Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Down on the Farm: 5/23/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Memphis Redbirds 6-2:

Kelby Tomlinson 2B- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .253.
Aaron Hill 3B- 2 for 5, 3B, HR(1).  BA= .286.
Austin Slater CF/LF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .313.
Tyler Beede RHP- 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.31.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 1.55.
Kyle Crick RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 3.38.

After 3 straight starts in CF, Tomlinson moves back to 2B.  What happens when Aaron Hill gets to the end of his rehab assignment?

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels vs Binghampton Rumble Ponies Posponed due to inclement weather.

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High A  Lancaster Jethawks edged out the San Jose Giants 5-4:

Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 5.  BA= .313.
Heath Quinn RF= 2 for 4.  BA= .355.
Gio Brusa LF- 1 for 3, HR(7), BB.  BA= .229.
Daniel Carbonell CF- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .284.

Brusa is hitting .341 over his last 10 games and .282 for the month of May so far and 3 dingers in his last 5 games.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets vs West Virginia Power cancelled due to rain.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Game Wrap 5/23/2017: Cubs 4 Giants 1

Johnny Cueto gave up 3 dingers that drove in all 4 of the Cubs runs and the Giants offense failed to sustain an attack against Jon Lester as the Cubs cruised to an easy win.  Key Lines:

Johnny Cueto RHP-  6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 8 K's, 3 HR.  ERA= 4.64.  Well, you can't blame it on BABIP, because dingers are BIPs!  If there are 3 true outcomes in baseball, Cueto did great with 2 of them and terrible with the other.  What does that mean?  I don't know, I don't know!

Jon Lester LHP(Cubs)- 9 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 10 K's.  ERA= 3.19.  Where to start?  The top 3 batters in the Giants lineup went a combined 0 for 11.  Nope, not gonna score a lot of runs with that!  Not with Gorkys Hernandez and Justin Ruggiano in the same lineup.  Lester is tough against any lineup.  Against this Giants lineup, he's Cy Young.

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With the Loss, the 4'th place Giants fell 10 games behind the NL West leading Rockies.

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Matt Moore tries to give the Giants a chance for a series win tomorrow facing Kyle Hendricks.

Scouting the 2017 Draft: Evan White; Luis Campusano

Evan White, 1B, College(Kentucky).  B-R, T-L.  6'3", 205 lbs.

2017:  .385/.460/.661, 22 2B, 3B, 8 HR, 18 BB, 28 K, 174 AB.
2016:  .376/.419/.535, 15 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 14 BB, 42 K, 226 AB.
2015:  .318/.369/.410, 12 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 15 BB, 33 K, 217 AB.

White is a 3 year starter for Kentucky.  Very athletic.  Recorded a 4.2 time to 1B from the RH batters box.  Everybody agrees he could play OF, either corner or even CF.  Has been a 1B in college.  Unusual B-R, T-L profile is a red flag for some scouts.  Despite his size is more of a hitter for average with gap power due to a level swing.  Still has room to fill out and more power should come.  Has moved up into the late first round in many mock drafts.  Would the Giants be interested?

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Luis Campusano, C, HS.  B-R, T-R.  6'0" 190 lbs.

HS catching prospect from Augusta, Georgia.  In an interview posted online, he comes out as a huge Giants fan, he says because of the Augusta Greenjackets, but the Giants are rumored to be in on him in a big way.  In videos, he looks bigger than his listed size.  Physically looks like a Molina which was mentioned in his PG profile.  Plus tools are power and arm strength.  The swing can get long.  Most analysts rank him as a second round prospect and that is where I would put him too.  Giants have been known to reach in these situations if they really like a player and aren't sure he'll be there in the projected round.

Down on the Farm: 5/22/2017

AAA  Nashville Sounds pounded the Sacramento River Cats 9-3:

Kelby Tomllinson CF- 2 for 4.   BA= .230.
Jae-Gyun Hwang 3B- 1 for 4, HR(3), SB(3).  BA= .277.

Thanks to a reader/commenter for pointing out that Kelby seems to have found at least a temporary home in CF for the River Cats giving him a quantum leap in his versatility.

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AA  Binghampton Mets edged out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-4:

Chris Shaw LF- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .301.
Myles Schroder C- 0 for 5.  BA= .357.
Andrew Suarez LHP- 6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K's. ERA= 3.09.

OK, Schroder is just showing off now!  3 games in 2917, SS, CF, C.  Up the middle talent!

