Richmond catcher Tommy Joseph has been selected to represent the Giants in the MLB Futures Game in Kansas City next month.
Joseph, who turns 21 next month, is hitting .248 with three home runs, 15 RBI and a team-high 11 doubles in 52 games. He’s thrown out 46 percent of would-be base stealers.
He’s struggled of late, hitting just .195 in his last 10 games since June 9.
RP Heath Hembree: After a very bumpy end to May, Hembree returned from a six-day layoff in early June to throw five innings without an earned run. The streak ended June 20 when he gave up his first earned run since June 2. He has recorded four saves since June 8.
SP Eric Hacker: Hacker seems to be first in line as a replacement starter for the Giants. Yet, he’s had his own troubles of late. He’s 10-3 on the season, but has allowed 15 earned runs in his last 16.1 innings.
RP Dan Runzler: Working his way back from a lat injury late last season, Runzler made his first outing with Fresno on Tuesday, giving up two runs on three hits in one inning of work against Sacramento.
OF Gary Brown: The Giants’ top prospect is showing signs of life in Double-A. He’s hitting .300 (15 for 50) over his past 10 games since June 10. He’s hit safely in eight of his past nine games, with just two strikeouts but only one walk. He’s also been successful in four of his past five steal attempts. He’s hitting .247 with an .320 OBP on the season.
SP Chris Heston: Heston’s lights-out season has dimmed a bit in recent starts, giving up eight runs in 19.1 innings. But he’s also logged 20 strikeouts in those game. He fanned 10 in 5.1 innings on Wednesday against Trenton. His 1.36 ERA for the season still easily leads the Eastern League.
RP Brett Bochy: Bochy continues to have a solid season. He’s allowed just one run on three hits in his last seven innings since June 10 with 12 strikeouts. He’s 5-2 with a 1.62 ERA and eight saves.
Class A San Jose
SS Joe Panik: Panik is another high prospect who is heating up. He is currently riding a 10-game hitting streak, going 17 for 42 (.405) over that stretch. He belted his third home run of the season on Thursday. He has struck out just twice since June 8. He has 25 strikeouts to 32 walks on the season.
OF Jarrett Parker: Parker continues to put his average on the rise. He was hit by a pitch in the helmet on June 12, landing him on the DL. He returned Thursday and smacked his sevent home run of the season. He’s hitting .424 over his past 10 games, bring his season average to .264.
Class A Augusta
SP Clayton Blackburn: Blackburn opened the second half of the South Atlantic League by pitching the Green Jackets over Savannah Thursday. The 19-year-old gave up four runs on eight hits and no walks in six innings. He also fanned eight. He’s 4-2 with 3.17 ERA with 75 strikeouts and 12 walks in 65.1 innings.
SP Kyle Crick: Crick, also 19, finished the first half of the season very strong, giving up no earned runs on three hits in 12 innings with 14 strikeouts. He was the league pitcher of the week on June 11 after pitching seven innings of one-hit ball on June 7 with 10 strikeouts.