A sign of a baseball player seeing the ball well is when, over an extended period of time, the player has accumulated more walks than strikeouts. In this case, Ryder Jones has accomplished that over a 16-game stretch in 71 plate appearances.
Jones has also been crushing the ball, too. His home run on Friday night in Las Vegas was his third in as many games, and 12th extra-base hit in the last 16 games. His line score in Friday's contest was a productive as they come. He went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and a walk with no strikeouts.
His wRC+ continues to climb, having now reached 145 through 206 plate appearances in the Pacific Coast League. The high metric stems from all-around great production, including a well-above average walk rate (12.1%), below-average strikeout rate (19.4%), powerful ISO (.267), and stellar batting average (.295). In fact, Jones is now seventh in the PCL in OPS and eighth in wRC+.
The bullpen impressed in the series finale with the 51s. They closed out the remaining five innings combining to allow zero runs on two hits and three walks. Kyle Crick was most impressive, striking out four in two frames to raise his strikeout rate to 31.5%.
— One day after Jean Angomas stole four bases in one game, he tallied a multiple of another stat. He went 2-for-4 with two triples in Augusta's second straight win. The 22-year-old outfielder is repeating with the GreenJackets, and aside from these two bizarre feats, he's off to a slow start.
— Kelvin Beltre pushed his on-base streak to 20 games with a walk in Friday's game. During the stretch, Beltre isn't hitting for a ton of power (.060 ISO) but owns a spectacular on-base percentage (.447) with 22 hits and 16 walks.
— The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes bullpen did their best to clean up a mess started by five first-inning walks from Jose Marte. Most notable was big right-hander Cesar Yanez who struck out four and allowed one walk in the final two frames. The offense provided and gave the club their first win of the year. Malique Ziegler reached base four times four different ways. The 20-year-old center fielder singled, doubled, homered, and drew a walk. Robinson Medrano tripled, as did 19-year-old catcher Jeffry Parra, who was making his Volcanoes debut.
- Sacramento: Andrew Suarez (2.96 ERA, 1.30 WHIP)
- Richmond: Dan Slania (7.25 ERA, 1.72 WHIP)
- San Jose: Conner Menez (3.19 ERA, 1.42 WHIP)
- Augusta: Caleb Baragar (5.03 ERA, 1.49 WHIP)
- Salem-Keizer: Sidney Duprey
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Christian Arroyo: 0-for-1
- Bryan Reynolds: 0-for-4, SO
- Steven Duggar: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 1-for-4, 3B
- Sandro Fabian: 0-for-4, SO
- Heath Quinn: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 4 BB, 6 K
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: 1-for-4, 2 SO
- C.J. Hinojosa: 4-for-5, R, 2B
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Kelvin Beltre: 0-for-2, R, BB
- Dan Slania: DNP
- Cory Taylor: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 1-for-3
- Melvin Adon: DNP
- Garrett Williams: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 1-for-3, SO
- Ryder Jones: 2-for-4, R, 2B, HR, BB
- Hunter Cole: DNP
- Miguel Gomez: 1-for-5, R
- Ryan Howard: 0-for-4, SO