Gio Brusa has spent the past two season in San Jose with the Giants' Advanced Single-A team, finding mixed results at the plate.
Brusa has struck out 258 times compared to 62 walks and has just a .296 on-base percentage on the dot in both 2017 and 2018. While his average has been low and his strikeouts high, Brusa is hitting home runs at a record pace.
In San Jose's 8-1 win over the Inland Empire 66ers Tuesday night, Brusa hit his team-leading 18th home run, which is one more than he hit last season in 20 less games. The 25-year-old out of Lodi now has 35 home runs as a San Jose Giant, which ranks him sixth in team history.
While Brusa has much more power hitting from the left side, he is the all-time team leader in career home runs as a switch hitter.
Gio Brusa's home run tonight was his 35th career with the #SJGiants, which is sixth in team-history and the most ever by a switch-hitter. His 35 homers have come over 206 games with SJ the last two seasons (17 HR in 2017, 18 HR in 2018).— Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) August 15, 2018
From the left side, Brusa has 16 home runs in 290 at-bats this season. Batting right-handed, he has two more long balls in 68 at-bats. For his San Jose career, Brusa has hit 25 home runs left-handed and 10 right-handed.
Power showed up for Brusa as a senior at the University of the Pacific in 2016. Playing left field for the Tigers, Brusa moved to first base this season, he combined for 11 home runs in his first three seasons. At the same, his slugging percentage kept rising from .387 to .406 to .527 as a junior.
And then he completely broke out at the plate as a senior.
In his final year at Pacific, Brusa led the Tigers in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and RBI while bashing 14 home runs, three more than the previous three seasons combined, as he slashed .337/.418/.614. That monster season turned into a sixth-round draft pick for the Giants.
Since starting his professional career, Brusa is still searching for the consistency of his senior season as his power is on full display in record-setting ways.