San Francisco Giants Minor League Affiliate Update
Richmond Flying Squirrels
Record: 6-10, last in western division
The Flying Squirrels are not necessarily off to a flying start. Sitting last in the Eastern League, the Squirrels just haven’t been able to put it all together. They feature some of the Giants top prospects though. Here is a rundown of who they have up there:
- Chris Shaw, (No.5) 1B/LF
- Jordan Johnson (No. 9) RHP
- Andrew Suarez (No. 10) LHP
- Sam Coonrod (No. 13) RHP
- Reyes Moronta (No. 17) RHP
- Cory Taylor (No. 22) RHP
- Hunter Cole (No. 30) OF
Chris Shaw has been awesome so far. He has alsobeen playing both left field and first base for them, racking up 44 perfect defensive innings in left. Promising, and smart for the Giants to explore all options since the outfield has been the one problem position for them in terms of growing their own players.
At the plate? He’s hitting .304/.409/.554/.963. The big surprise there, for me at least is the fact his OBP is over 100 points higher than his batting average. He’s always had a decent eye for being the “slugger” he is, but 8 walks to 10k’s so far is pretty good. If he can continue this, Chris Shaw might be knocking on the door sooner rather than later.
While some of the others on that top prospect list are still getting into their groove, Sam Coonrod has been pretty awesome to start the season as well. In his three starts so far, he’s gone a total of 14 innings. So far he’s struck out 18 and only walked one, and has a 3.21 ERA against him. His WHIP is under 1.00, and opponents are only hitting .220 off of him. Not bad at all.