Thursday, August 22, 2013

Down on the Farm: 8/21/2013

AAA  Las Vegas 51's outhit the Fresno Grizzlies 8-7:

Gary Brown(CF)- 4 for 6.  BA= .239.
Francisco Peguero(RF)- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .318.
Johnny Monell(C)- 1 for 3, HR(20), BB.  BA= .275.

Gary Brown seems to have gotten his stalled engine going again.  Frankie Pegs is tuning up for his Sept callup.  Hope Monell gets to at least sniff a cup of coffee someday.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Harriburg Senators 4-3:

Adam Duvall(3B)= 1 for 3, HR(14), BB.  BA= .254.
Jarrett Parker(RF)- 2 for 4, HR(16).  BA= .244.
Edwin Escobar(LHP)- 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.98.
Edwin Quirarte(RHP)- 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 7/1.  ERA= 2.49.
Josh Osich(LHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.96.
Cody Hall(RHP)- 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.17.

In case you are wondering, Escobar was pulled due to pitch limit rules.  He walked the first 3 batters he faced, one on 11 pitches and threw 34 in all.  Sounds like a case of being a little off at the beginning of the game and not being able to settle it down in time.  Parker's dingers was a walkoff blast.  His 16 HR's are tied with Roger K and Javy Herrera for the Richmond Franchise record.  Nice bullpen work buy Quirarte, Osich and even Cody Hall despite the unearned run he gave up.

High A  San Jose Giants outslugged the Stockton Ports 16-11 in 10 innings:

Mac Williamson(RF)- 3 for 6, HR(22).  BA= .282.
Devin Harris(LF)- 3 for 6, 2B.  BA= .258.
Eric Sim(C)- 3 for 4, BB.  BA= .298.
Jeff Arnold(C)- 1 for 1, HR(12).  BA= .252.
Myles Schroder(3B)- 3 for 6, 3B, SB(10).  BA= .266.
Clayton Blackburn(RHP)- 5 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 7 K's, 3 HR's. ERA= 3.83.
Derek Law(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.83.
Jose Casilla(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.38.

Myles Schroder is hitting .282 post All-Star Break and .318 in August so far.  Blackburn maybe didn't have his best command as he uncharacteristically walked 3 and gave up 3 dingers.  Was he hanging the curveball?  Derek Law was lights out once again.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets did not waste an epic performance by Kendry Flores outlasting the Lexington Legends 2-1:

Kendry Flores(RHP)- 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 15 K's!!.  ERA= 2.65.

OK, Bucardo pitched OK too as did Mason McVay, but Flores might have the line of the season here.  What a stupendous performance!  Second most K's in all the minors this year(Jesse Biddle struck out 16 early in the season).  It's not like this is out of the blue either.  Flores leads the Sally League in IP(135.2) and is 4'th in K's(134) while giving up 17, that's right, just 17 BB's ALL SEASON!  If that does not impress you, take a look at his line for his last 10 starts:  5-2, 2.43, 66.2 IP, 76 K's and 4, yes you read that right....4 BB's!!!!  My head exploded when I saw that!  If he is not #1 on BA's hot sheet this week, then I want to see the line of who is!  This kid is the sabermetrician's dream.  Why aren't the Fangraphs boys shouting his name from the rooftops?  Gotta think he has a chance for BA's top 100 after this season's performance.  Now, one problem is that this is his 5'th pro season, so the Giants have to add him to the 40 man rotation to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.  Not sure how many more prospects are in the same boat, but they could be looking at a roster crunch this offseason.

Short Season  Boise Hawks topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 5-2:

Tyler Hollick(CF)- 2 for 5, 2B, BB.  BA= .261.
Blake Miller(3B)- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .362.
Andrew Leenhouts(LHP)- 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.44.

Oregon homeboy Miller continues to feast on home cooking.  He raked at a small college program and is continuing to rake in the pros.

Rookie AZL  A's pounded the Giants 12-5:

Brett Kay(2B)- 4 for 5.  BA= .271.
Craig Massoni(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .295.
Leonardo Fuentes(LF)- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(3).  BA= .281.
Nick Gonzalez(LHP)- 2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.17.

