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SF Giants hitting prospects week in review (7/10-7/23)

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)
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)
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SF Giants catcher Patrick Bailey (00) runs for second base at Oracle Park. (Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

SF Giants Prospects Weekly Rundown: Low-A

Notable Performers

Marco Luciano: 10 G, 38 AB, .421 AVG, 1.158 OPS, 3 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 6 BB, 10 K, 1 SB
Jimmy Glowenke: 12 G, 48 AB, .354 AVG, 1.019 OPS, 7 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 6 BB, 8 K, 2 SB
Harrison Freed: 6 G, 24 AB, .375 AVG, 1.025 OPS, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 7 K
Patrick Bailey: 8 G, 34 AB, .235 AVG, .672 OPS, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 12 K

Fresh from his Futures Game appearance, Marco Luciano kept putting the pedal to the metal offensively as he’s now the sole leader of the Low-A West in home runs with 16 for the season. Giants fans do need to catch their breath as the star shortstop was taken out of last night’s game in the third inning for an undisclosed reason. The Dominican did not look to injure himself in the field nor in his only at-bat but he did make a wild throw on a routine play to second base. Let’s be hopeful that he was only taken out as a precautionary measure.

Jimmy Glowenke has proven that his hot first week of July was no fluke as he continued his hot hitting over the past two weeks. It was quite a turnaround story for the 2020 second-round pick as he’s posted a triple slash of .338/.437/.581 this month with nine doubles, three home runs, and a healthy 14:9 strikeout to walk ratio. Glowenke now has a better batting average, more doubles, and as many home runs as Luis Toribio, better OBP than Alexander Canario, and more walks than Luis Matos. He’s effectively erased all the concerns that most (including mine) had on him early this season.

Another one who is really turning it around this month after a rough first couple of months is Harrison Freed. The 2019 13th round selection struggled in both May and June with a .219 batting average with only three home runs and a 35.5% strikeout rate. This July, the power-hitting outfielder is batting .324 with a .891 OPS and has homered in his last two games. The strikeouts are still a concern with a 27.8% strikeout rate, but Freed has more confidence swinging the bat and has plenty of power to tap into heading to the later stages of the season.

On the other side of the spectrum, Patrick Bailey has continued his massive offensive struggle this season down to San Jose. The 2020 1st round pick has yet to find a good groove in Low-A ball, with a .235 batting average and a strikeout rate of 31.6%, which is worse than his High-A numbers. Even though the switch-hitting catcher has been a massive disappointment this season, he’s still an above-average defender at the crouch. His two-hit, two-walk performance last night could be the spark that Bailey desperately needs to get his prospect status back as we head to the later stages of the season.

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