Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Down on the Farm: 5/6/2013

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies defeated the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 7-5:

Kensuke Tanaka(2B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .357.
Gary Brown(CF)- 2 for 4, 2 SB(4).  BA= .205.
Hector Sanchez(C)- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .500.
Brett Pill(1B)- 3 for 4, 2 2B, HR(7).  BA= .356.
Chris Heston(RHP)- 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 5.82.
Heath Hembree(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, Save(8).  ERA= 2.35.

Good to see Brownie successfully steal a couple of bags.  Big game for Brett Pill.  Hector drew 2 walks.  The 9 K's would seem to indicate that Heston had good stuff.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Bowie Baysox 6-3:

Ryan Lollis(DH)- 3 for 5.  BA= .236.
Jarrett Parker(CF)- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .245.
Jack Snodgrass(LHP)- 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 7/1. ERA= 2.60.

Squirrels scored all 6 runs in the first inning.  Snodgrass tweaked a hammy covering 1B.

High A  San Jose Giants edged the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 6-5:

Shawn Payne(DH)- 1 for 4, 2B, BB, 2 SB(12).  BA= .267.
Elliott Blair(CF)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .207.
Devin Harris(LF)- 1 for 4, HR(10).  BA= .274.
Angel Villalona(1B)- 1 for 3, 2B, SF.  BA= .217.
Bobby Haney(SS)- 0 for 1, 3 BB.  BA= .222.
Clayton Blackburn(RHP)- 5 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 3.00.
Cody Hall(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.14.

Low A  Game 1  Asheville Tourists topped the Augusta Greenjackets 6-2:

Rafael Rodriguez(LF)- 1 for 3, HR(1).  BA= .180.
Ben Turner(1B)- 2 for 3.  BA= .235.
Ian Gardeck(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.21.

RafRod!  Gardeck now has 5.2 consecutive scoreless frames over 4 games.  He's struck out 7 with 4 BB's in that span.

Low A  Game 2  Augusta Greenjackets stung the Asheville Tourists 4-1:

Jesus Galindo(CF)- 0 for 1, 2 BB, SB(16).  BA= .260.
Andrew Cain(RF-LF)- 1 for 2, 2B, BB.  BA= .161.
Martin Agosta(RHP)- 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 10 K's.  ERA= 2.01.
Stephen Johnson(RHP)- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(3).  ERA= 1.59.

Agosta now has 45 K's against 13 BB's in 31.1 IP.  Johnson has 20 K's against 7 BB's in 17 IP and just 4 BB's in his last 14 IP over 10 appearances.  If Johnson can keep his walk rate down, he has a chance to be special.


  1. I loved that Martin Agosta pick. Nice to see him rocking the Sally something fierce.

    Doing some research into Nick Petree last night, I ran into one of those draft obsessive gigantic ranking lists you find over at minor league ball. Opinions vary, but I see a fair amount of love for Agosta. He usually slots right around the 20th RHP starter in the draft. Stratton is usually somewhere from 3-7.

    One of the under the radar guys from 2012 is Chris Johnson, the RHP out of Portland. He is young for the draft with an August birthday, he had a mixed bag stint at S/K with a 10.4/H per 9 but also 8.7K/9 and 4.27K/BB. I'm curious if he gets the call once Stratton and Agosta leave the friendly confines of the Sally.

    I want to know what velocity McVay is throwing. Reports vary, he's a TJ survivor but I have read some where he's up to 92-94 and touching 95. I am really getting the feeling McVay might be THE steal.

    See, this 2012 draft is turning out to be awesome. Just goes to show you gotta let things breath a bit and not get all worked up about what the Giants didn't get.

  2. Would the Giants strategy this year in the draft be hitting? Since theres a lot of promising young arms in the system and not enough hitting.

    1. The more I look at this draft the more strength I see in pitching, both headliners and depth. Makes for an interesting time, you can't chase org needs and put a square peg in a round hole. Also, you can never have enough arms. Well, at least that's the philosophy the Giants subscribe to.

    2. Am assuming that both players (hitter and pitcher) have the same rating on the Giants draft board, Who would they take? Looking at the past 3 drafts you could say that the Giants have gone for org needs in the 1st round.

      Before you could find hitting way more easier than pitching in free agency but nowadays thats not the case, you only get over the age players asking for 10yr contracts worth $200+ million. Its good to have a mixture of both if you can.

    3. First 5 rounds 2008 - 4 hitters/1 pitcher; 2009 - 3 hitters/3 pitchers (I'm counting the large Matt Graham overslot); 2010 - 3 hitters/3 pitchers (I'm counting the large Mike Kickham overslot); 2011 - 3 hitters/4 pitchers (I'm counting the large Josh Osich overslot); 2012 1 hitter/4 pitchers.

      In 2008 they had a big need for hitters in the system. In 2012 they had a big need for pitchers. Interesting to look at it that way. The 3 in between years they tried to grab extra pitching talent in an undercover way with the bonuses in the 6th round. Its not quite the splash of a big bonus baby, but it is spending moneys.

      I'd say most of the time they would take pitching over hitting if all things were equal. But you have the Belt scenario where Mapson yelled and screamed in the draft room as a counter example. Also, in the past 3 years scenario - Brown and Stratton were pretty consensus good value picks at the spot. Panik? The exact opposite!

    4. I think the Giants are in a position where they can afford to go BPA in the draft. If a promising 5 tooler like Ervin or a power hitter like Renfroe are there at #25, I have to say I will be somewhat disappointed if they pass, unless it's a darn promising pitcher that trumps them. I think SS is the weakest position in the organization. Yeah I know Crawford is doing well at the MLB level, but after that it's held together with bailing wire. If the Giants chose to go for a high ceiling up-the-middle position player like a Mercado or Jan Hernandez there, I'd be OK even if it's seen as a reach by some.

    5. This Riley Unroe character is getting some serious helium. I like them taking shots at SS, I think I might like the under the radar snag of a guy like Tre Arbet or Unroe if he doesn't get hyped in the 3rd over spending big on a SS in the first this year. The guy that is hard to figure out is that Virginia prep Andy McGuire. Can he stick at short? Is the bat special? He's not the fastest guy but he's not slow either. His RH swing is described as "pretty" which doesn't happen very often.

      Doc when you get a chance check out the Iowa prep lefty Jacob Brentz. BLF has a blurb up, and Mayo actually put up video of him. Lefties that throw mid to high 90s... This guy is sort of coming out of nowhere.

      I like Ervin or Renfroe, not digging a lot of the other college hitters. I like Kaminsky, Wesley, Bickford and Casey Shane as far as prep arms. There will be a big choice of arms on the board if they want to go that route.

    6. A lefty who can hit 97? Yeah, sign me up. Just don't try to sell me any of those soft tossers!