Volcanoes' Canario erupts for four hits
Northwest League All-Star Franklin Labour may have been promoted, but Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer hasn't had a problem finding his replacement in the lineup, with Alexander Canario stepping up in a big way Saturday night. The Giants' No. 7 prospect went 4-for-5 with a homer, two doubles and three RBIs
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The Giants' No. 7 prospect went 4-for-5 with a homer, two doubles and three RBIs as the Volcanoes dropped a 7-6 decision to Hillsboro on Saturday at Ron Tonkin Field.
After fourth-ranked Giants prospect
The 19-year-old tagged Holton again in the second inning for an RBI double to left but was later thrown out at third on a fielder's choice.
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In the fourth, Canario hit his second two-bagger, ripping a 3-2 pitch from right-hander
The native of the Dominican Republic led off the seventh with a single to left before striking out in the ninth. He finished with a career-high nine total bases.
"He had a really good night at the plate," Volcanoes manager Mark Hallberg said. "Alexander has become more refined and has a better approach at the plate."
While it's only been a few games, Canario's contributions at the dish in the wake of Labour's departure haven't gone unnoticed.
"He's really had some nice offensive nights," Hallberg said. "He has some really unique potential. Lately, he's been in control. He's aware at the plate.
"He's putting in good effort on the field and at the plate. He's trying to continue to develop. Over time, we will continue to see his great potential."
With bat speed that's as good as any in the Giants system to go with 55 grades in running, fielding and throwing, according to MLB Pipeline, scouts expect the teenager to be a fixture in center field. Before joining the Volcanoes on July 1, Canario batted .395/.435/1.435 with seven dingers, 14 RBIs and 13 runs scored in the Rookie-level Arizona League. Since the promotion, he's tied for seventh in the Northwest League with 26 RBIs and would rank 10th with a .292 average if he had enough plate appearances to qualify.
Bishop, MLB.com's No. 71 overall prospect, was 1-for-2 with three walks and two runs scored.
"He's been working really hard," Hallberg said of the Arizona State product. "He's a good player. He's played great defense in the outfield and has run the bases really well. He needs to continue to improve his approach at the plate and adjust to the lifestyle of being a professional."
Dan Stokes is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByDanStokes.