SF Giants Prospects Weekly Rundown: High-A
Aaron Phillips: 1 G, 1 GS, 1 W, 7 IP, 7 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 HBP, 3 BB, 4 K, 1.29 ERA
Nick Avila: 1 G, 1 W, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA
Kai-Wei Teng: 2 G, 2 GS, 6.1 IP, 11 H, 8 R (8 ER), 2 HBP, 5 BB, 5 K, 11.37 ERA
It was a tale of role reversals this week as the two best pitching prospects on the Emeralds roster pitched poorly while two unheralded prospects twirled gems.
The first one who had a strong outing this week was Aaron Phillips, who pitched seven strong innings. While it was not Phillips’ finest outing this season as he threw six shutout innings back on June 1st, he threw the most pitches this week with 91, 58 of which were strikes. The 2017 9th round selection has an above-average curveball but currently posts the lowest strikeout rate of his career at 15%.
Nick Avila threw six shutout innings of three-hit ball and retired eight straight at one point. The soon-to-be 24-year old has been used in a piggyback role in his last three appearances, pitching after an opener, and his latest appearance is easily the best this season. He’s pitching to the tune of a 6.51 ERA but his FIP of 4.10 is an indication that better numbers could be on the horizon.
After twirling a masterpiece last week, Kai-Wei Teng pitched poorly this week where he pitched in a heatwave in his first start and has little to no feel for his slider in his latest start. His two innings pitched tied last night was tied for the shortest outing this season (the other one is where he was ejected for foreign substance). He should fare better in his next start.
The other top prospect who pitched poorly this week was Seth Corry, where he pitched five innings of two-run ball but allowed a season-high six walks. Corry has allowed more walks than innings pitched but his strikeout rate is also a career-high 35%. He has been an enigma this season and it is looking more and more that the Corry that we saw in the second half of 2019 is now well in the past.