San Jose Giants
Record: 9-9, 4th in North Division
They’re off to a decent start this year, where run scoring is their strength, and pitching is not. It’s also reflective of the Giants draft push in the past years. Their best pitching prospects are in AA and AAA, and the position players they’ve been drafting recently are the more promising additions. Let’s take a look at what they have down in San Jose:
- Bryan Reynolds (No. 3) OF
- Heath Quinn (No. 7) OF (when he gets off the DL, he’s likely headed there)
- Matt Krook (No. 14) RHP
- Aramis Garcia (No. 15) C
- Jalen Miller (No. 25) 2B/SS
The bright spot here, is probably, outside of Arroyo, the brightest spot in the organization, in the obvious progression of Aramis Garcia. He’s slashing .348/.388/.674/1.062 in his first 46 official ABs. He has 4 HRs, and 15 RBI. Quite the hot start for a prospect who was mainly known and touted for his defensive assets. If this offensive trend continues, Garcia might turn into a super prospect in no-time. He’s on pace for a quick call-up to Richmond as well.
Bryan Reynolds is hitting .281 and has collected 27 bases so far, and that’s including an 0-12 slump in the middle of it. Reynolds average will continue to climb, and so will his stock. But it’s been a good start for the number three overall prospect in the organization.
Matt Krook on the other hand has been completely the opposite trend of Garcia and others on that list. Krook has started three games and only pitched 8.2 innings so far. A 3.12 WHIP is horrendous, and so is that 15.88 ERA. Hopefully he can get his stuff right, but the early returns aren’t pretty with Krook (and they weren’t in Salem-Keizer last year either). What’s even worse? Another pitcher on the roster has a higher ERA and WHIP than him. That’s bad.
On the really pleasant surprise front, is Jalen Miller. Miller is hitting over .300 with a .370 OBP and an OPS over .800. Two home-runs and 30 total bases shows Miller has finally brought his bat around. His defense at second still needs to improve, but he, along with Garcia and maybe Reynolds are good bets to end up in Richmond at some point.