Friday, August 30, 2013

Down on the Farm: 8/29/2013

AAA  Sacramento River Cats edged out the Fresno Grizzlies 3-2:

Austin Fleet(RHP)- 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.52.
Mason Tobin(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.29.
Heath Hembree(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K's.  ERA= 4.14.

Tobin has a 1.69 ERA over his last 10 appearances covering 10.2 IP with 8 K's and 2 BB's.  This was the 4'th QS in a row for Fleet and his best start from a K/BB standpoint since returning to the Fresno rotation.

AA  Reading Phightin' Phils outhit the Richmond Flying Squirrels 9-8:

Joe Panik(2B)- 2 for 4, 2B, 3B, BB.  BA= .262.
Jarrett Parker(RF)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .246.

Panik's numbers in his last 10 game are almost identical to his season numbers. He has hit .287 in August.  His monthly splits are as follows:  April .320.  May  .257.  June  .198.  July  .250.  August  .287.

High A  San Jose Giants pounded the Visalia Rawhide 11-1:

Myles Schroder(3B)- 3 for 5, SB(12).  BA- .280.
Matt Duffy(SS)- 2 for 5, HR(5).  BA= .293.
Mac Williamson(RF)- 1 for 1, HR(25), BB, 2 HBP.  BA= .296.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .309.
Devin Harris(DH)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .261.
Kyle Crick(RHP)- 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K's.  ERA= 1.57.
Derek Law(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.99.

This might be Cricky's most dominant game yet and gotta be diggin' the 0 BB's!  Mac keeps his drive for .300 alive while taking 2 for the team.  The 2 HBP's came after his first inning HR so I wonder if the Rawhide pitchers thought maybe he was stylin' a bit too much on the dinger?  The 25 HR's tie him the Tim Flaherty(I don't remember him, 1999?) for 3'rd on the alltime SJ Giants single season HR list.  Harris' 40 doubles leads the league. He is one of 4 SJ Giants in history to hit 40.  Oh, and Matt Duffy!!

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets stung the Lexington Legends 5-4:

Alberto Robles(SS)- 2 for 4, SB(13).  BA= .314.
Mitch Delfino(DH)- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .266.
Chuckie Jones(RF)- 1 for 3, BB, SB(12).  BA= .235.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.27.
Mason McVay(LHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.84.
Jorge Bucardo(RHP)- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.84.

Delfino is on fire hitting .395 over his last 10 games and .321 for the month of August.  Still not seeing impressive  numbers from Stratton, although his post All-Star ERA is still under 3.

Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Boise Hawks 10-8:

Tyler Hollick(CF)- 1 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .264.
Ryan Jones(2B)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .357.
Tyler Horan(RF)- 1 for 3, 3B, 2 BB.   BA= .304.
Shilo McCall(LF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .239.
Chase Johnson(RHP)- 2.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.17.
Christian Jones(LHP)- 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's. ERA= 3.55.
Raymundo Montero(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, Save(14).  ERA= 1.57.

Rookie AZL  It looks like the AZL regular season is over with the Giants winning their division.  It appears from the schedule there will be a playoff game on Saturday, 8/31.

DSL season is over.


  1. Williamson, if I recall correctly, started the season strong and then he got hurt.

    He didn't look the same when he first came back.

    I wonder if the early part and what we are seeing now is what he is always capable of doing.

    1. That is very possible. He sure tore up the Northwest league last year.

  2. Krick and Mac...Yowza!! Maybe Kyle saw Blackburns gem the other night and said, yo Clayton, look at this!. One of the many good things about having so many good starting P's (SJ and Aug) is the competition it inspires...

    I know FLEET lives on the outskirts of prospect town, but every time he gets the ball, he pitches well (not great) no matter if its' AAA or High A...I hope he at least gets to taste the majors in his career....

    Sad in Richmond...Their bullpen, especially Cody Hall (tired??), threw away three 9th inning leads this week as the team was trying to reach the POs.....Hopefully, ESCOBAR nails one more performance for this weekend before their season ends...


    1. I hope Hall is not tired.

      He's to play in the AFL.

  3. A big haired middle infielder put up 241/337/375 at Richmond a couple years back. Panik is at 262/337/354 currently. Most prospects grind out. Onto the next level.

    I know most the attention will be on starting pitching and LF this offseason, but contingency planing for 2B should be high on the priority list.

    Matt Duffy is suddenly looking like a bonafide. Very nice sleeper, and he isn't that much older than Average Joe Panik. Very nice bit of drafting on Day 3.

    Kyle Crick is going to shoot up to the very top of prospect lists if he stops walking guys. While 2010 is not looking hot, 2011 appears to have several nice nice pieces.

  4. Wow, Crick. I tuned in for a couple innings on the old MiLBtv last night. The dude could (and should?) be in Richmond right now. There's just so much to like with this kid.

