SF Giants prospects rundown 5/18: Clean sweep from Low-A to Triple-A
By Marc Delucchi
All four of the SF Giants full-season minor-league affiliates pulled out victories on Tuesday. Find out how they all got the job done.
Make sure to revisit our daily SF Giants prospect rundowns to keep up with each of their minor-league affiliates. 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 prospects 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 5/18: Triple-A
Sacramento River Cats 6 at Oklahoma City Dodgers 1
Performance of the Game: Drew Robinson (2-3, 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 R, 1 RBI)
Former Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour got the scoring started in the second inning with a solo home run. The onetime Home Run Derby participant has been a solid contributor in the River Cats lineup early in the season, but his .225/.380/.425 triple-slash leaves a bit of room to be desired given his strong big-league track record. Perhaps his second big fly of the season could be a sign that he’s heating up.
Nick Tropeano and Daniel Alvarez tag-teamed a start for five combined shutout innings. Both pitchers have given Sacramento strong outings through their first three appearances. Tropeano has a 2.79 ERA with 13 strikeouts across 9.2 innings. Alvarez has allowed just one run in 8.2 innings with nine strikeouts. While neither are getting stretched far beyond the three-inning threshold, both are clearly being prepped to handle a long-relief role or emergency start for the big-league team.
Outfielder Drew Robinson extended Sacramento’s lead in the fifth inning with an RBI double before scoring on a wild pitch. Robinson has had some struggles at the plate early in the year, especially with strikeouts, but had a strong all-around day on Tuesday, finishing 2-for-3 with a double, walk, and a strikeout.
The River Cats’ bullpen continued to be a huge strength for the roster. After Alvarez’s appearance, Luis Gonzalez, Yunior Marte, and Trevor Gott combined to allow just one baserunner on a Gonzalez walk while striking out six over three shutout innings. A pinch-hit Jason Krizan double and Peter Maris triple helped extend Sacramento’s lead to six before Silvino Bracho allowed the only Dodgers run of the game on a walk and two hits in the final inning.