Fabian concluding season on a tear

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

Nineteen-year-old Sandro Fabian has been healthy all season for the Augusta GreenJackets, now approaching 500 plate appearances in 2017 in his first full season as a pro. After batting .261 with a .194 ISO in April, Fabian was tamed through the end of July, posting an OPS of .608 over that time frame.

In 90 August plate appearances, Fabian has turned it on with 32 hits and just 13 strikeouts in 22 games for a .364 batting average and 14.4 strikeout percentage. And even more recently, Fabian has recorded three hits in three of his last four games, including Sunday where he finished 3-for-5 with his 28th double of the year.

Fabian has had no trouble keeping the strikeouts down, as he's posted sub-17% numbers since he was signed in 2015, and is currently at 18.2% as the season soon closes. What Fabian struggles to do is draw walks. His 1.9 walk percentage is the lowest of any player in the Giants organization.

I think Fabian has earned a promotion to San Jose to begin the 2018 season where the raw power he has shown should be more evident. It's been muted down to a .121 ISO while playing in the South Atlantic League.

OTHER NOTES

— Another young GreenJacket is on a nice run late in the year as Kelvin Beltre has hit safely in his last seven games with three doubles and a home run. His wRC+ has fallen to 100 after hovering in the 110-120 range for most of the season. Even with Beltre's recent streak, he has an OPS of just .578 in his last 200 trips to the plate.

Jonah Arenado has climbed over the 100 wRC+ mark, now sitting at 101 after he hit a home run for the second straight game. The dinger gives him an incredible 20 extra-base hits in his last 22 games for a .371/.418/.719 batting line over that stretch.

— The unfortunate struggle for Malique Ziegler continues. He's 3-for-his-last-38 and 25-for-146 since July 14. In those 37 games, his slash line of .171/.275/.274 has plummeted his once impressive OPS from .921 to. 699.

Grant Watson was the piggy-back starter to Johnny Cueto's rehab outing Sunday afternoon and he brought the same swing-and-miss stuff he's had on display for most of the season. Watson's ability to get swing-throughs has been quite apparent recently, even if it doesn't always result in strike three. He had a 17.2% whiff rate in five shutout innings Sunday and two starts ago, he was 22.8% with eight punch outs and one walk in five innings.

Aaron Bond hit two bombs Sunday in the AZL and hit both of them on the first pitch. The 6'4" outfielder was drafted in the 12th round of this most recent draft and has wildly impressed in rookie ball with a 154 wRC+ and .289 ISO. Chris Kusiolek, summer backfields guru, seems to like Bond. 

TOMORROW'S STARTERS

TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Christian Arroyo: DNP
  2. Tyler Beede: DNP
  3. Chris Shaw: 3-for-5, 2B, 2 SO
  4. Heliot Ramos: DNP
  5. Bryan Reynolds: 0-for-4, BB, 3 SO
  6. Austin Slater: DNP
  7. Steven Duggar: 0-for-1, SO
  8. Aramis Garcia: DNP
  9. Sandro Fabian: 3-for-5, R, 2B
  10. Heath Quinn: 0-for-4, SO
  11. Andrew Suarez: DNP
  12. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  13. Seth Corry: DNP
  14. Ryder Jones: DNP
  15. Jacob Gonzalez: 1-for-5, SO
  16. C.J. Hinojosa: DNP
  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: 2-for-5, R, 2B, SO
  26. Matt Krook: DNP
  27. Reyes Moronta: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  28. Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
  29. Stephen Woods: 4 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  30. Bryce Johnson: 2-for-5, R

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