SF Giants Prospects Rundown 5/13: Low-A
San Jose Giants 4 at Stockton Ports 5
Performance of the Game: Robert Emery (2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI)
Rob Emery was signed as a nondrafted free agent last year after completing his fifth-year senior season at the University of San Francisco. A relatively old prospect for Low-A at 24, Emery has two things working for him: power potential and the ability to catch. He finally put that power on display in a professional game, bashing a pair of solo home runs in Stockton.
Emery had to make some late changes to his pregame preparation but seemed to keep it from impacting him behind the plate. 2020 compensatory round A pick Nick Swiney (14th-ranked prospect) was scheduled to make his second start of the season for San Jose but was a late scratch and placed on the injured list. Swiney has seen his velocity dip from the 91-94 mph readings he generated in college at NC State to sitting in the high-80s in his first start this year. The organization has not released any information regarding his scratch, so it might not be connected to his arm, but it will obviously be something worth keeping an eye on.
Wil Jensen and Ty Weber were far from dominant, but given the circumstances, they helped keep the San Jose bullpen from getting stretched too far. They combined to strike out eight over five innings but did surrender four runs, leaving the Giants in an early 4-1 hole.
Then, Emery’s two homers sandwiched around a solo home run by Alexander Canario (10th-ranked prospect) evened the game at 4. While it did not lead to any runs on the board, Luis Matos (2nd-ranked prospect) and Luis Toribio (9th-ranked prospect) added multi-hit games.
Before the game could reach extra-innings, though, Clay Helvey could not shut down the Ports in the bottom of the ninth. Helvey struck out the first two batters he faced, but a two-out walk followed by a double positioned Lazaro Armenteros for a walk-off hit, which he delivered on a ground ball into left field.
We’ll be back with looks at the SF Giants farm system throughout the minor-league season with daily rundowns on the entire organization’s minor-league affiliates.