Sunday, June 22, 2014

Down on the Farm: 6/21/2014

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies edged the Round Rock Express 4-3 in 12 innings:

Gary Brown(CF)- 2 for 6, 2 SB(11).  BA= .270.
Adam Duvall(1B-3B)- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .296.
Andrew Susac(Catcher)- 3 for 5, 2B, BB.  BA= .275.
Chris Dominguez(3B-RF)- 2 for 5, HR(9).  BA= .270.
Brett Bochy(RHP)- 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.19.
Erik Cordier(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.94.
Heath Hembree(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(14).  ERA= 3.45.

Maybe Gary Brown is not going to let Panik's callup bother him?  He now has 4 successful SB's in 3 games.  Is our beloved Melonhead Jr. getting a chance to start?  Cordier has a 2.25 ERA over his last 10 appearances with a total of 43 K's against 18 BB's in 32 IP on the season.  Hembree has a 1.64 ERA over his last 10 appearances with and overall line of 33 K's against 9 BB's in 28.2 IP.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels topped the Erie Seawolves 7-6:

Kelby Tomlinson(2B)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .249.
Matt Duffy(SS)- 3 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .340.
Jarrett Parker(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(7).  BA= .247.
Adalberto Mejia(LHP)- 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's. ERA= 5.46.
Cody Hall(RHP)- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, Save(7).  ERA= 3.00.

Tomlinson is 5 for 11 over his last 3 games.  Parker is hitting .314 over his last 10.  Matt Duffy just keeps on raking!

High A  Visalia Rawhide trounced the San Jose Giants 10-2:

Chuckie Jones(RF)- 1 for 3, 2B, HBP, Assist(home).  BA= .253.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.75.

Not the start we were hoping to see from Stratton to build on his last dominant start.  He apparently had some trouble out of the stretch in the first inning, then settled down.  An eyewitness account over on Giants Extra made it sound like his stuff was pretty good.

Low A  Asheville Tourists blanked the Augusta Greenjackets 4-0:

Rafael Rodriguez(LF)- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .245.
Joan Gregorio(RHP)- 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB 2 K's.  ERA= 3.00.
Donald Snelton(LHP)- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.25.

A rare RafRod sighting!

Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Everett Aquasox 3-2:

Craig Massoni(DH)- 2 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .281.
Ethan Miller(RHP)- 4 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 7.56.
Dusten Knight(RHP)- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 0.00
Ian Gardeck(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.93.

Rookie Arizona  Giants were idle.

DSL  Giants pounded the Yankees1 10-2

Mikey Edie(CF, 16 yo)- 2 for 3, 2 BB, SB(7).  BA= .250.
Miguel Gomez(C, 21 yo)- 2 for 4, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .345.
Hengerber Medina(SS, 19 yo)- 3 for 4.  BA= .250.
Olbis Parra(RHP, 19 yo)- 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Deiyerbert Bolivar(LHP, 18 yo)- 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.00.


  1. I highly doubt it that Stratton will ever make it (probably gets his cup of coffee). 24 year old in A+ and with a terrible ERA. Yes, he has pitched some very good games but some very bad games too, similar to what Lincecum does in the bigs.

    1. I wasn't a huge fan of the pick to begin with, and he's definitely been pretty middling. Still, he's among the league leaders. There are only a few guys ahead of him in the league: Ben Lively, Joe Ross, Zach Eflin and Tom Windle are the notables. Its just his draft position and the expectation to move faster is really driving a lot of perception of him. If his velocity does tick up, his control plays, he might be a 4/5 guy. Most likely he's trade bait at this point though. Its worth noting that Lucas Sims is having a dreadful year in the Carolina league. Marcus Stroman is threatening the show, that's another comp. If Stratton was killing the league or in AA, the perception of the system would change a lot.

    2. Anon,

      It's pretty easy to take a quick glance at a stat line and birthdate and stop your analysis right there. You may well be right. You can write off most any prospect for almost any reason and the odds will be in your favor. On the other hand, Stratton seems to have some things going for him. As a first round draft pick, he will be given every opportunity to put it together.

  2. Glad you saw the report, Doc. Compared to the Rawhide starter, the stuff was okay. It would be good to know what his velocity has been in other starts. He looks like a guy than can work 90-93 with the fastball. He seems fully capable of commanding that fastball and working different quadrants of the K zone. With better secondary pitches he can make it work. Call him Matt Cain - lite.

    1. That's kind of odd, because I clearly remember video of Chris Stratton in college showing off a hammer curve. Some pro umps just won't call those strikes though and pro hitters can sometimes sniff them out pretty early in the pitch, sometimes before release.

  3. would also like to see him in AA Richmond so that he can benefit from the coaching and the bigger ballparks.

  4. Glad Cordier is doing well. Dunning was taken off the roster to make room for Panik.

    Mikey Edie seems to get a decent amount of walks.

    Will teams be asking for Duffy when negotiating with the Giants?

    1. I'm not sure how much trade value Duffy has. I think many observers still regard him as a minor league phenomenon without much projection to the majors. I think that is an oversimplification and if you look at his peripheral numbers they will play at higher levels, but teams are usually looking for either pitching or tools in trades. On the other hand, Conor Gillaspie seems to be making the White Sox happy they traded for him. Who did the Giants get for him, anyway?

    2. They got wild, fast, young, very wild Jeff (very, very wild) Soptic, but were lucky to get anyone, as I recall, because Gillaspie was going to be lost to the organization in any event.

  5. If Morse or Pagan is out much longer, will the Giants bring up Duvall?

    1. Well, Duvall would not be much help replacing Pagan. Duvall could play 1B, but so can Posey. I think they might even bring up Gary Brown before they bring up Duvall, but then again, I didn't think they would bring up Panik.