SF Giants hitting prospects rundown (5/15 - 5/21)
SJ Giants Hitting Prospects
Yorlis Rodriguez: 5 G, 23 PA, .455 AVG, 1.387 OPS, 1 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K
Adrian Sugastey: 5 G, 23 PA, .412 AVG, 1.153 OPS, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K
Aeverson Arteaga: 6 G, 26 PA, .400 AVG, .983 OPS, 1 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 SB
Grant McCray: 6 G, 31 PA, .179 AVG, .651 OPS, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 14 K, 2 SB
The San Jose Giants hitting squad continues to produce this week and there have been some highlight hitters this week starting with Yorlis Rodriguez. Rodriguez like plenty of the hitters in the San Jose lineup has picked up the pace this month with a 1.022 OPS in May compared to just .600 in April. It made his batting average to move up the .300 mark and is becoming a reliable bat in the lineup. There are massive issues with his defense at third base though and that limits his potential ceiling but he is a solid offensive prospect.
Last week, we have talked about the struggles of both Aeverson Arteaga and Adrian Sugastey. They both picked up the pace this week with strong weeks. Sugastey in particular has a much better at-bat quality with him seeing the ball better as a result of his batting stance tweak where he is essentially crowding the plate. He's still having the approach of driving in non-two-strike counts while focusing more on making contact in two-strike counts, but it's nice for him to put the barrel to the ball better and for his natural hitting ability to stand out. For Arteaga though it's more of quality of contact more than anything as well. He's still struggling on quality pitches of any type but it's nice for him to barrel up balls better this week.
The unfortunate thing that happened this week is Grant McCray's fall to Earth. He was struggling mightily with pitchers that get lefties out very well (lefties with good breaking balls and righties with outstanding changeups) and that exhibits his massive platoon tendency. The tools, the ability to stick at center field, and the struggles against righties make McCray give off Steven Duggar vibes. You might think that the Duggar comp might be bad but Duggar has been a serviceable bat for the Giants for a few years now and McCray has the potential to surpass Duggar if he can hone it in offensively.
Capping off this week's rundown is the Vaun Brown injury. He got hit in the mouth by a stray fastball and was taken out of the game as he was spitting blood on the field. Let's hope that it is not a serious injury like a broken jaw and we might see Brown adopt a helmet with a jaw protector next we see him in the batter's box.