Friday, July 31, 2015

Down on the Farm: 7/30/2015

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Las Vegas 51's 4-2:

Mac Williamson(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .263.
Trevor Brown(Catcher)- 2 for 4.  BA= .278.
Nik Turley(LHP)- 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K.  ERA= 4.90.
Erik Cordier(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(9).  ERA= 1.04.

Turley runs hot and cold.  When he is good, he is very good.  I think Cordier could help a MLB team right now.

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AA  Binghampton Mets pounded the Richmond Flying Squirrels 11-3:

Edwin Quirarte(RHP)- 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.69.

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High A  San Jose Giants beat the Stockton Ports 4-1:

Christian Arroyo(SS)- 1 for 3, SF.  BA= .322.
Daniel Carbonell(LF)- 2 for 4.  BA= .302.
Angel Villalona(1B)- 1 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .261.
Jason Forjet(RHP)- 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.18.
Jake Smith(RHP)- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(7).  ERA= 2.54.

I would put Forjet's name on a list of significant sleepers in the system.  I'd like to see a scouting report on him.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets outscored the Rome Braves 5-3:

Andrew Cain(LF)- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(9).  BA= .216.
Eury Sanchez(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 9.00.
Carlos Diaz(LHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.99.

Cain is hitting .323 with 3 HR's over his last 10 games.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes buried the Everett Aquasox 8-2:

Richard Amion(2B)- 2 for 4, 2B, HBP.  BA= .225.
CJ Hinojosa(SS)- 2 for 3, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .262.
Ronnie Jebavy(CF)- 3 for 5, HR(4).  BA= .263.
Miguel Gomez(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .370.
John Riley(DH)- 1 for 4, HR(2), BB.  BA= .196.
Julio Pena(RF)- 2 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .275.
Andrew Suarez(LHP)- 4 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.74.
Nathanael Santiago(RHP)- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.70.

Gomez' hit streak was snapped on 7/28.  He's had 2 2-hit games since.  He's had multiple hits in 6 of his last 10 games.

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Rookie AZL  Giants were idle.

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DSL  Giants downed the Mets1 4-1:

Francisco Medina(3B, 17 yo)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .267.
Beicker Mendoza(LF, 17 yo)- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .311.
Sandro Cabrera(LHP, 20 yo)- 6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 2.65.
Hengerber Medina(RHP, 20  yo)- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.35.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thoughts on Mike Leake and the Trade

The Giants finally jumped into the mid-season trade market, and landed the guy they probably had targeted all along.  Mike Leake is  solid mid-rotation starter who has thrived pitching half his games in one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in baseball.   I have a bit of a personal stake in Mike Leake because he has been on several of my fantasy baseball teams including this season where he has been, well, a solid performer.

The Giants have been rumored to be Mike Leake admirers for a long time and Leake has been rumored to have San Francisco high on his list of preferred destinations when he reached FA eligibility, so it seems like it could be a match made in heaven.  He's not Cole Hamels or David Price, but he is certainly more than competitive with the pieces the Dodgers acquired and he did not require taking on a $%&#load of dead money nor a huge haul of prospects to get.

Oh, there will be gripers about this trade.  Keury Mella was ranked by mlb.com as the #1 Giants midseason prospect.  I mean, how could they trade their #1 prospect for a 2 month rental?  I love Keury Mella's arm just as much as the next Giants fan, but IMO, they have a lot of comparable arms in the organization and I would not rank him ahead of Tyler Beede or Phil Bickford.  Hey!  Maybe mlb.com helped the Giants out with that ranking by goosing Mella's trade value while letting the Giants hang onto the guys they really wanted to keep?

Again, Mella has a great arm, but his performance on the mound has been somewhat inconsistent and a number of keen-eyed Giants prospect watchers have noted his high-risk delivery.  Some nationally known prospect analysts have him pegged more as a bullpen arm than a future starter.

As for Adam Duvall, I wish him all the best.  He has some serious toonder in the bat, but it is not clear he will ever make consistent contact at the MLB level and he is pretty much stuck at 1B or DH.  He was clearly not in the Giants future plans.

