San Francisco Giants: The Good and the Bad from the Arizona Fall League
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There really is not much to write about the hitters. Each hitter’s performance has been underwhelming. It seems the Scottsdale Scorpions coaching staff is having a hard time getting Giants prospects at-bats.
It’s possible the long layoff between the end of the minor league season and the start of the AFL season has affected each hitter’s timing. Or, fatigue has played a role.
Matt Winn has been the best of the bunch — sort of. Winn is a catching prospect who is known for his work behind the plate.
In the AFL, Winn is batting a ghastly .122 as he only has five hits on the season. Three of the five hits have gone for extra bases including two home runs.
Winn is not known for his bat, but has shown moderate power in the past. He profiles as a backup catcher.
Similar to Winn, the AFL has not been kind to Heath Quinn. Quinn is batting four full basis points higher than Winn. While he is batting only .126, Quinn has worked four walks.
Quinn had an intriguing season in San Jose as he batted .300 with a .866 OPS, so this may be a blip on the radar. Quinn remains one of the more intriguing outfield prospects in the Giants system.
Lastly, C.J. Hinojosa is leading the pack with a .162 batting average.
Hinojosa profiles as a utility infielder. He is capable of handling the bat, and consistently makes contact. His power is extremely limited as demonstrated by his .099 ISO in Richmond.
The AFL has not treated the San Francisco Giants position players well. However, these stats may not be indicative of each player’s future performance and ability. Winn, Hinojosa, and Quinn have all performed better in the minor leagues. It is fair to wonder whether fatigue or the long break have affected their performances.