Salem-Keizer Volcanoes left fielder Bryce Johnson took advantage of the Jesus Camargo/Miguel Amaya battery on Thursday stealing four bases against the duo from the Eugene Emeralds. Bringing his total to 22 steals through 48 games, Johnson stole second twice, third, and even home, which came on a double steal of second base and home.
Johnson's season has had a theme of singles, hit by pitches, and stolen bases. Fifty-four of his 60 hits in his debut season have been singles and he leads the team in hit-by-pitches with nine. He's displayed his traditional leadoff-type characteristics as he draws walks at a solid rate of 7.3%, hits for stellar average at .331, but has minimal power with a .058 ISO.
Singles are so frequent for Johnson that in fact, among the system's top 30 players in singles, Johnson has by far the fewest plate appearances, giving him the highest singles percentage on the farm at 26.2% over second-place man Ryan Howard at 23.6%.
About one out of every four plate appearances for Johnson has come batting from the right side, where he has struck out less often but hit for lower average (.286 compared to .350). Johnson could certainly benefit from driving a few more balls in the gap as his plus speed would certainly allow him to rack up more doubles than your average player.
Johnson did have a 13-game hitting streak going, and though he was on base twice on Thursday, he got there by drawing a walk and being hit by a pitch. He has safely reached base in 28 of his last 29 games.
— For the fifth time in less than a month, Jonah Arenado recorded two or more doubles in a single game. He has an insane amount of two-baggers in his last 25 games as Thursday's pair brought his total to 17 in his last 110 plate appearances. Over that same stretch, he owns an OPS of 1.084 and a 13.6 K%.
— Also raking two doubles in Thursday's action was Richmond Flying Squirrels first baseman Jerry Sands, who deserves some love for his play this year in his first stint as a member of the Giants' organization. The 29-year-old right-hander, who has 464 career major-league plate appearances, is slashing .296/.392/.489 with Richmond and boasts a 142 wRC+. Sands has always struggled when moved to the bigs, though. His best year was his debut season with Los Angeles in 2011 where he posted a 108 wRC+ in 227 plate appearances. In stints with Tampa Bay, Cleveland, and Chicago (White Sox), Sands saw his strikeout rate skyrocket and his power dwindle.
- Sacramento: Casey Kelly (4.47 ERA, 1.53 WHIP)
- Richmond: Dan Slania (5.55 ERA, 1.54 WHIP)
- San Jose: Mark Reyes (6.11 ERA, 1.84 WHIP)
- Augusta: TBD
- Salem-Keizer: TBD
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: DNP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 1-for-4
- Heliot Ramos: DNP
- Bryan Reynolds: 1-for-5, R, 2 SO
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Steven Duggar: 0-for-4, BB, 2 SO
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- Sandro Fabian: 3-for-5, 2 R, SO
- Heath Quinn: 1-for-3, BB
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Seth Corry: DNP
- Ryder Jones: DNP
- Jacob Gonzalez: 1-for-5, 2 SO
- C.J. Hinojosa: 2-for-4, R, 2B, SO, CS
- Shaun Anderson: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Garrett Cave: DNP
- Garrett Williams: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
- Melvin Adon: DNP
- Miguel Gomez: DNP
- Kelvin Beltre: 1-for-4, 2 R, 2B, BB
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Stephen Woods: DNP
- Bryce Johnson: 0-for-2, 2 R, BB, SO, 4 SB