Giants Arizona Fall League updates

October 25th, 2019

Seven Giants prospects are playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the 2019 Arizona Fall League: Outfielder Heliot Ramos (No. 2, MLB No. 50), right-handers Tristan Beck (No. 18) and Frank Rubio, outfielder Jacob Heyward, second baseman Jalen Miller, left-hander Bryce Tucker and catcher Ricardo Genoves (No. 22). Genoves joined the roster on Oct. 10 when fellow backstop Joey Bart (No. 1, MLB No. 19) was removed with a fractured right thumb, after hitting .333/.524/.767 with four home runs, a double and 10 RBIs in 10 fall games.

Here’s a day-by-day look at how San Francisco's AFL contingent is faring:

Oct. 25: Mesa 3, Scottsdale 0
Frank Rubio wrapped up his fall season by tossing his sixth consecutive scoreless outing, working a 1-2-3 sixth frame Friday against Mesa. The right-hander worked 11 frames during his time with Scottsdale, allowing two runs and walking none while striking out nine. The duo of Jalen Miller and Ricardo Genoves scuffled at the dish, striking out in five of their six combined plate appearances. Miller concluded his Fall League stint by posting multiple strikeouts in each of his final four contests, while Genoves finished 1-for-14 during his four games with the club.

Oct. 24: Surprise 10, Scottsdale 2
Heliot Ramos turned in a 1-for-4 performance for a fourth time in five games in Scottsdale’s loss to Surprise. The Giants’ No. 2 prospect, who’s batting .185 in the Fall League, did hit the ball hard twice in the contest, lacing a 102.3-mph single in the sixth inning and a 105.9-mph lineout to shortstop in the eighth. Jalen Miller went 1-for-4 with a walk from the leadoff spot.

Oct. 23: Peoria 6, Scottsdale 1
Tyler Schimpf struggled with command in his final start of the Fall League. The right-hander yielded just one hit over two innings, but he also walked three, one of which came around to score. Bryce Tucker’s streak of three straight scoreless appearances was snapped at three as he gave up two runs on two hits over 1 2/3 innings. Tucker, who threw 27 of his 37 pitches for strikes, walked one and struck out four. Jacob Heyward has certainly had better nights and will look to put Wednesday’s 0-for-4, four-strikeout performance quickly in the rearview mirror. Ricardo Genoves, who was added to the Scottsdale roster after Joey Bart left with an injury, picked up his first AFL hit with a run-scoring double in the second inning. While the boom double was impressive, that was the extent of Genoves’ offensive contributions as he struck out in his next three trips to the plate.

Oct. 22: Scheduled off day for all Arizona Fall League teams.

Oct. 21: Peoria 4, Scottsdale 3
Tristan Beck’s sixth AFL start was done in by a three-run blast in the third inning via Houston prospect J.J. Matijevic. Beck worked four frames and tossed 46 of his 71 pitches for strikes, in addition to walking one batter and allowing five hits. His fastball sat at 93-94 mph, as he compiled four strikeouts against Peoria. San Francisco’s No. 18 prospect owns a 3.63 ERA during his time in the Fall League, with four of his six starts having seen him yield one run or fewer. Heliot Ramos’ struggles continued with an 0-for-3 performance that saw him strike out three times from the No. 3 spot in the order. He did score a run after drawing a walk in the fourth, giving him an eight-game on-base streak.

Oct. 20: Glendale 7, Scottsdale 2
Ricardo Genoves, who was added to the Scorpions' roster as a replacement for the injured Joey Bart, has yet to find his offensive rhythm. Genoves went 0-for-4 on Sunday and is 0-for-7 through two games in the AFL. Jalen Miller finished 0-for-3 and is hitless (0-for-6) over his past two games. Overall, Miller is hitting .200 through seven games.

After coming out of the bullpen for his first six outings, Frank Rubio made his second straight start on Sunday afternoon in Glendale. And for the second straight time, he tossed two scoreless innings. He did allow a hit for the first time in three outings, but he walked none and struck out two, lowering his AFL ERA to 1.80.

Oct. 19: Glendale 5, Scottsdale 2
Tyler Schimpf has posted back-to-back scoreless outings after giving up three earned runs in less than an inning earlier in the month. Schimpf threw 10 of his 17 pitches for strikes and struck out one over a scoreless inning. Heliot Ramos’ rough Fall League continued with a 1-for-4 night for the Scorpions. Ramos singled in his first at-bat and is batting .190 through 15 games. Jacob Heyward had a rough night offensively and finished 0-for-4.

