Monday, April 29, 2013

Down on the Farm: 4/29/2013

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies scored a walkoff come-from-behind win over the Sacramento River Cats 8-7 in 11 innings:

Carter Jurica(2B)- 2 for 5, HR(2), BB.  BA= .354.
Brett Pill(1B)- 3 for 5, 2 2B, HR(6).  BA= .367.
Chris Dominguez(3B)- 3 for 5, 2B, SB(1).  BA= .296.
Boof Bonser(RHP)- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.55
Jake Dunning(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. ERA= 2.30.

Huge game for Pill.  Could he play 3B if Pablo went down for an extended period?  Probably not.  Chris Dominguez gets a rare start and makes the most of it.  Perez plays CF while Brownie sits.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels topped the Bowie Baysox 7-6:

Joe Panik(2B)- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .320.
Javier Herrera(LF)- 2 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .298.
Andrew Susac(C)- 1 for 3, 2 BB, SB(1).  BA= .290.
Ryan Lollis(DH)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .209.
Justin Fitzgerald(RHP)- 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.38.

Panik seems to have really found his stride.  Very impressive hitting given the environment.  Finally!  A top hitting prospect who seems to be dominating AA!

High A  San Jose Giants were idle.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets beat the Lexington Legends 4-2:

Jesus Galindo(CF)- 1 for 3, BB, 2 SB(15).  BA= .265.
Matt Duffy(SS)- 2 for 4, HR(1), SB(7).  BA= .304.
Martin Agosta(RHP)- 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 2.08.
Stephen Johnson(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Tyler Mizenko(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(7).  ERA= 0.00.

I'm most impressed by Johnson's ability to keep his walks down. As long has he does that, he's going to be very successful given how hard he throws.


  1. crazy part about Panik is Nooner is now blocking his spot

    very good problems to have

    1. Nick Noonan is not blocking anyone. He's scrapping to establish himself as a utility infielder in major league baseball. Marco Scutaro? HE might be blocking Panik by as early as next season.

  2. If Pablo goes on the DL? Perez gets called up I bet. Back-up for third and can cover Center field. Good 25th man to have on the bench. But I'd guess that Noonan gets most of the starting time - at least in the beginning.

    1. I actually wonder if they'd bring up Dominquez or Jurica before Perez. Chris is originally a 3b, and moved to outfield (as I recall) because he had a good bat but was blocked by Panda. He also plays OF (albeit not CF--with Pagan, Torres and Blanco all being CFs, I think LF works too). Jurica is another interesting play, as he can play SS and 2b, so you "replace" the utility of Noonan in the middle.

      I do think Scutaro is the one blocking Panik, but the latter would have to get to AAA and prove he can handle that. If they continue with current velocity, they leave him in AA through the year, and he forces the issue. At that point, Scurator is into year 2 of his contract; worst case, he mentors Panik. Not a bad result.

      More interesting to me is given Panda's weight and lack of strike zone (which I think makes him more injury prone), I wonder if we'd start looking at 3b as another spot to fill with a young guy rather than paying Panda a ton of money. I think at some point the Giants become more like the 9ers--keep the "core" guys but not necessarily everyone. Core to me is pitching, bull pen, Posey, Crawford, and maybe Belt for now. With Panik and Jurica, I think 2nd base is now no longer a crisis point of the right guy. OF seems a tough call, with Brownie failing, but then again you've got Pegs and Keischnick on fire so who knows there. Just wondering if Panda is playing himself out of being a "core" guy


    2. Still early on Brown. And well all of them. The hot could cool, and the cold could heat up.

      I don't think Dominguez is on the 40-man roster. 15 day DL is just set for 40 man exchanges. Unless you think someone should get bumped....

      Of course, now Panda got the big hit - but he is still complaining of a sore elbow.

  3. Agosta got longballed to tie up the game. Nice performance and his overall stat line looks very good. That Augusta bullpen is just lights out.

    I think Honey Fitz wants to go to Fresno! Nice line from him as well. Its very nice to see Panik hitting like this. But he's only hitting .320! He's only 16th in the league! Some people are never happy. Its funny seeing all the backtracking about Mr. Crawford, all the while not admitting they were dead wrong and don't really understand how prospecting works.

  4. Watched part of the Fresno game on the tube. In the 9th Runzler gave a no doubt home run to make the score 6 - 4 and then Hembree came in with 2 outs and gave up a no doubt 2-run home run to tie the score. :(

    Carter also hit a no doubt home run to left center early in the game. :)

    I don't see Dominguez succeeding in a call up until he learns to hit the off speed stuff and I haven't observed that he can yet. Major league pitchers would just toy with him.

    APGiants fan

    1. No pitch recognition for Chris D. Still, he's hanging tough this year in limited action.

    2. It helps Bean a lot to rough up our prospects a bit...especially when Runzler and Hembree had been lights out up to that point.

  5. I'd like to take a second to recognize one MR. Susac. Panik is killin it, and that's a very, very excellent thing. However, in the same class comes Andrew Susac who has quietly collected a .290/.388/.895 slash in 22 games (to Panik's 25). I mean, kid is lookin good. 9 XBH out of 20. Any reports on the progress behind the plate that we've gathered around here? The season is young but these two guys are looking very nice thus far along. Both kids turn 23 this year, with Panik being the younger.

    Now, I hope Rickie doesn't get lost in the shuffle and excitement. However, I need to be honest that Oropresa's accumen did not hold the same promise as either of these other two's. If Rickie is going to make it (and I know you're pullin for him Doc), I think it's going to be a longer road, and he's going to have to "prove it" big time at the ML level when he gets there.

    It's hard not to be happy about top position prospects doing so well in the Eastern League, and these two are certainly no exception. With the low minors' pitching, there's another youth wave on the way to SF!


    1. Ricky did not get many AB's in spring training because the organization saw fit to keep him in big league camp long after all the other prospects had been sent down. Just saying.....

    2. Ricky looked good in spring training. I'm telling it how it is. If I thought otherwise, I would keep a polite silence. He's a much better prospect then some give credit.