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 six, and since we missed last week, this edition will feature a special section honoring last week's standouts. But for this most recent week, it's Sacramento River Cats centerfielder Austin Slater.
OF, Austin Slater
- Age: 24
- Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
- Height/Weight: 6'2", 215 lbs
- Drafted: 2014, 8th round
- School: Stanford University
- Key Stats: 13 H, 4 2B, .448 AVG, .750 SLG
If you're Austin Slater, you've probably heard of the outfield nightmares in San Francisco. Being an everyday outfielder at the highest minor league level, slashing .302/.378/.476 in 425 Triple-A plate appearances, maybe you've expected to have your name called. Unfortunately for Slater, he's not on the 40-man roster, and the organization has been clear in their pecking order that veterans signed to minor league deals in the off-season (Drew Stubbs, Justin Ruggiano) get the first crack before aspiring prospects.
Slater's time will come. In his 1,221 career plate appearances in the minors, he's shown he can hit (.306), draw walks (8.4%), and hit for a reasonable amount of power (.131 ISO). And the numbers haven't faded as he's progressed higher in levels, either.
Since last Thursday, Slater has been on a tear. He recorded a hit in all seven games, reaching base 17 times in 33 plate appearances. His standout performance came on the 13th in Colorado Springs where the SkySox didn't send him back to the dugout once in six tries. He singled twice, doubled, homered, drew a walk, and was hit by a pitch.
A special honorable mention to last week's Prospect of the Week, first baseman (and now left fielder) Chris Shaw. Due to business last week, I was not able to post a formal article. Anyway, from May 4 to May 10, Shaw slashed .550/.600/.850 and only struck out twice in 25 plate appearances. It pushed his OPS to .968, though it has fallen to .877 since.
- OF Gio Brusa: 3 2B, .350 AVG, .500 SLG
- OF Dylan Davis: 2 2B, 2 HR, .577 SLG
- INF Jae-Gyun Hwang: 4 2B, 2 HR, .750 SLG
- INF Miguel Gomez: 9 H, 2 2B, 10.3 K%
- RHP Tyler Cyr: 3 G, 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
- RHP Caleb Simpson: 2 G, 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
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