    I know power in San Jose is certainly no indicator of power in Richmond, but my goodness Mac. Am I the only one who thinks he's going to do just fine out there next year? Maybe he dips to the .255-.265 range, but if Susac can hit 12 in limited time, Williamson can keep the power supply in tact as well. Second half #'s... 65 g, .340/.420/.603, 16 hr! In the words of Tom Callahan Jr, Holy Schnikies...

    1. If the wiry-and-swing-happy Jarrett Parker can hit a Richmond team record 17 HRs, I have no doubt Mac can hit 20+ next year in the Eastern League. Great point about Susac who hit 12 and had about 170 ABs less than Parker. Not worried about Mac at all next year, especially with the adjustments he's made late in this season.


    2. Good points about Parker and Susac. Mac has indeed been impressive for an extended period and is finishing the season with a flourish.

  5. Anyone know enough about the Cal League playoff procedures to explain where SJ is going to be? It looks like they're in line to play as the First Half champions. I just want to figure out if I can catch a playoff game in SoCal.

    1. That would be nice to catch a game in SoCal.

    2. I think the Giants have one round to get past before a championship series would bring them to SoCal. If that happens, I will definitely find a way to go, especially if Crick is pitching, but I'd be happy to see Bllackburn, Mejia or Blach also.

      One of the best baseball games I've ever seen was a Cal League playoff game between the Giants and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes a few years ago. Saw a kid named Mike Trout have a monster game. I think he's going to be a pretty darn good MLB player some day.

    3. Copied from MCC -

      Monday is the last regular season game. The North Division miniseries (Visalia and Modesto ?) takes place after that. It’s a 3 game series, but I don’t know when it starts because San Jose has a bye.

      The North Division Championship series begins September 7 at San Jose. They play the 7th & 8th at home, then go on the road for the 9th and 10th, then back at home for the 11th (after clinching home field advantage for that game with their win against Visalia last night).

      The Cal League Championship begins on the 12th at the South Division Champion. Games 3, 4 and 5 (if 4 and 5 are needed) are in San Jose on the 14th, 15th and 16th.

    4. Why in the world would we want anything copied from MCC? Look out for pessism, bed wetting, and judging the junior Gigantes against the top 100 in baseball, always a fun exercise!

  6. In 27.1 IP against lefties, Crick has given up 28 hits, and he has walked 23 batters. He needs to develop more of a change-up. He has dominated right handed hitters, but he will need to do better against left handed hitters if he is going to be an MLB starter.

    1. Apparently it was his change last night that was the main strikeout pitch, not the breaking ball... According to Joe Ritzo in a tweet.

    2. That's a good point and thanks for the update about the arrival of his changeup.

      With better control, maybe it's time to dream about 2014...

    3. Yup, his changeup was nasty last night. If he can gain more confidence in that pitch, it can easily be a plus offering. The fact that he didn't walk anyone and threw a season high 7 innings were also really good signs. He also hit 100 on the Muni Stadium gun, but you can take that with a grain of salt.

    4. I have a feeling that if Crick had not missed all that time with the oblique injury, he would be finishing the season in Richmond. I wonder if the Giants are thinking the AFL stint might just get him to Fresno sooner than later next year with a possibility of a MLB call mid or late season?

  7. No surprise here, Crick and Williamson all over BA hot sheet.

    1. How about Christian Arroyo winning AZL MVP for a nice surprise... and a big middle finger to the national "draft experts"...

    2. Sweet! That's awesome news. I like that the Giants saw him in-game a bunch. Too much value to the showcases with them "draft experts".

    3. Thanks for the heads up btw, Gints have 4 all-stars on a sparse all-star roster - our lefty Ysla, the catcher and Rowdy Ryder Jones as well. Look at that, a bunch of sweet youth. Beating out Frasier might rise a few eyebrows. I might even needle one of these Espn nitwits about this..

    4. Arroyo and Ryder both to Augusta next year, or Ryder to S-K? Maybe they give him a little push. I imagine Arenado will be in S-K, but maybe he's back in the AZL? 3 young 3B, with those two and Nat Javier... gotta sort them all out somehow! Arroyo should certainly be in Augusta. Biggest high school MI prospect to dawn the green and black since Noonan? Hasn't been a ton of HS pos. player talent there recently.

    5. Sabes has always been a guy who went back to the well for things that have worked and avoids things that don't work like the plague. I"m wondering with the success we're seeing from Crick, Blackvburn, Arroyo and the HS kids from this draft class, combined with the less than exciting results from the last 3 first-rounders, we might expect to see a hard turn towards HS draftees in the future?

    6. Don't sleep on Chuckie Jones either. He's put together a very solid second half for Augusta after struggling for several years.