One offseason acquisition struck out a dozen in a dominant start while two of the three SF Giants minor-league affiliates pulled out victories.
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 5/28: Triple-A
Las Vegas Aviators 2 at Sacramento River Cats 7
Performance of the Game: Justin Bour (2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K)
It was a solid victory for the River Cats against the Aviators powered by two home runs by the birthday boy and player of the game Justin Bour. Bour hit his home runs in consecutive innings, a solo shot in the fourth, and a two-run blast in the fifth. With the Giants continuing to pile up the injury list, the journeyman could have an opportunity to hit for the big league squad as a platoon option.
Four players tallied two hits in this game for the Sacramento squad, with Bryce Johnson, Thairo Estrada, and Mitchell Tolman joining Bour in the two-hit parade. Johnson, in particular, is continuing to build on his hot start to the 2021 season, posting a wRC+ of 156. However, with deep outfield depth and lefty outfielder Steven Duggar performing well it’s hard to envision Johnson receiving a big-league opportunity without a series of injuries.
River Cats starter Anthony Banda had a solid outing, throwing 5.2 innings of two-run ball with three hits, three walks, and four strikeouts. The bullpen also played their part, pitching 3.1 shutout innings to close out the game. I am particularly interested in Dominic Leone as a potential arm to get called up soon if he continues his good start to the season. He has now struck out 16 batters in nine innings with a 1.00 ERA.