So, where does Mike Leake fit into the Giants rotation?  It would seem that barring an imminent injury, Tim Hudson is the odd man out.  It also moves Tim Lincecum farther away from ever pitching for the Giants again.  As for the current rotation pecking order, I would rank them 1.  Bumgarner  2.  Leake  3.  Hesto Presto  4.  Peavy  5.  Cain.  I don't see Huddy pitching out of the bullpen, so he has to go somewhere.

This really seems like a similar play as the Hunter Pence trade in 2012 where a team and a player who have long term interest in each other get a chance to audition for a longer term commitment.  Leake will be a FA at the end of the season, but don't be shocked if the Giants make signing him to a long-term deal a priority in the offseason.  Had Leake stayed in Cincinnati, he would have been eligible for a QO, and the Giants don't like to lose first round draft picks.  This trade makes Leake available to them as a FA without having to give that up.

In conclusion, love the trade.  The Giants chances of winning another World Series just got significantly better.  The Giants know their stuff on these trades.  They rarely, if ever, give up a future star in the process.

Down on the Farm: 7/29/2015

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Las Vegas 51's 4-2:

Everth Cabrera(CF)- 2 for 3, BB, SB(2).  BA= .333.
Adam Duvall(1B)- 1 for 3, HR(26), BB.  BA= .279.
Clayton Blackburn(RHP)- 1 for 2, HR(1).  BA= .200.
Clayton Blackburn(RHP)- 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 10/5.  ERA= 3.50.
Mike Broadway(RHP)-1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(9).  ERA= 0.95.

Blackburn is quietly on a roll.  Over his last 10 appearances his composite line is 4-0, 2.83, 47.2 IP, 9 BB, 41 K's.

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AA  Altoona Curve blanked the Richmond Flying Squirrels 1-0:

Matt Gage(LHP)- 6.1, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.56.
Kyle Crick(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.92.

3'rd QS in a row for Gage since being called up to AA.  Looks like he's there to stay.  3'rd appearance in a row with 0 BB's for Cricky.

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High A  Visalia Rawhide outlasted the San Jose Giants 5-4 in 11 innings:

Christian Arroyo(SS)- 1 for 5, HR(5).  BA= .322.
Keury Mella(RHP)- 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 3.31.
Tyler Rogers(RHP)- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.44.
Dan Slania(RHP)- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.92.

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets were idle.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Everett Aquasox 5-4 in 10 innings:

Steven Duggar(RF)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .271.
Ronnie Jebavy(CF)- 1 for 3, 2B, HBP, SF, SB(15).  BA= .250.
Miguel Gomez(3B)- 2 for 5.  BA= .367.
John Riley(1B)- 3 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .194.
Cory Taylor(RHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.74.
Caleb Smith(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.13.

I think Gomez' hit streak is up to 23 games.  He seems to crank out 2 hits every night.

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Rookie AZL  Giants beat the A's 2-1 in 10 innings:

Dillon Dobson(1B)- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .278.
Nick Gonzalez(LHP)- 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Dylan Brooks(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.78.

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DSL  Giants downed the Mets 5-4:

Mecky Coronado(DH, 18 yo)- 3 for 4.  BA= .387.
Beicker Mendoza(LF, 17 yo)- 4 for 5.  BA= .307.
Robert Antunez(2B, 19 yo)- 2 for 5, 2 SB(16).  BA= .304.
Norwith Gudino(RHP, 19 yo)- 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.89.
Alejandro De La Rosa(RHP, 20 yo)- 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K's. ERA= 2.08.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Game Wrap 7/29/2015: Giants 5 Brewers 0

The Giants scored all 5 of their runs in the 7'th inning to back the shutout pitching of Jake Peavy and 3 relievers.  Key Lines:

Hunter Pence- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .304.  Pence drove in the go-ahead run with a double up the left-CF alley.  He also saved a run with a fine running catch of a ball that was headed up Triples Alley and later threw out Jonathan Lucroy at 3B after he tagged up at 2B on a flyball hit over by the RF line.  Pence just has so many ways he can beat you!

Ehire Adrianza- 1 for 3.  BA= .136.  Adrianza drove in 2 runs with a groundball single through the right side.  I know a lot of people are down on Adrianza's bat, but I've always believed that given regular AB's, he'll hit for you.

