This season has been a lost one for one of the Giants’ top prospects, Hunter Bishop, with injuries taking away nearly all his playing time. He struggled at the start of the AFL season as well, but at least this week, Bishop began to start hitting the ball the way that earned him a top 10 spot in the draft in 2019.
That’s good, because the news was mixed among the rest of the Giants players There were some ups and downs, with a nice showing by Gregory Santos out of the bullpen, but some more struggles as well.
Marco Luciano – 4 Games – 3-for-15, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 7 SO, 1 E
Full Fall Stats: 11 G, 39 AB, 5 R, 8 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 8 BB, 16 SO, 0-0 SB, .205/.354/.359
It was a pretty rough week for Luciano this week in the AFL, lowlighted by a 4-strikeout game that also included a difficult error. This is a good example of how the Arizona Fall League can go for players, with highs (like Luciano’s 2-home run game) and lows coming pretty quickly.
Will Wilson – 4 Games – 2-for-18, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 SO
Full Fall Stats: 10 G, 36 AB, 4 R, 6 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 6 SO, 0-0 SB, .167/.250/.306
A bit more interesting than the results for Wilson has been following his defensive positions around the diamond, as the Giants and Wilson are clearly using this as time for his first taste in the outfield. Wilson played two games in left, one in right, and one at second base. His game at the plate has been more forgettable, especially after ended the week with back-to-back 0-for-5 games.
Patrick Bailey – 3 Games – 4-for-11, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 2B, 2 BB, 4 SO
Full Fall Stats: 8 G, 27 AB, 4 R, 9 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 10 SO, 0-0 SB, .333/.419/.519
Bailey had another solid week at the plate, with three games played, two behind the plate as catcher and one in the designated hitter role. There’s not much else to say, but Bailey has done well keeping up the momentum he collected in San Jose after a difficult first half of the season.
Hunter Bishop – 4 Games – 5-for-13, 1 R, 4 RBI, 4 2B, 0 BB, 5 SO, 1 CS
Full Fall Stats: 7 G, 22 AB, 1 R, 6 H, 5 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 10 SO, 0-1 SB, .273/.333/.500
It was a breakout week for Hunter Bishop, as he had four doubles out of five hits on the week. He started three games this week, and pinch-hit in a fourth, as part of his performance. One shouldn’t read too much into just a few games in the AFL, but it’s not overstating things to say that this is the performance that fans, and perhaps Bishop himself has been waiting for.
Gregory Santos – 2 Games – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
Full Fall Stats: 6 G, 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 4 BB, 9 SO, 2.35 ERA, 1.17 WHIP
A solid week of work for Santos, who had two uneventful relief appearances on the week. The most worthwhile thing to note is no walks this week, which remains Santos’ biggest weakness when he’s pitching regularly.
Seth Corry – 1 Game – 2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP
Full Fall Stats: 3 G, 5.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 8 BB, 8 SO, 1.80 ERA, 2.00 WHIP
The only Giants pitcher to be working as a starter in the AFL, Corry continue to have the same kind of performance that plagued him much of the year: he was tough to hit and got strikeouts, but walks put him over the edge. He didn’t get much help with an error leading off his third inning of work.
R.J. Dabovich – 2 Games – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO
Full Fall Stats: 6 G, 6.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 HR, 9 BB, 10 SO, 1.35 ERA, 1.65 WHIP
Dabovich continues to have some struggles at the end of his first pro season, especially with his control. Once again, he had more walks than strikeouts on the week. Through six games (6.2 IP), he has ten strikeouts to nine walks. On the season, he had 62 strikeouts to 13 walks in 32.1 innings.
Cole Waites – 2 Games, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO
Full Fall Stats: 6 G, 4.1 IP, 6 H, 13 R, 13 ER, 0 HR, 8 BB, 4 SO, 1 HBP, 27.00 ERA, 3.23 WHIP
This isn’t the fall that Cole Waites wanted, after his shortened first full season. He’s had a pair of games giving up a ton of runs, including allowing four off of one hit and three walks in a single outing. Waites was lights out when he was pitching in 2021, so this stint in the AFL shouldn’t be too discouraging, especially since his highest experience before the fall was ten games in Low-A, and much of his competition has experience at the minors’ higher levels.