SF Giants hitting prospects rundown (5/15 - 5/21)
Emeralds Hitting Prospects
Marco Luciano: 5 G, 24 PA, .333 AVG, 1.125 OPS, 2 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K
Casey Schmitt: 6 G, 25 PA, .400 AVG, 1.120 OPS, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K
Patrick Bailey: 6 G, 24 PA, .304 AVG, .770 OPS, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K
Marco Luciano has separated himself as the best position player prospect in the Giants farm system right now as he is now second in the league in batting average, slugging, and OPS while being tied for first in home runs. Luciano's development work last season with Eugene by almost exclusively swinging at breaking balls has paid off this season because we have seen a better at-bat quality from him. Him and Kyle Harrison are the clear-cut two best prospects in the farm system right now.
Do you guys know why Luciano is second in the league in most offensive categories? Well, Casey Schmitt leads them. He leads the league in all of the triple-slash categories (average, on-base, slugging) as well as tied with Luciano in home runs with seven. Schmitt has been stupidly good this season and he's seeing more and more time at shortstop and has clearly looked better there than Luciano will ever be at the position. With the injury to Luis Matos and the struggles of Heliot Ramos, Schmitt looks like the second-best position player prospect in the farm system right now because of his offensive explosion finally catching up to his all-world defensive ability.
Patrick Bailey has been terrible this season but he's finally put together a strong week for the Emeralds for the first time in his two seasons of playing with the team. Bailey has a .210/.267/.358 triple slash line this season with a reduction to his strikeout and walk rate this season (7.8% walk rate and 21.1% strikeout rate). He's been making more contact but I am just not a fan of the way he swings the bat on both sides of the plate. It lacks explosion and he looks very stiff in swinging the bat. He looks much worse when he became a pro compared to his college days. Once again, please, if you are livid on Joey Bart's struggles with the batting average this season and is looking for Bailey, please look up Bailey's stats.