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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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Former SF Giants infielder Abiatel Avelino slides under the tag of SF Giants prospect Luis Toribio during an intrasquad game at Oracle Park on July 15, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

SF Giants Prospects Weekly Rundown: Low-A

Notable Performers

Alexander Canario: 6 G, 22 AB, .364 AVG, .969 OPS, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K, 3 SB
Casey Schmitt: 4 G, 16 AB, .375 AVG, 1.349 OPS, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Luis Toribio: 3 G, 13 AB, .385 AVG, 1.198 OPS, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K
Marco Luciano: 6 G, 22 AB, .318 AVG, 1.150 OPS, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K
Armani Smith: 4 G, 17 AB, .176 AVG, .752 OPS, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K

There are a trio of hitters who struggled last month that have since found their footing in June. Outfielder Alexander Canario posted a .167 batting average and an OPS of .610 in May, now he is swinging a hot bat with a modest four-game hitting streak last week. The most important thing for Canario is cutting down his strikeouts, with only an 11.4% strikeout rate in June compared to 33.7% in May.

After an abysmal May where he posted a triple slash of .121/.192/.273, Casey Schmitt is starting to heat up in June, hitting three home runs over the past week, and is now batting .183 in the young season tied for second on the San Jose roster with six home runs. I have noted in my May prospects stock report that I was worried about Schmitt’s high flyball rate that was a result of a swing tweak but has not translated into production. However, his recent form is an indication that he’s finally settled in pro ball and is ready to turn the tides offensively.

The last of the trio is Luis Toribio, who after this week is hitting to the tune of .273/.393/.545 in June. He’s also hit his first home run of the season last week. The more important aspect for Toribio to work on is his defense in the dirt, and I am pleased with him completing the routine plays.

Armani Smith‘s bat cooled off after a four-hit game in his return from injury. However, two of his hits last week left the yard. In other news, Marco Luciano is still awesome and is continuing to be a special prospect. It’s hard to talk about someone who does exceptional things so routinely.

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We’ll have our rundown of SF Giants pitching prospects over the past week tomorrow and another rundown next week.

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