San Francisco Giants Minor League Major Performers: Go Diego Go

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 26: A general view during Game Five of the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals at AT&T Park on October 26, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 26: A general view during Game Five of the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals at AT&T Park on October 26, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

Another week has gone by, and there was plenty going on in the San Francisco Giants farm system. As the minor league seasons wind down, let’s check in on some of the best performers from the past week.

AAA Sacramento – Dan Camarena

Sacramento hurler Daniel Camarena threw a beauty on Friday against El Paso. He shut them out for seven innings, allowing just one hit while striking out six batters and not issuing a walk. The only blemish on Camarena’s line was a two-out triple in the third inning, which he stranded, and he finished his day by retiring the final 13 batters he faced.

The 25-year-old southpaw was signed as a minor league free agent back in May after the Yankees cut him loose. He started his Giants’ organization career well, pitching to a 0.78 ERA in his first four starts with Sacramento. Camarena couldn’t sustain that, instead struggling to a 7.68 ERA while opponents batted .363 in his next nine outings. Friday’s game marked his longest shutout start in the Giants’ system.

AAA Honorable Mentions: OF Cesar Puello hit .350/.458/.350 with team-high two RBI (including the only run in a 1-0 win) in his first week in the organization…OF Peter Bourjos hit .412/.412/.647 with a double and home run in five games.

AA Richmond – Luigi Rodriguez

Across five official games, right fielder Luigi Rodriguez picked up six hits in 16 at-bats (.375), including a double and a home run. He led the team with three RBI and three runs scored. On Sunday, Rodriguez was 0-3 with a walk when the game was suspended because of rain in the 10th inning, but there’s no guarantee that game will be finished.

The 25-year-old Rodriguez was once highly-thought of in the Cleveland organization, but stalled in their system and never made it up to AAA. After signing as a minor league free agent last offseason, he started incredibly well in the Giants system, hitting over .400 as late as June 5th. Since then though, he’s down to just .202 in 52 games. Still, he was an Eastern League All-Star and named the game’s MVP after hitting a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning.

AA Honorable Mentions: RHP Dan Slania threw 4.1 shutout innings in two relief appearances, striking out six while allowing three hits and no walks…RHP Sam Wolff was also strong in two relief outings, striking out five batters to go with one hit and one walk…RHP Logan Webb didn’t record a strikeout in his lone start, but allowed just one earned run off of three hits and three walks.

High-A San Jose – Heath Quinn

San Jose left fielder Heath Quinn reached base 13 times in six games over the past week. He collected eight hits in 19 at-bats, including a pair of doubles and a pair of home runs to drive in a team-high seven RBI. He also drew five walks, good for a .542 OBP on the week.

Quinn is having an excellent, bounceback year after an injury-ravaged 2017. The 2016 third-round pick is slashing .303/.388/.498 in 78 games, and has hit 20 doubles and a career-high 12 home runs.

High-A Honorable Mentions: 2B Jalen Miller reached base 12 times, picking up seven hits, three walks, and two HBP…Bryce Johnson hit .381 (8-21), including his first career professional home run…RHP Carlos Sano made two starts, giving up four runs in 12 innings. In eight starts in San Jose, Sano owns a 2.66 ERA, 1.082 WHIP, and .203 opponent average.

Single-A Augusta – Heliot Ramos

The Giants 2017 first-round pick had a big week for the GreenJackets. He collected seven hits in the final four days of the week, with three of those hits going for extra bases. Ramos started on Thursday, hitting a two-run home run, then following up with an RBI single on Friday. He picked up his fourth triple of the year on Saturday, then finished the week with his 22nd double on Sunday.

Single-A Honorable Mentions: OF Ismael Munguia went 5-14 (.357) and led the team with five RBI, also adding a stolen base…LHP Caleb Baragar allowed one run in 5.1 innings in his only start, scattering five hits and striking out seven.

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Low-A Salem-Keizer – Diego Rincones

19-year-old corner outfielder Diego Rincones was an absolute stud last week. He won the Northwest League’s All-Star Game MVP on Tuesday, collecting four hits, including two doubles and scored twice in five at-bats. The hot streak continued on Thursday, when he returned from the break with a home run. He doubled up on dingers on Friday, launching a pair of home runs and driving in five runs.

Rincones had hits in all four regular season games this week, and is up to a 10-game hitting streak. In 42 games, Rincones owns a .353/.376/.534 slash-line, and his 62 hits ranks second in the Northwest League.

Low-A Honorable Mentions: OF Aaron Bond is red hot right now. In four games, he went 6-18 (.333) with three home runs, five RBI, seven runs scored, and even stole a couple of bags. The 6’5” Bond has hit six home runs in his last 10 games….Seth Corry allowed three runs in his 4.2-inning start, but only one was earned. He struck out five and allowed two hits.

AZL Black – Luis Moreno

On Friday in game two of a doubleheader, righty Luis Moreno had the best game of his young career. The 20-year-old Colombian pitched a seven-inning complete game shutout, holding the AZL Dodgers off the scoreboard. Across the seven innings, Moreno allowed only two hits and one walk while striking out eight. It was the longest start of his career, and his eight strikeouts were a career-high.

AZLB Honorable Mentions: LF Zander Clarke went 6-for-16 (.375) in five games, hitting three doubles and a triple to go with three RBI…RHP Jordan Scott made two starts, allowing one run in eight innings while striking out nine.

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    20-year-old catcher Andres Angulo had a fine week for the AZL Orange team. The Colombia native was 7-for-16 (.438) in four games, leading the entire system with four doubles and nine RBI. He drove in three runs in game two of a doubleheader on Tuesday, drove in two more on Friday, then finished the week with three doubles and four RBI on Saturday. In 21 games this year, he’s hitting .338/.384/.477 and is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak.

    AZLO Honorable Mentions: RHP Jasier Herrera allowed one run in six innings in a start, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out six..LF Jose Patino has six hits in 12 at-bats, scoring three runs and stealing a base…RHP Jorge Labrador pitched four innings out of the bullpen, striking out five to go with two hits allowed.

    DSL Giants – Rodolfo Bone

    An 18-year-old catcher from Nicaragua, Rodolfo Bone finished strong for the DSL Giants this past week. He had multiple hits in each of the last three games, hitting a double, two triples, and driving in five runs. On Thursday, he drove in a pair on two hits, including a triple, then reached base five times on Friday. He fell a home run short of the cycle while picking up three RBI, and was also hit by a pitch twice. In his first pro season, Bone is hitting .353/.453/.471 in 20 games.

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    DSL Honorable Mentions: LHP Sonny Vargas continued a string of excellent starts, pitching five shutout innings while allowing just two hits and a walk. He’s allowed just one unearned in 16 innings over his past three outings, with opponents batting .103/.133/.138….SS Ghordy Santos hit a pair of home runs and drove in four runs while scoring five times…1B Ismael Alcantara only had four hits in 20 at-bats, but two were home runs and he drove in a team-leading eight runs.