San Francisco Giants’ Minor League Update Part II

San Jose Giants

The Class A+ Giants finished in last place in the California League North at 30-40 in the first start, and are tied for last place at 8-13 in the second half.

24 year old catcher and former 2nd round draft pick Aramis Garcia is slashing .276/,320/.517, and his 14 home runs are tied for third best in the league.  Garcia appears to have a catcher’s arm, having thrown out 102 base stealers in 282 attempts in his professional career.

22 year old 2nd round draft pick Bryan Reynolds is slashing a respectable, but not inspiring, .296/.345/.444 so far.  Hopefully, he picks it up in the second half.  Reynolds doesn’t appear to have a center fielder’s range, but may have a good enough arm to play in right.

Heath Quinn, last year’s third round pick behind Reynolds is hitting O.K., but appears to have missed 35 games to an injury, although he’s healthy enough to play now.  Also 22 year old SS Ryan Howard leads the team with a .351 on-base percentage, which you like to see from a middle infielder.

Not many productive starters at San Jose either.  22 year old Connor Menez has the been the most effective with a 3.74 ERA and 66 Ks in 84.1 IP.  Matt Krook has 73 Ks in 64 IP, showing why he was once a 1st round draft pick, but his 6.19 ERA is ugly.  He has a hard time throwing strikes.

Ryan Halstead pitches so well out of San Jose’s bullpen that he was promoted to AA Richmond, where he’s struggled so far against the better competition. 23 year old Carlos Diaz, who has a 2.74 ERA and 59 Ks in 49.1 IP, looks like the most promising relief prospect still in San Jose.

Class A Augusta GreenJackets

The GreenJackets finished in last place at a league-worst 23-42.  In the second half, they are a middle of the pack 10-11 so far.

20 year old former bonus baby Kelvin Beltre is slashing a respectable .258/.339/.375 in a tough home park to hit in.  Beltre is still listed as a 3Bman, but he’s played exclusively 2B this season.

Jason Heyward‘s younger brother Jacob Heyward (21) isn’t hitting for average, but has a .705 OPS.  Jacob does not appear to share his brother’s skills as an outfield defender, so he better hit.  19 year old Sandro Fabian is not embarrassing himself with a .251 batting average and .631 OPS in Augusta.

Steven Woods (22) has been Augusta’s best starter with a 2.95 ERA with 79 Ks in 76.1 IP, although Garrett Williams (22) also has an argument for that honor.  Domenic Mazza (22) and Melvin Adon (23) have pitched reasonably well as starters.

Patrick Ruotolo (22) has 10 saves, a 1.48 ERA and 42 Ks in 30.1 IP.   He was a 27th round draft pick despite very strong college stats at Connecticut, suggesting that major league organizations see some deep flaw in him as a prospect.  It may have something to do with the fact that he is 5’10” and 218 pounds.  Definitely a prejudice against short right-handers.

22 year old Sandro Cabrera has 49 Ks in 42.1 IP.  He’s often mentioned as a prospect because of his live arm.

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