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SF Giants prospects rundown 5/18: Clean sweep from Low-A to Triple-A

SF Giants pitching prospects Nick Morreale, left, and Kei-Wei Teng visit PK Park for the start of the Eugene Emeralds' 2021 season.
SF Giants pitching prospects Nick Morreale, left, and Kei-Wei Teng visit PK Park for the start of the Eugene Emeralds' 2021 season.
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Hillsboro Hop’s pitcher Joe Jones, right, tries in vain for the tag at home on Eugene Emeralds’ (SF Giants Low-A affiliate) Diego Rincones in the 8th inning during the Em’s first home game of the 2021 season at PK Park in Eugene.

SF Giants Prospects Rundown 5/18: High-A

Eugene Emeralds 7 at Tri-City Dust Devils 0
Performance of the Game: Kai-Wei Teng (5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K)

Kai-Wei Teng (19th-ranked prospect) bounced back from a pair of uncharacteristically erratic starts with his most dominant outing of 2021. The sturdy 6’4” righty struck out seven over five shutout innings while allowing three hits and one walk. He threw just 44 of his 78 pitches for strikes and still appears to be searching for the elite comfort with his arsenal that he’s flashed in the past. Still, he clearly took a step forward on Tuesday.

Eugene’s bullpen picked up where Teng left off. Bryce Tucker, Travis Perry, Ryan Walker, and R.J. Dabovich struck out seven over four shutout innings, keeping the Dust Devils off the scoreboard. Dabovich, the Giants’ fourth-round pick in 2020, has allowed a pair of solo home runs over his first four professional appearances. However, his strikeout stuff is clearly playing against professional hitters. Dabovich has struck out 10 of the 16 batters he’s faced, an absurdly dominant rate.

Offensively, the Emeralds spread their offensive productivity around. On Tuesday, the power hitters did not deliver many extra-base hits beyond a Patrick Bailey (seventh-ranked prospect) double. Infielder Carter Aldrete finished 1-for-5 with an eighth-inning two-run homer, his first blast of the season.

Otherwise, the Ems built rallies around singles (seven) and walks (10). Of the most notable performances, Sean Roby (24th-ranked prospect) finished the day 2-for-4 with a walk, run, and RBI. Diego Rincones continued his fantastic start to the season, not working any free passes, but spreading three singles around the diamond, raising his batting average to .381.

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