SF Giants hitting prospects rundown (5/1 - 5/7)
SJ Giants Hitting Prospects
Grant McCray: 6 G, 31 PA, .500 AVG, 1.477 OPS, 3 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, 3 SB
Vaun Brown: 5 G, 23 PA, .400 AVG, 1.328 OPS, 3 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 SB
Alexander Suarez: 4 G, 17 PA, .333 AVG, 1.086 OPS, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K
Najee Gaskins: 5 G, 15 PA, .300 AVG, .933 OPS, 1 2B, 0 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K
It was an electric week for Grant McCray as his bat finally woke up big time against Stockton, raising his batting average from .163 to .269 in the process. McCray's stroke is not the prettiest in the world (it's very top-hand) but it works for him and he added lean muscle to impart more power on his lefty stroke. There will likely be strikeouts in his game which would cap his offensive ceiling but his athleticism alongside four other tools (power, speed, arm, defense) should make him a staple of the top 30 prospects if he can keep hitting to the coming weeks.
Another one who's finally found his stride when the calendar flipped to May is the 2021 tenth-round pick, Vaun Brown. In his last 13 games, the jacked-up outfielder has a 1.115 OPS, four doubles, four homers, and five stolen bases saw his batting average balloon from .200 to close to .300. Brown could very well be considered a late bloomer as he has the raw tools (power, speed, arm strength) but did not fully tap on those tools until his redshirt senior season for Florida Southern. He will be 24 years old next month but he could very well progress through the system quickly as someone with the tools that he has does have the potential to make it to the big leagues. Oh, and he wears a mask like a bandit.
Like McCray and Brown, Alexander Suarez is another one of the outfielders blessed with the raw tools and athleticism. However, he was off to a much colder start compared to the two discussed above but he's flashed his power this week. The Venezuelan's swing mechanics has come a long way ever since he put himself on the radar down in the Dominican backfields. The swing is much cleaner, the bat stays through the zone for longer, and he can crush baseballs when he catches it at the sweet spot. The problem is that the approach is still very raw as he is still pretty much a free swinger.
Capping off the San Jose hitters recap is old friend Najee Gaskins. Gaskins has been a reliable presence on both sides of the ball for San Jose, providing spark in the bottom or top of the order and playing strong outfield defense as he's played on all three outfield positions this season. Gaskins is posting a solid .767 OPS along with five doubles though he's often getting beat by offspeed offerings. The 20th round pick from Saint Cloud State projects to be a reliable Minor League outfielder for years to come.