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

Flying Squirrels Hitting Prospects

Diego Rincones: 3 G, 12 PA, .083 AVG, .166 OPS, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K
Franklin Labour: 6 G, 24 PA, .158 AVG, .965 OPS, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 11 K
Rob Emery: 4 G, 14 PA, .385, 1.126 OPS, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K

It has not been all good for the Flying Squirrels bats over the past week so we will talk about the hitters who did well over the past week. Let's start however by having a discussion with Diego Rincones. Rincones has definitely not looked like his 2021 self in terms of production. His ISO (or isolated power which explains extra-base output) is a paltry .033, a far cry from his .221 ISO from last season. The way he swings the bat is not as vigorous as before (his physique might be the reason for this) but he's still making plenty of contact (10.4% strikeout rate) which is a testament to his bat-to-ball skills. His worse physique is also evident on defense when running routes. Here's to hoping that Rincones could find his power stroke once again during the season.

Franklin Labour is such an interesting prospect to follow. His batting average is below the Mendoza line but his OPS is actually just below .700 which pretty much does not make sense for a typical hitter. Labour is not your typical hitter though as more than half of his hits went for extra bases (two doubles, a triple, and four homers) but like every all-or-nothing hitter, Labour strikes out at an astronomic rate of 43.4% which does not make sense and make you think to not consider him as a viable prospect. His tools, however, should not be denied because he can pretty much flip the outcome of the game with his tools amidst all his strikeouts.

Capping off this week's recap is Rob Emery. There are actually three prospects who play catcher for the Flying Squirrels this season and they are Brett Auerbach, Brandon Martorano, and Emery. Martorano and Emery has played the most games behind the dish as Auerbach is often deployed up the middle but has missed some time due to injury. Emery's hot week resulted to his OPS to creep up almost 200 points from .459 to .655.

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