Two out of three nights, a highly-ranked starting pitching prospect made an unusual home debut for the San Jose Giants. On Wednesday, as well as Friday, Mark Melancon pitched the first inning to fulfill a rehab assignment, forcing both Garrett Williams and Shaun Anderson to "start" the game in the second inning.
Friday night was Anderson's opportunity to show the home crowd half of what the Giants received for Eduardo Nunez. And he was certainly impressive.
Kept on a strict pitch limit, Anderson exited after just 57 pitches, but not before he struck out four batters in four frames while allowing just one hit and zero walks. Forty-two of his pitches were strikes, including nine swinging strikes. He worked early in the game with a cut fastball between 88 and 92 mph that depending on the speed had either slider-type or cutter-type movement. He stole a handful of strikes with an upper-70s curveball that showed legit snap, and featured a higher velocity fastball peaking at 94 with run as well as a changeup with nice fade, as well.
Notable moments from the night:
- 0:49: Anderson ends a 10-pitch battle with a curveball for called strike three.
- 1:05: A cutter on the outer half of the plate gets a called strike two, followed by another curveball that almost catches the plate.
- 1:40: The slider gets the right-handed batter to unsuccessfully check his swing.
- 2:09: Anderson jams a two-seam fastball in on the hands of a righty for a swing-through.
- 2:24: He blows him away with a fastball up and in.
- 2:33: The same two-seam with run jams another hitter.
- 2:56: Anderson forces a whiff down and in on a righty with running action.
- 3:08: His fourth punch out of the night, which featured either a cutter or slider that coaxed a check-swing.
Anderson's command of the zone and overall control were working well Friday night. He moved in and out, up and down, and only threw 12 balls amongst 57 pitches, which made about four out of every five pitches a strike of some variety.
I'll be present at his next start, which should come Friday in Modesto. There I'll have a closer angle to shoot video.
— Casey Kelly made his second start for the Sacramento River Cats since his release by the Chicago Cubs led the Giants to sign the former first-round pick to a minor league contract. Though his debut was more impressive in the lack-of-baserunners category, start number two shined in the strikeout category. He allowed four runs on six hits and two walks, but struck out 11 over six innings. A remarkable 18 swinging strikes were compiled over the outing, which accounted for 28.6 percent of the 63 strikes he threw.
— Bryan Reynolds was among four San Jose Giants who tallied multiple hits, which helped him extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He has a hit in 20 of his last 21 games and is batting .393/.433/.500 over the stretch. Ryan Howard had four singles, Jonah Arenado fell a home run short of the cycle, and Ronnie Jebavy contributed a triple and a single.
— Bryce Johnson has stolen 15 bases already in just 25 games started. Amazingly, the Volcanoes have totaled 99 stolen bases in 2017 after amassing 49 a year ago. Johnson, the Giants' sixth-round pick in June, is batting .324 with a 6.8 BB% and has also been hit by six pitches.
- Sacramento: Roberto Gomez (4.71 ERA, 1.49 WHIP)
- Richmond: Matt Lujan (5.79 ERA, 1.62 WHIP)
- San Jose: Conner Menez (4.22 ERA, 1.52 WHIP)
- Augusta (1): Stephen Woods (3.39 ERA, 1.38 WHIP)
- Augusta (2): Jose Morel (3.70 ERA, 1.29 WHIP)
- Salem-Keizer: Jose Marte (4.83 ERA, 1.58 WHIP)
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: DNP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 1-for-4, 2B, 3 SO
- Heliot Ramos: 0-for-4, BB, 2 SO, CS
- Bryan Reynolds: 2-for-5, 2 R, SO
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Steven Duggar: 1-for-4, 2 R, BB, SO
- Aramis Garcia: 0-for-5, 3 SO
- Sandro Fabian: DNP
- Heath Quinn: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Seth Corry: DNP
- Ryder Jones: 0-for-3, 2 SO
- Jacob Gonzalez: 3-for-4, 2 R, BB
- C.J. Hinojosa: 1-for-3, BB, SB
- Shaun Anderson: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Garrett Cave: DNP
- Garrett Williams: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Melvin Adon: DNP
- Miguel Gomez: DNP
- Kelvin Beltre: DNP
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Stephen Woods: DNP
- Bryce Johnson: 1-for-3, 2 R, BB, SO, 2 SB