Friday, April 5, 2013

Down on the Farm 4/4/2013

Weather spoiled the openers back east, while Mac Williamson and Clayton Blackburn were the Opening Day stars out west.

AAA  Tacoma Rainiers buried the Fresno Grizzlies 9-1:

Roger Kieschnick(LF)- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .250.
Brett Pill(1B)- 1 for 2, 2B.  BA= .500.
Sandy Rosario(RHP)- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

The top 3 batters in the order, Gary Brown, Kensuke Tanaka and Francisco Peguero went a combined 0 for 12.

AA  New Britain Rock Cats vs Richmond Flying Squirrels suspended after 3.5 innings tied 0-0.

High A  San Jose Giants outhit the Visalia Rawhide 8-7:

Mac Williamson(RF)- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .600.
Ryan Cavan(3B)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .400.
Devin Harris(DH)- 2 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .500.
Clayton Blackburn(RHP)- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 5/1.  ERA= 0.00
Bryce Bandilla(LHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Williamson and Blackburn were the stars of this one.

Augusta Greenjackets vs Lexington Legends postponed due to rain.

That east coast weather is a real SOB this time of year.


  1. Opening night at Recreation Park in Visalia was sublime and enjoyable as the weather was perfect and there was a packed house. The Little Giants prevailed in an 8 – 7 nail bitter that should not have been that close. Clayton Blackburn was masterful for 5 innings, striking out 6, including Cody Ross looking with a nice curve ball. Cody is on a rehab assignment. Both Blackburn’s fastball and off speed stuff were working. He presents a nice smooth delivery. He only pitched out of the stretch twice and the first time there would have been a stolen base except the batter fouled off the pitch. He takes a bit long to deliver his pitch from the stretch and will have to work on this. Relievers Jorge Burcardo and Jeff Soptic were not effective, although Soptic was betrayed by his defense. The second and third batters of the inning hit grounders that should have been outs, but a throw from Angel V. pulled Soptic off the bag and a throw from Cavan pulled Angel V off the bag. Both were very close plays and it appeared that the plays could have been made. Bryce Bandilla allowed 2 runners on base, one via a very nice bunt single and the other via a walk. He also got three outs via strikeout – all on swing and misses – one via a curve ball and 2 via the fastball. Cody Hall made it interesting by giving up a 2-run homerun in the bottom of the 9th but then proceeded to strike out 2 of the final 3 batters he faced with a ground out to 2nd sandwiched in between.

    I realize this is an extreme SSS (small sample size) observation, but Mac Williamson appears to be the real deal. His home run in the 4th was a “No Doubt Once it left his bat” shot to left center field. His Double in the 1st was another shot over the center fielder’s head that hit the fence (405 feet) on one bounce. He has nice speed and the look of a confident ball player. Angel V looks like he has been out of baseball for a couple years – he needs to work on his footwork around 1st as he was pulled off of first on 2 throws by Cavan (who has a nice arm) and it appeared that he could have stretched a bit more and made both plays. He did make a nice diving catch on a short pop up. He just looks a bit rusty. It is good to have baseball back in Visalia.

    1. Thanks for the great report. We always welcome firsthand reports from the scouting staff.

  2. APGiantsfan,
    Thanks for the write-up. Lots of great info. Could it be that the game featured three guys - Blackburn as a #3/#4 starter, Bandilla as hard thrower out of the pen and Williamson as the long sought home grown corner OF power bat - that have a real future with the Giants?

    1. +1 to all that. Thanks for the write up AP!

  3. What was Blackburn's velocity with his fastball.

    1. Does anyone know who has the slowest fastball in baseball right now?

      Who has the all-time slowest fastball?

    2. MPH is not posted - a total guesstimate would be around 90-91; he did not appear to have more velocity than the other pitchers. He did have very good control and threw both fastball and off speed pitches for strikes. - APGiantsfan

  4. hey is playing ie for a 4 game series starting april 19. i think im going on april 21 and taking a family to their first milb game (not my family, friends)

    sj looks like a powerhouse, and if you all dont think the giants stocked this team for a real good reason (cement sf presence in sj and throw the huge middle finger to the a's) ive got a bridge in nyc to sell ya

    too bad richmond got rained out...sell out, despite the inclement weather...great baseball fans in that city...they need a new ballpark, but its running into huge road bumps

    augusta's new owners will do more for the team than the iron man (who was all about selling himself) will not be surprised to see plans for new park really soon

    want baer to stand by his committment about the org investing in all the minor league clubs...

    wheeler had a bad first game too....the pcl takes time to adjust to after st for some


    1. Maybe 2 huge middle fingers.

  5. Where is Little Bochy? I don't see him on any rosters.