SF Giants Prospects

San Francisco Giants call up Matt Duffy, Jarrett Parker

By Jacob Fagan

According to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News, infielder Matt Duffy has been called up by the Giants as they continue to look for answers at second base. They will also call up outfielder Jarrett ParkerDan Uggla and Tyler Colvin were designated for assignment to make room. Joe Panik is already in the majors as he would likely platoon with Duffy from here on out.

This season, in Double-A Richmond, Duffy hit for a slash of .332/.398/.444 with 3 home runs, 62 RBI, and an .842 OPS. His BABIP is .392, but he has had an OPS above .823 at three levels. The 23-year old also has walked 42 times and struck out just 62 times. He had a 132 wRC+ in the competitive Eastern League at Double-A while stealing 20 bases.

In 2013, Duffy played 78 games with the Low-A Augusta GreenJackets where he hit for a line of .307/.405/.418 with 4 home runs, 43 RBI, 23 stolen bases and, had an .823 OPS. He had a wRC+ of 142 while taking 45 walks and striking out just 41 times. He was then called up to the High-A San Jose Giants where he struggled a little. Hit for a slash of .292/.342/.509 with 5 home runs, 14, and an .852 OPS in 26 games. His general numbers were worse, but he was starting to hit for more power and upping his slugging percentage.

“It’s going to be a work in progress (at second). That’s the only way I can answer it. It might be series to series.” -Brian Sabean

Parker, 25, had a slash of .275/.368/.463 with 12 home runs, 58 RBI, and an .831 OPS in 99 games played with Double-A Richmond. He had an impressive 130 wRC+ and also stole 11 bases. He does have a .353 BABIP, but he has had a 99 or above wRC+ at High-A San Jose and Double-A Richmond the last three seasons.

Parker will likely split time with Gregor Blanco in center field as Angel Pagan rehabs in Arizona. Parker spent 2013 with Richmond and hit for a slash of .245/.355/.430 with 18 home runs, 57 RBI, and a .785 OPS in 131 games. He also had 13 stolen bases.

The Giants take on the Mets in New York starting Friday where Ryan Vogelsong (5-8, 3.94 ERA) and Jon Niese (5-6, 3.23 ERA) square off in the first game of a four game series.