Joan Gregorio

How seven Giants prospects performed in the 2017 Arizona Fall League


How seven Giants prospects performed in the 2017 Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League came to an end for seven Giants prospects on Thursday as the Scottsdale Scorpions (12-17-1) came up short from playing in Saturday's championship game. 

Let's take a look at how these seven names fared against some of the top young talent in all of baseball. 

The Hitters

As the Giants are linked to trade targets in center field like Billy Hamilton and Jackie Bradley Jr., a young in-house option only helped his case in the desert.

Steven Duggar likely would have seen the AT&T outfield this season, but his season was hindered by injuries, keeping him to only 44 games between three levels. With the Scorpions, Duggar took advantage of his opportunity with more at-bats. 

Duggar left Arizona with a .263/.367/.421 slash line over 20 games. The speedy lefty also stole nine bases and hit three home runs. Even if the Giants go for an experienced glove in center field this offseason and keep Duggar, the 24-year-old has also played 135 games in right field during his minor league career. 

For the second straight year, the Giants sent catcher Aramis Garcia to the AFL. And he's sure to be coming home much happier this go around with an up-and-down campaign.

Splitting time behind the plate with three other catchers, Garcia appeared in 13 games and slashed .259/.293/.333 and hit one home run. Garcia struggled to get one base with only one walk to 10 strikeouts, but showed his natural ability to drive runs in with 10 RBI. 

Rounding out the Giants' trio of bats they sent to Arizona is arguably their top prospect, but his time in the AFL was cut short. Chris Shaw only played in five games and hit .158. He dealt with a sore shoulder.

The Pitchers

The Giants sent two starting pitchers (Tyler Beede and Joan Gregorio) and two relievers (Tyler Cyr and D.J. Snelten) to the AFL. 

Pitching for the first time in nearly three months, Beede showed exactly why he's the Giants' top pitching prospect. Beede went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four starts, but his final three show the potential he's full of -- 14 innings pitched, three earned runs, a 1.93 ERA, 10 strikeouts and only one walk. 

Gregorio, who was suspended this season for Performance Enhancing Drugs, pitched in eight games (three starts) for Scottsdale. He left with a 1-0 record and 5.87 ERA. In Triple-A, Gregorio went 4-4 with a 3.04 ERA this year over 13 starts. The 25-year-old presents an interesting arm that can help sooner than later in the bullpen. 

Cyr's stats don't look pretty (0-1, 5.63 ERA, 8 IP), but he's catching some attention. The right-hander was named to the Fall Stars Game and is most likely to start 2018 in Triple-A after converting 18 saves at Double-A in 2017. 

Snelten, a 6-foot-7 lefty, impressed in eight appearances out of the bullpen. He didn't allow an earned run until his final outing of the fall, bringing his ERA from a perfect 0.00 to 2.25 in 12 innings pitched.

After combining for a 2.20 ERA to go with an 8-1 record between Double-A and Triple-A in 2017, Snelten is a name to know as the Giants look to find more lefties for their bullpen.

Beede makes Arizona Fall League debut, Giants prospects continue to struggle


Beede makes Arizona Fall League debut, Giants prospects continue to struggle

Giants top pitching prospect Tyler Beede took a step in the right direction on Wednesday, despite what the box score says. 

Beede made his Arizona Fall League debut for the Scottsdale Scorpions, pitching in a real game for the first time since July 19. The results weren't pretty, but health is both Beede and the Giants' main concern for the 24-year-old after his season was cut short due to a groin injury. 

In two innings, Beede allowed five earned runs in the Scorpions' 8-2 loss against the Salt River Rafters. The Rafters only notched four hits as Beede's problems came from losing his command. He walked three batters and only 19 of his 40 pitches were strikes. 

Most importantly, Beede was back in action. Former Astros and Mariners pro scout Bernie Pleskoff was on hand and clocked Beede at 89-93 miles per hour with his fastball and also noted a tight zone from the home plate umpire

"That will be my big goal for the Fall League," Beede said at the end of August on his health. "Obviously the concern with this is re-injury. I’m not going to focus on it when I go out there and pitch."

Giants prospect Joan Gregorio came out of the bullpen to relieve Beede and it didn't get much better for San Francisco's young arms.

Gregorio lasted 1 1/3 innings and saw three runs come across the plate. His AFL ERA is up to 10.50 over six innings pitched. 

The third Giants pitching prospect to toe the rubber Wednesday fared much better. Tyler Cyr, who recorded 18 saves in Double-A with a 2.19 ERA this season, pitched a scoreless eighth inning. 

Catching the young Giants trio was San Francisco farmhand Aramis Garcia. Of the Giants' three hitters in the AFL, Garcia is putting up the best numbers at the plate. He went 1-for-4 against Salt River and is now batting .318 in five games. 

Highly touted center fielder Steven Duggar led off and went hitless in three at-bats, dropping his batting average to .219 in nine games. Duggar is showing a knack for getting on base though, drawing two more walks and has stolen three bases. 

Chris Shaw, the Giants prospect with the most eyes on him in the desert, stayed on the bench as he has been more and more often. In five games, Shaw is batting .158 (5-for-19) and has a .431 OPS. 

Giants top 10 prospect suspended for rest of 2017 season

Giants top 10 prospect suspended for rest of 2017 season

NEW YORK — Pitchers Joseph Colon of Cleveland and Joan Gregorio of San Francisco have been suspended for the rest of the season after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances.

Colon was cited for a synthetic drug whose effect is similar to that of testosterone. Gregorio showed evidence of the anabolic steroid Stanozolol.

The suspensions were announced Saturday by the commissioner's office. Both are 40-man roster players.

These are the fourth suspensions this year under the major league drug program. Also banned were Pittsburgh All-Star outfielder Starling Marte and Philadelphia pitcher Elniery Garcia. There have been 47 suspensions this year under the minor league program.

Colon is a 27-year-old right-hander who made his big league debut with the Indians last July 8 and was 1-3 with a 7.20 ERA in 11 relief appearances. He has a 4.13 ERA in 28 relief appearances this year at Triple-A Columbus.

The 25-year-old Gregorio is 4-4 with a 3.04 ERA in 13 starts this year at Triple-A Sacramento.