Jake Peavy- 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.12.  Peavy is on a roll and this was his best start of the season.  Giants will need him to take advantage of the late start to the season to stay strong through the stretch run.

Strickland, Romo and Lopez pitched a scoreless IP each.  Romo has allowed just 1 run in his last 7 appearances with 9 K's against just 1 BB in 7.1 IP.

The Win put the Giants in a temporary tie with the Dodgers for first place in the NL West pending the outcome of the Dodgers-A's game.

The Giants get a day off before embarking on what might be the toughest road trip of the season, 9 games in some of the hottest, most humid cities in the hottest time of the year, Texas, Atlanta and Chicago to face the Cubs who are no longer pushovers.

Around the League:

Looks like Cole Hamels is going to Texas for a huge haul of prospects.  I don't think the Giants could have or should have given a better package.  Nice jobs by the much maligned Ruben Amaro.

How great is it that Mat Latos is going to the Dodgers?  Now we have a double reason to hate him!  Gotta say, though, that this is a nice pickup by the Dodgers.  One I wouldn't have minded the Giants going for.  Apparently the Giants wanted no part of Latos, though, and who can blame them?  Late word is the Latos trade may be falling apart due to a medicals concern.

And how embarrassing is this for all sides?  Brewers and Mets were all set to make a trade of Carlos Gomez for Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores.  Deal fell through after it was basically announced due to Brewers concerns about Wheeler's medical report.  Now, they already knew he had TJ surgery, so what else was in there?  Then, Wilmer Flores heard about the trade from a teammate in the middle of the game and started crying on the field.  Terry Collins left him out there!  Collins then claimed he knew nothing about the trade.  Pretty classless organization, huh?

Pablo Sandoval came out of a game in the 6'th inning amid some speculation he may have been traded. Turns out he was dehydrated.  Nice FA signing there, Boston!

Giants are now said to be one of 4 teams including the Dodgers who are in on David Price.  Not sure if the Giants are really in on these trades or if they are just trying to drive up the price for the Dodgers.  Either way, go Giants!

Down on the Farm: 7/28/2015

AAA  Las Vegas 51's destroyed the Sacramento River Cats 14-2:

Tommy Hanson(RHP)- 3.1 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 8.22.
Josh Osich(LHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

This game was played in Sacramento, so can't blame it on the environment.  Not looking good for Tommy Hanson.

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AA Altoona Curve downed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 3-0:

Kelvin Marte(LHP)- 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 11/4.  ERA= 2.27.
Derek Law(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.15.

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High A Visalia Rawhide whipped the San Jose Giants 2-1:

Tyler Horan(RF)- 2 for 4, SB(4).  BA= .234.
Luis Ysla(LHP)- 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 6.25.
Christian Jones(LHP)- 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.54.
Ian Gardeck(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 3.98.

8 of Ysla's 9 outs were by K's.  Apparently when the Rawhide did make contact, it was hard contact.  Is Jones going to get a chance to start?

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Low A  Delmarva Shorebirds edged out the Augusta Greenjackets 5-4:

Johneshwy Fargas(CF)- 2 for 4, 3B, SB(53).  BA= .285.
Aramis Garcia(Catcher)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .271.
Jonah Arenado(3B)- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .271.
Dusten Knight(RHP)- 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.53.

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Short Season  Hillsboro Hops blanked the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 10-0:

Jordan Johnson(RHP)- 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.86.

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AZL A's doubled the score on the Giants 8-4:

Kevin Rivera(2B)- 2 for 5.  BA= .322.
Cody Brickhouse(3B)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .212.
Dillon Dobson(DH)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .269.
Ashford Fulmer(RF)- 2 for 3, BB, SB(8).  BA= .222.
Deiyerbert Bolivar(LHP)- 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.25.
Stetson Woods(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 6.06.

