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
Joe McCarthy: 4 G, 18 AB, .389 AVG, 1.206 OPS, 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K
Bryce Johnson: 5 G, 22 AB, .227 AVG, .638 AVG, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K, 4 SB
It’s safe to say that Joe McCarthy is having his best year as a professional this year while playing for the River Cats. His batting average and slugging are both career highs, and the left-hander has hit double-digit home runs this season. Interestingly, McCarthy has reverse splits this season (.310 vs LHP, .291 vs RHP). Nonetheless, McCarthy more than deserves a call-up back to the big leagues in the second half of the season.
After a really strong first five weeks of the season where he’s batted .325 and a .868 OPS in his first 28 games, Bryce Johnson has struggled ever since, batting .209 and an OPS of only .587 in his last 23 games. The 25-year old is still an adept base stealer, with a 15:1 SB to CS ratio, but has clearly scuffled recently and a demotion to Richmond could potentially be in the cards, especially if the Giants end up promoting Heliot Ramos.
Also, Will Toffey played his first game as a Giants prospect this week. The lefty bat who was acquired from the Mets for Anthony Banda struggled mightily as a Met this year, batting .178 and a career-high 37.8% strikeout rate. However, he’s a solid defender at the hot corner with a plus arm and has also flashed power this year, with six home runs and a career-best .208 ISO. Let’s see if the Giants coaches can help him turn around his batting average and become a viable asset for the big league club.
As a closing note this week for the River Cats side, Joey Bart has finally been called back up to the big leagues after a Buster Posey injury. He’s played well against Triple-A pitching this year, but I expect him to go back to Sacramento once Posey heals up. Do not discount a potential call-back later in the season, however.