All it took was seven games for Giants prospect Hunter Bishop to be called up. Well, to Short-Season Class A, that is.
San Francisco's top pick in the 2019 MLB Draft earned his first professional promotion from the Arizona Rookie League to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes on Tuesday. Bishop is expected to be in the lineup Wednesday night when the Volcanoes host the Boise Hawks.
Bishop hit .250 with a 1.033 OPS in Arizona. He showed patience at the plate with nine walks and a .483 on-base percentage, and Bishop hit his first pro home run Sunday.
For comparison's sake, Bishop spent one more game in the Arizona Rookie League than Giants top prospect Joey Bart did one year ago. Bart hit .261 with a .711 OPS and no homers in his six games in the desert before moving up to Oregon.
Once Bart reached Salem-Keizer he caught fire, hitting .333 with nine homers in July. He stayed with the Volcanoes the rest of the season, finishing the year hitting .298 with 13 long balls and a .983 OPS.
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Bishop is expected to stay with Salem-Keizer the rest of the season, too. He had a long layoff between his college season at Arizona State and when he signed with the Giants, so it was no surprise that he started off his career in the AZL.
There's no need to rush Bishop this year, though the front office certainly hopes he can have a similar first season in the minors to Bart's just one year ago.
A night after hitting a home run at the ballpark his grandfather once called home, Giants rookie outfielder Mike Yastrzemski made another special memory at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.
The 29-year-old caught the ceremonial first pitch ahead of San Francisco's game with the Boston Red Sox from a very special pitcher: His grandfather, Baseball Hall of Famer and Red Sox legend Mike Yastrzemski.
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The elder Yastrzemski played 3,308 games in 23 seasons with the Red Sox, winning a Most Valuable Player award when he won the Triple Crown in 1967. The younger Yastrzemski made his MLB debut this season, and he hit his 20th home run of his first big league campaign Tuesday night at Fenway.
Mike called that feeling "special," but Wednesday's first pitch just might have topped it.
The Giants play Game 2 of a three-game series at historic Fenway Park after an evening of events that even a movie script couldn't duplicate.
Mike Yastrzemski homered in the Giants' 7-6, 15-inning win on Tuesday night over the Red Sox, rounding the bases on the same field as his Hall of Fame grandfather. The teams also used a combined 24 pitchers to tie an MLB record.
Jeff Samardzija will take the mound as Giants manager Bruce Bochy seeks his 2,000th career win. The Shark will face Boston for the first time since 2015 and is 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA in four career starts against the squad.
On the other side of the ball, Jhoulys Chacin will face a Giants lineup that he has he has fared well against. He has gone 9-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 22 starts against San Francisco.
And yes, Grandpa Yaz should be in the stands on Wednesday night.
Here are how the lineups look to shape up as the Red Sox play host to the Giants. You can follow the action on NBC Sports Bay Area or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app.
San Francisco Giants (73-78)
RF Mike Yastrzemski
1B Brandon Belt
CF Kevin Pillar
LF Alex Dickerson
DH Stephen Vogt
SS Brandon Crawford
3B Cristhian Adames
2B Mauricio Dubon
C Aramis Garcia
RHP Jeff Samardzija (10-12, 3.72 ERA)
Boston Red Sox (79-71)
LF Andrew Benintendi
SS Xander Bogaerts
3B Rafael Devers
DH Christian Vazquez
RF Brock Holt
1B Mitch Moreland
CF Jackie Bradley Jr.
2B Marco Hernandez
C Sandy Leon
RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-10, 5.44 ERA)