Big leaguers Tyler Beede and Donovan Solano added a couple of extra-base hits to his already impressive total this season. Who else stood out?
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SF Giants Prospects Rundown 5/15: Triple-A
Sacramento River Cats 13 at Oklahoma City Dodgers 1
Performance of the Game: Thairo Estrada (3-4, 2B, HR, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 R, 4 RBI)
The River Cats had a pair of big-league players in their starting lineup on Saturday. Second baseman Donovan Solano took the field for the first time since the Giants placed him on the injured list and played the first five innings for Sacramento. Donnie Barrels looked just like his old self, lining an RBI-double that scored Bryce Johnson in the top of the first inning. He finished the day 3-for-3.
Solano was far from the only player to generate offense for the River Cats in Oklahoma City. Johnson and Thairo Estrada joined Solano with three hits, and while Johnson’s recent power surge was absent (recording three singles), Estrada had a couple of extra-base hits of his own. Like Johnson, the former Yankees prospect was considered a glove-first prospect without pop. However, Estrada began showing a bit more power in 2019. Given his versatility around the diamond defensively, Estrada could be a valuable bench piece.
Every starting position player recorded a hit, but Chadwick Tromp added the only other home run. In fact, while the River Cats scored 13 runs, they relied primarily on a consistent array of singles and walks to generate their offense.
Tyler Beede made his third and easily best rehab appearance on the mound since returning from Tommy John surgery. Beede threw 43 pitches across three innings while surrendering just one hit, walking none, and striking out four. Beede’s stuff matched the best arsenal he’s shown Giants fans over his career. Even though the big-league rotation has been stellar, Beede could be a precious addition to the rotation if it enables a player like Logan Webb to add another valuable piece to the pen.
Scott Kazmir followed Beede’s strong outing with a solid 3.1 innings of work. He allowed one run on a solo homer alongside a walk and two strikeouts. Following Kazmir, Yunior Marte, Gregory Santos (25th-ranked prospect), and Luis Gonzalez retired all eight batters they faced.