Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Down on the Farm: 6/10/2014

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies edged the Iowa Cubs 3-2:

Travis Ishikawa(1B)- 1 for 3, HR(3).  BA= .275.
Mike Kickham(LHP)- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.88.

Kickham now has 4 QS's out of his last 5 starts.  He has allowed just 4 ER in 25.2 IP in those 4 starts.  His walk rates continue to be in issue.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Trenton Thunder 7-4:

Matt Duffy(SS)- 4 for 5, 2B. BA= .341.
Angel Villalona(1B)- 3 for 4, BB.  BA= .266.
Devin Harris(RF)- 2 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .271.
Ty Blach(LHP)- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.87.
Cody Hall(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.54.

Matt Duffy!!  Duffy is really starting for force the issue here, but where is he going to go?  To an easier place to hit in Fresno?  The other thing is he's starting to force thoughts of what and where his MLB destination will be.  Utility guy for the Giants?  Trade bait?  I don't know if I can recall any Giants prospect coming into the EL and making it look so easy.  Remember, this is just Duffy's second full professional season too!  Angel Villalona continues to show signs of maturing and becoming more versatile as a hitter.

High A  San Jose Giants were idle.

Low A  Rome Braves topped the Augusta Greenjackets 6-5:

Jeremy Sy(DH)- 1 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .243.
Keury Mella(RHP)- 6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, GO/AO= 13/1.  ERA= 4.03.
Donald Snelton(LHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.08.

DSL  Orioles2 outslugged the Giants 12-11:

Kelvin Beltre(SS, 17 yo)- 2 for 3, HR(2), 2 BB.  BA= .207.
Deiyerbert Bolivar(LHP, 18 yo)- 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.60.

Exciting line for Beltre who was one of the Giants 6-figure bonus babies last summer.


  1. What the heck is wrong with Panik?

    Richard inWinnipeg

    1. Doc, I was tryin gto be funny, no hits for panik in last game reported by you.
      Sorry, I will check mt sense of humour on my door knob

      Richard in Winnipeg

    2. Richard, Panik was actually 1-4 =P


  2. Duffy controls the strike zone, has played good SS, and just straight up hits. What a great sleeper prospect! He's going to get noise with those Eastern numbers though! I think the power is there, he has a good swing and a good sized frame to fill in.

    1. Duffy's a solid FB hitter, and probably seeing more off speed stuff in the EL than he's seen in his entire career. Just have to make the adjustment to staying back and not letting the pitches change the swing. That power stroke is just beneath the surface.

      In the Very Bad News column: Reports are that The Long Arm of the Law will be the latest to fall to the soon-to-be-infamous 2014 TJ epidemic. With Arnold and Mac waiting for him, it'll be The Three Surgical Amigos ridin' sidesaddle in Scottsdale. A nuclear sun will be shining bright for these future stars next season...

    2. Oh wow. I hadn't seen that on Law. That is a big bummer. Fortunately, the big club looks like it has some decent bullpen depth as it heads for summer, and Sabean should be able to snag some reinforcements at the deadline if he needs to. Still, get healthy kid. We're looking forward to watching you in the bigs!

  3. DrB, I know you're not a fan of using BABIP as a predictor of future performance, but Duffy has a BABIP of .385 this year (.316 for his MiLB career).

    1. Take a look at most of the best hitters in baseball. When they have very good seasons, which is often, they're usually doing it with a high BABIP. Personally, I believe that BABIP is NOT something that is out of the control of the hitter. When you hit the ball harder, greater percentage of line-drives, greater bat control - it leads to more hits on the balls you put in play. As opposed to lesser hitters who squib the ball or fly out a greater percentage of the time.

      This seems perfectly possible to prove with stats, but I'm not going to be the guy to do it.. LOL

      (However, all that said, .385 is a very high BABIP, and yes, Duffy is bound to have an off month at some point where his numbers will return to earth. Right now, count me as impressed, regardless of BABIP.)

    2. You don't have to invoke BABIP to know that ANY hitter is unlikely to sustain a BA of .346!

    3. You can look at line drive percentages to see how "lucky" those BABiP numbes are. The problem is historically Line Drive percentages are bit untrustworthy in the minors where scorers tend to vary in their interpretations more widely than in the bigs. Actually I can't even find LD% for the minors now.

    4. Again, why do you need BABIP to know that a BA of .346 is probably not sustainable?

  4. Maybe Duffy can develop into a Matt Carpenter-lite super utility player down the road... great player to have on the roster

  5. Duffy has pretty much just played just shortstop, unless I missed something, unlike move the young Giants position players.

    Duffy can't be too very good, he is not listed with the top 20 As much as I like Adrianza, Duffy seems to be more of a complete player....I noticed that Blake Miller was a shortstop for a while, who I would like to see at Richmond and Duffy at Fresno... Send Noonan to the


    1. Wonder if he can 2B....

    2. Duffy has played 2B in the pros. I wonder if he might be in the 3B mix if Pablo ends up leaving? He would likely be a much better fielder there than Duvall and possibly hit for a higher average, but would likely not be the power threat that Duvall is.

    3. Dufffy has played nothing but SS for Los Gigantes. Duvall should definitely get a chance soon, the power should play well. We need our win like the cards constantly have flowing through their system. Duvall's that guy.