SF Giants hitting prospects week in review (7/3-7/9)
SF Giants Prospects Weekly Rundown: High-A
Brett Auerbach: 5 G, 16 AB, .375 AVG, 1.099 OPS, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 3 SB
Sean Roby: 5 G, 21 AB, .238 AVG, .857 OPS, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 10 K
Armani Smith: 5 G, 18 AB, .167 AVG, .508 OPS, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 SB
The biggest performer for the Emeralds this week offensively is Brett Auerbach, highlighted by his three-hit, six-RBI performance on July 6th against the AquaSox. The super-utility man for the Emeralds is batting .280 with a .813 OPS and 7 RBIs. He’s played all over the field (catcher, third base, second base, center field) with good defensive instincts and he makes plenty of solid contact with plus speed. Look past his power and he has at least four average tools that make him a very valuable asset in any organization.
Even though Sean Roby is only hitting .197 for the year, he’s still posted a wRC+ of 97 that’s primarily fueled by his ability to hit for power. He right-hander flashes plus raw power with exit velocities over 110 MPH at times and an ISO of .190 but has struggled to find his groove this year primarily fueled by his over 30% strikeout rate. The 23-year old can still be a solid contributor in the second half of the season but will likely be a three-true-outcomes type moving forward.
After having a scorching hot June for the Emeralds, it is always bound for Armani Smith to hit a form of regression. July has not been very kind for the big outfielder, hitting .179 and just one home run. The worrying thing is the spike in strikeouts, with 13 in just eight games compared to 17 in 19 games in June. There’s big bounce-back potential however as one of the breakout prospects in the organization this year.