Giants minor league review: Another catcher is on the rise

/ by Dalton Johnson
Presented By Cadillac
Ricardo Genoves

Depth is the appropriate, beloved "D word" around baseball, and the Giants' depth was on full display Saturday night when LaMonte Wade Jr. returned from Sacramento for an injured Brandon Belt and immediately hit a clutch home run in San Francisco's wild 6-5 win over the Athletics.

To continue sitting comfortably atop the NL West, the Giants will have to use their resources down in Sacramento much more than once. Just like last week, Jaylin Davis continued to show off his power for the River Cats, hitting a two-run shot on Friday and a grand slam on Sunday. He isn't alone, though. 

Utility man Jason Krizan was scorching hot at the plate last week for Sacramento, batting .542 (13-for-24) with two home runs, two doubles and eight RBI. He had an .875 slugging percentage and 1.435 OPS in that span. Jason Vosler has struggled in Triple-A since being sent down, and Joey Bart hit .294 last week but struck out seven times in four games. 

This week, though, we're looking at the lower levels and starting with a catcher other than Bart or Patrick Bailey. 

Time to Know Ricardo Genoves

Bart, Bailey ... blah blah blah. Giants fans know all about the former first-round draft picks, following their every move. There's a third catcher you need to know, one who is on the rise this season. 

Ricardo Genoves was promoted to High-A Eugene on Saturday after tearing it up for the San Jose Giants. In 38 games, Genoves hit .338 with six home runs and a .992 OPS. He hit fourth in his Emeralds debut and made an immediate impact. Genoves went 1-for-2 with three walks, two RBI and two runs scored. 


He also threw out the only base runner who attempted to steal off him. 

Genoves played two games at first base towards the end of his time in San Jose. That seemed like an indication he was soon on his way to Eugene, where he would be teammates with Bailey. Only part of that is true, at least for now. 

The Giants transferred Bailey to the Arizona Complex League on Sunday. Bailey had recently been dealing with back stiffness, but he also has been struggling big time with the bat in his hands this year. Bailey is batting .149 in June and .185 overall. 

Genoves, 22, now is batting .341 overall with a 1.003 OPS. Keep your eyes on him as the season continues. 

Another Marco Luciano Blast 

Luciano hit just .217 last week for San Jose. But he went deep two more times, drove in five runs and walked four times. And his 10th homer of the year went into warp speed. 

Luciano's latest long ball went 115 mph off the bat. Watch it first, then we'll really put this into perspective. 

Blink and that ball's gone. Luciano's latest home run would be the hardest-hit ball by a San Francisco Giant this season. Reminder: He's 19 years old. There have only been 21 balls hit 115 mph or harder in the major leagues this season. 

The Giants' top prospect is batting .269 with an .880 OPS. Like any young prospect, Luciano has his faults. His bat speed and power potential, however, are unmatched.

Strikeouts, Strikeouts and More Strikeouts

The San Jose Giants are collecting Ks right now.

Carson Ragsdale, who the Giants acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies for Sam Coonrod, now leads Low-A West in strikeouts with 76 in 10 starts after he struck out nine in five innings on Saturday. San Jose has three of the top four strikeout leaders, and four of the top 10. 

Kyle Harrison is second with 63, Ryan Murphy is fourth with 60 and Wil Jensen ranks 10th with 54. 

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Harrison is the biggest name of the bunch, and though he has dealt with some control issues, he's pitching like a first-round talent. The 19-year-old is averaging over 15 strikeouts per nine innings and opponents are batting .195 against him. 

He clearly isn't the only one putting up impressive numbers in San Jose, as the Giants' pitching prospects continue to look more impressive.

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