San Jose Giants: Single-A
Record: 16-27, 4th in North Division
- OF Bryan Reynolds (3)
- OF Heath Quinn (7)
- P Matt Krook (12)
- C Aramis Garcia (13)
- SS Jalen Miller (23)
- SS Ryan Howard (30)
Coming into the season, this team was arguably going to be the most exciting team to watch of all the Giants’ minor league teams. This team is loaded with talent. San Jose is led by the top 5 picks of the 2016 draft for the Giants. Reynolds, Quinn, Krook, Howard, and outfielder Gio Brusa were the top picks for the Giants in last years draft. It was pretty exciting to hear they were all going to start their first full pro season with the Giants and not Augusta. Only problem is that this team has started the season the exact opposite.
The reason for this poor start is the pitching, specifically the starting pitching. Matt Krook has not started the year the way he hoped. In 7 starts on the year he holds a dreadful 8.61 ERA in only 23 innings of work. Krook is struggling with his command giving up 29 walks in those 23 innings. Because of his lack of control, he has only been able to pitch into the fifth inning twice this year. If there isn’t improvement, Krook could possibly sent down to Augusta in the near future.
It isn’t all Krook’s fault for this season’s slow start. A 4.88 team ERA is good for seventh in the California League. That is in part to free bases. This pitching staff has given up (225) walks on the year. The next closest team in the league is Lancaster with (162) walks. A 5-13 record for May shows this San Jose pitching staff still has a lot of development to go through.
Due to the pitching struggles, Matt Solter was promoted from Augusta and pitched great in his California League debut only allowing one run in seven innings. First Baseman Dillon Dobson made some history of his own on April 29th. He became the first San Jose Giant to hit three home runs at home. Bryan Reynolds started the season red-hot but has since cooled off. In his last 10 games he is only hitting .195 and .259 for the year. With only one home run on the year, it is concerning to wonder where his pop went. Especially since the California League is known to be a hitters league. Heath Quinn made his 2017 debut this week after returning from a broken hamate bone. Aramis Garcia recently returned from the DL for a concussion. The Giants want to ease Garcia back into the catching position slowly and put him on 1B/DH duties only.