In three games since returning to regular-season play post California League All-Star Game, Bryan Reynolds has all varieties of extra-base hits. He recorded a triple in each of his first two games to start the second half, and on Monday at home Reynolds added two doubles and a home run among four total hits.
What was at point an underwhelming isolated slugging percentage, considering his track record and .188 number posted in 171 plate appearances in Salem-Keizer last season, is now moving its way up. Sitting now at .150, Reynolds once was as low as .098 on May 19. To reach where he is now, Reynolds has compiled eight doubles, four triples, and three home runs in 27 games since May 19.
Reynolds's homer on Monday was his fourth of the season, and third from he left side. He took a low-and-in fastball and just crunched it. Observe!
Reynolds hasn't had the chance to face a ton of lefties in 2017, as only 16.5 percent of his plate appearances have resulted in him batting from the right side. Though, in those 46 trips to the plate, Reynolds owns a .914 OPS.
Not to be overshadowed was Aramis Garcia, who while rocking an unbelievable mustache cracked his ninth and tenth home runs of the year. Speaking of ISO, Garcia entered the game with one of the highest marks in the system — .204. Two more dingers pushed that up to .227.
One more note from San Jose: hitting machine Ryan Howard finished a game with two or more hits for the ninth time in June, and 15th time in the last 27 games.
— We're just going to keep the ISO talk going because it's important. C.J. Hinojosa began the season late, and did so by pretty much only hitting singles. Through his first 87 plate appearances, he had only one extra-base hit — a double. Things have gotten better, though. Since June 3, Hinojosa has six doubles and a home run, which he hit Monday to put Richmond up one late in the game.
— Tyler Beede surrendered two home runs in El Paso, but went eight relatively strong innings and struck out seven. Facing 168 batters at home this year, Beede has given up four home runs. But on the road, 10 batters have cleared the fence in 207 tries. That's a 2.4 percent rate at home compared to 4.8 percent on the road. Thanks, Pacific Coast League.
— Domenic Mazza made it six consecutive "quality" starts with what was likely the best of the bunch on Monday. He went seven scoreless while giving up just four singles and a walk. He owns a 1.71 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in those six starts.
- Sacramento: Chris Stratton (5.37 ERA, 1.43 WHIP)
- Richmond: Cory Taylor (4.52 ERA, 1.51 WHIP)
- San Jose: Grant Watson (7.62 ERA, 2.08 WHIP)
- Augusta: Stephen Woods (3.49 ERA, 1.32 WHIP)
- Salem-Keizer: Stetson Woods (1.50 ERA, 0.83 WHIP)
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Tyler Beede: 8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K
- Christian Arroyo: DNP
- Bryan Reynolds: 4-for-5, 3 R, 2 2B, HR, SO
- Steven Duggar: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 0-for-1
- Sandro Fabian: 1-for-3, R, 2B, SO
- Heath Quinn: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, BB
- C.J. Hinojosa: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, SO
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Kelvin Beltre: 0-for-3
- Dan Slania: DNP
- Cory Taylor: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jalen Miller: DNP
- Melvin Adon: DNP
- Garrett Williams: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 1-for-4, 2 SO
- Ryder Jones: 0-for-4
- Hunter Cole: 0-for-4, 2 SO
- Miguel Gomez: 0-for-4
- Ryan Howard: 3-for-5, 3 R, SO, SB