Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Down on the Farm: 4/23/2013

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies beat the Tucson Padres 4-2:

Kensuke Tanaka(2B)- 3 for 4, SB(4).  BA= .357.
Carter Jurica(SS)- 2 for 4.  BA= .354.
Brett Pill(1B)- 3 for 4, 2B, HR(4).  BA= .367.
Boof Bonser(RHP)- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.19.
Sandy Rosario(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.55.
Heath Hembree(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.00.

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

Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .217.
Justin Fitzgerald(RHP)- 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K's.  ERA= 1.42.

Ricky is hitting .303/.359/.424 over his last 10 games.  Seems like Fitz deserves a shot at AAA.

High A  Modesto Nuts topped the San Jose Giants 6-5 in 13 innings:

Ryan Cavan(3B-2B)- 2 for 5, BB.  BA= .333.
Angel Villalona(1B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .171.
Jeff Arnold(C)- 2 for 5, BB.  BA= .238.
Kelby Tomlinson(SS)- 2 for 5, BB.  BA= .333.
Clayton Blackburn(RHP)- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.64.
Josh Osich(LHP)- 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.74.
Jeff Soptic(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 6.23.

Angel V is hitting .283 with a SLG% of .623 over his last 10 games.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets stung the Hagerstown Suns 3-1:

Matt Duffy(SS)- 2 for 3, HBP.  BA= .319.
Chuckie Jones(RF)- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .186.
Martin Agosta(RHP)- 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 1.71.
Stephen Johnson(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Personally, I think Agosta and Stratton need to move up sooner rather than later. You don't learn much dominating a league you should dominate.


  1. I realize that I am probably beating a dead horse or bringing up an issue that people are tired of, but I still don't understand why Brett Pill never got a chance to start regulary. He is older than Belt, so less of a "prospect." But he has had more success in the minors and hit for more power than Belt, who really just had one breakout minor league season. I want Brandon Belt to succeed. When he is swinging well, his bat and his defense have a faint aroma of Will Clark. But what is it that the management has seen in Belt that makes them think that he deserves this extended chance to start and struggle that they haven't seen in Pill?

    Hoping that the last two days are a sign of Belt's improvement.

    1. I would say that I don't necessarily agree with the premises that Pill's overall minor league record is better than Belt's and that Pill has not had his chances at the MLB level.

      Without any inside info, I believe the Giants think that with a tweak here and there, Belt can be a superstar whereas Pill's ceiling is a league average 1B. Time will tell whether they are right.

    2. Belt had only one breakout season? He had only one year in the minors, when he start at SJ, dominated it, had excellent numbers at Eastern league.
      Pill's injury during ST was a bummer. But Pill had some chances at the MLB level, and I hope he gets more chances. But it does not seem likely.

    3. You need to remember that Belt dominated his one year in the minors, despite being on the young side, while Pill has done well once he was older. Age in context of the competition in the league is important, in my opinion.

      DrB hit the nail, Belt can be a superstar, like a Votto-lite, once he puts everything together (remember, Matt Williams struggled for three years before figuring it out), while Pill, we don't know what we can get out of him, other than good defense.

  2. Is Fitz this year's Heston/Surkamp?

    It seems like we get one great pitching performance every year at Richmond.