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High A  San Jose Giants cracked the Modesto Nuts 9-4:

Jalen Miller SS- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .242.
Ryan Howard 3B- 3 for 5.  BA= .310.
Gio Brusa LF- 2 for 5.  BA= .226.
Jonah Arenado 1B- 2 for 4.  BA= .215.
Jose Vizcaino Jr DH- 3 for 3, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .214.
Conner Menez LHP- 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.74.
Will LaMarch RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

LaMarche is a local kid from Pleasanton, CA who attended Chabot college before transferring to LSU. He was a hard throwing(up to 97 MPH) college reliever.  He was drafted in the 9'th round by the Tigers in 2013.  In 2 pro seasons, 2013-14, he struck out 81 batters in 70.2 IP.  He missed the 2015 season and was released in Sept.  He pitched indy ball in 2016.  I think the Giants signed him out of the Australian winter league before this season.  Assuming the reason he missed 2015 was for TJ surgery, that would have been his second which it is always tougher to come back from.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets vs West Virginia Power postponed due to rain.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Game Wrap 5/22/2017: Giants 6 Cubs 4

The Giants offense scored 6 runs to support Ty Blach's 7 shutout innings before he faltered in the 8'th.  With echoes of the final game of 2016 ringing in the distance after a 4-run Cubs 8'th, Mark Melancon saved the game in the 9'th inning.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik 2B- 3 for 4, 2 2B, HR(2), HBP.  BA= .268.  Panik breaks out the power bat with 3 XBH's out of the leadoff spot in the lineup.

Brandon Belt 1B- 2 for 5, HR(9).  BA= .241.  Belt Panik and Ruggiano had solo HR's to run the Giants streak of consecutive solo HR's to 18, 3 short of the team record.  Anybody know what the MLB record is?

Justin Ruggiano RF- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .237.  Ruggy is good for occasional pop in his bat.

Ty Blach LHP- 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 9/3.  ERA= 4.10.  How about Ty Blach?  7 innings of shutout ball.  3 of the hits and all 3 of the runs he gave up came in the 8'th inning when he was probably out of gas and failed to record an out.

Mark Melancon RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(9).  ERA= 2.63.  This time the Giants had a real closer who Saved the game.

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The Win kept the Giants 9 games behind the NL West leading Rockies in 4'th place.  They trail in the Wild Card race by 6.5 games.

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Johnny Cueto faces a familiar foe tomorrow with Jon Lester on the mound for the Cubs.

Down on the Farm: 5/21/2017

AAA  Nashville Sounds blanked the Sacramento River Cats 4-0:

Chris Stratton RHP- 6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 9/3.  ERA= 5.59.
Jharel Cotton RHP(Sounds)- 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 2.25.

I drafted Cotton for my fantasy baseball team and thought this would be his breakout season in the majors.  He had 3 QS and 3 Disaster Starts and 1 somewhere in between.  The A's sent him down after he gave up 7 runs in 5 IP on May 9.  It would appear he is close to being ready for another try at MLB level.

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AA  Harrisburg Senators routed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 8-1:

Slade Heathcott CF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .301.

Heathcott seems to keep hitting when everybody else in the lineup gets shut down.

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High A  San Jose Giants outscored the Modesto Nuts 12-8:

Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 6.  BA= .237.
Bryan Reynolds CF- 5 for 6, 2B, 3B.  BA= .281.
Heath Quinn RF- 3 for 3, HR(2), 2 BB.  BA= .364.
Gio Brusa LF- 2 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .220.
Jose Vizcaino Jr- 1 for 4, HR(2), BB.  BA= .189.
Yordy Cabrera RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.23.

Big games for Reynolds and Quinn the Giants top 2 picks in last year's draft, rounds 2 and 3 respectively.  Reynolds, whose BA hit a nadir of .244 on 5/13, has 4 multi-hit games in his last 7, 13 for 30 in that span.  The 5 hits in this game all came batting left-handed which evened out his L-R split considerably.  Quinn has just raked since coming off the DL with a wrist injury.  Gio Brusa is hitting .308 over his last games.

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Low A  Charleston River Dogs defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 4-2:

Ashford Fulmer CF- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .250.
Jacob Heyward LF- 1 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .221.
Stephen Woods RHP- 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 10 K.  ERA= 2.97.

Woods has 43 K's and 21 BB's in 39.1 IP overall but 17 K's against just 3 BB's in 13.1 IP over his last 2 starts.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Game Wrap 5/21/2017: Cardinals 8 Giants 3

The Giants were never in this one as Matt Cain gave up a 4-spot in the 2'nd inning and more later in his start.  Key Lines:

Brandon Crawford SS- 1 for 3, HR(3), BB.  BA= .274.
Eduardo Nunez LF- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .272.  Crawford and Nunez hit B2B dingers in the 8'th inning to make the final score closer than it should have been.

Matt Cain RHP- 5.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.91.  Gone are the days when Cain can get by without his best stuff.  He just doesn't have the velocity to muscle hitters into submission like he used to.

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The Loss dropped the Giants 9 games off the pace set by the NL West leading Rockies.

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The Giants start a 4 game series against the Cubs in Wrigley Field tomorrow evening with Ty Blach facing John Lackey.