SF Giants Prospects Rundown 5/6: Class-A
Fresno Grizzlies 2 at San Jose Giants 1
Performance of the Game: Carson Ragsdale (5 IP, H, BB, 0 R, 7 K)
As the Giants big-league bullpen has struggled and Sam Coonrod has excelled in Philadelphia, some fans may be lamenting the righty’s departure. However, after Carson Ragsdale-the prospect acquired for Coonrod-made his professional debut with San Jose, he might have alleviated some of those longings for Coonrod.
A fourth-round pick out of the University of South Florida in last year’s draft, Ragsdale dominated Fresno hitters through five innings of work, becoming the first Giants prospect to complete five innings this year. Ragsdale allowed just one hit and walk while striking out seven and showcasing his 90-94 mph fastball, which has seemed to play beyond its velocity throughout his career, and intriguing breaking ball.
He also got a huge help from left fielder Armani Smith, who made an impressive defensive play against the wall.
At the plate, though, San Jose continued to show its youth. Luis Matos struck out three times and failed to reach base. It has been a tough start to the season for the Venezuelan, who has just one hit in 13 plate appearances. Alexander Canario, the lone SJ Giant off to a hot start at the plate, did go 1-3 with a walk. Brett Auerbach, a nondrafted free-agent signing last year out of Alabama with unique defensive versatility, was the lone hitter to record multiple hits, scoring the team’s lone run alongside a pair of singles and a walk.
Without any room for error, the bullpen had a tall task at hand. Austin Reich completed a pair of shutout innings, but Randy Rodriguez was unable to match that feat, blowing a save opportunity in the top of the ninth inning and ultimately took the loss.
All four of the organization’s full-season affiliates are once again scheduled to take the field tomorrow. We’ll be back with looks at the SF Giants farm system throughout the minor-league season.