Led by right-hander Stephen Woods, four Augusta GreenJackets held the Columbia Fireflies scoreless on just three hits Sunday afternoon. For Woods, it was his fourth time this year going five or more innings and allowing three or fewer hits. This time, it was a lone single that got through in five frames while he struck out six.
D.J. Myers, Nolan Riggs, and Jeff Burke threw the remaining four innings and combined for two hits and one walk. Most notably, the tall right-hander Riggs struck out two in his two innings of contribution, helping him maintain one of the best K-BB% marks (20.1%) among Giants' minor league relievers. In 2017, Riggs has totaled 56 strikeouts to just 12 walks in 52 innings to go along with a 2.25 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.
The offense got three runs on one swing thanks to Sandro Fabian's double in the eighth. It was Fabian's 21st double of the year, putting him in a tie for second in the organization with Gio Brusa, and four behind Chris Shaw.
Over his last 15 games (61 PA), Fabian is batting .298/.322/.491, which has helped increase his wRC+ to 84. Mind you, 84 is still below average, but Fabian was in the 60s a month ago.
Scoring two runs was Skyler Ewing, who has been doing his best Brandon Belt impression over the last eight games. He only has four hits in his last 35 trips to the plate, but he's walked six times and two of his hits have been homers. He has the highest wRC+ (140) in the organization among players with at least 200 plate appearances.
— Chris Shaw has 25 doubles this year and a good handful of them look like this. Smoked, back-spin liners that don't quite have enough loft to clear the fence but easily one-hop the warning track.
— Caleb Gindl has been solid thus far with his new team, the Richmond Flying Squirrels. In 50 plate appearances, Gindl is slashing .256/.340/.419 with a double, two home runs, and an 18.0 K%. Here's his second of the year, pulled to right field on a pitch in on his hands.
— Jonah Arenado stroked four hits, including two doubles, in Sunday's 9-8 victory for the San Jose Giants in Lancaster. Arenado has 11 hits in his last five games.
— Just how fast is Heliot Ramos? Well, he's played 19 games, totaling just 89 plate appearances, and he already has five triples. That number is now tied for second in the farm system despite him having 240 fewer plate appearances than Orlando Calixte (5) and 307 fewer than Bryan Reynolds (8).
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: DNP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 1-for-3, R, 2B, BB, SO
- Heliot Ramos: 1-for-6, R, 3B, 4 SO
- Bryan Reynolds: DNP
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Steven Duggar: 1-for-4, R, BB, 2 SO
- Aramis Garcia: 2-for-4, 2 R, HR, BB
- Sandro Fabian: 1-for-4, 2B
- Heath Quinn: 0-for-3, BB, SO
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Seth Corry: DNP
- Ryder Jones: DNP
- Jacob Gonzalez: 2-for-6, 2 R, 2B, SO
- C.J. Hinojosa: DNP
- Shaun Anderson: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Garrett Cave: 1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 1 K
- Garrett Williams: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Melvin Adon: DNP
- Miguel Gomez: DNP
- Kelvin Beltre: 0-for-3, R, BB, 2 SO
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Stephen Woods: DNP
- Bryce Johnson: 0-for-4, 2 SO