Williams strikes out career high in California League debut

BOX SCORES: RIC / SJ / AUG / AZL / DSL

Garrett Williams had the swing-and-miss stuff ready for his San Jose Giants debut. Slated to start Wednesday's afternoon matinee at Municipal Stadium, Williams began his outing in the second inning as Giants' rehabbing reliever Mark Melancon threw the first inning.

After Melancon's assignment was fulfilled, Williams got his day started recording eight strikeouts in his first 11 outs, eventually totaling 10 for a career-high day. He allowed five singles and three walks, but no Rawhide hitters came around to score. For Williams, it was his fourth completely scoreless outing of 2017, plus two other one-run games that included just one unearned run.

It was also Williams's career high for swinging strikes, beating out August 29 of last season in Salem-Keizer by one. Though you could argue that day was slightly more impressive in the whiff category as 17 swing throughs occurred in just 86 pitches for a 19.8 swinging-strike percentage compared to Wednesday's 18 in 92 pitches (19.6%). 

Williams was worthy of promotion out of Augusta, where he used 11 starts to compile 64 innings with a 2.25 ERA, all while lowering his walk rate from the previous season by almost three percent and increasing his strikeout rate by just over two percent.

I was planning on being present for Williams's debut but failed to double-check the first pitch time, which turned out to be in the middle of the day as opposed to what I mistakenly assumed was at night. His next turn in the rotation puts him on the mound next Wednesday in Stockton, so I should be there.

OTHER NOTES

Bryan Reynolds hit his sixth home run of the year, giving him just his third extra-base hit in the last 15 games (66 plate appearances). Though during this stretch, Reynolds 26 hits, pumping his batting average up from .296 to .316. I think many were expecting more than a .139 ISO out of Reynolds in the power-friendly California League, but if what the Giants have is a defensive-upsided, contact-driven, gap-to-gap outfielder who can play all three spots, that'll suffice.

— I'm starting to get worried about Heath Quinn. Not only has he been performing poorly since returning from a brief DL stint (.141/.188/.156, 37.7 K% in 69 PA), but he's also been getting more days off than usual. He didn't play Monday or Wednesday, was left out of the lineup last Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, as well as Friday and Saturday two weeks ago. It makes me think he's still hurt. But why wouldn't they just DL him again? I'm looking into this.

—Recent third-round pick Seth Corry pitched four perfect innings striking out four in his AZL outing Wednesday. The absence of walks is encouraging, as Corry entered the start having allowed nine walks in his first 9.1 pro innings. Hits have been very difficult to find for opposing hitters off Corry. In 13.1 innings, he has only surrendered five hits — all singles.

Aramis Garcia made his Double-A debut in Portland, Maine batting third and catching for the Flying Squirrels. He saw six pitches in each of his first two plate appearances, grounding out to third the first time and reaching on an infield single to third the second time. He finished the day 1-for-5 with no strikeouts and also threw out a runner at second base.

— Dominican Summer League left-hander Marco Gonzalez has 10 starts under his belt in 2017 and in half of them he's allowed zero earned runs. His totals so far are spectacular: 53.0 innings, 36 hits, 11 runs, 18 walks, and 60 strikeouts with a 1.87 ERA. Gonzalez is 19, turns 20 in December, and is in his second season in the DSL. Odds are good he'll debut in the U.S. next spring.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS

TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

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

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