When you're hot, you're hot. And for Jonah Arenado, for four days in a row, he's been just smashing baseballs against the Inland Empire 66ers.
When the four-game series started August 3, Arenado began his torrid of hits with three singles. Almost unbelievably, six of his next eight hits all went for extra bases. The 22-year-old right-hander fell a home run short of the cycle on Friday, went 2-for-3 with two walks and a home run on Saturday, and totaled three doubles in a 3-for-4 showing in Sunday afternoon's series finale.
Arenado has been seeing the ball particularly well lately, only amassing six strikeouts over his last 78 plate appearances for a 7.7 K%. Even more recent, he has just one punch out in his last 35 plate appearances.
His last 35 games, beginning on July 1, has been arguably Arenado's best run as a pro and have helped turn what was certainly a disappointing season into one with promise. Back in June, Arenado was on pace to post significantly worse numbers than his first full season with San Jose in 2016. Now, thanks to a .313/.359/.500 batting line since July 1, Arenado is back up to a season line of .262/.302/.413 and a wRC+ mark climbing toward league average.
— If Bryce Johnson were hitting for power, the Giants would have seriously have something special going with their 2017 sixth-round pick. But despite an isolated slugging percentage of .054, due to five extra-base hits (four doubles, one triple) in 127 plate appearances, Johnson is doing pretty much everything else, from stealing bases to gunning runners down from the outfield. Johnson has a .330 batting average and .402 on-base percentage, 19.7 strikeout percentage, three outfield assists, and an insane 17 stolen bases in 27 starts. On Sunday, Johnson stole two bases in one game for the second time in three days. Out of the 150 players in all of the minors that have 17 or more stolen bases, only three players have fewer plate appearances than Johnson.
— Sticking with Salem-Keizer Volcanoes news, second baseman Orlando Garcia is back from missing roughly four games and has seven hits, including two home runs, in three games since. He's rocking a .216 ISO through 118 trips to the plate, as well as a .330 batting average, 17.8 K%, and 8.5 BB%.
– And in one more piece of Volcanoes news, right-hander John Russell has struck out 21 batters in his last 36 batters faced. Of the 15 batters who have not struck out, four have hit singles, one has hit a triple, and one has walked.
— Weird baseball took place at the tail end of Sunday's Augusta GreenJackets game as middle infielder and former Arkansas Razorback Michael Bernal threw one pitch and got J.J. Franco to ground out to third.
- Sacramento: Andrew Suarez (3.26 ERA, 1.37 WHIP)
- Augusta: Yordy Cabrera (5.02 ERA, 1.90 WHIP)
- Salem-Keizer: Stetson Woods (1.75 ERA, 0.99 WHIP)
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: DNP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 2-for-4, SO
- Heliot Ramos: 0-for-1, SO
- Bryan Reynolds: 1-for-4, R
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Steven Duggar: 1-for-4, R, 3 SO, SB
- Aramis Garcia: 1-for-2, R, BB
- Sandro Fabian: 1-for-5, R, 2B, 4 SO
- Heath Quinn: 0-for-4, 3 SO
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Seth Corry: DNP
- Ryder Jones: 0-for-4, 3 SO
- Jacob Gonzalez: 1-for-4, R, BB, SO
- C.J. Hinojosa: 1-for-8, 2 SO
- Shaun Anderson: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Garrett Cave: DNP
- Garrett Williams: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Melvin Adon: DNP
- Miguel Gomez: 2-for-4, R
- Kelvin Beltre: 0-for-5, 2 SO
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Stephen Woods: DNP
- Bryce Johnson: 3-for-5, R, 2B, 2 SB