Oct. 18: Scottsdale 4, Mesa 0
Jacob Heyward served as Scottsdale’s designated hitter and cleanup hitter on Friday night and contributed most of the Scorpions offense in their 4-0 win over Mesa. Batting with one out and two men on in the top of the first, Heyward took a 1-0 offering from Tigers starter Anthony Castro out to left field for his first home run of the fall. He doubled in his next at-bat and finished 2-for-3 with a walk. After a very slow start to the AFL, Heyward has gone 5-for-12 with three doubles and a homer over his last four games to bring his average up to .233 and his slugging percentage to .533. Catcher Ricardo Genoves, who replaced Joey Bart on the roster after the club’s top prospect got hurt, made his AFL debut on Friday, serving as Scottsdale’s catcher and No. 8 hitter. He went 0-for-3 at the plate and his arm was tested often by Mesa baserunners. The Solar Sox attempted to steal five times, succeeding three times and getting thrown out by Genoves twice.

Oct. 17: Scheduled day off for all Arizona Fall League teams.

Oct 16: Scottsdale 3, Mesa 0
Frank Rubio made his first start of the Fall League and retired all six batters that he faced. It was his fourth consecutive appearance without allowing a run, while working multiple frames for the first time with Scottsdale. He struck out a pair and lowered his ERA to 2.25. The right-hander has not walked a batter across eight innings in Arizona. Bryce Tucker followed Rubio and delivered two scoreless frames of his own, working around two hits. He did not strike out a batter for the first time in five AFL appearances, but lowered his ERA to 1.23. Jalen Miller started as the Scorpions’ designated hitter, but finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, dropping his fall average to .227 and snapping a four-game hitting streak.

Oct. 15: Scottsdale 2, Salt River 1
Tristan Beck has surrendered one earned run or fewer in four of his five AFL starts after giving up one earned run on four hits Tuesday. The right-hander, who worked 4 2/3 innings, faced the minimum through three innings, but ran into a bit of trouble in the fourth as he walked the leadoff man, who eventually came around to score. Beck was able to escape the frame and now has a 2.95 ERA in Arizona.

Heliot Ramos isn’t known for his speed, but he did pick up his first stolen base of the AFL season after collecting a single in the fourth inning. Ramos, who came around to score the eventual winning run, finished 1-for-4. Jacob Heyward went 0-for-2 and was ejected after arguing balls and strikes in the fourth inning.

Oct. 14: Scottsdale 6, Salt River 5
Heliot Ramos served as Scottsdale’s designated hitter on Monday night. His lone hit in four at-bats came in the third, though it was an RBI single that got the Scorpions to within three runs at the time. He struck out twice, giving him 15 K’s in 50 at-bats, and he’s hitting .180 for the season. Tyler Schimpf was summoned early out of the bullpen to relieve Mets lefty David Peterson after he gave up five runs in 2 2/3 innings. The right-hander got out of the third inning, then posted a scoreless fourth to start a run of 6 2/3 shutout innings by Scorpions relievers.

Oct. 13: Scheduled day off for all Arizona Fall League teams.

Oct. 12: East 4, West 2
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Oct. 11: Surprise 2, Scottsdale 0
Heliot Ramos, San Francisco’s No. 2 prospect, is batting .174 through 12 games in the Fall League after an 0-for-2 showing on Friday. Jacob Heyward’s leadoff double in the second inning accounted for one of Scottsdale’s two hits and only extra-base hit. The 24-year-old outfielder’s double was his third in the AFL and had an exit velocity of 103.2 mph. Right-hander Frank Rubio tallied a strikeout and threw nine of his 12 pitches for strikes during a scoreless frame in relief.

Oct. 10: Surprise 3, Scottsdale 1
Jalen Miller went 1-for-4 with a single for the Scorpions. Bryce Tucker was the first man out of the bullpen for Scottsdale, and the 22-year-old left-hander dropped his fall ERA to 1.69 with 1 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out one.

Oct. 9: Peoria 3, Scottsdale 1
Heliot Ramos hasn’t hit well so far in Arizona and is batting .182 after a 1-for-3 night. Ramos also reached via a walk and was promptly caught stealing. Jacob Heyward hit his second double as part of his first multihit game in Arizona. The 24-year-old struck out in each of his first two at-bats, but bounced back nicely to finish 2-for-4. Heyward has played in seven games and is batting .182.

Oct. 8: Peoria 3, Scottsdale 2
Top prospect Joey Bart was hit by a pair of pitches, the second of which -- a 96-mph fastball -- got him on the right hand and forced him out of the game in the sixth inning. The Giants' No. 1 prospect was diagnosed Wednesday with a fractured right thumb. More >>

Tristan Beck pitched well in a no-decision for Scottsdale, tossing five innings of one-run ball against Peoria in his longest Fall League start. The 23-year-old right-hander prospect gave up four hits including a solo homer, struck out three batters and recorded nine groundouts while throwing 42 of 57 pitches for strikes. Beck lowered his ERA to 3.29 through 13 2/3 frames (four starts) for the Scorpions and has allowed just one run over his past nine frames.

