San Francisco Giants 2015 Minor League Update, Part 4: Class A Augusta GreenJackets
The Augusta GreenJackets are currently 21-22 and in third place in the Sally League’s Southern Division.
The GreenJackets have several youngsters who are hitting well in 2015, at least by the standards of Augusta, which is a pitchers’ park in a pitchers’ league. 23 year old outfielder Christian Paulino leads the team by a wide margin with a .910 OPS.
Jonah Arenado and Johneshwy Fargas aren’t hitting as well, but they are much better prospects than Paulino because both are three years younger. Arenado is the younger brother of Rockies 3Bman Nolan Arenado and also plays the hot corner. Arenado is currently batting .275 with a .743 OPS and appears to have the tools to be a good third sacker, but still needs a lot of work cutting down the errors. His six home runs leads the team and is good for a tie for fifth best in what is obviously a pitchers’ league.
CF Johneshwy Fargas leads the team with a .313 batting average (7th best in league) but his OPS is only .743 because he doesn’t yet hit with any power. He has stolen 17 bases (5th best in league) in 24 attempts.
21 year old catcher John Riley has shown marked improvement at the plate this year, batting .233 with a respectable (for this ballpark and his position) OPS of .699 after 31 games played. However, Riley went on the Disabled List on May 21st with an injury, the nature of which is not disclosed on the Sally League transactions page.
24 year old Jose Reyes is the GreenJackets’ top starter so far in 2015. After seven starts, he has a 1.32 ERA (2nd best in league) with 41 strikeouts in 41 innings pitched.