The latest word from the Sacramento River Cats is that the Giants' top pitching prospect Tyler Beede is expected to be placed on the disabled list due to a groin injury suffered during warmups of his scheduled Monday start in Tacoma. No transaction has been made yet for Beede's likely DL stint.
Beede was coming off one of his best starts of the season — a seven-inning, five-strikeout shutdown of the El Paso Chihuahuas at home last Wednesday. He set a season-high in pitches (109), strikes thrown (78), and strike percentage (71.6%) while allowing five singles and one walk.
It's not clear how much time Beede will miss, but if he goes on the DL Tuesday afternoon, he will be eligible to return on August 1 when the River Cats finish their current eight-game homestand.
Left-hander Kraig Sitton got the spot start in place of Beede and lasted three innings allowing three runs on six hits and a walk. The bullpen was solid in the final five frames as a trio of pitchers surrendered just one run to keep Sacramento in the game. D.J. Snelten and Tyler Rogers, who both own ERAs below two, pitched a scoreless inning each.
— Jordan Johnson, who has fought the home-run bug since last season, made a start without allowing a homer for the first time since June 9. Four baserunners reached over six innings as Johnson compiled a game score of 60, making it one of his better outings of 2017, especially considering he was removed from his last start after being hit by a line drive on his throwing arm.
— The Giants have signed a plethora of minor league free agents this season, and one of their more recent pick-ups is off to a solid start for the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Caleb Gindl, a former Brewers prospect who has 178 career major-league plate appearances in 2013 and 2014, has eight hits and four walks in seven games for a .914 OPS in 29 trips to the plate. Gindl was signed a couple weeks ago after slashing .281/.357/.452 in 309 plate appearances for the independent Atlantic League's Lancaster Barnstormers.
— 37th-rounder Andy Rohloff was transferred to Salem-Keizer after striking out 10 of the 24 batters he faced in the AZL. The right-hander from the University of Central Florida made his Northwest League debut Monday and struck out two more in a scoreless ninth inning.
- Sacramento: Chris Stratton (5.11 ERA, 1.46 WHIP)
- Richmond: Dan Slania (6.29 ERA, 1.62 WHIP)
- San Jose: Grant Watson (3.82 ERA, 1.62 WHIP)
- Augusta: Garrett Williams (2.21 ERA, 1.33 WHIP)
- Salem-Keizer: Jason Bahr (6.23 ERA, 1.62 WHIP)
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: DNP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 0-for-1, SO
- Heliot Ramos: DNP
- Bryan Reynolds: 1-for-4, R, 2 SO
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Steven Duggar: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: 0-for-4, SO
- Sandro Fabian: 2-for-5, R
- Heath Quinn: 1-for-4, SO
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Seth Corry: DNP
- Ryder Jones: DNP
- Jacob Gonzalez: DNP
- C.J. Hinojosa: 0-for-4, BB
- Kyle Crick: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
- Garrett Cave: DNP
- Garrett Williams: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K
- Melvin Adon: DNP
- Miguel Gomez: DNP
- Kelvin Beltre: DNP
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Stephen Woods: DNP
- Bryce Johnson: 1-for-4, R
- Ryan Howard: 1-for-4, SO