Oct. 7: Scheduled day off for all Arizona Fall League teams.

Oct. 6: Scottsdale 6, Glendale 5
Top prospect Joey Bart (MLB No. 19) was one of two Scottsdale players held hitless on Sunday as he went 0-for-4 from the cleanup spot in Scorpions’ lineup. Jalen Miller’s first Fall League homer, a fourth-inning solo shot, highlighted his 1-for-4 performance at the plate. Bart is batting .345 this fall, while Miller’s average checks in at .267. Tyler Schimpf was shelled for five runs (three earned) out of the bullpen. He worked just 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and two walks and striking out one. Frank Rubio fared better, completing 1 1/3 scoreless frames in which he allowed two hits and struck out one batter.

Oct. 5: Navojoa 4, Scottsdale 1
Heliot Ramos, San Francisco’s No. 2 prospect, and No. 50 on the Top 100, notched one of Scottsdale’s four hits in Saturday night’s matchup. The 20-year-old went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk, raising his fall average to .171. Jacob Heyward manned left field for the Scorpions, and though he went 0-for-3 with a walk, the 24-year-old added his first outfield assist this AFL season.

Oct. 4: Scottsdale 6, Mesa 5
Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos -- the Giants’ Nos. 1 and 2 prospects, respectively -- showcased their power as they both went deep for Scottsdale. Bart’s homer, a two-run shot in the first, put the Scorpions on the board, and Ramos’ three-run blast with two outs in the eighth tied the game at 5. Bart, who reached base three times as part of a 1-for-2 performance on Friday, owns a share of the AFL with four homers, while Ramos’s was his first of the season. More »

Left-hander Bryce Tucker racked up four strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings but also gave up two hits and a walk and allowed an inherited baserunner to score out of Scottsdale’s bullpen. He owns a 2.25 ERA in three appearances this fall.

Oct. 3: Scheduled day off for all Arizona Fall League teams

Oct. 2: Salt River 4, Scottsdale 2
Jacob Heyward was the lone Giants prospect to get into Wednesday’s game against Salt River. Scottdale’s left fielder went 0-for-3 with a walk in the matchup and notched an outfield assist.

Oct. 1: Salt River 5, Scottsdale 2
Tristan Beck gave up four runs (three earned) over 2 2/3 innings in his last start, but bounced back well on Tuesday. The right-hander, a Stanford product, fired four scoreless innings, struck out three and gave up just two hits. Beck did get some help from his defense in the first inning as Joey Bart caught a runner stealing and Kevin Smith (Blue Jays) made a nice play to retire a runner at third, but eventually settled in and threw 30 of his 46 pitches for strikes. He also retired the final eight batters he faced. Tyler Schimpf’s defense let him down as both the runs he gave up were unearned. Schimpf threw 1 1/3 innings, gave up one hit, walked one and struck out one. Frank Rubio struck out one and gave up one hit as he twirled a scoreless inning.

Bart finished 1-for-4, but hit several balls hard. Bart had a pair of flyouts to center, both of which had exit velocities of over 106 mph (106.7 and 109.5). The Giants’ No. 1 prospect also showed off his defensive skills as he caught a runner stealing in the first. Jalen Miller put together his first multihit performance of the AFL season. The 22-year-old finished 2-for-3 at the plate, including a double with an exit velocity of 107.2 mph, and also scored a run. Heliot Ramos finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Sept. 30: Scheduled day off for all Arizona Fall League teams.

Sept. 29: Scottsdale 17, Los Mochis 0
Top prospect Joey Bart (MLB No. 19) crushed the ninth pitch of his second at-bat 423 feet over the wall in left field for a grand slam. The homer was Bart’s third in six AFL games and had an exit velocity of 103.7 mph, and he added a single in the eighth inning to finish 2-for-4 with three runs scored. He’s batting .444 for Scottsdale in the Fall League, with multiple hits in three of his six games. Heliot Ramos (No. 2, MLB No. 50) laced an RBI double to the wall in right field that had an exit velocity of 98 mph. The two-base hit was the 20-year-old outfielder’s second in seven AFL games and highlighted his 1-for-4 night at the plate.

Sept. 28: Scottsdale 2, Surprise 0
Jacob Heyward went 0-for-2 as Scottsdale's designated hitter in Saturday's win, but he walked twice.

