Welcome to the first Prospect Notes of the 2021 Spring!
Every Monday-Wednesday-Friday we’ll take a look at the Giants prospects and minor leaguers, and update you on how they’ve done. We’ll focus on the minor leaguers, and in some cases the minor league contracts who might be a part of the minors this year, even if they have a major league past.
I’ll prioritize the impressive performances, both good and bad. I’ll also pull out performances from the top prospects in the system, even if they may not be in battles for roster spots.
Today, since there’s just one game to recap, I’ll be a bit more granular than other updates will be.
James Sherfy – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO – Gave up a ground ball to second, and dropped the throw while covering first. Struck out the next batter he faced on a slider, and got a second strikeout on a slow curve. Impressive outing.
Sam Wolff – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO – Worked well with his fastball/curve combo, getting a swing and miss strikeout on his high fastball for the second out. The final batter he faced, he got three strikes all on the curve, getting the final strike on a failed check swing on a curve in the dirt. The fastball was up to 95 mph.
Sam Long – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO – Worked with his fastball up to 97 mph, and got some swings on his curve, too. Got a strikeout on his fastball looking. Gave up a fly ball to right field, which fell in front of Joe McCarthy, who was playing deep. Got an easy groundball after that to shortstop for the final out.
Zack Littell – 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO – Just gave up a lot of contact, but wasn’t in good control either. Left a lot of stuff up. Gave up his first hit on a weak ground ball that got under Mauricio Dubón’s glove, but a line drive double to the next batter. Run came in on a sacrifice fly to center. FB 93 mph. Impressed Miller and Kuiper with a cutter/slider around 84 mph.
Tyler Cyr – 1.0 IP*, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO – Gave up an infield single on a big slow bouncer up the middle. After that single, he was very wild and walked the next two batters to load the bases with no outs. A lot of the pitches were easy takes, and he had a wild pitch on an apparent cross-up with Tromp. Struck out the next batter looking on the changeup. Got wild again with the next batter, walking in a run. Got his second strikeout on a foul tip on his changeup. The inning was ended with him having just two outs, but the box score gave him a full inning.
Marco Luciano – 0-1 – Got a rolling groundball hit right to him, and he handled it cleanly with the throw to second. Hit a soft roller to shortstop in his only at-bat.
Patrick Bailey – 0-2, 1 SO – Played DH, hitting a groundball in his first at-bat. His second at-bat, he was patient, working the count to 3-2, but struck out looking on a low fastball.
Austin Slater – 0-1 – Gave a ball a ride to just left of center against the wind to the deepest part of the park and it went deep but was caught. Only got 1 AB as a DH, was replaced earlier than expected due to a tight hamstring.
Jay Jackson – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO – Worked fast. A bit unlucky. He gave up a line drive to his first batter that went just over the deep player in the shift. The second hit was a slow grounder that the runner beat Dubón to second and then beat the throw to first, and should’ve been a fielder’s choice. Walked in a run before getting an out. Worked with a lot with his slider, as expected, but nibbled a lot with it. The fastball was a bit wild. Got a double play breaking a bat on the slider.
Connor Menez – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 SO – Walked the first batter, falling behind, getting to a full count, but never inducing even a swing. He didn’t get a swing until his 10th pitch. Walked two batters. He did better with his curve, getting swings, but couldn’t control his fastball. Ended up with two double-play balls hit to third, though the first did not get turned. Fastball velocity was 94-95.
LaMonte Wade Jr – 0-1, 0 H, 1 RBI – Got to show off easy range, not having to run hard to go a long distance while tracking fly balls on a windy day. Did not show a good arm from center on his first attempt to throw a runner out at home on a sacrifice fly, with the ball rolling into the cutoff man in the infield. In his second at-bat in a sacrifice situation, got the fly ball to the opposite field in his first pitch.
Jason Vosler – 0-2, 1 SO – Handled some double play balls well, and a fly ball foul tracking it in the wind. Fouled off a lot of pitches in his first at-bat, but struck out looking. Lined out in his second at-bat to the opposite field.
Joe McCarthy – 0-2, 1 BB, 1 SO – Stayed in the whole game, the only player to do so. Worked hard against a LHP in his first AB, fouling off a lot, but struck out looking. Second at-bat ended in a slow roller to second base. Worked a walk in his third appearance.
Logan Wyatt – 0-1 – Went for a ground ball in the hole that the broadcasters think he should’ve let the second baseman get, and thus not give up an error to the pitcher dropping the ball covering. Later, fielded a hop cleanly and got an unassisted putout. In his first at-bat, fell behind after two strikes, and hit a groundout to third.
Chadwick Tromp – 0-2 – On defense, dropped a swinging third strike, but recovered the ball running up the third base line and threw out the runner trying to advance from first. First AB was a soft grounder to short, and the second was a game-ending double play on a bouncer to shortstop on the first pitch.
Jason Krizan – 0-2 – Soft grounder back to the pitcher for his first at-bat after being patient for a strike. Lined out to left field for his second out. Was able to get to a big bouncer up the middle in the 7th, but his throw wasn’t enough to get Wong (a fast runner).
Luis Alexander Basabe – 0-1 – Two big swings and misses, and struck out swinging.