Jones heating up since returning from disabled list

BOX SCORES: SAC / RIC / SJ / AUG / SK / AZL / DSL

Ryder Jones has reached base nine times in his last four games and 13 times in his last eight games, which is how long it's been since the third baseman returned from the disabled list. 

Jones is arguably having one of the best offensive campaigns in the Pacific Coast League this season, and he added to that on Friday night with his 11th home run of the year.

He doesn't have enough qualifying plate appearances to be included in league leaders, as Jones missed the first two weeks of the year, followed by a month-long break from the PCL where he was either with the big-league club or on the disabled list. But if the list were altered to include players with at least 250 plate appearances, Jones would rank ninth in wRC+, 10th in wOBA, and among the top 20 in isolated slugging percentage, Jones has the ninth lowest strikeout rate at 19.5%.

Meanwhile, Chris Shaw has continued his aggressive-swinging ways since reaching Triple-A. In July, totaling 24 games, Shaw has recorded a strikeout in 21 of them, culminating in a 35.1 K%. His overall mark in the PCL, 28.8%, is 11.9% higher than in his 154 plate appearances with Richmond before he was promoted.

OTHER NOTES

Sandro Fabian clubbed two home runs on Thursday, helping him build on a solid month of baseball for the Augusta GreenJackets. The 19-year-old, who is 2.5 years younger than the South Atlantic League average, is slashing .280/.306/.463 in 87 July trips to the plate with just seven strikeouts. In fact, Fabian owns a 12.7 strikeout rate over his last 40 games.

— Right-hander John Russell, selected in the 16th round last month out of the University of Connecticut, struck out eight batters in 3.1 innings Friday in Boise. It brings his total to 22 in 12.1 innings — good enough for a crazy-high 43.1 K%. He's allowed seven hits and seven walks so far, though three of those free passes came in his pro debut.

— Staying with former UConn Huskies, Pat Ruotolo continues to absolutely dominate the South Atlantic League. Check out these numbers over his last 17.2 innings: nine hits, three earned runs (1.53 ERA), two walks, and 30 strikeouts. Overall in 2017, Ruotolo has a 1.57 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, 36.4 K%, 5.4 BB%, and a .150 OBA. Among pitchers with at least 30 innings pitched, Ruotolo owns the third highest K-BB% at 31.0% and the fifth lowest OBA.

Alexander Canario hasn't struck out in 24 consecutive plate appearances, and has just one in his last 49 plate appearances. In those 11 games with just the one punch out, Canario has compiled 13 hits (six for extra bases) and nine walks for a 1.163 OPS. At 161 wRC+, Canario, as the youngest player in the league, is seventh best in the DSL.

Cristian Paulino has been a maniac on the base paths recently, stealing three bags Friday night and 10 over his last 11 games. He has 25 in 48 games this season and has been unsuccessful seven times. He leads the organization in stolen bases, with Manuel Geraldo in second at 20 and Malique Ziegler in third with 18.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS

TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Christian Arroyo: DNP
  2. Tyler Beede: DNP
  3. Chris Shaw: 1-for-4, 2 SO
  4. Heliot Ramos: DNP
  5. Bryan Reynolds: 2-for-5, SO
  6. Austin Slater: DNP
  7. Steven Duggar: 2-for-5, R, 2B, 2 SO
  8. Aramis Garcia: 1-for-5, R
  9. Sandro Fabian: 0-for-4
  10. Heath Quinn: DNP
  11. Andrew Suarez: DNP
  12. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  13. Seth Corry: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
  14. Ryder Jones: 2-for-4, R, HR, SO
  15. Jacob Gonzalez: 2-for-3, BB
  16. C.J. Hinojosa: 0-for-5
  17. Shaun Anderson: DNP
  18. Kyle Crick: DNP
  19. Garrett Cave: DNP
  20. Garrett Williams: DNP
  21. Sam Coonrod: DNP
  22. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  23. Melvin Adon: DNP
  24. Miguel Gomez: DNP
  25. Kelvin Beltre: 1-for-4
  26. Matt Krook: DNP
  27. Reyes Moronta: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  28. Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
  29. Stephen Woods: DNP
  30. Bryce Johnson: 2-for-4, SO

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