There’s small sample size, and then there’s the first week of the Arizona Fall League.
In a league where you’re sharing time with everyone getting at-bats and innings pitched, it’s easy to fall in an early hole at the plate or see your ERA balloon right away.
That’s been the case with some Giants prospects after one week of action in the AFL.
At the plate, three Giants prospects hit a combined .138 (4-for-29) in the first week. On the mound, the Giants’ four pitching prospects weren’t much, combing for a 5.56 ERA in 8.1 innings pitched, though one of those arms is yet to allow a run.
Here’s a quick look at how each prospect performed one week into the AFL.
Heath Quinn, OF
Talk about small sample size. Quinn has only played in two of Scottsdale’s six games so far, and those two certainly have not gone how he hoped. After a breakout year this season, the Quinn is 1-for-10 with six strikeouts. He also had two RBI and two runs scored.
The 23-year-old outfielder has a swing-and-miss hole in his powerful stroke, but it’s way too early to look into two games.
C.J. Hinojosa, INF
Hinojosa has also played in only two games after starting at second base in the Scorpions’ opener. After going 2-for-5 to start off the AFL, he went 0-for-6 two days later.
The Tale of Two Games saw Hinojosa go from batting .400 to .186. Here’s my advice — just don’t go 0-for-6 again. *Disclaimer: future advice won’t be free.
Matt Winn, C
Winn has caught half of Scottsdale’s six games, and like Hinojosa, has gone downhill after the opener. In the first game, he went 1-for-2, but has gone 0-for-6 with five strikeouts since.
It seriously can only get better.
Melvin Adon, RHP
Adon’s 3.86 ERA doesn’t tell the full story. In his first appearance out of the bullpen, Adon allowed two runs — one earned — on a two-run home run in one inning. He also struck out two with no walks. His next time out, Adon was dominant.
Closing out the game against the Salt River Rafters on Oct. 12, Adon faced the final five batters of the game, needing four outs. Those five batters had one hit off him and struck out four times. The 24-year-old now has six strikeouts and no walks in 2.1 innings pitched.
Garrett Williams, LHP
Williams has a 4.50 ERA in his two innings pitched so far. He’s allowed one earned run off two hits, which sounds like a standard start. There’s a bigger issue though.
Walks have followed Williams to Arizona. The lefty has already walked three batters to one strikeout, and his biggest key in AFL will be command.
Chase Johnson, RHP
Johnson rebounded nicely Tuesday after a rough start.
In his first outing of the bullpen, Johnson allowed three earned runs on three hits, including a two-run shot, in one inning. But his next time out, Johnson tossed a scoreless inning while giving up one hit and one walk.
Sam Wolff, RHP
Of course our lowest ranked Giants prospect in the AFL is off to the best start. Wolff has come out of the bullpen twice and has totaled two scoreless innings without giving up a hit. He is also yet to walk a batter and has three strikeouts.