Selected in the ninth round in 2014 out of Liberty High School in Madera, Calif. was lanky right-hander Stetson Woods. After three up-and-down seasons in rookie ball, Woods finally escaped the Arizona heat and was assigned to Salem-Keizer to begin the 2017 season. Not only has he been the team's best rotation arm, but he's also been one of the best starters in the Northwest League.
Woods made his eighth start of the season on Sunday and threw six innings for the fifth time while also allowing fewer hits than innings pitched for the fifth time, as well. His 1.97 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and .218 OBA are second, fourth, and fifth in the league, respectively.
Woods isn't particularly effective at striking people out at just 19.7%, but what he does well is keep baserunners to a minimum, whether its hits or walks. His 4.5 BB% is fifth lowest in the league among qualifying pitchers.
These great numbers are in stark contrast to his final two seasons in the AZL, where Woods allowed 55 baserunners in 26.2 innings. He seems to have figured something out in 2017.
— Orlando Garcia has reached base in 18 of his first 20 games with the Volcanoes, all while striking out below 20.0% at 17.2%. The second baseman from Texas Tech is hitting for a nice combination of average (.314) and power (.171 ISO) through 87 plate appearances.
— Sticking with Salem-Keizer Volcanoes news, center fielder Malique Ziegler is displaying his base-stealing abilities early and often in his first season above rookie ball. He stole his 16th base on Sunday, which puts him third in the organization in that category despite having played fewer than half the amount of games as most full-season players. He's doing it with the bat, as well, sitting at a 135 wRC+ with a .314/.388/.464 batting line through 163 plate appearances.
— C.J. Hinojosa, who owns a .989 OPS in his last 32 games (134 PA), went 4-for-5 on Sunday for his eighth multi-hit game of the month, and 14th in the aforementioned span. After a brief power surge, in which he collected five extra-base hits in seven games, he's back to hitting mostly singles. Still, his .305 average pairs well with a respectable 7.9 B% and crazy low 8.2 K%.
- Sacramento: Tyler Beede (4.79 ERA, 1.47 WHIP)
- Richmond: Jordan Johnson (4.59 ERA, 1.39 WHIP)
- San Jose: Mark Reyes (5.69 ERA, 1.82 WHIP)
- Augusta: Raffi Vizcaino (5.35 ERA, 1.24 WHIP)
- Salem-Keizer: Jose Marte (5.32 ERA, 1.68 WHIP)
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Christian Arroyo: DNP
- Bryan Reynolds: 0-for-3
- Steven Duggar: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 0-for-4
- Sandro Fabian: 0-for-3
- Heath Quinn: 0-for-3, 2 SO
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: 0-for-3, SO
- C.J. Hinojosa: 4-for-5, R, CS
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Kelvin Beltre: 0-for-3
- Dan Slania: DNP
- Cory Taylor: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jalen Miller: DNP
- Melvin Adon: DNP
- Garrett Williams: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 1-for-3, SO
- Ryder Jones: 0-for-4, 2 SO
- Hunter Cole: DNP
- Miguel Gomez: 2-for-4, R, 2B, SO
- Ryan Howard: 0-for-3, 2 SO