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Luciano promoted to Double-A Richmond (Sept. 20)
Shortly after helping High-A Eugene capture the 2022 Northwest League championship, shortstop Marco Luciano jumped into the thick of another postseason race, joining Double-A Richmond for the opening game of its best-of-three semifinal against Erie in the Eastern League playoffs on Tuesday. Luciano, 21, batted sixth and served as the designated hitter in his Double-A debut. Ranked the Giants' No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline, Luciano hit .269 with an .817 OPS and 11 home runs for High-A Eugene, though he was limited to only 65 games due to a back injury. -- Maria Guardado
Glowenke’s blast capped a back-and-forth affair in which the Vancouver Canadians, with their backs against the wall down 2-0 in the best-of-five series, fought back against the Emeralds’ every last punch. His knockout blow in extras, ultimately, was too much to overcome. Full story »
Emeralds' Matos notches three hits, two RBIs (Sept. 12)
There was plenty of offense to go around, but Luis Matos more than did his part in the Northwest League Finals opener.
Having already singled twice earlier in the contest, the 20-year-old gave the Emeralds a cushion in the sixth inning. Matos crushed a long fly to center that one-hopped the wall and drove home a pair to increase the lead to 9-2.
The performance continued a strong stretch of offense for the Venezuela native, who got off to a horrific start, which included a month-long stay on the injured list. Matos entered August slashing .178/.257/.344, but found his groove, batting .297 with an .826 OPS, four homers and 20 RBIs in 23 games. -- Michael Avallone
Harrison fans seven at Double-A (Sept. 9)
Pitching free and easy is possible when you nearly send half of the batters you face back to the bench.
MLB Pipeline's No. 22 overall prospect faced 15 batters and fanned seven batters over four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and two walks.
The third round (85th overall) selection in the 2020 Draft was promoted to the Flying Squirrels on May 24. Over 17 appearances at Richmond, the 21-year-old accumulated a 3.19 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and .200 opposing batting average.
In just his second professional season, Harrison is adjusting to the professional sphere and has already tallied 180 strikeouts in 2022 alone. -- Ethan Sands
Schmitt flexes muscles in two-homer night (Sept. 1)
Mighty Casey did strike out, but he added plenty of thump to go along with it.
Schmitt, who put together a strong campaign with High-A Eugene before earning a promotion to Richmond on Aug. 9, has taken his game to another level with the Flying Squirrels. The 23-year-old is hitting .352 with a .995 OPS in 18 games since he made his Eastern League debut on Aug. 10.
Through 111 games, Schmitt is slashing .287/.370/.495 with 42 extra-base hits and 69 RBIs. -- Michael Avallone
The 20-year-old didn’t record a hit until the sixth frame, but he legged out two infield singles in the later innings before leaving the yard for the 11th time this season on the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the ninth. The two-run shot to left-center was his third dinger in his past 10 games and his eighth long ball off a right-hander, despite him hitting lefties at a much higher clip this season.
The outfielder finished the month of August with a .297/.321.505 slash line with four homers, four stolen bases, seven doubles and 20 RBIs. -- Stephanie Sheehan
ACL Giants Black rally to crown (Aug. 28)
Even though the ACL Giants Black finished with the circuit’s best record of 37-17, taking home the championship wound up becoming a come-from-behind effort in the decisive Game 3.
The Giants Black dropped the first game of the series and fell behind three different times in the clincher before walking off to victory over the Rockies to claim the crown.
The Giants Black loaded the bases with no outs, and Dilan Rosario ripped a three-run double to center field to put his team up by two. But the Rockies struck back in the top of the ninth, but the Giants Black weren’t about to go down quietly, though. A walk by Mauricio Pierre and a single from Andrew Kachel put the winning run in scoring position. P.J. Hilson delivered a walkoff single to lift the Giants Black to the title.
The team had finished 2.5 games ahead of the Rockies in the regular season. The Giants Black’s pitching staff paced the circuit with a 2.82 ERA in the regular season, and they used that strength in the clincher -- five hurlers combined to hold the Rockies to five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks. Box score
Matos homers, collects four hits for Emeralds (Aug. 24)
A few nights after hitting his first grand slam of the season, Luis Matos posted another big game for High-A Eugene.
On the mound for the Emeralds, No. 11 Giants prospect Mason Black was untouchable for most of the night, striking out 10 and holding the Dust Devils scoreless until he allowed a two-run home run with one out in the eighth inning. Black holds a 4.32 ERA since his promotion from Single-A. -- Jacob Resnick
Matos hits first grand slam of season (Aug. 21)
Luis Matos had a grand day at the plate.
The 20-year-old started off by popping out to third followed by a pair of flyouts, including a sacrifice fly, in his first three at-bats. Matos made sure the ball went out in his fourth plate appearance as he crushed his grand slam to left field in the seventh inning.
The outfielder’s power display brought his homer tally to 10 and improved his slash line to .200/.269/.346 this season. -- Edwin Perez
Whisenhunt makes first professional start (Aug. 18)
Carson Whisenhunt returned to baseball in his professional debut.
A year prior, Whisenhunt was ramping up for his junior season at East Carolina University before receiving news that he'd have to miss the 2021 season due to a failed drug test. The left-hander was coming off a sophomore campaign where he posted a 3.77 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched.
When he took the mound against the ACL Angels, it was an opportunity to prove that a month in the Cape Cod Baseball League was enough to keep him professionally ready.
The 21-year-old's scoreless inning, fanning two of the three batters he faced was an ideal start to a hopefully fruitful career. -- Ethan Sands
Harrison fans 10 in scoreless outing (Aug. 17)
Kyle Harrison is only improving since being promoted to Double-A.
MLB Pipeline's No. 22 prospect has begun to gain ground upon elevation to Richmond on May 24.
Before moving up a level, the third-round (85th overall) selection in the 2020 Draft garnered a 1.55 ERA but unfortunately was tagged with an 0-1 record after only allowing a run in two of his seven appearances.
The 21-year-old didn't have the smoothest transition, giving up two or more runs in his first two starts with the Flying Squirrels, but his most recent performance proves that he's adjusting well to his new environment.
In his 13th start at Double-A, the left-hander tossed six scoreless innings against Binghamton, allowing just two hits and no walks while fanning 10 batters, marking the sixth time in his young career that he's had double-digit strikeouts. -- Ethan Sands
First-rounder Crawford makes pro debut (Aug. 15)
Two-way player Reggie Crawford, selected 30th overall in this year's Draft by the Giants, made his professional debut, his first game action since undergoing Tommy John surgery last fall. Crawford, who likely won't pitch competitively until next Spring Training, served as the DH for the Arizona Complex League Giants Black squad, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the 5-1 victory over the Angels ACL affiliate.
Crawford, a left-handed pitcher and first baseman, signed with the Giants for a below-slot $2.3 million.