Friday, July 12, 2013

Down on the Farm: 7/11/2013

AAA Fresno Grizzlies scored the winning run in the top of the 9'th inning to squeeze past the Sacramento River Cats 3-2:

Juan Perez(RF)- 4 for 5, 3B.  BA= .313.
Jeff Francoeur(LF)- 0 for 5, Assist.  BA= .154.
Ehire Adrianza(SS)- 2 for 4.  BA= .375.
Ydwin Villegas(2B)- 1 for 1, 3B, 3 BB.  BA= .375.
Eric Surkamp(LHP)- 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 6 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.81.
Brett Bochy(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.62.
Heath Hembree(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.54.

Adrianza gets the callup.  I've read that he and Villegas can put on quite a defensive show when they are paired at SS and 2B.  Whole coaching staff stops to watch!  Surkamp a bit wild in this one.

AA  Bowie Baysox smushed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 10-1:

Nothing to see here.

High A  Visalia Rawhide edged the San Jose Giants 6-5:

Chris Lofton(CF)- 1 for 3, 3B, BB.  BA= .256.
Kelby Tomlinson(SS)- 3 for 5, 2B, SB(5).  BA= .303.
Mac Williamson(RF)- 2 for 5.  BA= .272.
Myles Schroder(3B)- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .263.
Clayton Blackburn(RHP)- 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.35.

Schroder is hitting .308 over his last 10 games.  Blackburn continues to put up strong peripheral numbers.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets smothered the Savannah Sand Gnats 9-1:

Jesus Galindo(CF)- 3 for 5.  BA= .274.
Trevor Brown(2B)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .263.
Chuckie Jones(RF)- 3 for 4, BB.  BA= .217.
Eric Sim(C)- 2 for 5.  BA= .190.
Joan Gregorio(RHP)- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 3.52.
Steven Okert(LHP)- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 3.07.

Gregorio now has 63 K's against just 12 BB in 53.2 IP.  Okert has picked up his game with 14 K's against just 2 BB in his last 15.2 IP over 10 games with a GO/AO= 1.82.

Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes buried the Spokane Indians 9-1:

Tyler Horan(RF)- 2 for 5, 2B, SB(1).  BA= .267.
Ty Ross(C)- 4 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .800.
Andrew Leenhouts(LHP)- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.63.
Jake Smith(RHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.29.
Jeff Soptic(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.25.

Ross gets the quick callup from Rookie ball as you might expect for a draftee from an elite D1 program.  The Volcanoes drew 13 walks in this game!

Rookie AZL  Giants crushed the Indians 19-3:

Christian Arroyo(SS)- 2 for 5, 2B, 2 BB, SB(2).  BA=.282.
Ryder Jones(3B)- 0 for 5.  BA= .333.
Ryan Cavan(DH)- 3 for 4, HBP.  BA= .667.
Francisco Peguero(LF)- 1 for 4.  BA= .250.
Julio Pena(CF-LF)- 2 for 5, 2B, BB.  BA= .299.
Blake Miller(1B)- 2 for 3, BB, 2 HBP.  BA= .250.
Matt Pare(C)- 1 for 2, 3 BB, SF.  BA= .500.
Rando Moreno(2B)- 3 for 5, Sac, SB(4).  BA= .333.
Donald Snelton(LHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Ethan Miller(RHP)- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.05.

Giants are now 15-2 in Arizona League play.  Great to see the kids doing so well.  I'm not placing Matt Pare.  No info on his Bio page. He also had a PB and a throwing error in this game. I would think Cavan will be moving on from his rehab assignment soon.  I think this is Pegs' first game back from the concussion.

DSL  Giants vs Reds postponed.


  1. Matt Pare is an undrafted FA senior sign from Boston College or BU. I think he's a catch and throw/leadership guy.

  2. Andrew Leenhouts has very smooth mechanics, 3 pitches and is doing quite well. Fast ball is a high 80s jobby. If he can add strength to his frame, he could be something. 6'3 200 is a nice frame. Northeast pitcher, maybe he's a little steal. Could always go LOOGY later. What stood out to me was 60K in 37IP in rookie ball. He's off to a good start at S/K.

    1. Why did they wait until SS to assign Leenhouts? Was he injured?

      That was great in rookie ball, but he was 22 YO facing batters whose average age was 19.4, so he should have been very dominating. Meanwhile, he's already 23 YO and his numbers this season is only 20 K's in 27.2 IP, in SS, though his last two starts were very good. But still old, average hitter is 21.1 YO. I'd be more excited if he were doing this in SJ instead.

    2. I imagine partly due to having others racked and stacked? The Giants are pretty conservative with recent draftees and leenhoots was low on the draft totem pole. Indeed, old for the league, strict sleeper. The part to remember is he has smooth mechanics. Poor man's Ty Blach, so we will all forget about him for sure!

    3. Believe me, I fully understand the importance of age vs level, but obssessing over 10'ths of a year and making it an issue with every sleeper/marginal prospect is really taking it too far, IMO.

    4. OK, I agree with you to a point DrB. Among you, Shankbone, and I, and maybe a few others here, yes, making it an issue with every sleeper is taking it a bit far. We all understand that. However, I feel that most people don't understand that and look at Leenhouts numbers and think, wow, what a great prospect! And I like to think that a newbie might be reading here (anywhere) for the first time. So I bring it up.

      And I'm not obsessing over tenths of a year, I just habitually provide all the data available, and if the data source provides tenths, I generally provide it, I also do it when it is near the middle too, hence why I probably would still provide 19.4 vs. 19. But if that bugs you, I will try not to do that anymore, that helps my case even more anyway, a 22 YO facing on average a 19 YO is 3 years difference in experience, especially big since a 19 YO has little college or pro experience vs. a 22 YO. The way I like explaining it to people is like if you had a 12 YO facing a 15 YO, that's more stark a difference, but gets to my point about the difference in experience.

      I feel that 2-3 years difference in age, when they are pretty much just out of HS or college, is a huge difference. I'm very impressed by Leenhouts 2012 ratio too, but felt the need to point out that there is a strong mitigating factor why he was so good, to those who might not understand. Maybe he can maintain it going up the ladder, but his 2013 so far suggests not, as he is older again, by 2 years, but not striking out as many in his earlier starts.

      I was trying to temper excitement over him, but I didn't say we shouldn't follow him or that he would fail. He is not so old that he can't rise about one level a year and if he could do mostly, he could make the majors by 27-28.

      But still it is harder for these guys to make the big show. But to your point before, pitchers are pitchers, no matter what level they are at, so his stuff might translate nicely up at a higher level.

    5. Sorry, everybody. I removed a couple of comments that should not have happened and it was my fault. Apologies to ogc.

  3. Quiet day on the team front. I need some help clarifying something. I've never understood the GO/AO stat. What does it mean, and how do you all interpret it? GO = Groundout? AO = ?? Thanks for any knowledge you can provide me.

    1. I think AO= Air Out. It's a quick and dirty way to estimate groundball rates or ratios. GB% and FB% are more accurate, but someone over at Beyond the Boxscore did a study that showed a pretty good correlation.

    2. Thanks! So, say for Gregorio... 1.82 GO/AO means he's inducing a lot of groundballs, or more flyballs?

    3. More groundballs. A GO/AO< 1 is a flyball pitcher. 1.00-1.5 or so is a GB pitcher. 1.5-2.0 is a strong GB tendency and >2.00 is an extreme GB pitcher. At least that's how I look at it.

  4. It seems often we see 'nothing to see here' from our Richmond team.

    Am I hallucinating?

    1. I think that's right. Not much in the way of pitching prospects and all the hitters are struggling right now.