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Giants minors updates: A very bad day for two star prospects


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Triple-A Sacramento 0, Albuquerque 9 (Rockies). The River Cats are 67-61.

Star: Kyle Barraclough. Granted, he lowered his era to 21, but the veteran is pitching better. Barraclough pitched another perfect inning, this one featuring two strikeouts, and now has four strikeouts without a base runner in 2 1/3 innings. If it’s a small sample size, so was his first action in the Giants’ system: Two outs, seven runs. The Giants claimed him from Washington, where he bottomed out, and he’s become a new reclamation project.

Double-A Richmond 3, Erie 7; Richmond 11, Erie 10 (Tigers). The Flying Squirrels are 48-79.

Anti-star: Joey Bart’s day deserves mentioning, even if he was far from the star at the plate. The No. 1 prospect, given the tough task of catching both ends of a doubleheader, finished 1-for-9 with eight strikeouts and a walk. It’s been a struggle for the second-overall pick last year since his early-August promotion, batting .186 with two homers in 12 Double-A games.

High-A San Jose 3, Modesto 10 (Mariners). The Giants are 56-71.

Star: Courtney Hawkins. The 25-year-old was a 2012 first-round pick of the White Sox but hasn’t panned out, reaching Triple-A but his power bat never breaking through. He was released from Cincinnati’s Triple-A squad after 15 games this year, briefly played in the independent Atlantic League before the Giants signed him. Wednesday, he went 1-for-3 with his 14th homer in 300 at-bats with San Jose, now slashing .257/.315/.463.

Low-A Augusta 1, Asheville 0 (Rockies). The GreenJackets are 68-58.

Star: Kai-Wei Teng. The 20-year-old from Taiwan, acquired as part of the Sam Dyson trade, has been excellent. He went six scoreless innings in his third start in the Giants system, now having allowed three earned runs in 15 innings (1.80) with 19 strikeouts. Opposing batters are hitting .154 off him. Teng, in his second year as a pro, had a 1.60 ERA in 50 2/3 innings with Minnesota’s Class-A affiliate.

Short-Season Salem-Keizer 4, Boise 1 (Rockies). The Volcanoes are 39-26.

Falling star? Marco Luciano was removed with a leg injury. The No. 3 prospect in the Giants system hit a double in the third and exited afterward. The severity is unclear. The 17-year-old shortstop, after tearing up the Arizona League, had started slowly at Salem-Keizer, batting .212 with four doubles and a steal in nine games.

AZL Giants Orange 7, AZL Mariners 2. The Giants are 41-11.

Star: Luis Matos. The center fielder and No. 25 prospect extending his hitting streak to 14 with a 3-for-4 day with two runs scored. During the span, the 17-year-old from Venezuela is batting .391 (22-for-56) with six steals.

AZL Giants Black 5, AZL Brewers 4. The Giants are 23-29.

Star: Bryce Fehmel. The 22-year-old from Agoura Hills and Oregon State, a 21st-round pick this year, allowed his first earned run as a professional. It took a while. Fehmel went three innings while allowing one hit and no walks while striking out three. It upped his ERA to 0.82 in 11 innings with five hits and zero walks allowed.

DSL Giants 4, DSL Tigers 7. The Giants are 29-40.

Star: Jose Hernandez. The 19-year-old outfielder from Venezuela, in his second year with the Giants, is amid his best (brief) stretch as a pro. He went 2-for-3 with a walk, double, steal and two RBIs Wednesday, now 7-for-11 with a pair of doubles in three games. Listed at 5-11, 160 pounds, he’ll have some weight to gain — he has zero professional homers — and is slashing .253/.436/.301.

 

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