Down on the Farm: Gio Brusa climbs up San Jose Giants record books


Down on the Farm: Gio Brusa climbs up San Jose Giants record books

Gio Brusa has spent the past two season in San Jose with the Giants' Advanced Single-A team, finding mixed results at the plate. 

Brusa has struck out 258 times compared to 62 walks and has just a .296 on-base percentage on the dot in both 2017 and 2018. While his average has been low and his strikeouts high, Brusa is hitting home runs at a record pace. 

In San Jose's 8-1 win over the Inland Empire 66ers Tuesday night, Brusa hit his team-leading 18th home run, which is one more than he hit last season in 20 less games. The 25-year-old out of Lodi now has 35 home runs as a San Jose Giant, which ranks him sixth in team history. 

While Brusa has much more power hitting from the left side, he is the all-time team leader in career home runs as a switch hitter. 

From the left side, Brusa has 16 home runs in 290 at-bats this season. Batting right-handed, he has two more long balls in 68 at-bats. For his San Jose career, Brusa has hit 25 home runs left-handed and 10 right-handed. 

Power showed up for Brusa as a senior at the University of the Pacific in 2016. Playing left field for the Tigers, Brusa moved to first base this season, he combined for 11 home runs in his first three seasons. At the same, his slugging percentage kept rising from .387 to .406 to .527 as a junior. 

And then he completely broke out at the plate as a senior. 

In his final year at Pacific, Brusa led the Tigers in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and RBI while bashing 14 home runs, three more than the previous three seasons combined, as he slashed .337/.418/.614. That monster season turned into a sixth-round draft pick for the Giants. 

Since starting his professional career, Brusa is still searching for the consistency of his senior season as his power is on full display in record-setting ways. 

Dodgers Double-A team in Oklahoma doing Kevin Durant-themed promotion


Dodgers Double-A team in Oklahoma doing Kevin Durant-themed promotion

Some people, or in this case some teams ... well some states, just can't seem to let go. After two years and seeing Kevin Durant win two championships with the Warriors, it seems Thunder fans and maybe the whole state of Oklahoma can't move on. 

On Wednesday night, the Tulsa Drillers, the Dodgers' Double-A affiliate is having their Bark in the Park Night. Fans can bring their dog to ONEOK Field and watch the Drillers take on the Corpus Christi Hooks. 

Except this time, it's a bit different. The Drillers are "honoring" a snake Wednesday night, aka Kevin Durant, and have even made a custom jersey for him with the Thunder's blue and orange colors. 

The Drillers (28-21) currently lead the Texas League North division. Good luck not blowing a lead in the playoffs. 

Giants prospect Gregory Santos hit by line drive, taken off field in ambulance

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Giants prospect Gregory Santos hit by line drive, taken off field in ambulance

Giants pitching prospect Gregory Santos was struck in the head by a 105 mph line drive Saturday night in Salem, Ore. and had to be taken off the field in an ambulance. 

Santos, facing Griffin Conine, was hit in the head in the top of the first inning and immediately went straight down onto the pitcher's mound. Conine, the son of 17-year MLB veteran Jeff Conine, was just the third batter of the game. 

Play stopped for 20 minutes as an ambulance came to drive Santos to a local hospital. He was placed on a stretcher and taken off the field. 

Santos retired the first two batters of the game before being struck in the head. Miguel Figueroa replaced Santos and immediately allowed a two-run homer. 

The Giants acquired Santos, along with Shaun Anderson, prior to the trade deadline last year from the Red Sox in exchange for Eduardo Nunez. Going into Saturday night's game, the 18-year-old is 2-3 with a 3.64 ERA in nine starts for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in Class A Short Season. 

Santos is ranked as the Giants' No. 8 prospect by Baseball America and No. 14 by MLB Pipeline.