Sunday, September 15, 2013

Down on the Farm: 9/14/2013

The Inland Empire 66'ers once again stifled the San Jose Giants offense for a 3-1 win to complete a sweep of the best of 5 California League Championship Series:

Adalberto Mejia(LHP)- 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K's.
Jose Casilla(RHP- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.
Derek Law(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.

Terrific age 20 season for Mejia who appears to have a bright future.  Nice season also for Derek Law.

Congrats to the Inland Empire 66'ers.  The Angels farm system is not held in high regard and I'm not sure how many of the players on this team are legitimate prospects.  I know when I saw them early in the season I was not at all impressed and figured them to finish near the bottom of the league.  My impression from watching them the first two games of this series is that they are a tough-minded bunch who are well coached and play good fundamental baseball.  They earned their championship trophy.

So, we close the books on another minor league season.  I'm sure there will be no shortage of topics for what's left of the MLB season and the upcoming offseason, but any suggestions of what folks might want to read about?  Please let me know in the comments section.

Thanks to everybody for reading and commenting all season.  I think the comments are a big part of what makes this blog work and I appreciate everybody who participates.

17 comments:

  1. Thanks for your consistent work yet again this season, DrB. And thank you for supporting and mentioning my new blog. I certainly wouldn't be seeing very much traffic if not for your help.

    I think my favorite part of the Big Giants game last night was seeing Hembree, Adrianza, and Monell getting some action. Adrianza already looks to me like he knows what he's doing with the bat. Monell rapped his first hit as well. Good to see for those guys!

    I think there are so many MiLB topics for the Giants going into this season. Everyone will talk about the pitching from now until opening day, for good reason. But I would like to look a little more at the position players in the system. Guys like Mac, Arroyo, Gustavo, Duffy, Susac, etc. An unheralded group, but I see a lot of potential talent there.

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    1. Lot's of intriguing and underrated players in the system. Gotta say that after seeing the way the Inland Empire 66'ers silenced the Lil' Giants bats in this series, my faith was shaken just a bit. I'll just have to remember it was a small sample against a team that was obviously well coached and had done a great scouting job.

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    2. Oh, and thanks for being a regular reader and commenter. Love your blog!

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    3. Cove Chatter, didn't notice your blog on the left. Maybe I will stop by.

      With respect to the post-season showing by our little Giants, in various leagues, perhaps it was the pressure. Crick had one dominant start. Other than that, I don't recall any of the starting pitchers making a bold statement with his pitching.

      Perhaps growing up, a little more experience in life in general will take care of that.

      Other than that, I think I will look at their overall numbers from the regular season and the post seasons, together, with a little more weigh on the more recent numbers (but not just 3 or 5 games... maybe a month or so), as a sign of adjusting or just simply learning, especially for a lot of our guys who are young for their leagues.

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    4. I'm not sure it is pressure. It might actually be a letdown after a long season. The Giants tend to move players around a lot for the playoffs and almost treat them like an audition for next season's promotions. Nothing wrong with using the playoffs for extended player evaluations and development, but that approach might not necessarily result in winning.

      Perfect example is Galindo who looked overmatched in this series.

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    5. I wonder if Crick always react the way (frustrated, I think) in a jam you observed or only in that game?

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    6. Crick is a very young pitcher who has had other games like the playoff game I saw. While I have not personally witnessed it, it's not hard to imagine he has had similar reactions in other situations. It's all part of a learning process.

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    7. It's a "good" problem when you have great stuff and you are pissed off if any one gets a hit off you. A chip on your shoulder goes a long way. Madbum had this problem too. Only when you reach AAA or the Bigs do you start to be humbled. But I say let every hit piss you off, if it gets you to the Show.

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    8. Mad or pissed off is good.

      Mad and letting it make you not throwing strikes is something hopefully he can avoid with age.

      If he's always like that, more experiencing with living in general should help.

      If he's only like that that last game, it could be pressure. Even if that's the case, general life experience and more baseball experience will also help.

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    9. Minor league playoffs are not like MLB playoffs where you have sellout crowds roaring with each pitch. They were giving away fistfuls of tickets to people who were standing in line at the ticket window and telling them they could upgrade them to a more expensive seat! Think about that for a minute!

      You could literally hear crickets chirping during much of the game. Not really a pressure situation.

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  2. Thanks for keeping us all tuned in to the Farm, Doc. As always, it's been a pleasure to read...and much more convenient than digging through box scores myself.

    It'll be fun to see who gets bumped up to what levels and who emerges as the top prospects in the system. I'll look forward to reading your take on all this during the offseason.

    Lucky

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Lucky.

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  3. Galindo was only San Jose player who hit ball hard every time at bat,except for bunt single last night. Fastest runner since days of Brown and Ford. Will be perfect leadoff batter for SJ next year and bring a speed element missing for last 2 years.

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    1. I still have high hopes for Galindo, but he looked overmatched, especially in CF, in the two games in SB. Glad to hear he looked better at the plate up in SJ.

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    2. Completely understandable to look over-matched in that situation- not easy to be suddenly thrown into the playoff fire at the next level and have to overcome the adrenaline and butterflies. It's do or die in a short period of time, not to mention doing it on Augusta time.

      I have 100% faith that Galindo will be just fine... :)

      SJGfan

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  4. Galindo also has a very strong throwing arm and had a great throw against Vasalia to nail a runner at home. Playing winter ball and gaining more experience will result in him becoming an outstanding fielder. He has the outstanding speed to track down balls others could never reach.

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