Sunday, May 27, 2012

Down on the Farm: 5/26/2012

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies won a rare pitching duel in the PCL 1-0 over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox:

Justin Christian(CF)- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .358.
Charlie Culberson(2B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .289.
Yusmeiro Petit(RHP)- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K's.  ERA= 3.98.
George Kontos(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.08.

Two dominant starts in a row for Petit allowing just 1 run with 19 K's against 1 BB in 13 IP. Over his last 4 starts, he has an ERA of 1.44 with 24 K's, 6 BB, in 25 IP.  Kontos has pitched well since the Fonty trade.  He's a big guy who throws hard.  The back end of the Giants bullpen is doing well right now, but Kontos looks like he could be an able fill in.  He's probably second in line behind Brad Penny which seems really strange....but good.  The Giants look like they are in good position if they want to try to pull off a trade of some kind.  Maybe for a second baseman?  Giants have several players they could sell high on, especially after Pablo comes back.

AA  Pitching duels are more common in the EL. Richmond lost theirs to the Trenton Thunder, who always seem to gave great pitching, 1-0:

Chris Gloor(LHP)- 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.48.
Tom Vessella(LHP)- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.66.

Gloor and Vessella are a couple of possible future LOOGY's.

High A  San Jose Giants defeated the Bakersfield Blaze 8-2:

Chris Lofton(CF)- 1 for 4, BB, SB(11).  BA= .253.
Joe Panik(SS)- 1 for 4, 2B, BB, SB(3).  BA= .254.
Adam Duvall(3B)- 3 for 5, HR(8).  BA= .277.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 1 for 4, HR(4), BB.  BA= .272.
Chris Wilson(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.86.

Ricky is hitting .289/.438/.553 over his last 10 games.  Duvall is hitting .442 over his last 10 and has hit 4 of his 8 HR's in that span.

Low A  Savannah Sand Gnats topped the Augusta Greenjackets 7-4:

Jesus Galindo(CF)- 1 for 3, BB, SB(3), Assist(3B).  BA= .316.
Alberto Robles(SS)- 2 for 4, SB(2).  BA= .150.
Brett Krill(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .209.
Adalberto Mejia(LHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 7.94.
Steven Neff(LHP)- 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.81.

Mejia has allowed just 2 runs in his last 11.1 IP over 6 appearances while striking out 10 against just 1 BB.  Neff's line over his last 10 games is 0-1, 2.20, 16.1 IP, 5 H, 20 K.


  1. I really like these former MLB pitcher reclamation projects for the Giants. This year it's Penny, Petit, Burres, Munter, (and I think I am forgetting someone who is on the DL).

    1. They are low cost/low risk MiLB free agents signings. And at AAA they ain't blocking any prospects.

    2. They have a proven MLB skill in the past. They lost it for any number of reasons. The rule is you don't really lose a learned MLB skill. So IF they can find it again they will own it. And most likely own it with more pitching smarts and savvy.

    3. This plays to the Giants MiLB/MLB strength of pitcher whispering.

    4. If the Giants only find one reclamation pitcher every year or two, especially a starter, this dramatically reduces their payroll cost whilst giving them replacement depth, injury backup, and potential trade depth. This keeps the Giants staff deep and dominate and within budget. Think of the Giants right now without Voggie.

    5. They make great movie script baseball comeback stories.

    So again, I really like this strategy. It appeared at first like a lucky break or two, but now it seems the Giants have a long term strategy in play. Especially with the draft really constrained against taking later round over slot flyers.

    OGC time to update the business plan?

  2. Doc, I just wanted to say "thanks" for these recaps, and in particular you inclusion of batting averages and ERAs.

    It is appreciated!

    1. Thanks Lyle. I really appreciate those kind words. figured the batting or pitching line for one game doesn't mean too much, but if you put it in the context of the season's performance, it really adds meaning to it. I know BA and ERA get sneered at a lot, but I really think those are the best single markers of performance over the course of the season. If there's something else going on, I try to sniff it out and add it in.