As a weekly reminder of who's doing good things down in the minors, Giant Potential will name a "Prospect of the Week" every Thursday afternoon, along with a few honorable mentions, highlighting the best of San Francisco Giants hopefuls. It's week 21, and there remains just one more week in the minor league regular season. This week, we honor a bit of a veteran. It's Richmond Flying Squirrels right fielder Tyler Horan.
RF, Tyler Horan
- Age: 25
- Hometown: Middleboro, Mass.
- Height/Weight: 6'2", 230 lbs
- Drafted: 2013, 8th round
- College: Virginia Tech
- Key Stats: 12 H, 3 HR, .462 AVG, 923 SLG, 14.4 K%
Tyler Horan has been quietly having a noteworthy season for the Richmond Flying Squirrels, managing to squeeze in playing time while having to battle for spots in the lineup with top prospects Austin Slater and Hunter Cole, and veterans Carlos Moncrief and Darren Ford. Once Slater promoted to Sacramento, Horan began getting consistent playing time and has truly made the most of it.
Since Slater left for Triple-A on June 2, Horan has posted a .265/.339/.506 slash line with a 23.5 percent strikeout rate in 183 plate appearances, compared to .268/.320/.420 and a 27 percent strikeout rate beforehand.
Last week, Horan accomplished a rare feat in baseball: hitting two home runs in the same inning. It brought his total to three in the previous five games, and his season total to 12. Horan struggled a season ago in San Jose, so his improvements in a tough league this year must be satisfying.
(*Once again, MiLB refuses to post both home runs if a player hits two in the same game. So, instead of three home runs, you get to see two. Horan's tomahawk from August 25 and his second home run on August 30.)
- 2B Kevin Rivera: 11 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, .423 AVG, .577 SLG
- RF Heath Quinn: 6 H, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 BB, .542 OBP, .938 SLG
- SS Manuel Geraldo: 12 H, 2 2B, 2 SB, .429 AVG, 16.6 K%
- SS C.J. Hinojosa: 9 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, .520 SLG
- 3B Miguel Gomez: 10 H, 4 2B, 1 HR, .654 SLG
- RHP Tyler Beede: 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K
- LHP Matt Gage: 13.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 14 K, .149 SLG
- RHP Jake McCasland: 13 IP, 5 H, 4 BB, 15 K, 1.38 ERA
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