Quinn hits seventh homer of season, Paulino walks off

BOX SCORES: SAC / RIC / SJ / AUG

We have reached the 100 plate appearances mark for Heath Quinn and the power-hitting corner outfielder has shown no signs of slowing down. Home run number seven on the season left the park on Sunday in Visalia, which puts him three back of the team lead despite having 80 or more fewer plate appearances than most of his teammates.

Quinn doesn't yet qualify for average leaders in the California League, but if you drop the sample size down to players who have at least 100 plate appearances this year, Quinn ranks second in OPS, ISO, wOBA, and wRC+ — trailing only Brendan Rodgers of the Colorado Rockies in all categories.

However, Rodgers plays half of his regular-season games in Lancaster, so take his numbers with a grain of salt.

For comparison's sake, here are Quinn's numbers in the California League compared to that of Chris Shaw through their first 121 plate appearances, which includes Quinn's 19 trips to the plate at the tail end of 2016:

  • Quinn: .309/.363/.596, 6.9 BB%, 22.5 K%, .287 ISO
  • Shaw: .339/.402/.642, 8.2 BB%, 22.1 K%, .303 ISO

Shaw was promoted to Richmond 44 games later. So we'll see if the Giants give Quinn the same treatment.

Down in Augusta, the GreenJackets got a rare win and it came courtesy of a Cristian Paulino walk-off home run. It was Paulino's first home run of the year, and it gave the team their 20th victory of the season in game number 58.

OTHER NOTES

— A crucial piece of Augusta's win was a strong start from right-hander Caleb Baragar, who nearly matched his best start of the year in terms of game score. Posting a 68 on Sunday, two shy of a 70 back on May 6, Baragar set career-highs in innings (7) and pitches thrown (90) while striking out four and allowing five baserunners and one run over those seven frames.

Jonah Arenado has been on a nice roll lately, posting a .352/.361/.634 slash line in his last 72 plate appearances. He has four home runs and eight doubles in the span, but has not walked once, which is interesting because despite 80 consecutive plate appearances without a walk, he still owns a respectable 5.3 percent walk rate in 2017.

— An update on Gio Brusa. On May 14, the slugging corner outfielder had a disastrous line of .189/.295/.349 with strikeouts in 33.6 percent of his trips to the plate. Thankfully, he was drawing a ton of walks (11.5%) and hitting for decent power (.160 ISO). Brusa has been a force since, posting a .885 OPS in a 22-game stretch which has raised his season slash line to .245/.305/.449. He has just one walk in his last 91 plate appearances, but he has decreased his strikeout rate by three percent.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS

TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

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

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