Giants seem like they are going to have to weed out some of their 2B surplus one of these days.  Fuentes started the season very strong then apparently got injured.

DSL  Giants pounded the Twins 10-2:

Gustavo Cabrera(CF)- 2 for 4, 3B, HR(2), SB(20).  BA= .242.

Gustavo continues his strong finish to the DSL season.  Gotta be excited about that!  There was a completion of a previous DSL game too.  Same starting pitcher, Olbis Parra.  I had trouble figuring out when different events happened in that game.  Looks like Gustavo may have entered the game when it started yesterday. He went 1 for 1 with a walk and a steal of home.  His SB in the game listed above was of home too.  Love what we're seeing from Gustavo here at the end of the season!


  1. Alot of good stuff.....

    Love to see Frankie Pegs, Dominguez and maybe even Adrainza in the September Call ups...They have earned it.....On the negative side, sure seems like Dan Runzler is done or at least needs an organization change...He started off so well...A shame...

    At RIC, ESCOBAR indeed reached the Giants organizational pitch limit for an inning with 34 pitches (17 BBs), just din't have control from the start.....A not-so-good outing by Hall for a change but OSich picked the team up real well.

    And JARRET PARKER is a strange one....Power, smarts, fielding and speed...but just misses the ball way too much...Funny that he hhas hit almost idnetically between the hitting friendly CAL League and the opposite in the EL at Richmond.....

    Wow, what a slugfest in the CAL..looksl ike the ball was flying out...well, except for Derek Law again....The Giants keep finding these excellent late inning arms all over the place.....And you gotta love MAC ....

    Not much more to be said about FLORES..what a game..what a year...

    And in the DSL, Can't keep ignoring L. CASTILLO...26G 20SV..28IP 1ER 3BB 34K 0.33ERA .134 BAA...Ginats need to get him to the States...


    1. Something tells me Parker is going to put up similar numbers no matter what league he is in. Those would not be terrible in the majors.

    2. Hembree and Dunning in AAA, Hall AA, Law high A and Mizienko low A.

      And Dunnington.

      Looking good to us fans.

      I wonder how management see it.

    3. In regards to Parker: I'd say the SOs and low BA are the only real knocks. But if you look a little deeper, the combination of power, speed, and ability to get on base, makes him somewhat intriguing as a prospect.

      So, as is being suggested, and his numbers do translate from level to level....I'd be pretty excited to have an OF who projects to have the following:

      .350 + OBP
      15-20 HR
      15-20 SB

      All in a pitching-friendly league and ballpark.

      I'd be able to overlook the lower BA.


  2. Now THAT'S base-stealing! Stealing home, hardly ever see that in the majors today, and Gustavo did it twice, basically in the same day if I understand the timing right. That's what I've been expecting to get from Brown, using his speed to generate offense with stealing bases and base running.

  3. I am curious how Flores' current season compares with Crick's or Blackburn's last year.

    Also trying to remember if Alderson had a better season than, or at least comparable to, Madison's at Augusta.

  4. Flores: 21 YO, 21 starts, 135.2 IP, 109 hits, 1.1 BB/9, 8.9 K/9, 7.88 K/BB
    Crick: 19 YO, 22 starts(23 games), 111.1 IP, 75 hits, 5.4 BB/9, 10.3 K/9, 1.91 K/BB
    Blackburn: 19 YO, 22 starts, 131.1 IP, 116 hits, 1.2 BB/9, 9.8 K/9, 7.94 K/BB
    Bumgarner: 18 YO, 24 starts, 141.2 IP, 111 hits, 1.3 BB/9, 10.4 K/9, 7.81 K/BB
    Alderson: did not pitch at Augusta, San Jose was his first season
    AldersonSJ: 19 YO, 26 starts, 145.1 IP, 125 hits, 2.1 BB/9, 7.7 K/9, 3.65 K/BB

    Looks comparable but not really in my mind, Bumgarner had a superior K/9, Alderson did not.

