Saturday, April 27, 2013

Down on the Farm: 4/26/2013

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies out hit the Reno Aces 9-8:

Kensuke Tanaka(2B)- 4 for 5, 2B, 3B, 2 CS.  BA= .392.
Francisco Peguero(RF)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .417.
Jackson Williams(C)- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .163.
Juan Perez(3B)- 2 for 2, 3B.  BA= .280.
Chris Heston(RHP)- 5 IP, 7 H 5 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 6.58.
Dan Runzler(LHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 0.93.
Heath Hembree(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(6).  ERA= 1.80.

Tanaka is on fire.  What to do with him?  I would think he is building up significant trade value.  Heston has always been a good control guy so it's a bit jarring to see the 5 BB's.

AA  New Britain Rock Cats beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels 7-4:

Jarrett Parker(RF)- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .203.
Andrew Susac(C)- 2 for 4.  BA= .281.
Brett Krill(DH)- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .160.

High A  San Jose Giants defeated the Modesto Nuts 6-4 in 12 innings:

Shawn Payne(DH)- 2 for 6.  BA= .277.
Devin Harris(RF)- 3 for 6, 2 HR(6).  BA= .275.
Angel Villalona(1B)- 1 for 5, HR(5), HBP.  BA= .193.
Jeff Arnold(C)- 2 for 5, BB, SB(2).  BA= .294.
Chris Marlowe(RHP)- 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 6/1.  ERA= 1.71.
Drew Bowlin(RHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.40.
Josh Osich(LHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(3).  ERA= 1.59.

Marlowe now has 2 strong starts in a row.  He seems to be pitching to more contact and putting the ball on the ground.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets pounded the Lexington Legends 12-1:

Jesus Galindo(CF)- 4 for 6, 2 SB(13).  BA= .270.
Matt Duffy(SS)- 2 for 4, 2 BB, SB(6).  BA= .313.
Shayne Houck(DH)- 3 for 6, 2B.  BA= .417.
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .247.
Trevor Brown(2B)- 4 for 5.  BA= .238.
Kendry Flores(RHP)- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.52.

Galindo has just 1 XBH out of 20 hits on the season.  He certainly has game changing speed on the basepaths though.  A SLG% of .284 is probably not going to cut it at higher levels, though.  I'm trying to decide whether SJ or Augusta has the stronger pitching staff.


  1. Delfino hits the first HR of the year for Augusta! Last team in baseball to hit one on the season. Glad to see Houck back in the lineup. Duffy has been the standout so far, and I think I'd have to say Hollick has been the standout on the other end of the spectrum.

    That pitching staff is pretty amazing in the early going. Johnson and Mizenko are a great 1-2, not a single run allowed from each. Derek Law has one allowed. They've slammed the door with 10 saves between the 3, Mizenko getting 6. Their WHIPS are miniscule and they all have great K #s. Law has 22K in 15 IP. McVay has 15 in 12, and has only allowed 9 baserunners (a HR accounts for a lot of his "blemish" on his ERA).

    Amazing pitching staff in the early going. Great to see Flores re-establish his prospect creds. Stratton-Agosta-Gregorio is a helluva 1-2-3 and this Biagini character has a 15K/15IP going along with a sub 1.0 WHIP as well.

    1. Agreed. Augusta's pitching is even better than I expected. Lots to be encouraged about there.

  2. I've noticed they are mainly batting Susac in the 7 spot. You think that's to keep the pressure off of him so he can concentrate on catching? He'll lag behind in the PAs amongst the regulars because of days off but in 57 ABs he's holding a 281/379/491 line, which is quite nice. The SLG is fueled by that 2 HR game he had in the small sample size early going.

  3. Man, I almost feel sorry for the rest of the league given the pitching we have at A ball. Crick, Blackburn, Meja and Escobar are almost a full pitching staff. And then you add the rest of the guys between high (Marlowe) and the other guys at lower A? That's just sick.


  4. We need some of that A ball pitching to move up.

    1. The giants will then at their proper pace. There are plenty of spots being held by non-prospects in Richmond, so nothing is holding these guys back except their own clocks.

      I am excited to see these kids see stiffer competition, but it is still VERY early in the season...