Sunday, May 26, 2013

Down on the Farm: 5/26/2013

AAA  Colorado Springs Sky Sox defeated the Fresno Grizzlies 8-6:

Cole Gillespie(LF)- 3 for 4, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .300.
Johnny Monell(C)- 2 for 5.  BA= .256.
Chris Heston(RHP)- 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K's, 2 HBP, GO/AO= 8/2.  ERA= 5.63.
Dan Runzler(LHP)- 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.72.

Considering this was Colorado Springs, that is not such a bad line from Heston.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels demolished the Altoona curve 20-9:

Jarrett Parker(RF)- 4 for 5, 2B, 2 HR(10), BB, HBP.  BA= .266.
Joe Panik(2B)- 2 for 5, BB, SF.  BA= .292.
Adam Duvall(3B)- 2 for 7, 2B.  BA= .306.
Ryan Lollis(CF)- 3 for 5, HR(3), BB.  BA= .277.
Brett Krill(LF)- 3 for 3, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .286.
Travious Relaford(SS)- 2 for 6.  BA= .243.

So, who says the Eastern League is tough on hitters?  Parker has a huge game and is on fire.  I wonder what Roger Munter has to say about THAT?  Is Travious Relaford gaining a foothold in AA filling in for Adrianza?

High A  San Jose Giants got the day off after a swing through SoCal.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets topped the Savannah Sand Gnats 3-1 in 12 innings:

Shayne Houck(3B)- 3 for 5, BB.  BA= .305.
Matt Duffy(SS)- 2 for 6.  BA= .295.
Joseph Rapp(1B)- 2 for 5, 2B, BB. BA= .217.
Andrew Cain(LF)- 3 for 5.  BA= .245.
Justin Schumer(RHP)- 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 8.06.
Tyler Mizenko(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.79.
Derek Law(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(3).  ERA= 2.38.


  1. global warming finally having an effect on the el

    relaford has gotta make it to the show...think of the fun that kruk and kuipe will have with his first name


  2. It's good to see Mizenko get right back out there and do his thing.

  3. Parker has done this a couple of times. One of the years in SJ leading into the playoffs, and the playoffs themselves, he just went unworldly. Being dismissive of what prospects don't do or declaring them done is weak sauce. Susac is 9th in OPS now and Parker is 14th in the big bad Eastern. I don't check in that other board anymore, but I'm sure some mental gymnastics are going on to dismiss Parker's play as SSS.

    And what to do about Brandon Crawford's 325 BABIP? Its not high enough to be snidely dismissive. He's at 195 PAs, thats too many to be snidely dismissive. What are whiny debbie downer pessimists going to do? 285/356/459 and a F/G WAR of 1.6 INCLUDING a -0.2 UZR adjusted which as Giants fans we know is complete malarkey. Brandon Crawford is the Dude. And he's the posterboy that John Barr knows what he is doing.

    1. Speaking of John Barr and Brandon Crawford, I saw a recent mock draft that had the Giants taking Austin Wilson and wouldn't that be a classic John Barr MO pick? Not sure he can sell that one to Sabes and Tidrow, though.

    2. Over at Sickels I got into it a bit on the commenting with his draft guy for their latest mock draft. I can't quite put my finger on it, but the guy is rubbing me the wrong way.

      Austin Wilson... That's a big time risk/reward pick. But would he even sign at the 25? This is a guy who turned down big money as a prep and might go the Appel. I see him as too risky a draft pick with Stanford diploma and another shot coming the next year. The Giants definitely draft for signibility. So if they pick him, they'll sign him!

  4. In other Gillaspie news, Conor is doing well for the White Sox. A slashline of .291/.355/.433 and above average defense. Well on his way to a Bill Mueller-type of career. Maybe should have kept him and traded Panda for a pitcher or two?

    1. I assume this is tongue in cheek. Sando is at 296/335/454 and holding down a career 302/352/487 with 2523 PAs in the show. Gillaspie is holding his own this year though. OPS+ puts CG at 108 and Pablo at 128. Not perfect, different pitchers different parks different leagues... WAR puts CG at 1.0 and Pablo at 0.9, the dWAR being the difference, +.5 to -.3, a 0.8 swing. hey, Pablo needs to work on his defense. Not buying that completely. Gillaspie is benefiting from limited exposure to lefties and has a nice platoon split. Good for Conor G!

      Also, this will bring the Sabean haters some solace. See, he gave up on a prospect too early! Never mind every prospect hound has been bashing Conor for the past 2-3 years...

    2. Plus, there was no place for Conor G to play on the Giants and they were about to lose him to a waiver wire claim. Better to get something for him than nothing. BTW, anybody remember how AJP did in Chicago vs SF? How about Rowand? ChiSox play in a very hitter friendly park.

    3. Yeah, there was no realistic place to play Conor other than 3B and he's not going to push out Sandoval anytime soon.

      While it is true that the home park does play a big part in improving his numbers, I must give him props for so far hitting .295/.360/.410/.771 on the road, though I must note that his BABIP on the road is .367 and most likely will fall down a lot. If it fell to the .333 that he's doing at home right now, that would drop him to at least .703 OPS, which is not that good period, and especially so for a 3B. But if his home cooking props him up, and he stays that good at home, he could end up in the mid-700 OPS, which is not good, but pretty good pickup on the White Sox's part for not giving up much.

      Also, while we don't know Conor's talent level yet for BABIP in the majors, .333 is pretty high too. His career BABIP in minors is .318, .315 in two seasons in AAA. Shandler's MLE for him ranged widely the past three seasons, from .701 to .657 to .599 OPS, so he has not shown a lot of talent so far in the minors per that stat. If his current BABIP fell to .318, his overall OPS would be in the low .700 OPS, which would in line with his MLE's previously.

      I would also note that his batting line is inflated by his playing mostly as a platoon player, getting most of the AB's against RHP, few against LHP, which is currently at .227/.227/.273/.500, which would drop his overall batting line down a lot if he were playing fulltime. He has only started 36 out of 48 games so far.

      Any seller's remorse will be similar to all the bellyaching I saw on MCC when Brian Buscher was picked up by the Twins and he hit OK for a while, but then his true talent came out in spades. Still, if the ChiSox can manage a platoon at 3B to maximize Conor's value, good for them and good for him.

      I also thought I would mention something interesting, but his emergence at 3B and the addition of Keppinger, another former Giants, has displaced former hot first round pick, Gordon Beckham, whom a few people wanted over Posey, especially after Beckham had that hot start to his career. He has unfortunately for him, been very lost at the place since and appears to be reduced to a utility player now, at age 26.

  5. Conor G has been impressive in the handful of White Sox vs Halos games I've watched on FOX.. His offense doesn't surprise me, but he made all the defensive plays on balls hit to him. I have no problem with the trade because the only position Conor can play regularly is 3rd base and he's getting that chance with the White Sox.. Good for him..

    I'm sure those who are draft followers already know about Conor's little brother Casey who will be elgible for next years draft. He's a big LH power hitting 1st baseman for Wichita St who put up good power #'s this season. I'm wondering what's happened to Ricky O at Richmond.. He's missed a bunch of games including the last 2 where Richmond scored a total of 33 runs! I bet he wished he was in the game instead watching his teammates have all the fun..