Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Down on the Farm: 9/10/2013

The San Jose Giants mirrored the effort of the parent club and ended up losing a hit fest at the end 6-5 to even their best of 5 semi-final series with the Visalia Rawhide:

Jesus Galindo(CF)- 2 for 4, Sac, CS/PO.
Trevor Brown(2B)- 2 for 4.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 1 for 4, HR.
Jeff Arnold(C)- 2 for 4.
Elliott Blair(LF)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .250.
Clayton Blackburn(RHP)- 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 8 K's, 2 HR.
Jose Casilla(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.

Ricky has 3 dingers in 3 games.  Blackburn had his usual stellar K/BB but gave up the longballs.  That sometimes happens with command/control pitchers.

Pat Young gets the start in the deciding game of the series tonight.

In the Southern Division, Lancaster Jethawks evened their series with the Inland Empire 66'ers at 2 games each.


  1. Tall order for Pat Young. He's been stellar for S/K, but didn't get the call during their postseason. This is a pretty exciting finish to the Gigantes Minor Season.

  2. According to Joe Ritzo yesterday, Blackburn had made something like 5 or 6 starts against Visalia this season, with a sub-1.00 ERA. I wonder what changed this time around.

    1. Of all our starting pitchers this minor league post season, I think Crick really distances himself from everyone else.

    2. Unless your KERSHAW vs the Giants, hard to keep that going all the time....As Dr. B mentioned, seems like a few long flys were Blackburn's undoing..But still not a bad performance for a 20 year old...Funny, how his opposing pitcher, Barbosa, the guy the Giants drafted twice is already 26....

      Wow, Pat Young to start the deciding game? I love the way the Giants move up and test their top performing pitchers late...They did it with Blackburn last year and he was lights out for SJ..

      Surprised to see Austin Fleet in 3 of the 4 games so far...Probably a mixture of the Giants liking what they saw this year and trying to see if he could be a reliever.. Unfortunately, he hasn't got the job done in 2 of 3 games.

      Nice to see Galindo succeed the last few games after being moved up from Augusta.....He's gotta be one of the Giant's top position prospects.

      Would be nice to see SJ extend the season tonight....

      And I agree, that Crick's late season dominance and control has solidified him as the Giants top prospect....Escobar also has done a lot to scream up the charts by having some dominant games in AA...And I still have a soft spot for Blackburn! And all these guys are 20-21? And then the equally young Meijia, Stratton, Agosta, FLores? Unbeliveable...


    3. BLSL,
      They all pitched once; you cannot generalize from one point. Of course Crick is our best prospect, but let's not get carried away.

    4. I totally agree with your sentiments SteveVA.

      Ugh, Barbosa, I wonder what his problem with the Giants was?

    5. Keiser, you have a valid point.

      I would think that one can say Crick is distancing himself, based on his potential, his work recently - which gives one hope that he is breaking through (or maybe not) - and the one game in the post season. In other words, based on that totality, one might say, Crick distances himself, compared with our other starting pitchers, most of them having pitched in a playoff series.

      In that case, it would not small sample bias.

      Alternatively, one can try to pick a series MVP for San Jose and say, Crick distances himself from other starting pitchers. Or more broadly, a post season MVP of all the Giants teams involved, and in that case, one can still say Crick has distanced himself for all our other starting pitchers.

      In any case, I would be too tedious for even my own taste.

      Maybe I should say, Crick is our best prospect and his post season work does not contradict that statement.

    6. I would say Crick's final regular season start plus his playoff start has raised his stock significantly even though it was already quite high. I believe those two performances gain him at least 10 spots on the Top 100.

  3. I'm not sure how these things work in MiLB, so maybe it wouldn't have been possible at all. But Stratton didn't get to pitch in Augusta's postseason, so would there have been a chance to promote him to SJ for this series?

    1. Yet they went with Pat Young... interesting.

    2. Augusta was eliminated after 2 games. We don't know who the 3rd pitcher would have been. Also, they may have required a 4th if they made it to the 2nd round.

    3. But Augusta was eliminated before SJ's semifinal series started.

    4. I don't think you can move players after the play-off s started, can you? Did Galinda play for Augusta in the play-offs?

    5. .....and yes, Galindo played for Augusta in the playoffs against the Sand Gnats. Just looked up one of the boxscores and he was in the lineup.

    6. Well then Pat Young's pitching for San Jose is really noteworthy. Augusta had several pitchers in addition to Stratton, and skipping them all to promote Pat Yung, and having him start before Marte says a lot about how the Giants think of him.