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Fresno Fridays


After a rough week dealing with injuries, endless reassignments, and an influx of unfamiliar faces in the Giants’ major-league roster, things appear to have settled down in San Francisco’s farm system. Here are a few updates from the land of the baby Giants:

Fresno Grizzlies

@culberson6 Thanks airport security for taking my toothpaste and lotion! I’m sure y’all need that way more than I do!

Current record: 24-11

Own it, Kown: RHP Andrew Kown owns the lowest ERA, WHIP, hits and home runs allowed among Fresno starters with at least 5 appearances. In the Pacific Coast League, he shares sixth place in ERA with Albuquerque Isotope and RHP Mike Parisi. Kown made his last start on May 9, going 6.0 innings against the Iowa Cubs for a line of 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, and 1 SO.

One day you’re up: On Tuesday, Eli Whiteside was placed on the temporarily inactive list, as his wife is expecting a baby. According to The Fresno Bee, he will rejoin the team this weekend. Backup catcher Eric Sim was promoted to Fresno from the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets, where he made 17 appearances and batted .305/.294/.599 in 51 AB.

Richmond Flying Squirrels

@jfitzgerald31 Josh Hamilton put a new definition to what #BeastMode is…

Current record: 16-18

Slacking off: After sweeping the Harrisburg Senators, the Squirrels kicked off a homestand with a 3-7 loss to the Bowie Baysox. They’ve gone 4-3 against the Senators, Curve, and Baysox this week, and currently sit in third place in the Western division of the Eastern League, 7.5 games behind Cleveland’s Akron Aeros.

Brown nabs bags: Outfielder Gary Brown placed in the top five Eastern League batters for stolen bases, with 8 in 33 games. Over 129 AB, Brown holds a .233/.318/.271 slash line, with 30 hits, 12 runs, and 13 RBIs. Yesterday, he went 1-for-4 with a base hit against the Baysox.

San Jose Giants

@ShooterSays12 April Showers bring May Flowers! Looking to get back in the swing of things and put together some Zeros for a change #IMissBeingGood

Current record: 22-13

Sweet and sour: In the California League, the Giants are tied for second place in team OBP (.338), but lead the league in strikeouts (315). On the mound, San Jose scrapes the bottom of the list with the fewest team strikeouts (226), but also has given up the second fewest home runs (21).

Healing up: Following the outbreak of freak injuries last week, the SJ Giants are well on their way to recovery. Among those recalled from the DL are catcher Andrew Susac and RHPs Hector Correa, and Danny Sandbrink. Catcher Jeff Arnold was reassigned to Augusta to make room for Susac, while Taylor Rogers landed on the 7-day DL.

For more information on the Giants’ minor league affiliates, check out MiLB.com and FanSided’s own Seedlings to Stars.

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