Steven Duggar finally appears healthy, and though it's a shame we aren't seeing him in San Francisco now, I think it's safe to say he's on a good track to see many reps in Spring Training and get a shot at the 25-man roster next season.
Duggar, who essentially missed the first three months of this season with a flexor strain, is back again from another brief DL stint and is leading off for the San Jose Giants. He picked up two doubles in a 2-for-4 showing in Tuesday's game, giving him four two-baggers among five hits in his first five games back.
His play in 2016 in time spent between San Jose and Richmond showed incredible promise, as the left-handed outfielder was able to show plate discipline (12.3 BB%), high contact (.302 AVG), and small doses of power (.146 ISO), all while playing a mixture of center field and right field.
It shouldn't be too much longer before Duggar is moved to Sacramento, where he would have likely started 2017 had he not sustained the aforementioned injury during spring training.
Already roaming the outfield at Raley Field is Chris Shaw, who also recorded two doubles in Tuesday's contest. They were his 12th and 13th doubles since joining the River Cats, giving him 23 on the season.
Shaw has been on an interesting run of late. Over his last 75 plate appearances, Shaw has struck out far too often — 33.3% of the time, that is. That would lead many to believe that he's been struggling at the plate. And it's kind of true. But then you look at his slash line over those same 75 plate appearances and notice that he has a 1.060 OPS.
So he has 24 hits and 25 strikeouts in 75 trips to the plate. That means 65.3% of the time (in the last 18 games, at least) Shaw is either safely reaching base via a hit or striking out. He also has seven walks. So that only leaves 19 other options (balls in play that were recorded as outs) to reach the 75 total.
What this all means is that his BABIP is insanely high. In fact, it's .500 over the stretch, which can't possibly be maintained.
It will be fascinating to see which way Shaw progresses (or regresses) over the next several weeks. Will the strikeouts decrease and contact remain? Will the strikeouts remain and contact decrease? Let's hope for the former.
— C.J. Hinojosa clubbed his fourth home run of the season, continuing his impressive, month-long stretch of high-contact, low-strikeout work. The infielder from the University of Texas is batting .412/.459/.608 in his last 27 games (114 PA) and has only been sent packing six times. That amounts to a 5.3 K% during the span, and a 7.8% overall this year. Among players with at least 190 plate appearances, Hinojosa is best in the Giants' system and 14th best in all of the minor leagues.
— Jordan Johnson left Tuesday's game after being hit in the throwing arm with a line drive. Flying Squirrels broadcaster Jay Burnham reported this morning that Johnson is fine, as the ball caught him in the bicep and not a bone. Though in his 2.1 innings before being removed, Johnson allowed his 12th home run of the season. Having faced 351 batters in 2017, this home run total gives him a 3.4 HR%. For comparison, Jeff Samardzija has a 3.9 HR%.
— There were a few impressive box score lines from Tuesday's Salem-Keizer Volcanoes game, including second baseman Orlando Garcia who went 2-for-3 with a double. Garcia has a hit in 14 of his 15 games since being called up to the Northwest League and owns a slash line of .340/.429/.566 with a 173 wRC+ in 65 plate appearances. Stetson Woods made his seventh start of the year and struck out six while walking none in six strong, one-run innings. He has excellent numbers so far like a 1.82 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and .063 opposing ISO. And finally, reliever John Russell struck out six of the seven batters he faced in two scoreless innings.
- Sacramento: Tyler Beede (5.12 ERA, 1.51 WHIP)
- Richmond: Dan Slania (6.22 ERA, 1.63 WHIP)
- Augusta: Garrett Williams (2.13 ERA, 1.34 WHIP)
- Salem-Keizer: Jose Marte (6.35 ERA, 1.94 WHIP)
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Christian Arroyo: DNP
- Bryan Reynolds: 1-for-4
- Steven Duggar: 2-for-4, R, 2 2B
- Chris Shaw: 3-for-6, R, 2 2B
- Sandro Fabian: DNP
- Heath Quinn: 0-for-1, SO
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: 2-for-4
- C.J. Hinojosa: 1-for-4, R, HR, sO
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Kelvin Beltre: DNP
- Dan Slania: DNP
- Cory Taylor: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 1-for-4, 2 R
- Melvin Adon: DNP
- Garrett Williams: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 1-for-4, SO
- Ryder Jones: 0-for-2, R, BB
- Hunter Cole: DNP
- Miguel Gomez: 0-for-1
- Ryan Howard: 1-for-5, 2 SO