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Down on the Farm: Healthy Heath Quinn showing off his power in San Jose

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Down on the Farm: Healthy Heath Quinn showing off his power in San Jose

Heath Quinn missed all of April last season with a broken hamate bone. The Giants' third-round pick from 2016 was placed on the DL twice in 2017, twice already this season, and only played in six games last month. 

When healthy though, there's no denying Quinn's power potential. And recently, that power has been on full display for the San Jose Giants. 

Quinn started off the month of May on a roll, batting .360 with one home run, two doubles and a .945 OPS in six games. But on May 8, Quinn went down with a leg injury while rounding the bases and didn't return until June 10. 

In June, the left fielder didn't miss a beat from where he was before his injury, bringing an even hotter bat to the plate. Over 12 games, he is batting .391with four home runs and a 1.092 OPS. Of the 12 games he's played in, Quinn has seven multi-hit games and has only gone hitless twice. 

Thursday night at Municipal Stadium was the latest display of hitting dominance for Quinn. Batting fourth as the DH, Quinn went 3-for-4 and mashed his fourth home run in his last eight games in San Jose's 6-1 win over Stockton. 

"The power is there, he’s one of those big-tool players," Netsor Rojas, San Jose's manager in 2017, said of Quinn last year.

When Rojas, now the Giants' Triple-A Fundamentals Coach in Sacramento, said that last year, Quinn was going through a season of ups and downs in San Jose. Quinn certainly showed his power in his first stint with San Jose, finishing the season with 10 home runs, but he hit just .186 in the second half of the season. For the year, he struck out in 31.6 percent of his at-bats. Now in Year 2 with San Jose, Quinn looks like a whole different player, with his strikeout rate down to 24 percent.

While playing in far less games (40) than other teammates, Quinn is still at or near the top of the charts in multiple offensive categories for San Jose. For everyday players, he leads the team with a .338 batting average, is third in home runs (7), first in on-base percentage (.391), first in slugging percentage (.539), and first in OPS (.929). 

Health hasn't always been kind to Heath. At 23 years old, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound slugger looks like he could be a centerpiece to the Giants' future, as long as he stays on the field. 

Kevin Pillar emotional on Toronto return for first time since trade to Giants

Kevin Pillar emotional on Toronto return for first time since trade to Giants

Kevin Pillar started against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre in what he eventually admitted was an emotionally charged event for him.

Up until being traded to the Giants, Pillar spent his entire career as a member of the Toronto organization -- and they more than made him feel back at home.

The crowd had signs wishing him love, the Jays dedicated a video tribute to him, and the home crowd cheered when he went out on to the field -- even giving him a standing ovation. He made sure to wave and give his thanks to the fans who stuck by him all of those years. 

Following the Giants' 7-6 win, Pillar spoke to the media and talked about the many emotions going on:

"To come back and see the genuine appreciation that people have," Pillar told reporters. "The video tribute was a really nice touch."

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Pillar found out about the tribute a few days prior, and he mentioned how he did his best to keep his composure, despite him being a very emotional guy.

Watch Kevin Pillar get ovation from Blue Jays fans in Toronto return

Watch Kevin Pillar get ovation from Blue Jays fans in Toronto return

Kevin Pillar never won any awards or championships during his seven years with the Blue Jays, but he definitely won over the hearts of Toronto fans with his highlight-reel catches.

So when the Giants center fielder went out to play defense in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night, Blue Jays fans showed their appreciation for the 30-year-old.

It was a pretty emotional moment. We're sure Pillar was choking back tears as he watched the tribute video and tipped his cap to the fans.

The love for Pillar didn't stop there. When he came up for his first at-bat in the top of the second inning, the Blue Jays fans once again gave him a standing ovation.

But the cheering ended quickly as Pillar singled to left field and drove in Pablo Sandoval to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.

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Pillar and Crawford would later score on a Joe Panik double to right.

Not a bad homecoming for the Toronto fan favorite.