Taylor looking to finish season on strong note

BOX SCORES: RIC / SJ / AUG (1) / AUG (2) / SK / DSL

Cory Taylor has pitched well in a handful of games during the 2017 season, including Wednesday night's seven shutout innings in Erie, Pa., but the majority of his first full season in Double-A has been disappointing. 

Taylor's 6.7 K-BB% is by the far the lowest mark in any season since the sinkerballer was drafted in 2015 out of Dallas Baptist University. The low number comes from both a decrease in strikeouts and an increase in walks. His ERA split between three teams in 2016 was 2.72, but is 4.36 this year with a slightly lower FIP at 4.18. 

On Wednesday, Taylor displayed some of his best stuff, posting his third highest game score of the year at 67. His highest (79) came back on July 29 when Taylor also threw seven scoreless, but allowed only two baserunners with five strikeouts compared to seven baserunners with two strikeouts.

His second highest game score occurred two starts before the July 29 gem, so there's room for optimism about Taylor as he makes his final impressions on the year.

Taylor has no problem going deep into games as he's totaled 90 or more pitches in 11 of 23 starts with six of those resulting in six or more innings. But the question has always been whether Taylor would have enough quality secondary offerings to make it as a starter in the higher levels of the minors. It's possible this year has been a sign of the answer to that question. Sam Coonrod has faced the same dilemma, and the organization has appeared to already give him that role transition as he's pitched out of the bullpen since August 1.

OTHER NOTES

Kelvin Beltre hit his first home run since May 7, giving him five on the season. Beltre was strong early in the year but since July 1 has an OPS of .547 and has seen his wRC+ drop from around the 120 mark down to 100.

— Young Gregory Santos made his fourth start since being acquired from Boston in the Eduardo Nunez trade. His strongest outing came last week when the 17-year-old right-hander went six scoreless innings allowing just five singles while striking out six. On Wednesday, Santos lasted four innings allowing an unearned run on three singles and three walks. All total, Santos has been solid thus far for the DSL Giants, compiling an ERA of 1.93 over the four starts with a 20.5 K% and a 5.7 BB%.

Domenic Mazza will make his first San Jose Giants start Thursday after he was promoted to the west coast club a few days ago. Mazza, alongside throwing a perfect game back in May, was stellar with the Augusta GreenJackets in 19 starts. He struck out 20.1% of batters while only walking 4.1% of them and held their batting average to a .238 mark.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS

TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

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

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