Down on the Farm: Top Giants minor leaguers from August
Final full month
As Major League Baseball enters its final month of the regular season, August was exactly that for the minors. There are now less than a handful of games left in the season for those yet in the show.
At every position, here's which Giants minor league players shined the most in August.
SP: Andrew Suarez, 24, Sacramento River Cats
Innings Pitched: 37.1
Suarez put together his best month of the year in an impressive season. After posting a 4.44 ERA a month before, Suarez upped his game in every was possible.
And the lefty poured praise on his catchers in Sacramento for helping him make two key changes, including the play you'll see in just a few slides.
RP: Tyler Cyr, 24, Richmond Flying Squirrels
Innings Pitched: 11
Cyr didn't allow a run in August until the very last day of the month. In the last two months combined, he's only allowed three earned runs in 22.1 innings.
The 24-year-old received an invite to the Arizona Fall League and he should be a name to watch as a possible bullpen arm next season in San Francisco.
C: Tim Federowicz, 30, Sacramento River Cats
Batting Average: .361
On-Base Percentage: .403
Slugging Percentage: .623
Home Runs: 4
The veteran catcher easily had his best month of the season at the plate. In August alone, he hit four of his nine home runs on the season. Behind the dish, he played a big part in Suarez shining in Sacramento.
Federowicz has been rewarded for his huge month and will spend the rest of the season with the Giants.
1B: Jerry Sands, 29, Richmond Flying Squirrels
Batting Average: .347
On-Base Percentage: .485
Slugging Percentage: .560
Home Runs: 3
Like Federowicz, Sands is another veteran still chugging along in the minors. And he too can still swing the bat with the youngsters.
Sands, who made his MLB debut, has a long road back to the bigs but he certainly did his part in Richmond this season.
2B: Kelvin Beltre, 23, Augusta GreenJackets
Batting Average: .278
On-Base Percentage: .330
Slugging Percentage: .422
Home Runs: 2
The Giants' talent up the middle produced a down month in the minors overall, but Beltre still had a solid showing. What's most encouraging is this came right after a July in which he suffered his worst month of the year, batting a lowly .216.
3B: Jonah Arenado, 22, San Jose Giants
Batting Average: .357
On-Base Percentage: .411
Slugging Percentage: .661
Home Runs: 5
Arenado joined the weather and caught fire in August. Overall, he's now blasted 13 home runs to go with a .272/.312/.444 slash line.
For the second straight season, Arenado has performed much better in the second half compared to the first.
SS: Ryan Howard, 23, San Jose Giants
Batting Average: .234
On-Base Percentage: .269
Slugging Percentage: .333
Home Runs: 2
After hitting at least .315 or above in every month of the season, Howard went ice cold at the plate in August. But, we're going to reward his season-long production.
With four games left, Howard (.305) is battling Bryan Reynolds (.306) for the team lead in batting average. Have the Giants found their next Matt Duffy?
LF: Chris Shaw, 23, Sacramento River Cats
Batting Average: .314
On-Base Percentage: .343
Slugging Percentage: .578
Home Runs: 6
Shaw came into August facing his first bit of adversity in Triple-A. He hit only .239 in July and then showed why he is a legit option for the outfield in San Francisco next season. This guy can flat-out hit.
The powerful lefty will continue his year in the Arizona Fall League, looking to make a big impression on the front office.
CF: Caleb Gindl, 29, Richmond Flying Squirrels
Batting Average: .306
On-Base Percentage: .350
Slugging Percentage: .613
Home Runs: 6
Gindl joins Federowicz and Sands as the old guys with players barely out of their teen years. And he has quite the story.
The 5-foot-7 outfielder did not play affiliated ball last season and wasn't signed by the Giants until mid-July. Now in 40 games, he has seven triples and eight home runs.
RF: Sandro Fabian, 19, Augusta GreenJackets
Batting Average: .370
On-Base Percentage: .382
Slugging Percentage: .510
Home Runs: 2
From a 29-year-old outfielder to a 19-year-old. Minor League Baseball can be a weird place.
Fabian has all the potential in the world and showed it in a big way. Giants fans won't see him for a bit, but patience can pay off into a star.