Thursday, May 2, 2013

Down on the Farm: 5/2/2013

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies pounded the Sacramento River Cats 11-5:

Juan Perez(RF)- 2 for 4, HR(5), BB.  BA= .276.
Gary Brown(CF)- 2 for 5, 2B, SB(2).  BA= .183.
Roger Kieschnick(LF)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .307.
Carter Jurica(2B)- 2 for 5.  BA= .351.
Jackson Williams(C)- 3 for 4, 3B, 2 HR(3).  BA= .222.

Big night for Jackson Williams.  Maybe the start of something good for Brown?  Have I said that before?  I really think Juan Perez could help some MLB team, especially with his experience playing 3B.

AA  Bowie Baysox defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 7-2:

Jarrett Parker(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .210.
Brett Krill(DH)- 3 for 4.  BA= .277.
Tom Vessella(LHP)- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.00.
Fabio Castillo(RHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.86.
Jose Valdez(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.38.

High A  San Jose Giants beat the Bakersfield Blaze 4-2:

Shawn Payne(LF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .290.
Angel Villalona(1B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .223.
Ty Blach(LHP)- 5.1 IP, 11 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.88.
Josh Osich(LHP)- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 1.29.
Hunter Strickland(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.50.

Payne must have major defensive issues in the opinion of organization.  He was lifted for a defensive replacement in the person of Chris Lofton late in the game.  Angel V is hitting .341/.400/.561 over his last 10 games.

Low A  Hagerstown Suns edged the Augusta Greenjackets 3-2:

Trevor Brown(2B)- 2 for 4.  BA= 254.
Eric Sim(C)- 1 for 3, HR(1), BB.  BA= .183.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 2.83.
Derek Law(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.08.
Ian Gardeck(RHP)- 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.75.

Stratton gave up all 3 runs in the 2'nd inning after walking the first two batters.


  1. Looks like Villalona figured SOMETHING out. He has been lights out the last couple weeks. Is he restricted to 1B, or is there any chance he can move back to 3B?

    1. If you seen Angel play, it's difficult to envision him playing 3B. Not sure he even cuts it as a 1B with the Giants as they have always favored 1B with range and atheticism. The bat has a chance to be very special, though.

    2. Villalona struggled his first 10 games but has been on fire since (yeah, now has game details for minor leaguers!), over two weeks now. He's been hitting at a rate equivalent to what Gyorko and Altuve did a couple of years ago (but they did that over a full season) at the same rough age (he's 22, Gyorko was 22, Altuve 21) in Cal League, so he's currently doing something special, but will need to continue this for a couple more months to show that he's truly back as a special prospect, I think.

      He's been saying that he wants to return to 3B at some point and been taking fielding practice there regularly (though that was before his incarceration), but given how fat he got while out and had to work hard just to drop back down to 240-250 pounds, I don't see how he is going to accomplish his dream there. Still, most reports early on had him being good defensively so I don't think it is too much to hope for average defense at 1B as long as he keeps his weight down. And if his bat is as special as it seems to be right now, average defense should be more than enough to get a starting role.

    3. I don't see any comparison whatsoever between Angel V and Gyorko/Altuve. Entirely different type of player. Having seen him recently play in person in two games, I will categorically say he's not going back to 3B.

      I'm tellin' ya. The bat has a chance to be special! Not saying it's going to be, but it has a chance. Forget about Gyorko and Altuve. He has a chance to be a RH hitting version of Big Papi, except I like his swing better than Big Papi's.