domenic Mazza threw his best game since perfection, going seven strong allowing one run on eight hits and a walk.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS

TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Tyler Beede: DNP
  2. Christian Arroyo: 0-for-2, R, BB, SO
  3. Bryan Reynolds: 2-for-5, R, 2B
  4. Steven Duggar: DNP
  5. Chris Shaw: 0-for-4, SO
  6. Sandro Fabian: 1-for-4, SO
  7. Heath Quinn: 1-for-4, 2B, SO
  8. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  9. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  10. Andrew Suarez: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K
  11. Ty Blach: DNP
  12. Sam Coonrod: DNP
  13. Matt Krook: DNP
  14. Aramis Garcia: DNP
  15. C.J. Hinojosa: 1-for-4
  16. Reyes Moronta: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  17. Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
  18. Austin Slater: 1-for-4, R, SO
  19. Kelvin Beltre: 0-for-3 BB
  20. Dan Slania: DNP
  21. Cory Taylor: DNP
  22. Chris Stratton: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
  23. Chase Johnson: DNP
  24. Jalen Miller: 0-for-4
  25. Melvin Adon: DNP
  26. Garrett Williams: DNP
  27. Dylan Davis: 0-for-4, 2 SO
  28. Ryder Jones: DNP
  29. Hunter Cole: 0-for-3, BB
  30. Miguel Gomez: 0-for-4, SO

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