Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Down on the Farm: 8/27/2013

AAA  Sacramento River Cats edged out the Fresno Grizzlies 2-1:

Tony Abreu(2B)- 2 for 3, 2 2B.  BA= .328.
Chris Dominguez(1B)- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .298.
Nick Noonan(3B)- 1 for 3, 2B, HBP.  BA= .247.
Justin Fitzgerald(RHP)- 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 5.79.
Jake Dunning(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.31.

AA  Reading Phightin' Phils and Richmond Flying Squirrels traded late inning rallies with the Phils coming out on top 9-8:

Javier Herrera(RF)- 4 for 5, 2B.  BA= .298.
Adam Duvall(3B)- 1 for 5, HR(16).  BA= .257.
Angel Villalona(1B)- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .240.
Ryan Lollis(CF)- 2 for 5, 2B, SB(5).  BA= .268.

Do you think Angel V is excited about his AFL assignment?  Hey!  Isn't he on the 40 man roster?  Do you think he'll get a Sept callup?  I'd love to see him get a handful of MLB AB's before he goes to the AFL.

High A  Visalia Rawhide whipped the San Jose Giants 6-1:

Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 2 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .308.
Trevor Brown(2B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .143.
Clayton Blackburn(RHP)- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K's, GO/AO= 7/1.  ERA= 3.65.

Ricky has a total of 14 HR's this season between AA and SJ.  Not much else to say about Blackburn.  Very successful season at a fairly high level for his age.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets defeated the Lexington Legends 6-2:

Shawn Payne(LF)- 3 for 4.  BA= .271.
Joey Rapp(1B)- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .264.
Martin Agosta(RHP)- 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.06.
Danny Sandbrink(RHP)- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.00.
Jorge Bucardo(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.88.

Joey Rapp is a guy who has gotten progressively stronger over the course of the season.  He is hitting .324/.390/.541 over his last 10 games, .323/.406/.484 in 26 games in the month of August and .287/.356/.421 in 56 games post All-Star.

Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes were idle.

Rookie AZL Giants topped the D'Backs 4-2:

Johneshwy Fargas(CF)- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .299.
Christian Arroyo(SS)- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .322.
John Riley(DH)- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .197.
Julio Pena(LF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .242.
Keury Mella(RHP)- 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.25.
Nicholas Gonzalez(LHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.04.
Nick Jones(LHP)- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.93.

Fargas has quietly had a successful pro debut.  This was just his second start since 8/17, though.  Arroyo keeps rolling.  Very nice finish to the season for Keury Mella!  7 shutout innings with 8 K's and 1 BB over his last 2 appearances.

DSL  Giants vs Red Sox playoff game 2 suspended after 8 innings with the Red Sox leading 8-3.  Gustavo DNP again.


  1. How about some kind of AFL preview? Who made it? Who didn't? What you think Brown, Noonan and Panik will do with their extra time... that kinda stuff.

    1. Not much to say about the AFL. I'm most intrigued by Angel Villalona's invite and what that means for how the organization is viewing him. Historically, it has been unusual for international prospects to be invited there because they can play winter ball in their home country. I'm reading the tea leaves as Angel V has serious helium within the organization.

      Maybe Brown just needs some time off? Maybe get completely away from baseball for awhile and clear his head. I would think Noonan will be a Sept callup. Panik will probably get Sept off then go to Instructs in Oct.

    2. I do recall mention this once here, with respecting to Belt, that a player sometimes can use some time off to clear his head.

      An empty tea cup can not receive.

      That Belt started to hit after that was strictly coincidental, as I follow the team more with my heart than my mind. Being knowledgable is not that critical for me.

  2. What do you think the ETA is for the all the big arms?

    It seems like once a pitcher begins a season in AA, they are officially "on the radar" and could make the jump at any time if needed. That means that Blackburn, Crick and Mejia have to have at least a moderate possibility of being fill-ins next year and full contributors by '15, with Escobar likely (??) to take a slot by mid-season next year.

    Stratton and Agosta still need to prove at higher levels and Blach may get squeezed due to the sheer numbers of competitors.

    1. I'll take a shot at that:

      2014 - Escobar (late season)
      2015 - Crick, Stratton, Agosta, Blach (mid-to-late season)
      2016 - Mejia, Blackburn, Flores or Gregorio


    2. The EL is a fairly easy place to pitch. IMO, Giants pitching prospects need at least a half season "prove it" stint with Fresno before the get promoted. Timmy, Bummy and Cain all spent some time there so I'm betting the Giants feel the same way.

    3. One problem with trying to gauge ML dates is that it will be different then a "ready" date becasue the Giants are going to have a surplus of ready pitches and they will need to be spaced out...Stratton would easily skip a league in another organization (and may do so with the Giants) but more than likely either he or Meijia AND Agosta will be in SJ next I see Richmond with Blackburn, Crick, Blach, Marte and you still might have one of Snodgrass/Gloor etc...

      I can see Escobar maybe late 2014 but there will be quite a few chomping at the bit for 2015 and next year will weed out their starting dates


  3. I was quietly hoping for Angel V to get a Sept call-up (I do recall mentioning it once here) as reward for doing well this season, but given that he's going to AFL, I would think the Giants view that as the reward, plus he should be getting gassed as he hasn't played a full season in a number of years, so I see the Giants giving him some rest between the minor league season and the start of the AFL. Will be quite interesting to see how he does against the creme-de-la-creme in the AFL.

    More on my mind is why did Crick get the call for the AFL and Blackburn didn't? And in the announcement, it noted that the Giants get to add one more pitcher to the roster, I wonder who that might be that they couldn't announce it now. And Mejia got the call over Blackburn as well, so the last spot should be a reliever. Osich?

    1. Both Crick and Meija lost significant time due to injuries this season; Blackburn did not as far as I know. My guess is that is the reason or certainly one of the reasons.

    2. As did Susac and Villalona.(even Parker did).....All four are perfect choices for the AFL...I really like it for CRICK...can use the work..and can work on his control (Blackburns needs neither after a full year in SJ)

      I wouldn't mind seeing GALINDO in the AFL if he is healthy from the injuries that have kept him out the last month...Would be a good challenge for him...

      Another option could be CHASE JOHNSON (can a 1st year player go?)---He barely pitched for his college team this past year..


    3. While the AFL can be used to give prospects more playing time, the main goal, I thought, was to see how they do against better competition.

      I think there is no requirement on time as a pro, so as long as the team has a valid spot, they can assign anyone there.

    4. You are right about it being a showcase league. It is generally limited to AA and AAA players, but teams are allowed 1 or maybe 2 exceptions. Teams can apply for additional exceptions for special cases such as the Giants did with Dan Runzler one year even thought he had too much MLB service time.

      There used to be a no-repeat rule. Not sure if that is still in place or not.

  4. Blackburn had a pretty heave workload this year, leading SJ in starts with 23 and in IP with 133. No need to pitch in the AFL.


    1. Blackburn is a stud. Two different fastballs account for the velocity confusion for him. He'll be on the back of top 100 lists with lots of doubts from scouts. But at this point the numbers he is putting up are telling a story.

    2. I can see that, but that is not always true, is it, that only pitchers who had a shortened season get assigned to AFL?

    3. Not always true, but organizations generally do not like sending pitchers to the AFL, so it's often pitchers who had fewer innings than expected during the regular season.

    4. Cool, I've never really followed in detail the circumstances of the pitchers, as when I started to pay attention, the Giants would bring in these pitchers who were not really on my radar, for the most part.