Cow Tipping: Slater and Garcia staying hot

The Giants are turning the tide little-by-little. They got back some key components into their lineup, including Brandon Crawford and Denard Span. A key cog they got from in their latest callup was journeyman Justin Ruggiano, who is 5-for-17 and is making a case to start every game in the outfield. While it seems like the Giants will stick with this 25-man for the forseeable future, let’s take a look at some of the guys in the minors.

Sacramento River Cats

The two biggest names in the offense this weekend have been Jae-Gyun Hwang and Austin Slater. Hwang (.298/.323/.411) had a 3-hit night on Saturday, including a homerun. Slater (.310/.375/.425) on the other hand is sporting a 4-game hitting streak, and currently surmounts an 8-RBI weekend on top of all of those hits. Orlando Calixte slashed two homeruns on Thursday night, and remains force in the lineup. Calixte (.277/.323/.479) leads the River Cats in home runs for the season at six.

On the mound, Joan Gregorio (2-2, 2.04 ERA, 1.29 WHIP) seems to be the most dialed in. Although he gave up two homeruns in his last start, his stats should not be overlooked. Expect Gregorio to be in the conversation when the Giants look for starters next season, until proven otherwise. In that some conversation, we saw starter-prospect Tyler Beede (2-2, 3.68, 1.39) struggle on Friday night, only going 4 2/3 innings. Beede will look to bring those numbers back this week against the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

Richmond Flying Squirrels

Heading east, we go to Virginia and visit the Giants’ AA affiliate. Chris Shaw (.311/.419/.515) is currently the talk of the town, with a 7-game hitting streak going into the weekend. Although he hasn’t displayed much power in the past week, he is still tied in homeruns with outfielder Slade Heathcott (.303/.377/.468). The 26-year old outfielder is currently on a 5-game hitting streak, boosting his average up above the 300 mark. Miguel Gomez (.325/.366/.455) continues to prove to be Mr. Reliable at the plate, and went 2-for-4 with a homerun in last night’s game against the Bowie Baysox.

Sam Conrood (1-3, 4.91, 1.13) got roughed up in his last outing against the Altoona Curve, giving up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings of work. He remains one of the Squirrels top starters, collecting nearly 6 strikeouts per start. Fellow starter Jordan Johnson (1-2, 2.93, 1.19) was able to silence the Curve, but got a no-decision as the Squirrels took the win last Monday night. Reyes Moronta (0-1, 3.75, 1.17) was called up this past week, but was then sent back down upon Crawford’s return. Last night he went 2/3 of an inning against the Baysox, giving up a run and taking the loss.

San Jose Giants

Aramis Garcia continues to impress in the Advanced-A affiliate. Although he has hit a lull this past week, Garcia (.304/.356/.620) is a threat in San Jose’s lineup. Nearly two weeks removed from his activation, Garcia has amassed eight hits in 33 at-bats, hitting two homeruns and nine RBI. The Giants have yet to move Garcia back behind the plate, although more for health reasons than anything else.

Remember Daniel Carbonell, the Cuban prospect the Giants signed back in 2014? He has picked up a little traction in the last few games. Carbonell (.260/.280/.469) hit three homeruns in the last five games, bringing his total to four. Although he is struggling a bit with the strikeouts, we’ll continue to watch his progression and see if he can make a case for promotion.

Ryan Halstead (6 SV, 0.50 ERA, 0.83 WHIP) has solidified his role as closer for the club, collecting 21 strikeouts in 15 appearances. Fellow bullpen-arm Carlos Diaz has been a steady option for the Giants so far this season. Diaz (2-0, 2.86, 1.36) is a literal groundout machine, nearly 80% higher of a GO/AO this season than his career numbers. Starter Mike Connolly is also collecting groundouts like they’re going out of style. Connolly (3-3, 1.78, 1.08) pitched eight shutout innings against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Thursday night.