Friday, April 19, 2013

Down on the Farm: 4/18/2013

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies won a see-saw game with the Tacoma Rainiers 11-6 in 11 innings:

Kensuke Tanaka(2B)- 3 for 6, 2B, SB(2).  BA= .358.
Cole Gillespie(LF)- 3 for 6, SB(2).  BA= .273.
Brett Pill(1B)- 2 for 4, HR(3), BB, SF.  BA= .300.
Roger Kieschnick(RF)- 4 for 6, 2 2B, 3B.  BA= .365.
Todd Linden(DH)- 3 for 6, 2B.  BA= .308.
Johnny Monell(C)- 2 for 6, 2 2B.  BA= .276.
Boof Bonser(RHP)- 4.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.02.
Jake Dunning(RHP)- 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.69.
Dan Runzler(LHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Heath Hembree(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.29.

Nice game to pad the old stat line.  Wild line from Bonser on many levels.  The bullpen was impressive.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels pounded the Reading Fightin Phils 7-1:

Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .204.
Mark Minicozzi(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .244.
Justin Fitzgerald(RHP)- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K's. ERA= 1.93.
Seth Rosin(RHP, Phils)- 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.81.

Ricky's mom was very happy with this game.

HIgh A  San Jose Giants dominated the Inland Empire 66'ers 5-1(I attended this game):

Shawn Payne(LF)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .309.
Angel Villalona(1B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .155.
Kyle Crick(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.93.
Austin Fleet(RHP)- 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.08.
Josh Osich(LHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.08.

Crick left the game after two innings with a strained oblique.  I did not see any indication of injury while he was on the mound.  He did not come out for the 3'rd inning.  To my eye, Crick has a very hard two seam fastball that sometimes has so much armside run he has trouble controlling it.  On most of the pitches called balls, he wasn't missing by a lot.  He has a nice hard curveball to go with it.

Austin Fleet had great command of a FB that looked like it might be sitting right around 90 MPH and a very sharp breaking ball that completely dominated the 66'er hitters.

I did not stay long enough to get a scouting report on Osich.

Angel Villalona looked terrific at the plate.  He was first pitch swinging on the double and lined a laser beam directly over the head of the LF off the base of the LF wall.  The single was on a 2-2 count and was a sharp groundball through the hole on the left side of the IF.  Angel V appears to have lost some weight and is in decent shape.  He is definitely not thin, though.  I would describe his running style as lumbering on the basepaths.  The bat though...the bat has the potential to be special!

Mac Williamson is tall and surprisingly a bit on the lanky side for a guy who is listed as weighing 240 lbs.  It looks to me like he may run into some of the same problems was Brandon Belt and other tall hitters getting tied up on pitches on the inside corner.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets beat the Kannapolis Intimidators 5-1:

Jesus Galindo(CF)- 2 for 4, SB(11).  BA= .264.
Matt Duffy(SS)- 1 for 2, 2 BB, SB(5).  BA= .310.
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .254.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 1.08.
Derek Law(RHP)- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 0.73.

Strong start from Stratton.  I wonder if the Giants might promote him the SJ if Kyle Crick is going to miss several weeks with the oblique?


  1. Williamson is 5 for 29 since knocking the wind out making that diving catch and sitting a couple days. 4BB/9K. Most likely a little cold streak and/or pitchers adjusting to scouting reports, but something to watch.

    Shawn Payne has a .449 OBP. Only 3 XBP but he is getting on base. 5/10 in SBs though, the amazing SB ratio he had going isn't holding up early.

    Hope Crick is OK and its a mild strain. That could be a blow. I bet they would move Stratton if he misses significant time, or Bandilla gets some spot starts.

    Nice for Ricky to go yard! He's warming up the past 7 games.

  2. If Crick is out, let's promote Stratton. By the tiem Crick can get back, Blackburn would have 3-5 more turns and if he continues to dominate, you could put him up to AA and see if he's ready and leave the spot open for Crick.

    Man, Giants pitching is crazy.


    1. This is my thinking exactly.

    2. Runzler, Hembree, Dunning, Bandilla, Blackburn, Stratton, among others, all have been pitching crazy.

  3. We are so super deep at pitching in the minors right now, it is actually becoming a problem.

    How can this system NOT be rated as one the better systems right now?

    1. Most people who rate systems count 1 or 2 elite prospects in a system more heavily than depth. I don't think an objective observer can rate the Giants system in the top 10, but I also don't think it should be in the bottom 10 either.

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  8. Doc, I recommend preventing anon posts...

    Just saying...

    1. Not sure how to do that, but I might have to look into it. It's really sad that someone would go to all that effort when they know ahead of time it's all going to be deleted anyway.

      Just want to say again, I appreciate all the faithful readers of the blog. According to the site stats, readership has never been higher. I know the word puzzles make it a pain to comment, but I can't control that and I greatly appreciate everyone who contributes by making constructive comments.