A 17-year-old and a barely-even 19-year-old stole the show in game six of the AZL Giants season. San Francisco's top pick in June's draft Heliot Ramos showed his ridiculous speed with a triple in his first pro plate appearance. Then he followed it up with a lightning-quick bat with power for a gapper in what would be the first of two doubles in Friday night's game.
Listen to the pop in this one.
Ramos finished 3-for-5 while batting leadoff and playing center field. Here's bonus footage of Ramos thanks to Chris Kusiolek.
Jacob Gonzalez, the Giants' second-round pick and son of Arizona Diamondbacks legend Luis Gonzalez, also produced loud contact in his first pro game. Gonzalez played third base, batted third, and went 2-for-3 with a double and two walks.
It was a game of debuts all around for the AZL squad, as a total of ten 2017 draft picks were added to the roster before Friday's game and all ten appeared and recorded their first pro stats.
Third-rounder Seth Corry struck out two in a scoreless inning, 12th-rounder Aaron Bond went 2-for-5 batting in the fifth spot and playing left field, and 37th-round pick Andy Rohloff also struck out two in his debut inning.
— Conner Menez was crazy efficient in his 15th start of the season, going eight innings for the San Jose Giants and needing just 87 pitches to do it. He struck out six and forced a season-high 13 ground balls. It's the second good start in a row for Menez after a brief rough patch. In three starts to begin June, Menez totaled 16 hits and nine walks in 15.1 innings with a 6.46 ERA. Allowing only two earned runs in his last 14 innings since, he has dropped an already-reasonable 3.99 ERA to 3.54, which is eighth best in the California League.
— In Charleston, S.C., Melvin Adon continued his Jekyll and Hyde season with one of his better outings of 2017. After game scores of 10 and 35 in his previous two starts, Friday night's against the River Dogs saw the raw right-hander strike out eight in six innings while allowing just three singles and two walks. Adon's year can essentially be split right down the middle, with six really good outings and six really bad ones. In the good six, Adon has a line of 35.1 IP, 20 H, 4 ER, 8 BB, 38 K. While in the bad six, Adon's line is 22.0 IP, 37 H, 22 ER, 15 BB, 14 K. That's a 1.02 ERA compared to a 15.14 ERA. Whoa.
— It's time to show Manuel Geraldo some love. After struggling mightily in 120 plate appearances with Augusta, Geraldo has found a rhythm of singles and stolen bases with Salem-Keizer. Eighteen of his 22 hits have been of the one-base variety and he's gone on to steal 10 bases in 12 attempts.
- Sacramento: Tyler Beede (5.11 ERA, 1.44 WHIP)
- Richmond: Sam Coonrod (4.54 ERA, 1.32 WHIP)
- San Jose: Michael Connolly (3.88 ERA, 1.29 WHIP)
- Augusta: Caleb Baragar (4.04 ERA, 1.33 WHIP)
- Salem-Keizer: Alex Bostic (7.11 ERA, 2.00 WHIP)
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Christian Arroyo: DNP
- Bryan Reynolds: 0-for-4, 2 SO
- Steven Duggar: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 2-for-5, R, SO
- Sandro Fabian: 0-for-4, 4 SO
- Heath Quinn: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: 1-for-4, R, SO
- C.J. Hinojosa: DNP
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Austin Slater: 2-for-5, 2 R, SO
- Kelvin Beltre: 1-for-4, SO
- Dan Slania: DNP
- Cory Taylor: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 0-for-3, SO
- Melvin Adon: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
- Garrett Williams: DNP
- Dylan Davis: DNP
- Ryder Jones: 1-for-3, R
- Hunter Cole: DNP
- Miguel Gomez: DNP
- Ryan Howard: 0-for-4