It's been quite a run for Ryder Jones. The third baseman and occasional first baseman and corner outfielder has a 1.003 OPS over his last 40 games, totaling 174 plate appearances. Two hits in five trips to the plate on Friday in Fresno brought his batting average just one tick below .300 while a double pushed his fantastic isolated slugging percentage to .254.
During those 40 games, Jones has failed to reach base just six times. And 22 of his 45 hits have gone for extra bases. Because of this, Jones owns the seventh highest OPS and eighth highest wRC+ in the Pacific Coast League.
Since Chris Shaw joined the club, Jones has been playing a consistent third base. Beginning May 27, Jones has started 19 of 22 games at third, with the remaining three being in right field.
Speaking of Shaw, after a rough 10-game stretch hitting .190/.209/.214, he's turned it around going .321/.333/.643 in his last seven games. Shaw doubled and drew a walk in Friday night's game. He's now at 105 plate appearances in Triple-A and has posted a .730 OPS and 81 wRC+. Considering Shaw's slow start in Double-A before becoming a force, it's reasonable to expect the same from him here.
— Weird Baseball graced us with its presence with a relief appearance from catcher Rene Melendez in Salem-Keizer's eighth inning. Entering the game down nine, Melendez surrendered three walks and a hit, yet only one run crossed the plate.
— Malique Ziegler picked up his seventh and eighth hits in the last four games and also stole his seventh and eighth bases of the year. Ziegler is continuing his hot start in all areas of the game. Having not struck out in three consecutive games, he's lowered his strikeout percentage to 14.6% to go along with a 7.3 percent walk rate. Nine games into the 2017 campaign, Ziegler is fourth in both OPS and wRC+ in the Northwest League.
— 19-year-old Sandro Fabian isn't having an overwhelmingly good year with Class-A Augusta, but he's showing signs of an upswing. Over his last 12 games, totaling 48 plate appearances, Fabian has struck out only five times and has clubbed four doubles and a home run among 15 hits. Still, his season OPS is just .620, though it's up from .576 on June 7.
— On a personal note, I am writing this morning's post from Riverside, Calif. while on the road to Scottsdale. Today is the AZL opener and I'll have coverage from the Giants' first three games. Stay tuned for video of brand new draftees, including (hopefully) first-round selection Heliot Ramos.
- Sacramento (1): TBD
- Sacramento (2): TBD
- Richmond: Dan Slania (6.57 ERA, 1.64 WHIP)
- San Jose: Conner Menez (3.99 ERA, 1.49 WHIP)
- Augusta: Caleb Baragar (4.47 ERA, 1.40 WHIP)
- Salem-Keizer: Alejandro De La Rosa (0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP)
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Christian Arroyo: DNP
- Bryan Reynolds: DNP
- Steven Duggar: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 1-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 SO
- Sandro Fabian: 1-for-4, R, HR
- Heath Quinn: 2-for-4
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 5 K
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: 2-for-4, SO
- C.J. Hinojosa: 3-for-4, R
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Austin Slater: 2-for-4, R, 2B, SO
- Kelvin Beltre: 0-for-3, BB, 2 SO
- Dan Slania: DNP
- Cory Taylor: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 1 K
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 0-for-3
- Melvin Adon: 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
- Garrett Williams: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 1-for-4
- Ryder Jones: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, BB
- Hunter Cole: 0-for-3, R, SO
- Miguel Gomez: DNP
- Ryan Howard: DNP