Arroyo picking up pace after slow start to month

BOX SCORES: SAC / RIC / SJ

Christian Arroyo, the San Francisco Giants' top-ranked prospect, batted .284 with 23 hits in 21 games during the opening month of April. Despite a sluggish start to May, where he went 10-for-55 in the first 13 games, Arroyo found a new groove. He's finding gaps, slugging .600 with six doubles and a home run in ten games since a three-hit game on May 19 got him rolling again. With his 13th double of the season on Sunday, Arroyo is now fourth in the Eastern League. His 18 hits over that same stretch have his average right back up at .287 on the season, and he's doing it all without hardly drawing a walk. The known aggressive swinger only has eight total, and one over his last 46 plate appearances.

His strikeout and walk rates are right in line with last year's numbers, where he slashed .304/.344/.459 in 90 San Jose games. As long as the middle infielder is striking out fewer than 20 percent of the time and batting near .300, his low walk rates (4.6% in 2015, 4.1% in 2016) won't be an issue at all.

OTHER NOTES

— Making his fourth start of the season for the San Jose Giants on Sunday was Martin Agosta, who, since moving into Andrew Suarez's old slot in the rotation, has pitched 21 innings with a 3.00 ERA. He went a career-high seven innings in his latest start, striking out four and giving up just two runs. Agosta has been one of San Jose's best starting pitchers over the past month, owning a 0.905 WHIP in his four starts.

— The newest member to MLB Pipeline's Giants' Top-30 list is San Jose closer Rodolfo Martinez, who earned his 14th of the year with another scoreless frame. Martinez, over his last six outings, has allowed just one hit and zero walks.

Kyle Crick did something he hadn't accomplished since August of 2013: he finished a start without walking a batter. He only struck out two, and gave up five runs (three unearned) on nine hits in five and two-thirds innings. Interestingly enough, Crick also hit three batters. So his control is still quite strained, that much is clear. But this has to be a small step in the right direction. Also, Chase Johnson's second relief appearance went smoothly — a blank line score featuring 15 pitches, 11 for strikes. I'm hoping to get some readings on his fastball velocity now that he's throwing in shorter spurts.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS


TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Christian Arroyo: 2-for-4, R, 2B, SO
  2. Tyler Beede: DNP
  3. Phil Bickford: DNP
  4. Lucius Fox: DNP
  5. Chris Shaw: DNP
  6. Sam Coonrod: DNP
  7. Mac Williamson: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, SO
  8. Aramis Garcia: DNP
  9. Andrew Suarez: DNP
  10. Adalberto Mejia: DNP
  11. Clayton Blackburn: DNP
  12. Jalen Miller: DNP
  13. Ray Black: DNP
  14. Chase Johnson: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  15. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  16. Steven Okert: DNP
  17. Kyle Crick: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  18. Jarrett Parker: DNP
  19. Hunter Cole: 0-for-3, RBI
  20. Austin Slater: 0-for-2, 2 BB, SO
  21. Joan Gregorio: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
  22. Michael Santos: DNP
  23. Ty Blach: DNP
  24. Rodolfo Martinez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  25. Mac Marshall: DNP
  26. Ronnie Jebavy: 0-for-4, SO
  27. Chris Stratton: DNP
  28. Ian Gardeck: DNP
  29. Jake Smith: DNP
  30. Dylan Davis: DNP

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