SF Giants Minor-League Opening Day: Class-A
Fresno Grizzlies 5 at San Jose Giants 3
Performance of the Game: Alexander Canario (2-2, 2B, 3B, R, 2 BB, E)
The San Jose Giants roster may have even more premium prospect talent than Eugene. Although it’s a close competition, there is far more youth on the Class-A team. NBC Sports’ Dalton Johnson was at the SJ Giants game. He wrote about the tantalizing potential of so many players on the roster and the clear limitations many of them still have without much of any professional experience. It’s hard to put it better than he did.
Prelander Berroa received the Opening Day on the mound in San Jose, and while the farmhand showed flashes across two innings of work, recording three strikeouts, he also walked three and allowed a pair of hard-hit doubles. To his credit, Berroa limited the damage to just one run in the first inning and bounced back well with a hitless second that included a pair of punchouts. Most evaluators expect Berroa to one day make a move to the bullpen, and this outing mostly affirmed that analysis. However, his ability to recover from early struggles was one positive takeaway.
A pair of 2020 nondrafted free agents, Ty Weber and Wil Jensen made their pro debuts on Tuesday in San Jose. Weber surrendered three runs (two earned) across two innings of work, which ultimately prevented the Giants from tying the game. Jensen struck out a pair in two perfect innings.
The two big names at the top of the Giants lineup were kept relatively quiet. Marco Luciano went 1-4 with a walk and two strikeouts, while Luis Matos went 0-5 with a strikeout. The stars at the plate were cleanup hitter Ricardo Genoves, who went 2-4 with a run and two strikeouts, and Alexander Canario. Canario underwent shoulder surgery late last fall and seemed guaranteed to miss the start of the season. Instead, he took the field on Opening Day, laced a pair of extra-base hits, and worked two walks in his first taste of full-season ball.
Fans are rightfully excited about Bishop at Eugene, but Canario has a similar package of tools, a longer track record of professional success, and will not turn 21 until this Friday. The injury took him out of most top organizational prospect conversations this offseason, but he could quickly blast his way back into that conversation.
The SF Giants minor-league affiliates have plenty of baseball left to be played. Make sure to stay tuned to Around the Foghorn for all the latest on the farm system’s top prospects.