Friday, April 4, 2014

Down on the Farm: 4/3/2014

AAA  Las Vegas 51's pounded the Fresno Grizzlies 9-2:

Andrew Susac(C)- 2 for 4.
Adam Duvall(3B)- 1 for 4, HR(1).
Mike Kickham(LHP)- 5 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K's.

Not a bad start for Kickham.  Vegas is a tough place to pitch.  Kontos gave up 5 runs in 1.2 IP.

AA  New Britain Rock Cats mauled the Richmond Flying Squirrels 10-2:

Jarrett Parker(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B.
Mario Lisson(LF-3B)- 1 for 3, HR(1), BB.
Ty Blach(LHP)- 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's.

Again, we see the players who have seen this level before doing well and the newbies struggling.

High A:  San Jose Giants topped the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 7-1:

Jesus Galindo(CF)- 3 for 5, 2B, SB(1).
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 3 for 5, 2B.
Rando Moreno(2B)- 2 for 4, SB(1), Sac.
Ben Turner(Catcher)- 2 for 4, 2B.
Chuckie Jones(RF)- 1 for 3, HR(1), BB, HBP.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K, GO/AO= 8/2.
Ryan Bradley(LHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K.
Ian Gardeck, Jeff Soptic- 1 IP, 0 R each.

I think Chuckie Jones is really a guy to keep an eye on this year.  Stratton seemed to have the two seamer going good.  If anyone was there, maybe they can fill us in on velocities if the ballpark gun was working.

Low A  Charleston Sea Dogs defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 5-1:

Christian Arroyo(2B)- 1 for 4, 3B.
Brandon Bednar(3B)- 2 for 3.
Chase Johnson(RHP)- 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.

Interesting.  Arroyo played 2B, Bednar 3B and Ryder Jones SS in this one.  I wonder if that is the planned configuration for the season?

Around the League:

Boston Red Sox LHP prospect, Henry Owens, threw a 6 inning no-hitter for the AA Portland Sea Dogs in their opener.


  1. baby g's ran the bums first rounder right out of the yard in the first

    listened to the game and the crowd seemed light....really wish i had pushed myself to go so that i couldve scouted stratton

    very happy that sakata is back with the org


  2. Not a bad night for starting pitchers, but a tough one for bullpens and offenses. Watched a little of the Fresno game (the camera angle was kind of lousy online). Duvall blasted a HR, Brown roped a 2B to deep center, and Susac was hitting the ball hard as well. I couldn't see Kickham's pitches at all.

    I believe Conner Penfold was in SJ last night. I saw a tweet about Stratton up to 93 in the first.

  3. The Gigantes shifted Arroyo over to 2B somewhere around mid-to-late ST in Scottsdale. Looking like the rumored conversion from SS to 'some other spot' has already begun.

    Gotta like that triple though.

  4. Nice performance from Stratton! The twitter (well, Giant Potential/Penfold) said he was at 93 a couple times, sat 89-91. Joe Ritzo is another guy to check.

    I think they'll rotate the infield around some as injuries and what not play their part, but that is interesting to see Arroyo at the keystone and Viking Warrior Tuntland playing 1B along with Ryder Jones and Bednar on the left side. Horan had a rough start to his campaign, 3 Ks. I'm sure they'll get the bats going, Augusta is going to put some runs up this year.

    Gary Brown had a good game for Fresno. I was half following last night, I think he got thrown out at home.

    1. I was half-following too. He did, on a single through the left side by Panik. Wasn't exactly the toughest play for the LF, so that might be more on the 3B coach... unless old Brownie ran himself through a stop sign. With those lousy zoomed out camera angles, we'll never know.

    2. Well that Stratton velocity isn't too exciting. But it's early as heck. Sitting at 93 mid summer would be nice.

    3. I'm not too worried about Stratton. I read that he was happy with where his velocity was this spring. Plus, even when he was drafted, he never sat around 93, he was throwing in the 90-93 range. Expecting/hoping for that is just setting him up for prospect failure.

      That was a good first start of the season for anyone, something he can build on.

    4. Seems like both Blackburn and Stratton would do well to use Huddy as a role model for what they hope to become.

    5. Also, it's a two seam fastball. His four seamer was hitting 94 in ST, or so says Mayo and Ritzo. Pretty the FO has him on a two seam only diet like last year.

    6. Anyone would do well to use Hudson as a role model! That guy has had a career chalk-full of success with less-than-average velocity and premier poise. Now he's doing his best Jamie Moyer impression.

      What a clutch debut Wednesday!

  5. That's an encouraging start for Stratton.

    They must still have faith that he's ahead of others, as he opened the season for San Jose.

  6. I know it's early, but good start by my fave BLACKBURN this morning for Rich...5IP 5H 1ER 1BB 3K..Unfortunately, reliever came in and gave up two in the 6th..3-3 going to the 7th in an early game..


    1. Lose 4-3 and start out 0-2...Richmond may have starting pitchers but their bullpen is weak to non-descript and a very limited offense, especially without Williamson (in SJ)..


  7. Giant Potential has video of Chuckie Jones' HR. He also hit one to the warning track in left-center earlier. Very encouraging game from Chuckie.

  8. Roger K was claimed by the D-backs today.


  9. anyone going to rancho tonight will be able to see beckett get a rehab start

    on sunday, it will be billingsly

    baby g's get to see mlb quality pitching and the quakes get 2 nights of healthy dinners