    For comparison, SALLY metrics for 2013: 3.4 BB/9, 8.3 K/9, 2.48 K/BB, average age 21.7 YO.

    1. Thanks.

      While everyone is unique and develops on his own path, I still like to use Bumgarner as a rough guide.

      Not surprising that Crick's goal should be to work on his control.

      I can't wait to see how Flores and Blackburn will do next year.

      As far as how hard it is to get a hit off, Flores is almost right there with Madison, but Crick is in a league by himself.

  5. I am loving watching Gustavo come alive. All the negative nancy boys worrying about his hit tool need to step back.

    Kendry Flores, Andrew Susac, there are a bunch of guys who will threaten the back end of top 100 lists. Sleeper system baby! We have 10 strong starting pitching prospects, and they will be moving up to more advanced levels. Sure the hitting is a little bare. Be happy for what you got I says!

    1. Who are those 10, just curious?

    2. After Crick, I think ESCOBAR will not only threaten but emerge somkewhere in the back end of "expert's" top 100 . Blackburn is gonna be the close one....

      There are so many other highly talented pitchers (Hembree, Meija, FLores, Blach, Hall, Agota, Stratton, etc.)and strong new draftees (Arroyo for example) but I don'tthink they make these lists..even if some might deserve to be close....MAC WILLIAMSON might draw some consideration though, as will SUSSAC because of his position...JMO

      But, I'll be honest, I have seen SUSSAC live 6 games and have never really been impressed with any part of his game (but not unimpressed either)...


    3. You read and comment here every day and you don't know? Crick, Blackburn, Mejia, Escobar, Blach, Stratton, Agosta, Flores, Gregorio... 10 spot can go to Mella or Ysla. Then you also have Surkamp and Kickham. And the college pitching just drafted is doing alright as well.

    4. SteveVa - Blackburn should get on, he is already on Mayo's and was close for BA, he's also on Sickels. I agree with you about Escobar. Mejia could be a close one, if he gets an uptick in velocity like Joan G, he could gain major helium. I think Joan G and Flores will also be in that 100-150 land, like Panik, Brown and Stratton last year. Mac, villalona, susac because of scarcity and Brown/Panik will be our top 5 position guys but they most likely wont break top 100 lists

    5. I know roughly.

      I just don't know which 10 exactly...still don't, as you have alternates.

    6. To round out the top SP prospects, I'd throw in both Chris Johnson and Chase Johnson (this year's 3rd rounder) for consideration, given their respective performances so far in the NOR.

  6. SHANK - And though they are relievers, you can't really forget about guys like Hembree and Hall (despite his pedigree or lack of).........And it's too bad Hunter STRICKLAND was shut down for TJ surgey with the year he was having..For some reason, I often forget GREGORIO


    1. For me it's always Ty Blach, the forgotten Gigante. Love Cody Hall, he should threaten next year. Derek Law has some amazing stats, pretty nice pen sleeper.

    2. As a SJG season ticket-holder, Derek Law has been amazing to watch this year. He's virtually unhittable, which is something you couldn't say for more heralded bullpen names like Osich and Bandilla this year.

    3. Anon - Man, you have seen alot of good relief pitchers in SJ this year! Yeah, Bandilla and Osich are more heralded, but at least by stats, both were still prtetty darn good (especially Osich) for you....

      But what Cody Hall and Hunter Strickland were doing earlier in the year and Derek Law the last month or so, was amazing.....K's out the yin yang...WHIPS of around 0.7..And two youngsters the Giants got form other organizations and the other (Law) drafted out of Miami Dade CC with little fanfare....Plain and simle, the Giants know pitchers!


  7. @SteveVA - I'm really looking forward to seeing Mizenko, Okert and Stephen Johnson next year, not to mention the starting staff of Kendry, Gregorio, Lujan and either Agosta or Stratton if one or the other doesn't get bumped to Richmond. Btw, I'm a believer in Mac Williamson, offensively and defensively. I think he's got the goods to be the Giants starting LF by the end of 2015 or beginning of 2016.