SF Giants hitting prospects week in review (6/5-6/11)

SF Giants catcher Joey Bart #21 bats against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park on September 27, 2020. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SF Giants catcher Joey Bart #21 bats against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park on September 27, 2020. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – APRIL 19: Braden Bishop #5 of the Seattle Mariners reacts before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at T-Mobile Park on April 19, 2021. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

Make sure to revisit our weekly 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 Weekly Rundown: Triple-A

Notable Performers
Joe McCarthy: 6 G, 22 AB, .409 AVG, 1.045 OPS, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K
Braden Bishop: 5 G, 22 AB, .500 AVG, 1.314 OPS, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K
Joey Bart: 5 G, 24 AB, .375 AVG, 1.067 OPS, 1 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K
Bryce Johnson: 6 G, 29 AB, .172 AVG, .526 OPS, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 11 K

There were a trio of hitters on fire over the past week for the River Cats, and Joe McCarthy is definitely one of them. He’s now hit seven home runs this season and he is on pace to beat his career-high mark of eight home runs in a single minor league season. Even though his hitting streak ended at 11 games, he’s started another with a modest three-game hitting streak. The 27-year old might’ve been overwhelmed by big-league pitching in his cup of coffee last season, but he’s potentially poised to perform better if given the opportunity to play once again for the Orange and Black.

Speaking of hot River Cats hitters, there might not be a hitter hotter than Braden Bishop. The older brother of the Giants 2019 first-round pick Hunter Bishop has been on fire ever since he was added to the Giants organization, sporting a wRC+ of 230.

Joey Bart came back from a groin issue that kept him out for a week rather slow. However, he’s back to his hitting ways with a strong week. There was always a good chance that Bart would be called up at some point this season and he’s doing everything he can to force the Giants to do just that.

Bryce Johnson has cooled off massively after a scorching start. His BABIP in May was clearly unsustainable so a decline in his performance of this magnitude is to be expected. It would be interesting if whether he or Bishop is viewed higher on the depth chart by the organization. Both are fantastic defensively and hitting well, but Johnson is younger while Bishop has big-league experience.