Down on the Farm: Hottest Giants minor leaguers from May
Making the most of May
The Giants finished the month of May with an 11-17 record. Overall, they entered June with a 26-30, tied for third place in the NL West with the Dodgers.
Due to injuries, the Giants have had to look for help in the minor leagues, so who had the best month down on the farm? Position by position, here's our Best of May.
SP: John Gavin, 22, Augusta GreenJackets
Innings Pitched: 19
Somehow, Gavin's May was slightly worse than his April in which he finished with a 1.37 ERA. In his pro debut last season, Gavin did not allow one earned run in 16 innings in the Arizona Rookie League. That success has followed him to Augusta.
Selected in the eighth round of the 2017 MLB Draft, Gavin was incredibly accomplished at Cal State Fullerton. The 6-foot-6 lefty isn't atop prospect rankings, yet he's still interesting to watch with his track record.
RP: Tyler Rogers, 27, Sacramento River Cats
Innings Pitched: 13.2
Rogers is again enjoying a successful season in Sacramento for the second straight year. In May, the submariner allowed only one earned run to cross the plate.
C: Matt Winn, 25, San Jose Giants
Batting Average: .247
On-Base Percentage: .313
Slugging Percentage: .507
Home Runs: 4
It's no surprise that most draft outlets have the Giants selecting Georgia Tech catcher Joey Bart No. 2 overall in Monday's MLB Draft. Not only is Bart a big-time talent with a .359 batting average and 16 home runs this season, the Giants are in a talent drought at catcher in the minor leagues.
Winn was the selection for May thanks to his power. The former fourth-round draft pick went from one home run in April to four in May.
1B: Jerry Sands, 30, Richmond Flying Squirrels
Batting Average: .233
On-Base Percentage: .352
Slugging Percentage: .466
Home Runs: 4
Like catcher, first base is a down position internally for the Giants. Sands is a 30-year-old playing Double-A but he can still provide power and a good eye at the plate.
2B: Jalen Miller, 21, San Jose Giants
Batting Average: .336
On-Base Percentage: .378
Slugging Percentage: .527
Home Runs: 3
Miller struggled mightily at the plate last season in San Jose with a .227/.283/.246 slash line. Oh what a year can do.
The former third-round pick has already matched hit home run total of six from last season and his stolen base total of six. Miller is a great athlete who can play both middle infield positions and he's been on a tear at the plate.
3B: Ryder Jones,23, Sacramento River Cats
Batting Average: .330
On-Base Percentage: .369
Slugging Percentage: .476
Home Runs: 2
After seeing time last season in San Francisco, Jones' season did not start how he hoped this year in Triple-A. But, the lefty's bat is heating up. Though Jones is striking out at a high rate with 44 to 12 walks, his hitting skills are being shown in Sacramento. Where he would fit in San Francisco is a different story.
Jones can play third and first base, along with left and right field. The Giants have enough roster decisions already before thinking of Jones hitching a... ride (sorry).
SS: Manuel Geraldo, 21, Augusta GreenJackets
Batting Average: .384
On-Base Percentage: .413
Slugging Percentage: .626
Home Runs: 6
After the 2017 season, Baseball America rated Geraldo as the Giants' best infield arm in the farm system. And now, the bat is catching up this season. The 21-year-old couldn't be contained in May with a 1.040 OPS and he also stole 11 bases.
LF: Hunter Pence, 35, Sacramento River Cats
Batting Average: .308
On-Base Percentage: .340
Slugging Percentage: .385
Home Runs: 1
Ahhh, just your classic 35-year-old prospect. But really, Pence deserves to be mentioned here. He once again put his ego to the side and completely changed his swing on a minor league rehab assignment.
Pence's hard work showed in the results and he will return to the Giants on Saturday. Mac Williamson is the starting left fielder now, so can Pence be a spark off the bench?
CF: Steven Duggar, 24, Sacramento River Cats
Batting Average: .256
On-Base Percentage: .320
Slugging Percentage: .376
Home Runs: 0
Looking at Duggar's stats from May don't tell the whole story. He started extremely slow, so let's take a look at his last 10 games of the month instead. In the final 10 games of May, Duggar hit .333, going 13-for-39.
When will we see Duggar in San Francisco? That remains the big question. Check out Alex Pavlovic's article on the adjustments Duggar is making in the meantime in Triple-A.
RF: Luigi Rodriguez, 25, Richmond Flying Squirrels
Batting Average: .421
On-Base Percentage: .471
Slugging Percentage: .539
Home Runs: 1
At one point, Rodriguez was a top prospect for the Indians. Baseball America ranked him Cleveland's No. 5 prospect after the 2011 season. And then his career went in a downward spiral, including an 80-game suspension in 2015.
Rodriguez was the hottest hitter of all Giants minor leaguers in May with a 1.011 OPS, showing old flashes of his immense talent.