SF Giants: Two Prospects Added to Alternate Training Site
Outfield prospect Bryce Johnson and catching prospect Andres Angulo will be joining the group in Sacramento as they get ready for the minor league season. The Giants have been facing off against the Oakland A’s in a battle of alternate training sites that is substituting as spring training games.
San Francisco drafted Johnson in the sixth round of the 2017 draft out of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Since then, he has shown off some qualities that could make him a good fourth outfielder such as a strong glove, good command of the strike zone, and the ability to hit from both sides of the plate.
In three minor league seasons, the 25-year-old has registered a .267/.354/.350 with 46 doubles, 15 triples, six home runs, and 95 RBI. This comes with a 10.2 percent walk rate against a 22.6 percent strikeout rate. Furthermore, he has swiped 82 bases in 111 chances (73.9 percent success rate).
The switch hitter earned a midseason promotion to Doubl-A in 2019 where he posted a .684 OPS with three home runs and 18 RBI across 236 plate appearances in a tough offensive environment.
On the other hand, Giants will get to see a relatively new face in Angulo. San Francisco signed the backstop during the 2014-2015 J2 signing period, and he debuted with the organization in 2015. Across five minor league seasons, the right-handed bat has slashed .242/.308/.33 with seven home runs and 16 RBI while reaching as high as Low-A.
"Another intriguing defensive minded catching prospect in a system short on Catching depth; like [Ricardo] Genoves the bat hasn’t really shown up yet."
Teams will always be in need of catching depth, so being a reliable receiver is a good calling card to have. Working out at the alternate training site will be good exposure for the catching prospect, who only has a total of 188 prom games under his belt.
Getting called up to the alternate training site is not necessarily like a midseason promotion, but it is a good reward for prospects such as Johnson and Angulo and it means that they are on the organizational radar.