SF Giants hitting prospects rundown (4/18-4/23)

Run Heliot Run
Run Heliot Run / D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports
1 of 4

Make sure to revisit our weekly SF Giants prospect rundowns to keep up with each of the organization’s minor-league affiliates.

SF Giants hitting prospects rundown (4/18-4/23)

If you do not feel well acclimated to the prospects throughout the farm system, you might want to revisit this year's Prospect Week articles (specifically the SF Giants 2022 prospects depth chart) or purchase the 2022 SF Giants Prospects Primer filled with scouting reports of 150 San Francisco Giants prospects from the best of the best to the unheard-of prospects. If you’re just interested in the biggest names, then the four-part2022 pre-season top 30 prospects ranking and the thought process behind the ranking is the one-stop-shop for you.

River Cats Hitting Prospects

Heliot Ramos: 6 G, 28 PA, .286 AVG, .893 OPS, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 SB
David Villar: 5 G, 23 PA, .263 AVG, .707 OPS, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K
Ricardo Genoves: 4 G, 16 PA, .133 AVG, .588 OPS, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 8 K

This is your weekly Heliot Ramos update. Ramos has been trending up this week especially with the walk total. Ramos now has a 16.1% walk rate against a 17.9% strikeout rate which is a positive considering his struggles with the strikeouts last season. He's been better against lefties against righties like in seasons past, where his home run that he hit this week was against Dodgers lefty Robbie Erlin. Ramos indeed needs more seasoning but he's certainly trending in the right direction.

After this week, it has been understood that David Villar is indeed human as he did not hit a homer this week compared to his torrential output on the first week and a half of the season. The encouraging thing for him is his that he's kept his strikeout in check this week while keeping a steady walk rate. His pitches per plate appearance is similar compared to last season so it was only a matter of time until his walk rate surges up once again. Villar might have cooled down but as long as he is making positive progress at the batter's box week after week, he will definitely be in the conversation as the next prospect up.

It is another trying week for Ricardo Genoves at the plate but the encouraging thing is that his only hits this week were for extra bases (double and a homer). Genoves has been splitting time with Jhonny Pereda this week behind the dish that should help Geno stay fresh as the season rolls along. It should be understood though that the full jump from Eugene to Sacramento is definitely a big one as Genoves struggled to produce with a .671 OPS, the second-lowest output of his career. The silver lining though is that he's been working the opposing pitcher better this season (career-high 4.12 pitches per plate appearance), he's showing platoon preference (higher batting average against lefties compared to righties), and the defense has been respectable