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SF Giants hitting prospects week in review (6/19-6/25)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 24: Jaylin Davis #49 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates his solo homerun with Mike Yastrzemski #5, to trail the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1, during the second inning at Dodger Stadium on July 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. The 2020 regular season has been shortened to 60 games due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 24: Jaylin Davis #49 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates his solo homerun with Mike Yastrzemski #5, to trail the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1, during the second inning at Dodger Stadium on July 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. The 2020 regular season has been shortened to 60 games due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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First-base coach Alyssa Nakken #92 of the SF Giants bumps fists with Ricardo Genoves #91 after he walks during the sixth inning of the MLB spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium on March 11, 2021 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

SF Giants Prospects Weekly Rundown: Low-A

Notable Performers

Ricardo Genoves: 5 G, 19 AB, .421 AVG, 1.192 OPS, 4 2B, 2 RBI, 6 BB, 4 K
Casey Schmitt: 2 G, 6 AB, .500 AVG, 1.238 OPS, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Jairo Pomares: 6 G, 26 AB, .346 AVG, 1.085 OPS, 3 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 10 K
Brett Auerbach: 5 G, 19 AB, .368 AVG, .954 OPS, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 SB
Luis Toribio: 5 G, 16 AB, .125 AVG, .675 OPS, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 8 K

It’s the same cast of characters that are doing all the heavy lifting offensively for the San Jose squad as they continue to tear up the Low-A West League. Collectively as a team, the San Jose hitters have a good formula for success: make loud contact often to make up for drawing the second-least number of walks as a team this season. With that said, they are consistently making contact by recording the fewest strikeouts in the league.

After primarily playing in the squat this season, Ricardo Genoves has started playing first base to further expand his versatility. It has not stopped him from hitting extremely well, however, as he is now batting .379 with an OPS of 1.158 with more walks than strikeouts in June. He is playing like a top-10 prospect this season.

Casey Schmitt missed three games this week after an HBP in Sunday’s game. However, he continued his hot hitting when he came back. The third baseman is batting .352 in the month of June with five home runs and continued to keep his walk and strikeout rate at a healthy rate. He is playing like the prospect many expected him to be after a freezing cold start.

It is the first full week of Jairo Pomares, and the early returns tell that he’s hitting the ball with authority more often, with his .658 SLG being much higher than the .465 that he averaged across two levels in 2019. He is doing this while posting a solid strikeout and walk rate. There is still plenty of baseball left this season but Pomares’ performance so far is exciting.

Brett Auerbach continues to surprise people with his impressive performance as the super-utility man for the San Jose squad. The starting catcher when Genoves playing first base, he is batting .361 in the month of June with five stolen bases and 10 extra bases. He really deserves a mid-season call-up.

Luis Matos snapped his 16-game hitting streak, the longest for the team since Bryan Reynolds’ 17-game streak in 2017, in last night’s game, but uncorked a game-tying home run in their series against Rancho Cucamonga.

Not exactly a scorching week for both Alex Canario and Marco Luciano, but they still hit some impressive home runs to remind fans why they are so exciting. Luis Toribio is the only bigger name whose bat really cooled off this week. He redeemed himself a bit in last night’s game with a towering shot to right. He’s still having a nice June, with a .259 AVG and .915 OPS, and he is looking to slowly improve in the coming weeks.

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Stay tuned every weekend for a full rundown of the SF Giants hitting prospects on Saturday and pitching prospects on Sunday.

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