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Giants minors updates: Hunter Bishop arrives in style

Introducing Giants minors updates, a new feature that aims to keep you up to date on all the Little Giants happenings.

Triple-A Sacramento 8, Salt Lake 5 (Angels). The River Cats are 51-46.

Star: Joey Rickard. Yes, another wild-card outfielder hoping to make the Giants’ mix. Rickard, 28, had been designated for assignment by the Orioles and picked up the Giants on June 21. Trading for Mike Yastrzemski seems to have worked out when the Orioles gave up on him, and Rickard is showing upside.

The flexible outfielder — he can play all three spot — went 2-for-3 with a run, RBI and walk Wednesday, upping his average to .400 in 22 games with Sacramento. This month he’s been on fire, 23-for-51 (.451) with a triple and eight doubles. He does not have much pop, but he’s showing he may earn another chance after never separating himself with Baltimore.

Double-A Richmond 6, Hartford 5 (Rockies). The Flying Squirrels are 35-58.

Star: Tyler Cyr. The righty reliever tossed two more shutout innings while striking out a pair, extending his streak without letting up an earned run to 7 1/3 innings. In the span, he’s surrendered a single hit and two walks, opposing batters hitting .040 off him. On the season, the 26-year-old from Fremont, a 10th-round pick in 2015, has a 2.41 ERA.

High-A San Jose 5, Rancho Cucamonga 7 (Dodgers). The Giants are 41-55.

Star: Heliot Ramos. As the Giants have gotten hot, so has Ramos. In his past 11 games, he’s 18-for-47 (.383) with three home runs and three doubles. Wednesday, he went 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI, and the center fielder also threw out a runner at home plate. Not bad.

Low-A Augusta 4, Charleston 2 (Yankees). The GreenJackets are 50-45.

Star: Logan Webb. Testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance sidetracked his rise, the Giants’ No. 4 prospect missing 80 games and only just now returning. But he has not looked rusty, throwing five scoreless innings Wednesday while allowing just two hits. It was his second start back — the 22-year-old allowed one run in five innings in the Arizona League last week — and seems to be back on track to position himself to possibly debut next season.

Short-Season Salem-Keizer 7, Boise 2 (Rockies). The Volcanoes are 21-12.

Star: Hunter Bishop. He knows how to make a good first impression. In his first game since being elevated from the Arizona League, the Giants’ top pick last month went 2-for-4 with a homer and walk. It was his second professional home run and 10th walk in eight games, a nice sign of plate discipline.

AZL Giants Orange 8, AZL Cubs 5. The Giants are 20-4.

Star: Marco Luciano. Until he gets promoted, the Giants’ No. 3 prospect should be stamped here every day. He made some noise again Wednesday, going 2-for-4 with a double, triple and walk, improving his OPS to 1.152 in 22 games, the third best in the Arizona League. Just 17, Luciano is the stuff prospect dreams are made of.

AZL Giants Black 7, AZL Reds 0. The Giants are 9-15.

Star: George Bell. A second straight appearance from the 21-year-old from the Dominican Republic, who went 3-for-5 with a double, three runs scored and two RBIs. In 10 games, the center fielder has a 1.121 OPS.

DSL Giants 6, DSL Tigers 7. The Giants are 16-23.

Star: Luis Matos. The 17-year-old from Venezuela has a mini five-game hitting streak going, but he’s been on a tear really throughout his 34-game season thus far. He went 4-for-6 with three RBIs Wednesday, pushing his average up to .351 — 11th best in the DSL. He’s also shown some power (five homers) and speed (11 steals).

 

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