August 5, 2013
Christian Arroyo, SS, AZL: 3-4, 2B, BB, 3 RBI, 2 E.
Arroyo swung the bat very well in the Arizona Rookie League last night, raising his batting average to .292 in the Giants’ 16-1 drubbing of the Padres. The Giants drafted Arroyo in the first round this year for his offense, which has shown up nicely in his first couple months of professional ball. The 18 year-old shortstop did make two fielding errors on the night, however. (Fellow 2013 prep picks Ryder Jones and Jonah Arenado both drove in 3 runs in this game as well).
Mike Kickham, LHP, Fresno: 1 GS, 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
Kickham had been trending in the wrong direction in Fresno after his second stint in the big leagues came to an end last month. However, he’s strung a couple nice starts together recently, including 6 shutout innings last night in a 2-0 win over Albuquerque. For Kickham, the big issue is always going to be control, so his two walks last night are a positive sign. He’s allowed only 2 ER in his last couple of starts and his ERA is now under 5.00 again. But it’s the 30 walks in his last 54 IP which are still a bit alarming. He’ll need a few more starts like last night if he wants another shot in San Francisco.
Kyle Crick, RHP, San Jose: 1 GS, 5 IP 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K.
While a 5 IP, 2 ER performance doesn’t seem that bad overall, Crick’s walks are beginning to become an issue. After an 11 K masterpiece in his last start, the Giants’ #1 prospect was wild last night, posting another 5-walk line. That’s Crick’s 3rd outing with 5 walks in his last 5 starts. While he has certainly shown the ability to work out of trouble this season (1.78 ERA in 50 IP), Crick will have to work his control issues out if he wants to find success at the higher levels.