Friday, June 14, 2013

Down on the Farm: 6/14/2013

AAA  Salt Lake City Bees defeated the Fresno Grizzlies 7-5:

Gary Brown(CF)- 1 for 2, 2 SB(8).  BA= .229.
Brett Pill(1B)- 1 for 4, HR(10).  BA= .362.
Roger Kieschnick(RF)- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .283.
Cole Gillespie(LF-CF)- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .272.
Kensuke Tanaka(2B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .320.
Johnny Monell(DH)- 1 for 2, 2B, 3 BB.  BA= .290.
Fabio Castillo(RHP)- 6 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 6.88.

Brown came out early, not sure why.  Castillo had better peripherals than the number of earned runs allowed would indicate.

AA  Reading Phightin' Phils topped the Richmond Flying Squirrels 3-1 in 10 innings:

Chris Gloor(LHP)- 7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.57.

High A  San Jose Giants edged the Visalia Rawhide 5-4 in 10 innings:

Brock Bond(2B)- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .209.
Angel Villalona(1B)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .243.
Skyler Stromsmoe(3B)- 3 for 4, 2B, BB, SB(1).   BA= .368.
Bobby Haney(SS)- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .259.
Eric Surkamp(LHP)- 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.91.
Jason Forjet(RHP)- 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.42.
Cody Hall(RHP)- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.67.
Bryce Bandilla(LHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.50.
Josh Osich(LHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(8).   ERA= 2.08.

Surkamp extends beyond 2 IP.  His peripherals looked better than his results in this one.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets beat the Charleston River Dogs 4-1:

Jesus Galindo(CF)- 1 for 4, SB(34).  BA= .273.
Ben Turner(C)- 2 for 4.  BA= .259.
Shayne Houck(3B)- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .275.
Chuckie Jones(DH)- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .205.
Rafael Rodriguez(LF)- 2 for 4.  BA= .230.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 3.56.
Tyler Mizenko(RHP)- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(15).  ERA= 0.61.

That's what we are looking for from Stratton.  Jones has a 4 game hit streak and is hitting .259 over his last 10 games with an OBP of .364.  RafRod is hitting .324 over his last 10 games.

Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Hillsboro Hops 3-2:

Tyler Hollick(RF)- 1 for 3, 2 BB, 2 SB(2).  BA= .333.
Shilo McCall(LF)- 2 for 2, BB, HBP.  BA= 1.000.
Chris Johnson(RHP)- 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

McCall and Hollick are probably the 2 most interesting prospects at S-K this year.  Chris Johnson is a holdover from last year when he put up a line of 2-4, 6.84, 48.2 IP, 11 BB, 47 K's.  Much nicer peripherals than results.  He's 6'4", 205 lbs.  17'th round pick in the 2012 draft.  Only 1 or 2 2013 draftees on the S-K roster so far.

DSL  Twins edged the Giants 1-0:

Raffi Vizcaino(RHP, 17 yo)- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.97.


  1. I saw that about Castillo. Without that 3-run homer, he did OK.

    Walter Guest

  2. Gints 10th rounder is one of 5 nominated for closer of the year:

    Too bad our big guy from Notre Dame didn't get the nomination as well.

  3. Could it be....RaffyRod is re-establishing himself?

    No, his overall numbers don't look good, but there's been a marked uptick in production over the last couple weeks. He's still young (turns 21 next month), and if he continues to progress this year he'll be a 21 y/o in San Jose this time next year. Moving a level a year, that puts him at 24 when he could conceivably be fighting for a big league roster spot. And that's if his progress doesn't speed the process up.

    I know I'm probably getting ahead of myself, but it's nice to think we have some players to get excited about.


    1. Adding on...

      Comparing to last year, in which his numbers are fairly similar (I know, not a great sign), he's hit more HR (in fewer ABs) and has a better OBP (more walks than last year). That may be the more encouraging piece Now if we can just see that BA continue to climb, we may be looking at a top prospect again (I know, he's a lot of work to do first).


    2. I am cautiously encouraged by both RafRod's recent play and by Chuckie Jones.

  4. It was a balmy evening at Recreation Park in Visalia and the evening started in the Cold Zone (a covered area down the left field line with table, benches and misters) with a bunch of fellow Kiwanians. The first two Arizona batters went double and home run. After that Surkamp settled down and pitched okay. He left in the fourth with a runner on (must have been on a pitch count). Forjet did him no favors as he managed to load the bases with 2 outs and then gave up a 2-run single to the back up catcher who was hitting .159 at the time. :( The Little Giants managed to battle back to tie the game going into the 8th inning. The G's had the bases loaded with Angle V and Mac coming up, but neither could plate a run. By this time my brother and I had moved to seats a dozen rows behind home plate. Going into the bottom of the 9th the home crowd was whipped into a frenzy by the "rally crowd" - one of the Rawhide employees and a bunch of kids holding signs. The crowd was as excited by the free stuff being tossed about (shirts and little baseball key chains) as they were with the prospects of a walk off. After the chants of "Let's go Rawhide" died down my brother and I along with a few other Giant fans started our own "Let's go Giants" chant. That set off some of the home town crowd with boos and cat calls and they responded with their own "Let's go Rawhide chant.

    In the bottom of the 9th Bryce Bandilla came on and proceeded to walk the first batter. The runner was bunted to second and with 2 outs there was a passed ball which put the runner at 3rd. Bryce struck out the final batter and we moved to extra innings.

    Chris Lofton hit a sharp line drive single in the top of the 10th and with 2 out he was on 2nd when Angel V came to the plate. He his a hard smash toward the shortstop who booted the ball and the go ahead run came in to score. They gave the shortstop an error, but Angel hit it on the nose.

    In the bottom of the 10th Josh Osich came on and retired the side. My brother and I again started up the chant of "Let's GO GIANTS" to the consternation of the home town crowd. It was great fun - there is nothing quite like minor league baseball in a nice intimate stadium.

    I checked with a scout after the game and he said that both Bryce and Josh were hitting 95 MPH with their fastballs. :)