Jonah Arenado hasn't drawn a walk since May 17. And while in and of itself this is somewhat of an issue, the 22-year-old from Southern California has been getting on base the more traditional way. He's had a hot June thus far, slashing .341/.341/.568 in the first month of summer, but it goes back even further than that. Since May 20, a span of 81 plate appearances, he owns a .363/.371/.638 batting line, featuring 10 doubles and four home runs.
He picked up three more hits on Tuesday night in Modesto, including his 15th double of the year. On May 19, basically a month into his second full season in the California League, Arenado had a dismal .527 OPS. He's shot himself out of that pit and is now OPS'ing .715 entering Wednesday night's finale at John Thurman Field.
I wouldn't be surprised to see Arenado promoted to Richmond at some point this year. He's now 762 plate appearances into his Advanced Class-A campaign.
Here's some recent footage of Arenado. My favorite swings here are the home-run distance foul ball at 0:32 and the opposite-field double at 0:56.
— Kelvin Beltre moved his on-base streak to 17 games with a walk in four trips to the plate on Tuesday. He hasn't been hitting for much power during the streak (.068 ISO) compared to this seasonal mark (.147) but he's been an incredibly productive hitter in the box — mixing a .322 batting average with a 15.5 percent walk rate.
— It's been a rough stretch for Chris Shaw in Sacramento lately. In his last 10 games, totaling 43 plate appearances, he has eight hits (1 XBH), one walk, and 15 strikeouts. This comes after he posted a .930 OPS in his first seven games. His first month or so after promoting from San Jose to Richmond last season were a bit brutal, too, but he eventually turned it around to finish his Double-A campaign with a .266/.339/.449 batting line.
— Day two of the draft saw San Francisco select one high-schooler in round three, then follow it up with seven consecutive college players.
— Interesting names include fourth-rounder Garrett Cave — a Chase Johnson-type right-hander who was pitching in high leverage late innings as well as starting in college at the University of Tampa. He features a mid-to-upper 90s fastball with occasional cut and two breaking balls, with the curveball being the best of the two. Many see his value being in the bullpen.
— Round six gave the Giants a switch-hitting, true center fielder in Bryce Johnson. He added a left-handed swing as a sophomore at Sam Houston State and features more power from the right side. His best asset appears to be his speed, which helps both on the bases and in center field.
— In the eighth round, left-hander John Gavin went to the Giants from Cal State-Fullerton. The 6'6" pitcher hails from San Jose, Calif. where he attended Saint Francis High School in Mountain View. What you would expect from Gavin, given his size, is a power profile. Yet that's not what the Giants are getting. Gavin is more of a finesse arm, focusing on control with his high-80s/low-90s fastball, changeup, and slider.
- Sacramento: Chris Stratton (6.35 ERA, 1.61 WHIP)
- San Jose: Matt Krook (6.64 ERA, 1.86 WHIP)
- Augusta: Garrett Williams (1.59 ERA, 1.41 WHIP)
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Tyler Beede: 6 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
- Christian Arroyo: 1-for-4
- Bryan Reynolds: 1-for-5, R, SO
- Steven Duggar: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 0-for-4, 2 SO
- Sandro Fabian: 1-for-4, R
- Heath Quinn: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: 6 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 2 K
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: 3-for-5, R, 2B
- C.J. Hinojosa: 0-for-4, SO
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Kelvin Beltre: 0-for-3, BB, SO
- Dan Slania: DNP
- Cory Taylor: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 1-for-5, SO
- Melvin Adon: 4.1 IP, 10 H, 11 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- Garrett Williams: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 0-for-3, 2 SO
- Ryder Jones: 0-for-4, SO
- Hunter Cole: DNP
- Miguel Gomez: 1-for-4, 2B
- Ryan Howard: 2-for-5, SO