Chris Shaw enjoyed his time in El Paso, Texas. At least he did in his final two games. After going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in game two of the four-game series, the first contest he started, Shaw recorded seven hits in the next two games, including three home runs and a double.
Shaw's two bombs in Thursday's finale cleared the fence just left of straight-away center field, so technically they were both opposite-field shots. Impressive nonetheless. See for yourself!
Huge props to MiLB for finally uploading both home runs a player hits if they hit two in one game. I can honestly say this is the first time in 2017 or 2016 that I've seen them do it for a Giants prospect. Their typical routine is to only upload the second one. I digress.
Matt Winn was assigned from San Jose to Sacramento before Friday's game and made the most of it. He reached base in all four of his plate appearances, hitting a home run, stroking two doubles, and drawing a walk.
The Winn move is interesting, and reminds me of catchers like Trevor Brown and Brad Moss in past years who were bumped back and forth between San Jose and Sacramento (and before, Fresno) based on team needs. I certainly wouldn't call it a promotion considering the 24-year-old had a .665 OPS and 34.1 K% in 129 plate appearances with San Jose.
— Augusta GreenJackets right-hander Nolan Riggs is performing well this year. His 23.9 K% and 6.3 BB% go well together, plus a .208 OBA, 1.05 WHIP, 2.31 ERA, and 2.42 FIP in 39 innings. All across the board, the numbers are good for this very tall (6'8") undrafted free agent.
— One Dominican Summer League prospect I'm pretty excited about is corner outfielder Alexander Canario of Montecristi, Dominican Republic. The Giants signed him in July of 2016, among other names like Samuel Jorge and Gordi Santos, and he's making his pro debut this year. Through 90 plate appearances, things are going exceptionally well, especially considering he turned 17 in May. Canario is slashing .286/.389/.494 with a 16.7 K%, 12.2 BB%, .208 ISO, plus nine stolen bases to just one caught-stealing. Here's batting practice from two years ago when he was 15.
— The best starting pitcher for the DSL squad has without a doubt been left-hander Marco Gonzalez, who through five starts has totaled these numbers: 24.1 IP, 16 H, 10 BB, 30 K with a 0.74 ERA. Gonzalez is 19, listed at 6'1" 180 pounds, and hails from Yaritagua, Venezuela.
- Sacramento: Madison Bumgarner (!)
- Richmond: Jose Flores (2.14 ERA, 1.04 WHIP)
- San Jose: Conner Menez (3.79 ERA, 1.46 WHIP)
- Augusta: Melvin Adon (4.56 ERA, 1.46 WHIP)
- Salem-Keizer: Alejandro De La Rosa (0.90 ERA, 1.50 WHIP)
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Christian Arroyo: DNP
- Bryan Reynolds: 2-for-5, R, SO
- Chris Shaw: 4-for-5, 2 R, 2 HR, SO
- Sandro Fabian: 0-for-5, SO
- Heath Quinn: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: 4 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- C.J. Hinojosa: 2-for-3, BB
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Austin Slater: 1-for-1
- Kelvin Beltre: DNP
- Dan Slania: DNP
- Cory Taylor: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 2-for-3, R, BB
- Melvin Adon: DNP
- Garrett Williams: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K
- Dylan Davis: DNP
- Ryder Jones: DNP
- Hunter Cole: DNP
- Miguel Gomez: 0-for-4, SO
- Ryan Howard: 4-for-5