SF Giants hitting prospects rundown (4/18-4/23)
SJ Giants Hitting Prospects
Aeverson Arteaga: 5 G, 23 PA, .348 AVG, .957 OPS, 3 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 9 K, 1 SB
Abdiel Layer: 5 G, 23 PA, .350 AVG, 1.035 OPS, 3 2B, 1 3B, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 9 K, 1 SB
Victor Bericoto: 6 G, 27 PA, .238 AVG, .693 OPS, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 6 BB, 8 K, 1 SB
Vaun Brown: 6 G, 28 PA, .192 AVG, .635 OPS, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 SB
It has been a strong week on both sides of the ball for Aeverson Arteaga with him flexing his muscles with the bat and making slow but steady improvements in terms of his internal clock at shortstop. Topping out at 116 MPH in terms of exit velocity is very rare for a shortstop prospect and it is the result of the hard work that Arteaga made in terms of adding muscle to his frame. He's still getting fooled by quality breaking balls and he has not made himself grind out long at-bats, but we have seen a glimpse of what he could become once everything comes together for him.
Abdiel Layer might be your prototypical Minor League journeyman but he made quite an impact with the bat this week. His offensive numbers will never blow you away (.649 OPS so far this season) but he's working the counts better this season while still flashing the ability to play all over the dirt though mostly he plays in second and third base. The 2018 40th-round pick could serve as a player-mentor for the young players who have just came up to the squad to make sure that they will get familiarized to the level as quickly as they can.
One of those prospects is Victor Bericoto. Bericoto struggled out of the gate to start off his 2022 season (.619 OPS) but what he's been doing well is that he's working the count resulting in walks and he's showing solid flexibility at first base. He's done a great job in terms of getting himself in shape coming into the season and his solid feel for the barrel should help him turn his offensive numbers around once the weather gets hotter.
The last but definitely not the least in this week's rundown is Vaun Brown. Brown is the first position player selected in the 2021 draft by the Giants with their final pick in the second day. Even though he will turn 24 in a couple of months, he's flashed plenty of physicality on both sides of the ball. He's jacked and that gives him plenty of raw power to tap on with his compact stroke, and he's quick on the basepaths and on the field where he played all over the outfield. Two of his homers went the other way to right-center field and that shows his approach. He might be a late bloomer that started cold out of the gate but there's some intrigue with his toolsy skillset.