As the Giants season continues, there have been musings in the minors for players who are major league ready. The River Cats are taking advantage of some great performances by guys who will likely be up in the majors sooner than later. Not only that, but there are a few guys in San Jose and Richmond vying for a promotion as well.
River Cats: Beede struggles in last outing, Arroyo’s hot bat keeps going
Tyler Beede leads our pack of noted players who could be major league ready by the end of the season, if not in the middle of it. While he did struggle in his second game as a River Cat, his overall numbers are there. His BABIP is at its lowest it has ever been in his career. The one number which needs to increase is his strikeouts, which is currently sitting at a career low of 14%.
Kyle Crick has dazzled so far in his bullpen transition. In his three outings he hasn’t given up a single run, and has struckout five batters in four innings pitched. His body of work could come in handy if the Giants need help in the bullpen this season.
As for the offensive side of the ball, Christian Arroyo has certainly impressed. Arroyo has gotten a hit in each game he’s played this season, going 16-for-34 so far this season, with one homerun and three doubles. Arroyo will likely continue to marinate in AAA for the time being.
Honorable offensive mentions go to Austin Slater and Kelby Tomlinson, both who have contributed plenty to begin the PCL season. Slater’s average is just a smidge above Tomlinson’s, but Tomlinson has proven to be clutch.
After being designated for assignment, Clayton Blackburn was traded to the Rangers for Frandy De La Rosa.
Flying Squirrels: Conrood is cruising while Shaw shows off power
Sam Conrood, apart from having a solid name, has a solid arm in Richmond. He has collected fifteen strikeouts in only two starts, and has given up only two runs in each of those games. Although he does not yet have a win to his name, Conrood continues to display good control and command.
Brandon Bednar, after lulling at the beginning of the season, has woken up his bat. He is 12-for-35, all on singles…that’s right, singles! He also does not have an RBI, but does have six runs to his record. In half the games he has played, he has had two hits, boosting his average to the Richmond’s second best.
Their first best is Chris Shaw. The 23-year old first basemen has five 2+ hit ballgames in the last six of them, boosting his average to .382. Shaw has three home runs and twelve RBIs so far this season, and looks to keep on collecting as he paves his path to Sacramento.
San Jose “Stars”
Aramis Garcia and David Owen are our two featured prospects for the San Jose Giants. Garcia, a right-handed catcher, is 13-for-37 so far this season with three home runs. This is Garcia’s third season with the Giants in A-ball, and he will look to make his way up to AA at some point this season.
Owen, a righty reliever, has been pretty solid in his appearances. Averaging nearly three innings per game so far, he has totaled seven strikeouts and given up five hits. Efficiency seems to be on his side. He is averaging about 12-15 pitches per inning. He only needed eight pitches in his last appearance to retire the side.
An honorable mention for the San Jose Giants is Gio Brusa. After starting out the season with .063 batting average, he is now on a four game hitting streak, hitting a home run in three of those four games.