Sunday, August 18, 2013

Down on the Farm: 8/17/2013

AAA  Reno Aces smashed the Fresno Grizzlies 9-1:

Ehire Adrianza(SS)- 3 for 4, BB, SB(4).  BA= .330.
Brett Bochy(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.96.

Adrianza continues his remarkable hot streak.  He's obviously not going to hit .330 in the majors, but he has a K/BB of 1 with Fresno and has always had strong peripheral stats.  I think he's been underrated as a hitter.  It will be interesting to see what becomes of him.  I think he is out of options next spring and Crawford certainly looks entrenched at SS right now.  I guess that's a good problem to have.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels scored single runs in the 8'th and 9'th innings to take a 2-1 lead, but the Bowie Baysox came back with 2 in the bottom of the 9'th for the walkoff win:

Skyler Stromsmoe(2B-SS)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .213.
Joe Panik(PH-2B)- 1 for 1.  BA= .261.
Jose Valdez(RHP)- 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.74.
Drew Bowlin(RHP)- 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 7/2.  ERA= 3.54.
Josh Osich(LHP)- 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 6.53.

Either the Giants have decided to stretch out Valdez and Bowlin and try them as starters or this was a bullpen game and there is a SP opening in Richmond.  I have always been intrigued by the idea of Valdez as a starter.

High A  San Jose Giants defeated the Inland Empire 66'ers 4-2:

Chris Lofton(CF)- 1 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .247.
Mac Williamson(RF)- 1 for 1, 2B, 2 BB. BA= .276.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .325.
Kelvin Marte(LHP)- 6 IP,  8 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.72.
Chris Marlowe(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.45.
Derek Law(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(9).  ERA= 2.04.

Augusta Greenjackets vs Savannah Sand Gnats doubleheader rained out for second day in a row.

Tyler Horan(RF)- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .294.
Jake Smith(RHP)- 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.56.
Dan Slania(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.08.

Overall, Smith has 40 K's against 18 BB's in 30.1 IP with a modest GB tendency.

Rookie AZL Giants stopped the Dodgers 5-4:

Christian Arroyo(SS)- 3 for 4, 2 2B, 3B.  BA= .309.
Ryder Jones(3B)- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .351.
Craig Massoni(1B-RF)- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .280.
Donald Snelton(LHP)- 4.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 9/0.  ERA= 1.59.
Jake McCasland(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.76.
Carlos Alvarado(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.45.

I find myself becoming irrationally exuberant about Christian Arroyo.  The hit tool seems to be for realz.  Ryder Jones hasn't been too shabby either, although his power seems to have dropped off a bit.  Arroyo has 21 XBH's on the season to Jones 10.

DSL  Giants beat the Padres 7-3 in a rain-shortened game to 7 innings:

Jean Angomas(LF)- 2 for 4, 2 SB(9).  BA= .264.
Gustavo Cabrera(CF)- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .234.
Nathanael Javier(3B)- 3 for 3, 2B. HBP.  BA= .230.
Eusebio Encarnacion(RHP)- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.77.

Gustavo is hitting .306 over his last 10 games and .293 in 22 games post All-Star break.  I'm a little irrationally exuberant about him too!  Javier is hitting .271 in 21 games post All-Star break.  Angomas has done some interesting things and Medrano was looking good before apparently getting hurt.  This DSL squad has some intriguing talent.


  1. Could Crawford move to 2b and free up Adrianza for Ss. Crawford's bat isn't bad and maybe better than Panik.


    1. I know Adrianza is supposed to be AMAZING at SS, but Craw has a cannon of an arm. I would hate to lose that at 2B. Any know about Adrianza's arm?

    2. According to a prospect book I buy, Minor League Baseball Analyst, he has a plus arm. BA notes that he's gifted SS defensively. Would be a hard choice, I would just trust the Giants to place them to maximize the defense.

      Like DrB, I've liked Adrianza for a long while (I'm still his adoptive fan on MCC, I've held onto him for years now). Both for his defense as well as his good peripherals, we need to remember that he's been mostly young for the leagues he's in, plus he's ultra skinny. But he's catching up in age and adding a few pounds too (basically he and Sandoval should change eating habits...).

      I think that the Giants still hope that he can become a starter, and as noted below, competition is good. I think they will keep him at SS in 2014 (age 24 season), and Crawford will be 27 next season. Could be ready for the majors by 2015 and Crawford at 28 might be starting to slow down, so a move to 2B could be the tonic. That is, if Panik doesn't beat him there first. Competition is good...

  2. Adrianza could provide stiff competition along with Noonan, Abreau for a backup utility infielder role at the very least because he's an excellent defensive SS from reports. If he shows that his hitting has developed during Spring Training, maybe that'll make Crawford take notice too. Competition is a good thing..


  3. Are there any sites that list remaining options?

    1. I wish! You just need to recall when a guy was placed on the 40 man and then look at his career stats to calc how many options has been used. Unfortunately, there is a loop hole too that when a player gets placed early, the team gets an extra option. Oy!

    2. I just recall from 2013 spring training that Pegs and Adrianza both had extra options, so I think they will both be out of options at the end of 2014 spring training. You can never be sure as the rules are complex and have a lot of exceptions.