Fresno Grizzlies outfielder Justin Christian was named the Pacific Coast League player of the week for the period ending April 15.
At the time of his selection for the honor, Christian was leading all of professional baseball with a .553 averge (21 for 39) with seven doubles and a .595 on-base percentage.
Christian is a regular Crash Davis.
He’s 32 years old and has played 42 total big-league games, including 18 last season with the Giants, when he hit .255 in 47 at-bats.
Christian was an undrafted free agent when he was signed by the Yankees in 2004 at age 24.
He’s toiled in the minors since, earning a brief promotion with the Yankees in 2008.
He signed a minor-league contract with the Giants before the 2011 season.
Since earning the PCL honor, Christian has not cooled off much, going 5 for 17 this week.
He’s currently hitting .476 with 2 HRs, 11 RBI and 12 runs. He has a .517 OBP.
Other players of note
Triple-A Fresno (11-4)
- OF Roger Kieschnick: Christian isn’t the only Fresno outfielder who’s hot. Kieschnick is hitting .424 with 3 HR, 9 RBI, 8 doubles and 15 runs.
- 2B Joaquin Arias: Arias impressed the Giants with his glove in the spring. Now, he’s also swinging a hot bat. He’s hitting. .373 with 2 HR, 12 RBI and 8 runs.
- OF Francisco Peguero (No. 8 Giants prospect by Baseball Prospectus): The Grizzlies have five players hitting .313 or better, which is why Peguero, one of the team’s top prospects, is concerning. He’s hitting .196 with 1 HR, 11 RBI. However, in his past seven games, he’s 7 for 27 (.259) with 1 HR and 8 RBI.
- 2B Charlie Culberson (No. 11 by BP): Batting .276, with 0 HR, 7 RBI, 5 doubles, but a team-high 14 Ks.
- 3B Conor Gillaspie (No. 20 by BP): Batting .235 with 1 HR, 4 RBI.
- RP Heath Hembree (No. 3 by BP): All eyes are on Hembree in the wake of Brian Wilson’s season-ending injury. Hembree is 1-0 with 1.80 ERA and 2 saves. He has 4 Ks in 5 IP and suffered his first blown save last week.
- SP Eric Hacker: It hasn’t been all hitting in Fresno’s hot start. Hacker is 3-0 with 2.00 ERA, 10 K, 3 BB in 18 IP.
- SP Andrew Kown: Kown also has been solid as a starter with a 2-0 mark with a 2.20 ERA, 10 K, 5 BB in 16.1 IP.
Double-A Richmond (7-8)
- 3B Chris Dominguez: Dominguez is making a nice transition to Double-A, hitting .415 with 1 HR and 10 RBI in 11 games. More importantly, he’s limiting his strikeouts (8 in 42 PAs)
- C Tommy Joseph (No. 4 by BP): Joseph got off to a slow start. He’s hitting .231, 0 HR, 2 RBI. But he’s collected a hit in his last six games.
- OF Gary Brown (No. 1 by BP): The former first-round pick has been slow to adjust to Double-A, hitting .208 with one stolen base in three attempts. He has one more hit (11) than strikeouts (10). His OBP is .306.
- SS Ehire Adrianza (No. 13 by BP): A defensive whiz, but questions remain with his bat. Starting the season hitting. 176 with 11 Ks in 51 ABs will not help much. But he does have 9 BBs.
- OF Wendell Fairley: Another prospect really has struggled, going 1 for 19 (.053) this season.
- SP Michael Kickham (No. 9 by BP): Kickham is 1-1 with 2.84 ERA in 3 starts. He has 13 Ks in 12.2 IP, but also has 9 BB
Class A San Jose
- SS Joe Panik (No. 2 by BP): After impressive Short A season, Panik is off to a slow start, hitting .241. But with 9 BB, his OBP is .343. He has 6 doubles in 58 ABs.
- 1B Ricky Oropesa (No. 17 by BP): Known for his power, Oropesa hasn’t shown it yet with (0 HR, 3 2B) in 44 ABs. He’s hitting .273.
- C Andrew Sugac (No. 6 by BP). Sugac is batting .268 with 0 HR, 3 RBI in 41 ABs.
- OF Jarrett Parker (No. 18 by BP): It’s hit or miss for Parker. He has 12 hits (9 extra-base hits) with 4 HRs. But he’s hitting .255 as 26 of his 35 outs have been by strikeout.
- RP Josh Osich (No. 10 by BP): Osich has thrown 3 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up 3 hits and 1 walk, with 4 Ks.
Class A Augusta
- Kyle Crick, RHP (No. 5 by BP): Crick is 0-1 with 3.68 ERA in 2 starts. The big issue is 8 BB in 7.1 IP.