Monday, August 26, 2013

Down on the Farm: 8/25/2013

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies defeated the Las Vegas 51's 4-1:

Johnny Monell(1B)- 3 for 4, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .282.
Chris Dominguez(3B)- 2 for 5, 2 2B, BA= .295.
Carter Jurica(2B)- 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .249.
Ydwin Villegas(SS)- 2 for 3, 3B, BB.  BA= .271.
Eric Surkamp(LHP)- 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.54.

6'th QS in a row for Surkamp.  He definitely should get a couple of starts in Sept.  I'd like to see some Chris Dominguez in Sept too!

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels shut down the Altoona Curve 3-0:

Adam Duvall(3B)- 2 for 4, HR(15).  BA= .259.
Jarrett Parker(RF)- 1 for 3, HR(17), BB.  BA= .240.
Edwin Escobar(LHP)- 6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.59.
Cody Hall(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.13.

Very nice to see a bounceback game from Escobar after he failed to get out of the first inning in his previous start.

High A  San Jose Giants smothered the Bakersfield Blaze 4-2:

Mac Wiliamson(DH)- 1 for 3, HR(24), HBP.  BA= .289.
Ryan Cavan(2B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .286.
Jason Forjet(RHP)- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.45.

Mac has now hit 4 HR's in his last 6 games.  Williamson is now in sole possession of 4'th place on the all-time single season HR list for SJ.  He is 3'rd in the Cal League in HR's.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets stung the Hickory Crawdads 6-1:

Mitch Delfino(3B)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .258.
Joey Rapp(RF)- 2 for 5.  BA= .261.
Rando Moreno(2B)- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .381.
Joe Kurrasch(LHP)- 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 12 K's.  ERA= 1.88.
Steven Okert(LHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.00.
Tyler Mizenko(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 2.86.

Giants have some sorting out to do at 2B in the lower minors.  Kurrasch is on fire!  For all of Mizenko's struggles, his ERA is still under 3.  Pitching beat hitting in this series against the Rangers's farm club.

Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes vs Eugene Emeralds suspended after 3 innings.

Rookie AZL  Giants topped the Angels 5-3:

Christian Arroyo(SS)- 3 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .324.
Jonathan Jones(1B)- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .221.
Julio Pena(LF)- 2 for 4.  BA= .236.
Luis Ysla(LHP)- 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.65.
Eury Sanchez(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.20.
Dusten Knight(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.16.
Carlos Alvarado(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.20.

Not much left to say about Arroyo.  What an impressive pro debut!  Tough to sort out all the pitchers in the AZL, but Ysla seems to have earned a look at higher levels.

DSL  Giants finished up a suspended game from 8/20.  They play a playoff game against the Red Sox today.


  1. It'll be interesting to see what the Giants do with the 40 man roster come September, and this off season.

    One of the fallout of the new CBA is the many of the players sign earlier,and thus start their pro career earlier. It seems to me that the Giants are having a hard time finding playing time for a lot of their players, especially players drafted in the last two years.

  2. Surkamp--Wow...Hard to pitch as well as he has in the PCL over such a stretch..He's toying with AAA hitters....He MUST be given three of 4 starts in September to gauge if he is a Potentikla starter for next year---I think he's the only one in the sytem that could be ready for that come April (Kickham needs work and lets just not rush ESCOBAR)...Hope DOMINGUEZ and MONELL get some Sept. time with the Giants..

    ESCOBAR and HALL was a great combo for Rich yesterday..Maybe both will be in the ML atr the end of next year?

    Amazing how a guy like KURASCH who was getting hammered in the NWL and was a head scratcher as a call up can rise up a level and pitch dominatly...We don't say this often enough around here, but maybe once again it might be some great work by the AUGUSTA (and San Jose for others) pitching coaches..

    And Dr. B is right, what more can be said about ARROYO..Could be the best , oe one of the best, hitting performance in the AZL...I wonder if any of the "EXPERTS" will make mention of this or try to excuse it away..


  3. Surkamp should be in the rotation right now instead of Zito! What are we doing?

    Mac is on a roll. It'll sure be interesting to see what he can do next year in Richmond. If he hits, look out. I wonder if Susac will start the season in AA. He's been injured so much, have they seen enough of him to promote him spring? Duvall is another one who's been limited, but I really have been impressed with him. When he's healthy, he hits. I'd think he'll be in Fresno for opening day. Maybe an interesting corner IF option in the future?

    Arroyo will look good in Augusta green next year. I'm guessing he'll join guys like Ragira, Horan and Bednar, as well as some of the 2012 draft picks that are in S-K. Looking at what the Giants have done recently, I'm thinking Arenado, Riley and maybe even Ryder will be in S-K next summer. Arroyo, no way.

  4. I wonder if Surkamp is throwing harder than before his surgery?

    1. Don't know, but my guess is no. His boxscore lines do not look typical of a hard thrower.

    2. you are probably right, but you never know.. Last 6 games of around 43 IP 27 H and 30K doesn't sound like a flame thrower but if Surkamp is or can add 1-3 mi/hr to his pre-TJ fastball, that can make him a little harder to hit and a huge difference for him because we know he has the other pitches and command..I really want to see him for 3-4 straight games in September..