Friday, June 28, 2013

Down on the Farm: 6/27/2013

AAA  Salt Lake City Bees pulled away from the Fresno Grizzlies with a late surge 9-4:

Gray Brown(CF)- 3 for 5, 3B, SB(11).  BA= .245.
Nick Noonan(SS)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .556.
Brett Pill(1B)- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .350
Jackson Williams(C)- 2 for 4.  BA= .230.

Brownie is hitting .304/.360/.608 for the month of June.  He hit .180 in April and .248 in May, so it may be fair to say that is an expected adjustment curve to a new level.  It's just that we all expect everybody to hit the minute they arrive in Fresno.  A lot will depend on what he does going forward.  I don't think anyone expects him to slug .608, but it would be very reasonable to expect him to maintain a .304/.360 BA/OBP split going forward.

We can all stop waiting for Boof.  He gone for good.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Erie Seawolves 3-1:

Adam Duvall(3B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .272.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .214.
Jarrett Parker(RF)- 3 for 3, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .233.
Jack Snodgrass(LHP)- 7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 2.67.

Snodgrass has upped his K ratios the last 2 starts with 14 against just 1 BB in 14.1 IP.

High A  San Jose Giants edged the Stockton Ports 2-1 in 10 innings:

Kyle Crick(RHP)- 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 0.48.
Jose Casilla(RHP)- 2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.97.
Cody Hall(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.34.
Josh Osich(LHP)- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.52.dw

More dominance from Cricky.  I'm not sure any Giants pitching prospect has ever been this dominant for San Jose in recent memory.  His main issue is innings limited by pitch counts which is partly due to all the K's.  Good to see him walk only 1 batter in this game.

Addendum:  Wow!  I did not realize Crick has only started 5 games this season.  I guess the game I saw where he pulled his oblique was just his 3'rd start.  He's only pitched 18+ innings so far.  The 30 K's are pretty dominant though.

Low A  Asheville Tourists overran the Augusta Greenjackets 10-6:

Jesus Galindo(CF)- 2 for 5.  BA= .275.
Chuckie Jones(RF)- 2 for 3, HR(4), BB.  BA= .203.
Andrew Cain(LF)- 1 for 3, HR(4), BB.  BA= .227.
Kendry Flores(RHP)- 4 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.49.

So, 1 week after I declare Kendry Flores to be my new favorite Giants pitching prospect, he gets shelled!  6 of the runs came in the 4'th inning so there could have been a BABIPing here.

Short Season Salem-Keizer Volcanoes buried the Eugene Emeralds 9-3:

Tyler Hollick(CF)- 0 for 3, 2 BB, SB(7).  BA= .385.
Brandon Bednar(3B)- 2 for 4, Sac.  BA= .310.
Kentrell Hill(RF)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .240.
Ryan Jones(2B)- 3 for 4.  BA= .417.
Joseph Kurrasch(LHP)- 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.23.

Rookie AZL  Giants topped the Cubs 3-1:

Tyler Horan(LF)- 3 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .346.
Julio Pena(CF)- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .308.
Keury Mella(RHP)- 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.38.
Dusten Knight(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00
Nick Jones(LHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Tyler Rogers(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Mella is a DSL Graduate who is highly regarded.  Several pitching draftees make their pro debuts.  I have a strong feeling this is too low a level for Horan.

DSL  Giants vs Orioles1 postponed.


  1. What can you tell me about Joseph Kurrasch? I seem to remember that a lot of people did not like the pick when he was drafted last year. He seems to be a lefty that gets good results, but do we know how hard he throws?


    1. He played at Cal, in the pen. Transferred to Penn State, had to sit out, so he's old. That seems to be a primary reason to not like players, and the Giants seem to go after these types as a possible value play. Kurrasch is a crazy lefty, you can't trust those guys. He has a good frame, 6'2 205, (although he's apparently lost 2 inches on his milb profile, they have him listed at 6'0 even). He can get his fastball up to 92, sits high 80s/90. His out of the draft profile had him with a good change and a below average breaking ball, and a reliever label. Like a lot of lefties, he walks a lot of guys.

    2. He is a legit 6 2 215. Sits 89-91 with tail/sink on his fastball. Might have a few more in him when its all said and done. Change is indeed good. Has a big curve and is working on sharper one as well. I'd rate his curve average with potential to be above average (I haven't seen anyone put good wood on it all season). Also has a slider when it is on is average to above average. 4 pitches with 2-3 projecting at average to above average. Hit his stride at Augusta as a starter/reliever - 5-0 1.76 ERA - Also had a dominating 12 K performance that I saw where all his pitches were on especially the offspeed stuff! Has Ty Blach type talent in my book

  2. Well, Horan is a college player, and when one dominates in Rookie ball, that's one of the major concerns, that he's facing too low a competition.

    So why does a team place any college player in Rookie ball? To get a feel for him first before assigning to a seasonal league? If so, that would mean that they didn't really know him that well before drafting him, wouldn't it? I guess another reason is rehab if he was injured just prior to drafting, and thus the team needs to know where he is now.

    That was a good game for Brown, no strikeouts! He had a strikeout each game for 9 straight games! And multiple K's in 4 of those games (and 5 of 12 games). But he had a 14 game hitting streak (and 17 of 18) prior to his two oh-fers just before this game, so hopefully he's continuing his good hitting mechanics, with this 3 hit game.

    The more exciting thing about Crick: only one walk! Leading to a great 8:1 K/BB ratio. Yeah, the injury really took away a lot of time. Do you think we need to worry about his injury regarding his long-term health? Or is this a one-time thing? (I don't recall what he got shut down for, sorry)

    1. For one thing, I think Horan came from a relatively small program. The Giants have tended to start smaller program guys out in Rookie ball. It also depends on availability of roster spots.

      Crick's injury was an oblique strain. Those can be recurrent if not handled properly, but he was out a long time, so I would think the Giants made sure he was fully recovered before sending him back out there.

  3. I think Crick and Susac have to be high up on the untouchable list. Cody Hall and Osich are going to start moving methinks, and that makes Hembree even easier trade bait.

    Gary Brown is putting something together. Is he for real? I have spent too much of my time defending him in interwebz forums. I want to believe he's putting it together and maturing into a MLB ready guy. Gotta head the Boss on this, and if Sabean says Kieschnick and Brown aren't ready to face MLB pitching, that's the case. Its easy to forget that if Brown simply puts up 260/310/360 with his defense he's a valuable piece, in this offensively challenged environment. But if he does better he suddenly zooms up the ladder. These are the types of value plays the Giants have going on with their sleeper system.

    1. We'll see on Brown. These prolonged slumps that he seems to go into periodically can kill you at the MLB level. Just ain't got no time for that up there! I could see him sustaining a .304/.360/.450 or so long term which would make him a pretty valuable player. It's the .600 SLG% I don't see him sustaining.

  4. And Kyle Crick is #1 on BA's Prospect Hot Sheet this week!

    1. Nice. With the stat line he has put up, he deserves it.

  5. It's been a while, but the last Giants prospect who was so dominant in the minors was Timmy.

    1. Bummy had a pretty awesome Low A Season in 2008.

    2. Just to poop on the parade, so was Alderson...

    3. Eh, Alderson didn't hava gooda K/9 ratio ever.

    4. Yeah, Alderson, not so much.

    5. The Giants started Alderson out in San Jose in 2008. He went 13-4 with an ERA<3 but his K/9 was<8.

  6. Eric Surkamp comes off the 60 day DL and is assigned to Fresno.