Minor league baseball is finally back. After MLB canceled last year’s slate of affiliate games due to the COVID-19 pandemic and began an unprecedented consolidation of minor-league ball, fans finally have official box scores to track and highlights to watch on MILB TV. The SF Giants had all four of their affiliates on the field for the first time since 2019.
If you do not feel well acclimated to the prospects throughout the farm system, you might want to revisit our prospect week articles that detailed the system from the top prospect to lower-level fringes. If you’re just interested in the biggest names, then the preseason SF Giants top 31 prospects list is the one-stop-shop for you.
SF Giants Prospects Rundown 5/7: Triple-A
Sacramento River Cats 6 at Las Vegas Aviators 4
Performance of the Game: Thairo Estrada (2-4, 2B, HR, BB, K, R, 4 RBI)
For the second consecutive day, Thairo Estrada went deep in Las Vegas, blasting a powerful fourth-inning grand slam that gave the River Cats an early 6-3 lead they never looked back from. Coming off a four-hit day on Thursday, Estrada is making a strong early-season case to receive an opportunity in San Francisco.
Nick Tropeano has looked on the cusp of the big-league bullpen for some time. However, one of the stars of spring training struggled in his first Triple-A appearance of the season. Tropeano surrendered a leadoff single to Luis Barrera, who scored almost immediately after catcher Joey Bart airmailed second base when Barrera attempted to steal second. Still, while Tropeano struck out six in 2.2 innings of work, he allowed plenty of hard contact. He finished the day allowing three runs on six hits and one walk.
Speedy center fielder Bryce Johnson had a noteworthy performance of his own. The normally soft-hitting Sam Houston State alum blasted a solo home run off of Parker Dunshee and later added a double. Johnson has always been a great defender with excellent speed on the bases. If he were to find some semblance of power, he could very easily become a fourth outfielder.