Monday, September 2, 2013

Down on the Farm: 9/1/2013

AAA  Colorado Springs Skysox defeated the Fresno Grizzlies 4-2:

Ehire Adrianza(SS)- 2 for 5.  BA= .312.
Chris Dominguez(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .297.
Ydwin Villegas(2B)- 2 for 3.  BA= .274.
Justin Fitzgerald(RHP)- 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.61.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Harrisburg Senators 7-3:

Ryan Lollis(CF)- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(8).  BA= .268.
Adam Duvall(3B)- 1 for 4, HR(17).  BA= .255.
Angel Villalona(1B)- 1 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .240.
Jack Snodgrass(LHP)- 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.70.

Angel Villalona has hit 22 HR's between SJ and Richmond this year.  Snodgrass has had a solid season.  He doesn't get a lot of K's, but wins by keeping his walks down and the ball on the ground.  That formula tends to not work well in the AAA PCL.

High A  San Jose Giants cuffed the Inland Empire 66'ers 6-2:

Myles Schroder(3B)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .293.
Mac Williamson(RF)- 1 for 3, SF.  BA= .295.
Trevor Brown(2B)- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .182.
Elliott Blair(CF)- 1 for 3, HR(3).  BA= .232.
Bobby Haney(SS)- 2 for 3.  BA= .257.
Adalberto Mejia(LHP)- 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 3.31.

I really think this has been the best minor league season I can remember writing about, and I've been doing this for a long time starting way back on the Message Board.  Day after day, there's at least 1 prospect who puts on a performance to get excited about.  Terrific finish to the regular season for Mejia who got stronger as the season progressed.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets vs Asheville Tourists suspended after 2 innings with Augusta leading 2-1.

Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes erupted for a 15-1 win over the Eugene Emeralds:

Randy Ortiz(CF)- 0 for 3, 2 BB, HBP, SB(16).  BA= .253.
Ryan Jones(2B)- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .345.
Jeremy Sy(DH)- 4 for 5, 2 2B, 3B.  BA= .294.
Tyler Horan(LF)- 1 for 5, HR(4).  BA= .295.
Blake Miller(1B)- 2 for 5, HR(3).  BA= .323.
Eugene Escalante(C)- 1 for 1, 2 BB, 2 HBP.  BA= .300.
Ryan Tuntland(3B)- 2 for 4, HR(3), HBP.  BA= .254.
Tyler Hollick(CF)- 2 for 4, HR(3), HBP.  BA= .264.
Andrew Leenhouts(LHP)- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.39.
Dan Slania(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.95.

Great game for padding the stat lines.  There are just so many players from this year's draft class who have performed well in their first pro experience.  Where are the Giants going to put all these middle IF next year?  They've got a nice stable of catching prospects to sort through too.

Rookie AZL  Giants shut out the Dodgers 4-0 to win the AZL Championship!:

Cristian Paulino(CF)- 2 for 4, 2B.
Christian Arroyo(SS)- 2 for 4, 2B.
Ryder Jones(3B)- 2 for 4.
Julio Pena(LF)- 1 for 2, 2B, HBP.
Keury Mella(RHP)- 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K's.
Nick Gonzalez(LHP)- 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K's, Save.

Gotta love what this team accomplished with mostly young draftees under 20 yo.  Nice writeup about the team on  Manager Nestor Rojas really likes the words "hard work."  The future is bright!


  1. Adrianza and Dominguez keep screaming..."I deserved to be called up!!!!!!!"

    And Dr. B, so many good many good prospects below the AA level (but that will be different next year!!)...and the draft class has performed fantastic..

    Gotta love League MVP ARROYO coming up big in the Championship game...Same for Mellla, despite some wildness...And, I'm not sure if we talked much about NICK GONZALES this year but he has been basically unhittable, something like 21 IP and 7 H...

    Good to still have S-K, SJ, and Augusta in the POs to see how the players respond and if the Giants do any roster juggling/promotions..


    1. Nick Gonzalez is a college draftee in a league that is really meant for HS draftees and international graduates, but there isn't enough room in S-K for everybody. I love his size and lefthandedness and he's put up very nice numbers in a small sample. Can't ask him to do more than perform well wherever he's assigned.

    2. With all the sudden depth of middle infielders, maybe Panik becomes trade bait.

      What do you think he and Brown packaged together (heck, throw in a mid-tier pitching prospect, too) could get us via trade?


    3. The problem is you would be selling way low on Brown and somewhat low on Panik. Probably better to keep both and give them a chance to rebuild their value.

      The interesting immediate decision the Giants need to make is between Brandon Crawford and Adrianza as the future SS. Since Sabes has always seemed to choose the bird in the hand, I'll bet on Crawford. I believe Adrianza would have modest trade value, and could be packaged with a pitcher or two for a starting OF.

  2. Sorting through those middle IF's and catching prospects...

    We don't seem to do this often - trading prospect(s) for prospect(s).

    The last time I can remember, I believe, was for Escobar.

    You trade a bunch of prospects for a veteran midseason - that's a trade dictated by the situation and the price is often steep...for a chance at immortality. Nothing wrong with that, as long as you know when to hold and when to fold.

    You trade a prospect for another prospect offseason - it's more leisurely and you have more time to plan, to think over.

    There are other scenarios one can go through. I just list 2 here.

    1. The Escobar wasn't really a prospect for prospect trade. At least not of the type/motivation you're talking about. The Orioles drafted Ben Snyder in the Rule 5 draft. They immediately traded him to the Rangers. Since Snyder didn't make the opening day roster, he was offered back to the Giants. Since the Rangers wanted to keep Snyder, they worked out the trade that sent over Escobar.

      That said, I agree. It seems more prospect for prospect trades would make sense. In general, I think the reason they don't is that teams are 1) Terrified to have the prospect traded away become a beast and 2) generally of the opinion that teams know their prospects better than anyone else. Thus, if a team is willing to trade away a player, they would be wary of that player's potential.