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Giants minors updates: Aramis Garcia’s monster day

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

Triple-A Sacramento 5, Salt Lake 12 (Angels); Sacramento 8, Salt Lake 6. The River Cats are 50-46.

Star: Aramis Garcia. He played some first base in both ends of the doubleheader plus helped out at left field. Oh, and he homered in each game.

Not bad for the franchise’s No. 19 prospect, who’s gotten a cup of coffee with the Giants the last two seasons. In all, the 26-year-old, predominantly a catcher, went 4-for-7 with his 13th and 14th homers, upping his Triple-A OPS to .870. He hasn’t yet hit in the majors, but he’s showing the bat is there.

Double-A Richmond 7, Hartford 4 (Rockies). The Flying Squirrels are 34-58.

Star: Peter Maris. The UC Santa Barbara grad has risen slowly, but he’s hit wherever he’s gone. The flexible infielder — he can play second, third and short — got promoted from San Jose in late June and, again, has kept on hitting. He went 3-for-5 with a run and a steal Tuesday, improving his slash line across the two levels to .300/.395/.493 in 45 games.

Low-A Augusta 4, Charleston 1 (Yankees). The GreenJackets are 49-45.

Star: Adam Oller. A 24-year-old pickup from Independent ball, Oller is a long shot, but he’s putting together an impressive season. The right-hander threw six innings of three-hit, one-run, six-strikeout ball, lowering his ERA over his past five starts to 1.52. He has struck out 33 in the 29 2/3 innings of the span, in which hitters are batting .138 off him.

Short-Season Salem-Keizer 8, Hillsboro 2 (Diamondbacks). The Volcanoes are 20-12.

Star: Franklin Labour. The team’s No. 22 prospect hit his Northwest League-leading 13th homer of the season Tuesday, going for 1-for-3 with two walks and two strikeouts. That is 13 dingers in 30 games. The 21-year-old from the Dominican Republic, a corner outfielder, is slashing .325/.417/.725 in his first season in short-season ball, as the Giants have brought Labour along slowly.

DSL Giants 15, DSL Mariners 7. The Giants are 16-22.

Star: Victor Bericoto. The 17-year-old from Venezuela, in his first season with the Giants, has raked. After his 4-for-5 day Tuesday, the corner outfielder/first baseman is slashing .303/.450/.432 in 36 games, an eye-popping on-base percentage that is in part due to young pitchers’ lack of control. And the lack of power for now can be forgiven from a teenager.


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