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SF Giants hitting prospects rundown (5/1 - 5/7)

Newly-acquired Kevin Padlo making an immediate impact for Sacramento.
Newly-acquired Kevin Padlo making an immediate impact for Sacramento. / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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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 (5/1 - 5/7)

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-part 2022 pre-season top 30 prospects ranking and the thought process behind the ranking is the one-stop-shop for you.

With the SF Giants top 30 prospects update, I will be skipping the final week of action in terms of the stat line but still talk about the past two weeks of action.

River Cats Hitting Prospects

Kevin Padlo: 3 G, 12 PA, .250 AVG, 1.250 OPS, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 SB
David Villar: 6 G, 19 PA, .308 AVG, 1.218 OPS, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K
Ricardo Genoves: 5 G, 19 PA, .412 AVG, 1.003 OPS, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K

What a way for Kevin Padlo to introduce himself to the Giants fanbase with a three-home game in his first week as a River Cat and was actually on the Giants big-league lineup for a couple of games against the Dodgers before getting sent back down. Originally from the Rockies organization, Padlo was sent to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2016 via trade that sent now Giants reliever Jake McGee to Colorado. Padlo bounced around the Rays organization during his time there and actually made his big league debut last season but was waived and claimed by the Mariners in August. The Giants acquired him from the Mariners last April for cash and he should provide some infield depth for the club.

There is no stopping David Villar's quest for big league opportunity and this week is no different with a strong week offensively. Villar has seen time on both third and first base but the strikeouts have crept up over the past two weeks that brought his strikeout rate to around 27%. He is still awesome with the bat with an OPS above 1.000 but let's be hopeful that the Giants front office will reward Villar's past couple of years with a big league stint because he very much deserves it.

Ricardo Genoves has looked much more comfortable in the batter's box over his past seven games with a .385 batting average, 1.005 OPS, and four doubles that brought his batting average to a more respectable .279. His .395 BABIP clearly makes his current form unsustainable but it's nice to see Genoves be more proactive with the bat and be a more comfortable defender behind the plate where his frame job stands out. His blocking and movement behind the plate also continued to look better than last season so that's another plus for him. He is now projecting to be the second man behind Joey Bart in the Giants catching organizational depth chart.

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