Reynolds, Arenado surging late in season

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

Both Bryan Reynolds and Jonah Arenado have exactly the same batting average (.371) over their last 26 games. They also both have exactly 12 multi-hit games during the 26-game stretch, as well. Now, they have distinct ways off reaching that average, but they've been hot for a month, nonetheless.

Reynolds went 2-for-3 with two walks and his seventh home run of the year on Monday in San Jose, while Arenado went 3-for-5 with his 27th double and his 11th home run.

Arenado's run is especially encouraging because it has driven him out of an uninspiring hole, in which the 22-year-old, in his second full season in San Jose, was on pace to put arguably worse numbers than 2016. But thanks to a ridiculously hot streak, where he's averaged essentially one extra-base hit every other game since July 1 while striking out only 14.0 percent of the time, Arenado's wRC+ now sits just a few ticks below the century mark at 95. 

Arenado has a .219 ISO and six walks over the 26-game stretch, while Reynolds has been hot with more singles and more walks, plus a measly 11.0 K%. The switch-hitter from Vanderbilt's ISO sits at .115 during the streak and has 11 walks.

OTHER NOTES

Grant Watson started strong in Augusta last season, then tailed off as the year progressed. It's been the opposite with San Jose in 2017. The left-hander from Corona, Calif. began the year with five starts totaling 33 hits and 15 walks in just 25.2 innings, which resulted in a 4.89 ERA, 1.87 WHIP, and .819 opposing OPS. But since then, even including a rough outing on August 8th, things have turned a corner. He's striking hitters out at a 21.3% clip, compared to 19.2% in the first five starts, and has lowered his walk rate by 3.7%. He allowed seven singles and a walk in five innings Monday while striking out a season-high eight.

— The AZL squad dropped 12 runs on the Indians and received multi-hit games from six players. Jacob Gonzalez led the way with three hits, including his 11th double of the year. Gonzalez has been especially impressive in the strikeout department, compiling just eight in 134 plate appearances thus far for a 8.2 K%. He's still looking for his first pro home run, though.

— It appears the Giants have converted a young third baseman into a pitcher. 19-year-old Francisco Medina has struggled with five errors in 20 games and has an OPS of .559. On Monday, Medina pitched two innings in relief of Miguel Figueroa, striking out one in two frames while allowing one run on two hits and a walk. Figueroa had one of his best outings, tossing four scoreless innings with no walks and five strikeouts.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS

TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Christian Arroyo: DNP
  2. Tyler Beede: DNP
  3. Chris Shaw: DNP
  4. Heliot Ramos: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, BB, 2 SO, SB
  5. Bryan Reynolds: 2-for-3, 2 R, HR, 2 BB
  6. Austin Slater: DNP
  7. Steven Duggar: 1-for-4, 2 R, BB, SO, SB
  8. Aramis Garcia: DNP
  9. Sandro Fabian: DNP
  10. Heath Quinn: 0-for-4, SO
  11. Andrew Suarez: DNP
  12. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  13. Seth Corry: DNP
  14. Ryder Jones: 0-for-1
  15. Jacob Gonzalez: 3-for-5, R, 2B
  16. C.J. Hinojosa: DNP
  17. Shaun Anderson: DNP
  18. Kyle Crick: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
  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: DNP
  26. Matt Krook: DNP
  27. Reyes Moronta: DNP
  28. Rodolfo Martinez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
  29. Stephen Woods: DNP
  30. Bryce Johnson: 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 SO

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