Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Down on the Farm: 4/9/2013

AAA  Fresno 4  Las Vegas 1

Kensuke Tanaka(2B)- 2 for 3, Sac.  BA= .429.
Carter Jurica(SS)- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .375.
Jackson Williams(C)- 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .188.
Yusmeiro Petit(RHP)- 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 5.06
Heath Hembree(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(2).  ERA= 0.00.
Zack Wheeler(RHP, 51's)- 5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.12.

I guess the 8 hits allowed is a clue that these numbers may not translate to the majors for Petit.  He's just too hittable.  Kind of a so-so start for Wheeler.  You'd like to see more dominance at this level before you bring  him up to the MLB level.

AA Bowie Baysox out hit the Richmond Flying Squirrels 8-7:

Ryan Lollis(CF)- 2 for 5.  BA= .208.
Joe Panik(2B)- 2 for 5.  BA= .240.
Adam Duvall(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .450.
Jarrett Parker(RF)- 1 for 2, 2B, BB, HBP.  BA= .267.
Craig Westcott(RHP)- 5 IP, 4 H,1 R, 1 BB, 6 K's. ERA= 1.00.

Duvall continues his hot hitting.  So far, Parker is doing at least as well at AA as he did in San Jose.  Ricky is struggling.

High A  San Jose Giants beat the Stockton Ports 5-2:

Eliezer Zambrano(C)- 1 for 3, HR(1), BB.  BA= .200.
Elliott Blair(RF)- 1 for 3, HR(1), HBP, SB(1).  BA= .375.
Adalberto Mejia(LHP)- 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Jeff Soptic(RHP)- 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.60.
Josh Osich(LHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

That is a lot better start for Mejia than last year in Augusta.  Osich and Soptic are hard throwers who showed their strikeout stuff here.

Low A  Savannah Sand Gnats stung the Augusta Greenjackets 7-2:

Mitch Delfino(3B)- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .227.
Benjamin Turner(1B)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .357.
Travious Relaford(2B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .250.
Mason McVay(LHP)- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

McVay is a big LHP who may have starter potential.


  1. What do you make of Carter Jurica bypassing AA (and Ehire in the process)? Do they think of him as better than Ehire, or do they view him as an org player who is send to fill in wherever he is needed?

    1. Ehire has a much higher ceiling than Jurica because of his ability to play SS at an elite level. I think its a combination of Jurica being being older, having repeated the Cal League and organizational needs. Also, Panik's move over to 2B and need to play at AA kind of forced their hand with Jurica. Jurica is in a tough spot with Scutaro and Noonan ahead of him in the majors and Panik behind him at AA. He's probably trade bait if he plays well.

    2. With Abreu hurt and Noonan already in the majors, the Giants don't have a lot of depth when it comes to middle infielders. Since neither Tanaka or Adrianza has shown the ability to play multiple positions, and Jurica had a solid season last year and has draft pedigree, it seems like they jumped him with the thought that he would be next in line for a utility spot in case of an injury on the big squad.

    3. Jurica's bat is more developed than Adrianza's. Yes, organizational needs played a role in minor league assignments.

  2. brown just joined fb and according to him, wheels had really good stuff last night.

    remember, takes time to adjust from el to pcl

    i think its smart that the mets moved to the pcl. will help their pitchers throw in the band boxes in the east

    so doc, are you gonna take in one game of the sj/ie series?


  3. Report from Fresno: Made the drive north to Fresno on a beautiful evening for baseball. Not a whole lot of fans in the stands. Zack was throwing hard and had quite a disparity between his fastball - which ranged from 90 to 95 and his curve, which ranged from 74 - 77. There was a reading of 97 on one Wheeler fastball and the board showed 99 on his last pitch, which Jackson Williams hammered into right center for a double. The board had shown other numbers which clearly were not accurate - like 40 on some fastballs, so I am not sure about the 99. It did jump off Jackson's bat as he hit it. Zack did not seem to have much movement on his faster pitches. He got swings and misses on his fastballs that were around 91 MPH. In contrast Petit was throwing around 85 most of the night. He hit a high of 88 in the second inning. He gave up at least one hit each inning, but managed to escape damage with runners on base. The only run he gave up was a homerun in the second.

    Tanaka looks like he got the yips out of his fielding, as he handled several chances at second with no problem. They play country music (Brooks and Dunn) when he begins his at bat. They play the Top Gun theme music when Roger K steps to the plate. Chris Dominguez played third with Perez in center and Brown getting the night off. Wheeler threw him a diet of off speed stuff and he struck out and hit into two groundouts. Not really sure why he is not tried as a pitcher, since it is clear he has little future as a batter. Jurica is playing well in AAA so far - interesting that he and Cavan were drafted the same year with Cavan having a better season in San Jose two years ago and now Carter is in AAA while Cavan is back at San Jose. Go figure. APGiantsfan

    1. Jurrica and Cavan - go figure, exactly.

      We are surrounded by mysteries in life.

  4. Ok a couple questions, do you know what's going on with c drew stiner, last I heard he was suspended for ban substances. And what's your thoughts on the Beltran for Wheeler trade now that we're a couple years down the road. I'm still a bit disappointed.

    1. The verdict on the trade is in. To hint new can appen that will change the verdict. We did not make the playoffs, so the RESULT of the trade is negative.

      However, the trade itself was a calculated risk. We were close, but needed a bat. Beltran was CLEARLY te best bat available, but he was expensive.

      It didn't work out. Sucks, but those are the breaks.

    2. "To hint" = "nothing"

      How did iPad autocorrect get "to hint"? LOL

    3. Completely agree with Calsnowkier.

      I think there is clear evidence that Brian Sabean and his lieutenants knew full well what they were giving up in Wheeler. There were some commenters out there who blithely said that since Sabes was willing to trade him, Wheeler would probably never pan out. I have never bought that argument.

      The Giants were still in the pennant race. In order to stay in it, they desperately needed a bat. Beltran was the best bat available. The cost of getting the best bat available was high. It didn't work out. End of story.

      Sabean said at the time that it was his and Tidrow's job to find another Wheeler to develop. If you look at the young pitchers in the lower minors, how hard they throw and how well they are performing, I would say he has made good on that promise and more.

      Don't know anything about Stiner other than what leadoff has already mentioned.

    4. Now it is being reported that Wheeler suffered a ruptured blister on his finger in the game last night. Recall that he tore a fingernail in is first pro season and missed several weeks. Wheeler still has a ways to go before proving he's got what it takes to be an ace.

    5. Not sure why everyone is questioning Jurica in AAA? He was drafted in the 3rd round, got hurt in A+ 11', hit .300 in A+ 12'(Org All Star), had a great ST this yr and was promoted. He is hitting .360 with a ++ OPS so far in this young season.