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DSL  Yankees1 outlasted the Giants 4-3 in 12 innings:

Mecky Coronado(DH, 18 yo)- 1 for 5, HR(2), BB.  BA= .377.
Prebito Reyes(LHP, 19 yo)- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.42.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Game Wrap 7/28/2015: Brewers 5 Giants 2

The Giants were probably overdue for a letdown game and it came early as Gerardo Parra led off the game with a double to LF.  That whooshing sound you heard about the time Carlos Gomez drove him in with a double to RF was all the oxygen being let out of the Giants mojo.  They were never in this game.  Key Lines:

Matt Cain- 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.50.  Cain threw some good looking pitches and seemed to have enough velocity.  He just made location mistakes and the BrewCrew jumped on them for an early lead that the Giants never recovered from.  He did look much better in the last two innings he was out there.

Wily Peralta- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  GO/AO= 9/1.  ERA= 3.90.  Peralta was coming off an extended stay on the DL, but looked to be in mid-season form.  He is a very tough hombre when he is right and he was right tonight pitching to contact and getting the ball on the ground.  Any hint of a Giants really was snuffed out by 2 GIDP's.  By the time the Giants finally broke through in the 7'th inning, it was too little, too late.

The Loss left the Giants 0.5 game behind the Dodgers in the NL West as the Bad Guys got blanked by Sonny Gray and the A's 2-0.  The Cubs also lost so the Giants maintained their 2.5 game lead in the race for the second Wild Card Playoff spot.

Jake Peavy tries to pick the pace back up tomorrow, going for the series win facing Brewers RHP Mike Fiers.

Down on the Farm: 7/27/2015

AAA  Game 1  Sacramento River Cats blasted the Albuquerque Isotopes 10-0:

Adam Duvall(LF)- 3 for 4, 2B, HR(24).  BA= .279.
Carlos Triunfel(3B)- 1 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .274.
Tomlinson, Lollis, Perez, Frandsen, Blach- 2 hits each.
Ty Blach(LHP)- 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 13/3.  ERA= 4.00.

Complete 7-inning game for Blach.

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AAA  Game 2  Sacramento River Cats destroyed the Albuquerque Isotopes 10-1:

Everth Cabrera(CF)- 3 for 4, BB, SB(1).  BA= .353.
Adam Duvall(1B)- 1 for 4, HR(25).  BA= .279.
Jarrett Parker(LF)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .264.
Carlos Triunfel(SS)- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .279.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.02.

Stratton bounces back from a  disaster start with a CG 7-inning start here.

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AA  Altoona Curve edged out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 3-2:

Hunter Cole(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .319.
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .262.
Joan Gregorio(RHP)- 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 5/1.  ERA= 3.52.

Gregorio is back in the starting rotation while Quirarte is back to pitching long relief.

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High A  San Jose Giants pounded the Visalia Rawhide 9-5 in 10 innings:

Daniel Carbonell(LF)- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .299.
Brian Ragira(DH)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .252.
Brandon Bednar(3B-1B)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .243.
Ty Ross(Catcher)- 2 for 5, HR(3).  BA= .233.

Giants scored all their runs after the 6'th inning.

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Low A  Delmarva Shorebirds outscored the Augusta Greenjackets 9-5:

Skyler Ewing(1B)- 2 for 3, 2 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .234.
Andrew Cain(DH)- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(8).  BA= .201.
Sam Coonrod(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.91.
Conner Kaden(RHP)- 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.99.

We're seeing a few disaster starts as we enter the Dog Days of summer.

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Salem-Keizer Volcanoes buried the Hillsboro Hops 9-2:

Ronnie Jebavy(CF)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .248.
Miguel Gomez(3B)- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .376.
Nolan Riggs(RHP)- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.03.

22 game hit streak for Gomez who seems to be able to hit a little.

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Rookie AZL  Giants defeated the D'Backs 7-5:

Kevin Rivera(2B)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .315.
Cody Brickhouse(3B)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .172.
Dillon Dobson(1B)- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .263.
Phil Bickford(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.86.

Rivera is back in Arizona and Beltre seems to be out of the lineup again.  Giants taking it slow with Bickford who I think had a pretty heavy workload in JC this year.

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DSL  Yankees1 beat the Giants 5-4:

Luis Amaya(LHP, 16 yo)- 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.62.
Hengerber Medina(RHP, 20 yo)- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.44.