If you were paying attention to Heath Quinn last season, you knew he was capable of being productive for his team in many aspects of the game. Playing for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, Quinn hit for average (.337) and power (.234 ISO), draw walks at an above-average pace (10.9%), and showcased his strong arm in right field to gun down runners (eight outfield assists in 54 games).
Through three games, after returning healthy from surgery on his broken hamate bone, Quinn has four hits in 13 plate appearances, including two doubles and a home run. He's added a single, as well as a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Plus, on Wednesday in Visalia, Quinn threw out a runner at second base.
With the lineup completely heathy, the San Jose Giants are due to end their current six-game losing streak any day now.
— Tyler Beede featured his best swing-and-miss stuff of the season in a season-high seven innings Wednesday night in Oklahoma City. He only struck out four Triple-A Dodgers, but his 13 swinging strikes were highest since August 29, 2016 — 10 outings ago. He came into his eighth start of 2017 averaging 6.9 swinging strikes per game. Towards the end of last season in Richmond (his final seven starts), Beede averaged 13 swinging strikes per game. Beede also posted his season-high in ground balls (14) and added to the #PitchersWhoRake category with a double.
— Here's more bad quality video from Akron. But hey, it is better than nothing. Dylan Davis hit this one to left center field after his first home run of the season went the opposite way. Davis is still just 72 plate appearances into his Double-A debut, but his OPS is getting better by the day, now at .639. It was .458 this time last week.
— The Richmond Flying Squirrels didn't get a victory, but the bullpen cleaned up a mess and at least kept the team in the game. Jose Flores, D.J. Snelten, Carlos Alvarado, and Tyler Cyr, who have all been legit this year for the Giants' Double-A squad, combined to throw 4.2 innings of one-run ball, striking out six and allowing four baserunners. Snelten, in particular, owns some impressive numbers so far in 2017, including a 0.47 ERA, .227 OBA, 30.4 K%, and 5.1 BB%. Plus, as some helpful readers pointed out, Snelten has the highest ground-ball rate in the system at 64.6%.
- Sacramento: Joan Gregorio (2.04 ERA, 1.29 WHIP)
- San Jose: Matt Solter (3.98 ERA, 1.52 WHIP)
- Augusta: Garrett Williams (0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP)
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Tyler Beede: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- Christian Arroyo: 0-for-4
- Bryan Reynolds: 0-for-3, BB, SO
- Steven Duggar: DNP
- Chris Shaw: DNP
- Sandro Fabian: DNP
- Heath Quinn: 1-for-3, R, HR, BB, SO
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: 0-for-4, SO
- C.J. Hinojosa: 1-for-3, R, 2B, BB, 2 SO
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Austin Slater: 1-for-4, 2 SO
- Kelvin Beltre: DNP
- Dan Slania: DNP
- Cory Taylor: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 2-for-5, 2B, 2 SO
- Melvin Adon: DNP
- Garrett Williams: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 2-for-4, R, 2B, HR
- Ryder Jones: 1-for-3, R, HR, BB, SB
- Hunter Cole: 0-for-4
- Miguel Gomez: 2-for-4
- Ryan Howard: 1-for-4, R, BB, SO