Sept. 27: Surprise 4, Scottsdale 3
Jalen Miller and Heliot Ramos combined to go 1-for-10 from the top two spots in Scottsdale’s lineup on Friday. Miller tallied the lone hit (a single), and although Ramos went 0-for-5, the Giants’ No. 2 prospect did hit several balls hard and made a nice catch at the wall in center field. Jacob Heyward went 0-for-3 with a walk. Bryce Tucker gave up one run on one hit and two walks but notched a pair of strikeouts while tossing 1 1/3 frames in relief. Frank Rubio also gave up a run in his inning of work, allowing three hits and striking out a pair.

Sept. 26: Thursday's game between Scottsdale and Peoria was rained out and will not be made up.

Sept. 25: Scottsdale 8, Mexicali 1
Joey Bart picked up a base hit and drew a pair of walks as part of a 1-for-2 night at the plate. He also impressed behind the plate with a 2.02-second pop time as he caught a runner stealing second. Heliot Ramos is hitting .200 after finishing 1-for-4 with a double. Tyler Scimpf gave up two runs in his first outing of the Fall League season, but was much sharper Wednesday as he struck out two and gave up one hit over two scoreless innings.

Sept. 24: Mesa 8, Scottsdale 4
Top prospect Joey Bart’s (MLB No. 20) season-opening hit streak (three games) came to an end with an 0-for-3 performance, though he did reach base once via a walk for the Scorpions. Tristan Beck, whom San Francisco acquired from the Braves at this year’s Trade Deadline, took the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits in 2 2/3 innings. He threw 35 of 60 pitches for strikes in the outing, issuing a pair of walks and striking out four.

Sept. 23: Scheduled day off for all Arizona Fall League teams.

Sept. 22: Salt River 11, Scottsdale 4
Heliot Ramos is off to a slow start in the Fall League, batting .188, but may be on the verge of picking things up as he went 2-for-4 with a run scored on Sunday. Jacob Heyward brought home Scottsdale’s second run of the game with an RBI triple in the first inning and was then retired in each of his final three trips to the plate. Jalen Miller finished 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.

Frank Rubio took over in the ninth and retired two of the three batters he faced.

Sept. 21: Glendale 1, Scottsdale 0
No. 1 prospect Joey Bart showed off multiple skills in Saturday night’s 1-0 loss. He picked up another hit, though he got thrown out trying to stretch it from a single to a double, and is now 5-for-9 with at least one hit in each of his three games played. Behind the plate, he threw out Cardinals outfield prospect Conner Capel trying to steal. No. 2 prospect Heliot Ramos did not have the same kind of success. The 2019 Futures Game participant went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts as Scottsdale’s DH and is off to a rough 1-for-12 start with six strikeouts. Outfielder Jacob Heyward went 1-for-3 with a double in his AFL debut. Jason’s brother doubled to left with one out in the top of the eighth inning, but was left stranded.

Sept. 20: Scottsdale 3, Glendale 2
Right-hander Tyler Schimpf, a 13th-round pick from the 2017 Draft, entered Friday night’s game in the sixth to protect a 2-0 lead. His first inning went as planned, retiring Glendale’s 3-4-5 hitters in order. He ran into trouble in the seventh, giving up a double and two singles to allow a run to score. He recorded two outs after that, exiting the game with runners at second and third. That runner on third came into score, leaving Schimpf with a final line of 1 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 K's. Lefty Bryce Tucker came into the game after Schimpf and it was his consecutive walks that allowed the second run to score. He settled down after that, allowing just one hit and striking out three over 1 1/3 innings of work.

Sept. 19: Scottsdale 8, Surprise 6
No. 1 prospect Joey Bart is right at home in the Arizona Fall League. After belting two home runs in Wednesday’s opener, the No. 19 prospect in baseball went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and two walks. The 22-year-old is 4-for-7 in his first two games with Scottsdale. After starting behind the plate in the AFL opener, Bart got a day at DH in Thursday’s 8-6 win.

Sept. 18: Scottsdale 5, Mesa 4
Joey Bart wasted no time in his Arizona Fall League debut, launching a two-run home run to left-center field in the top of the first inning and then later another no-doubter in the seventh. Bart joins the Scottsdale Scorpions after a first full professional season split between Class A Advanced San Jose and Double-A Richmond. In 79 games between the two levels, the 22-year-old hit .278 with 16 home runs (including a pair of two-homer games) and an .824 OPS. A broken left hand in mid-April cost Bart over a month and a half, so the AFL season will allow Major League Baseball’s No. 2 catching prospect to fill out his 2019 season.

Tristan Beck got the start for the Scottsdale squad. Beck, whom the Giants acquired from Atlanta in July, gave up one run on three hits over two innings. He also walked two and recorded a pair of strikeouts.