Giants prospect Jaylin Davis attributes home run surge to consistency

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Giants prospect Jaylin Davis attributes home run surge to consistency

To say Jaylin Davis has made a positive impact since arriving in Triple-A Sacramento after the Giants acquired him from the Twins in the Sam Dyson trade would be the understatement of the month.

Over 59 at-bats across 16 games with the River Cats, Davis has been as advertised, putting his power on the display to the tune of nine home runs with a .390/.486/.932 slash line.

How does one build a .932 slugging percentage? By getting scorching hot.

Seven home runs over his last five games. Yowzers.

"I had a real good series in Reno, so that's all I'll say about that," Davis summarized in a recent interview with ABC10's Lina Washington.

No need to be so modest, Jaylin.

Factoring in the recent power surge, the 25-year-old outfielder now has hit 34 home runs in the minors this season after never having more than 16 long balls in any prior professional or collegiate season. So, how does he explain the increased output?

"I think this year I've been more consistent with [my power]," Davis told Washington. "I think that's the biggest thing for me."

Whatever the explanation is, it's working. Clearly. With power numbers like that, it's getting harder and harder to overlook Davis, regardless of how productive San Francisco's outfield has been as of late.

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How close does he feel to making his major league debut?

"Pretty close," Davis confessed, "so I'm excited."

If he keeps hitting the ball over the fence on the regular, he certainly won't be the only one feeling that way.

When will Giants call up red-hot Triple-A power prospect Jaylin Davis?

When will Giants call up red-hot Triple-A power prospect Jaylin Davis?

SAN FRANCISCO -- There's never a bad time to hit five homers in two games, but Jaylin Davis might wish he had been around the Giants organization in April or May. A tear like that would get any player a look back then, and Mike Gerber and Mac Williamson were among the outfielders who got a call to the big leagues after getting hot in Triple-A. 

But the Giants are in a much different place a few months later, with no vacancy in the outfield. Kevin Pillar starts every day, Mike Yastrzemski is the new leadoff hitter, Alex Dickerson hits in the middle of the order when his health allows it and Austin Slater has done a good job filling in the gaps. 

That has left little space for a new outfielder, although Davis' absurd numbers since coming over at the trade deadline have certainly opened eyes. 

"We definitely see what Davis is going," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday. "It's exciting seeing how he's playing and how he's driving the ball, but the guys (here) are doing a pretty good job right now."

Under Farhan Zaidi, the Giants have made decisions and roster moves quickly. But there were no plans as of Sunday for Davis to get added to the big league roster anytime soon, even though a 40-man spot opened up when Travis Bergen was designated for assignment. 

The Giants feel like they're just fine in the outfield and need the depth in their bullpen and infield for now. But if Davis keeps hitting like this, he'll get his promotion soon enough. 

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The 25-year-old, picked up from the Twins in the Sam Dyson trade, homered six times in three games in Reno, which is admittedly a launching pad for Triple-A hitters. He's batting .404 in 14 games for the River Cats with a .500 on-base percentage, eight homers and five doubles. In 113 games for three different affiliates this season, Davis has 33 homers. 

A few more homers, or a change in thinking regarding the big league roster, could get him his shot. But for now Davis looks like more of a September addition. The Giants are preparing to add a significant number of players to the clubhouse when rosters expand in 13 days. 

Giants claim reliever Ryan Dull off waivers after A's released him

Giants claim reliever Ryan Dull off waivers after A's released him

The A's announced Monday the team has released right-handed pitcher Ryan Dull, who was claimed off waivers by the Giants. San Francisco also confirmed the news. 

The Giants announced Dull will head straight to Triple-A Sacramento -- a place he's all too familiar with spending each season since 2015 pitching in as an opponent.

The 29-year-old boasts a 5.45 ERA pitching in the Pacific Coast League with 50 strikeouts in 39.2 innings this season with the A's Triple-A affiliate. His recent major league numbers don't exactly jump off the page with a 12.00 ERA across nine frames for the A's.

Dull went 8-9 with four saves and a 4.08 ERA in 167 relief appearances for the A's.

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Earlier Monday, MLB Trade Rumors' Steve Adams reported the Giants will sign veteran pitcher Carlos Torres to a minor league deal.

It appears the team wants extra bullpen help with terms such as "NL wild-card spot" being thrown out into the universe.