Thursday, June 12, 2014

Down on the Farm: 6/11/2014

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies mauled the Iowa Cubs 10-1:

Gary Brown(CF)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .261.
Adam Duvall(3B)- 1 for 4, HR(20).  BA= .300.
Nick Noonan(SS)- 4 for 4, 2B.  BA= .259.
Trevor Brown(Catcher)- 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .300.
Chris Heston(RHP)- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.88.
Dan Runzler(LHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.95.

Duvall is the first AAA player to 20 HR's.  Kris Bryant has 22 in AA.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels pounded the Trenton Thunder 10-4:

Tyler Graham(CF)- 2 for 5, SB(29).  BA= .296.
Matt Duffy(SS)- 4 for 5, HR(2).  BA= .351.
Jack Snodgrass(LHP)- 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.53.
Jose Casilla(RHP)- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.07.

Just when you thought Matt Duffy couldn't get any hotter…..  And no, he's probably not going to hit .351 for the season no matter what is BABIP is and no, he's not going to hit .351 in the major leagues.  On the other hand, his BB% of 8.9and K% of 14.7 tell you that this isn't all just a mirage.  Duffy is a really good hitter!

High A  Stockton Ports defeated the San Jose Giants 3-1:

Kendry Flores(RHP)- 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 5.19.

Encouraging start for Flores who has really struggled.

Low A  Rome Braves outlasted the Augusta Greenjackets 3-2 in 14 innings:

Ryder Jones(3B)- 2 for 6.  BA= .268
Brandon Bednar(2B)- 2 for 4, 2 BB.  BA= .283.
Carlos Diaz(LHP)- 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.22.
Carlos Alvarez(RHP)- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.60.

DSL  Giants beat the Orioles2 3-1:

Mikey Edie(CF, 16 yo)- 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .262.
Kelvin Beltre(3B, 17 yo)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB, 2 SB(4).  BA= .219.
Manuel Geraldo(SS, 17 yo)- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .250.
Robert Antunez(2B, 18 yo)- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .357.
Victor Concepcion(RHP, 17 yo)- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.54.

Add Geraldo to the list of young players to watch in the DSL this year.  Gotta be excited by how he, Beltre and Edie are playing in the early going.  This was the second strong start by Concepcion after getting bombed in his debut.


  1. Concepcion is the youngest pitcher in the system (Mikey Edie is the youngest hitter).

    Duffy is a good hitter for sure. Guys the Giants promote aggressively are worth watching very closely.

    Short Season ball starts soon, Christian Arroyo will resurface. Hope to get some draft signing info out of the Giants before August, they'll most likely oblige, but sometimes they're like Communist Russia with the info...

  2. Baggarly mentioned in his chat yesterday that post-draft, teams are sending their scouts at both the minor and major league levels in preparation for possible trades.

    We can look at the numbers here, and general managers do that too, but numbers are not enough themselves. Scouts need to be there to check prospects out.

    I hope they like what they see now in Duffy.

    1. Teams also send scouts to look at proven major leagues, you will hear in the next couple of weeks of teams scouting Samardjiza, Shields, Murphy, etc. even though they all know these guys are really good players. Its just the norm for teams, IMO.

      Numbers aren't everything but if you are so good and have all the tools, then why are you not producing? there have been so many prospects who scouts drool about as to having all the tools and trade/draft them even though the stats weren't there and a lot turnout to be busts.

  3. Does anyone have insight into how Duffy is different now than when he was in college? His stats at Long Beach would not make you think that he would be capable of doing what he has the past few seasons.

    1. 1. Long Beach State plays in what is possibly the most hitter unfriendly yard in college baseball.

      2. Look at Duffy's K and BB rates and look at the steady progression with excellent ratios his junior season.

      3. Add in the normal gains from a maturing body and added experience with possibly a tweak or two to his swing in the pros.

      Surprising? Yes. Shocking? No.