An influx of youth has helped jumpstart a mediocre Giants team that is now firing on all cylinders.
Before linebacker Casey Schmidt started with the club on May 9, the Giants were 15-19 and looking for a spark. Since then, San Francisco (26-25) is 11-6 and moved above .500 for the first time all season with a 15-1 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday at America’s Family Field.
The Giants had 19 total hits, nine of which came from rookies Schmidt (2), Patrick Bailey (4), Brett Weasley (2) and Brice Johnson (1).
Bailey delivered the most impressive performance Friday night, going 4-for-5 at the plate with three RBI, but perhaps the most important performance came from Wesley, who broke his second major league blast with a 2-for-5 night. Collecting a home run and three RBI.
The 24-year-old linebacker has excelled defensively this season but has struggled with the bat. His big night was the culmination of a lot of hard work behind the scenes.
“I got the heater. I had a really long at-bat, I threw two strikes on a nice curveball there. .” “Look for something and put a good swing on it and the ball kind of flew at me.”
“I feel good, I have done a lot in the house [Giants hitting coach Justin Viele] My swing feels so good. Put some nice bats together.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Giants manager Gabe Kapler praised Wesley for his performance and explained why he is the best hitter in the majors.
“I’m especially pleased with a couple of skillful at-bats out there,” Kapler said. “Obviously, a three-run home run, a line drive versus a double, there’s a lot to be excited about.
“The bat speed is completely off. Even when he’s swinging and missing, you can see the bat whistling in the zone. Watching him in batting practice, he’s got a nice, clean, short swing and he can drive the ball to the opposite field. We saw him step up to the bullpen tonight a lot. There are dream tools, he’s only a few at-bats above Double-A, his major-league at-bats and so there’s a lot of ceiling in there for Brett Wisely and we want to see him as much as possible.
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Despite continued success from two of the Giants’ top prospects on Friday night, he stole the show with a smart, heroic look.
And if he continues to have success at the plate, there could be a permanent role for him the rest of the season.
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