As I wrote this morning in the Patreon Preview Game Review (that was fun to type), Jose Garcia is having a strong stretch of baseball at the plate right now. The crew at Baseball America took note, particularly of what he’s done over the last week.
After hitting .448/.467/.690 last week for the Dayton Dragons, Jose Garcia made the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet. He’s been hot for a while, though. In his last 48 games played he’s hitting .300/.351/.435. He’s hit six home runs this year and four of them have come in August. There’s still some strikeout-to-walk ratio concerns – though it has improved in the second half – but the numbers are starting to match up more with what he’s looked like from a tools perspective.
Debby Santana remains hot in Goodyear
Last year Debby Santana began turning heads for those of us who keep up with the farm system at the deepest levels. The then 16-year-old hit .302/.356/.448 with 17 doubles, a triple, and he had two home runs. Without the context of age, that line seems solid, but unspectacular. But when you account for the fact that he was just 16, that power jumps out in a big way.
This season the Reds brought him stateside and assigned him to the Arizona League Reds. The 17-year-old didn’t get out to the start he would have liked. He had an OPS of .629 in 10 games in June. July was worse. In 20 games during the month he posted a .528 OPS. Debby Santana turned on the lights when August rolled around. In 15 games played he’s gone out and hit .365/.421/.731. That’s come with four doubles, three triples, and three home runs. The power has been out of this world, much less for a 17-year-old. But he’s also showing big strides when it comes to plate discipline. He’s walked five times and struck out just six times in 57 plate appearances. He had five walks and 33 strikeouts in his previous 30 games played.
Hendrik Clementina, John Ghyzel named All-Stars
The Midwest League has an All-Star game, which happened a few months ago. But they also name a “full-season All-Star” team, there’s just no game involved with this one. The Dayton Dragons had two representatives on the team. Catcher Hendrik Clementina was named to the team along with closer John Ghyzel.
Hendrik Clementina has been showing off his power for most of the season. In 84 games played he’s hit 18 doubles, a triple, and 18 home runs. Overall he’s hitting .269/.338/.524 for the Dragons. He’s currently tied for the league lead in home runs with two other played. They have 83 and 148 more plate appearances than he does this season. He’s a few plate appearances short of qualifying to the league leader boards for rate stats, but his slugging percentage would ranked second in the league if he were qualified – his .524 would be only the second mark over .500 in the league.
John Ghyzel leads the league in saves with 19. In his 39 games he’s pitched 39.2 innings and allowed just one home run. He’s walked 23 batters and racked up 54 strikeouts. His usage has been dials back some in the last two months. He made 8, 11, and 9 appearances in each of the first three months of the season. In July he only pitched in 6 games, and in August he’s only made 5 appearances. The results, however, have been strong. In those 11 games over the last two months he’s thrown 11.2 innings with a 2.31 ERA, 5 walks and he’s struck out 13 batters.