The Giants have made some moves over the last couple of weeks to compensate for injuries and lack of performance. The good thing is that the Giants still have plenty in their arsenal. We’ll take a look at some of the top players from the minors and their performances so far this season.
Christian Arroyo – 3B – MLB Stats: .238 AVG, 3 HR, 6 RBI, .690 OPS
Do not let the numbers fool you, this guy has been pulling his weight. A slow start in April and a absent bat on Wednesday are what dragged his numbers down immensely. There is no doubt about him though, Arroyo can work a count, and he can hurt big time. Is he the Giants savior? Don’t bank on it, but he is surely making his presence felt on both sides of the ball.
Justin Ruggiano – OF – River Cats Stats: .259 AVG, 5 2B, 4 RBI, .650 OPS
After Bobby Evans came out and said he might have miscalculated the left field situation, others pointed towards center field as being a hotbed of confusion. The Giants tried Drew Stubbs out, and he clearly was not panning out for the organization. Ruggiano comes in with nearly the same expectations, just another role-filler. He is the 8th stop gap the Giants send into the outfield, and what you see is what you get. Ruggiano is a career .250 hitter; and while his ISO and OPS+ are good, do not expect him to be the power hitter the Giants need.
Sacramento River Cats (AAA)
Orlando Calixte – IF/OF – .265 AVG, 4 HR, 18 RBI, .743 OPS
While he has not been the best hitter on the River Cats, he leads in most offensive categories. Not only that but Calixte has been asked to cover all kinds of ground. He has played at least five different positions in his stint with the River Cats. While it’s not likely that he will be called up anytime soon, he and fellow outfielder Austin Slater are making their cases.
Tyler Beede – SP – 1-1, 3.67 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 16 Ks
The Giants’ top pitching prospect has come into his own in recent starts. In three of his five starts, he has gone 6+ innings and given up no more than 1 earned run in each game. Unfortunately for Beede, when he has an off game, it can get pretty ugly. The young righty will require a little more seasoning before he can be considered for a shot at the rotation.
Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)
Miguel Gomez – IF – .313 AVG, 2 HR, 14 RBI, .763 OPS
I know the Giants are pretty much covered in the infield, but with Arroyo being gone, the River Cats will likely need a backup at the hot corner. What better backup then Gomez? He has had several multi-hit games, and has stayed fairly consistent on offense. Fielding leaves something to be desired, as he has committed six errors so far. However, his bat certainly makes up for any shortcomings with the glove.
D.J. Snelten – RP – 3-0, 0.71 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 15 Ks
Can we buy this guy a vowel? But seriously, he has been the Squirrel’s Mr. Reliable out of the bullpen so far this season. Yes, he does give up some hits, but in eight appearances the numbers do not lie, he is a stud. With the Giants needing all the help they can from left-handed relievers, Snelten could make a good argument for promotion this season.
San Jose Giants (A-Adv)
Aramis Garcia – C/1B – .357 AVG, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 1.135 OPS
Provided the Giants don’t trade this guy away, and they would be absolutely foolish to, you should take a stop by San Jose one of these days. After spending a bit of time on the DL recently, Garcia fired off like a cannon upon his return. On Friday night, he amassed three hits and four RBIs, including a 3-run homerun in the 2nd inning. Garcia has put on quite a show for the San Jose team, and looks to build off a successful start to the season.
Connor Menez – SP – 2-0, 2.63 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 25 Ks
The strikeout total might be a bit deceiving, as 10 of those came from one game. Menez, while pretty good, is still having issues with his pitch counts. He was able to work his way up in his first year in the organization. Before he can think about another promotion though, he needs to improve his command.