SF Giants hitting prospects rundown (5/15 - 5/21)
Flying Squirrels Hitting Prospects
Armani Smith: 4 G, 16 PA, .400 AVG, .905 OPS, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K
Brandon Martorano: 5 G, 21 PA, .368 AVG, 1.008 OPS, 2 2B, 1 3B, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K
Shane Matheny: 6 G, 23 PA, .381 AVG, 1.006 OPS, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 6 K
As one of the hottest hitters in the Emeralds lineup, Armani Smith got the call-up to Richmond because of the outfield situation. Smith hit the ground running with a strong first week for the Flying Squirrels. Smith really has the athleticism and the swing that makes him look like a player that is smaller than his listen height and weight (6'4", 215 lbs.), and his performance as well as the way that he looks after his physique makes him a top 30 prospect right now.
Brandon Martorano just kept on delivering over the past two weeks in terms of the power production with three extra base hits this week to go along with his three home runs last week. Even though the needle has not moved much with respect to his batting average, his on base percentage (.365 this month versus .280 last month) and his slugging (.529 this month versus .413 last month) have seen significant upticks this month and it brought his OPS to above .800. Martorano looked very impressive in the early going this season but has massively struggled during much of April. However, he's picking up steam once again as a potential backup catcher option for the Giants.
After six weeks of action, Shane Matheny has clearly looked to be the most consistent hitter in the Flying Squirrels lineup this season with a .289/.400/.505 triple-slash line and five home runs this season. So, how does a hitter who posted a .207 batting average and a .678 OPS last season looked much better this season? Well, Matheny's looked better in terms of his physique this season and it resulted to him driving the ball much better and he's much more comfortable on both sides of the ball this season. He might be a repeater but he's done very well for himself this season and there's a potential that it will carry on to the summer months.