Sunday, June 8, 2014

Down on the Farm 6/7/2014

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies defeated the Las Vegas 51's 7-2:

Joe Panik(2B)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .322.
Adam Duvall(3B)- 1 for 3, HR(19), BB.  BA= .299.
Chris Dominguez(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .285.
Juan Ciriaco(SS)- 2 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .285.
Mitch Lively(RHP)- 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 6.20.

Panik gets his obligatory 2 hits.  Duvall on a pace to hit about 40 HR's.  Not sure what's gotten into Juan Ciriaco.  After years of doing pretty much nothing, he's suddenly tearing up the PCL.  Grizzlies are 33-30 and are 4.5 games behind Reno and Sacramento in their PCL division.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Reading Fightin' Phils 5-1:

Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .246.
Angel Villalona(PH)- 1 for 1, HR(8).  BA= .259.
Kyle Crick(RHP)- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 9/2.   ERA= 3.46.

When you can get groundball outs at a 9/2 ratio, you need to just pitch to contact and trust your stuff.  The Squirrels are 34-25 3 games behind the Akron Rubberducks in their division.

High A  San Jose Giants crushed the Modesto Nuts 9-3:

Chuckie Jones(RF)- 3 for 5, 3B, HR(5).  BA= .249.
Blake Miller(2B)- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .312.
Ben Turner(Catcher)- 4 for 5.  BA= .275.
Pat Young(RHP)- 6.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 5.50.
Stephen Johnson(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.30.

Chuckie Jones!  He really came on in the second half last year for Augusta.  Now, after a couple of months to adjust to the higher level, he's getting some serious traction in San Jose.  I've been rooting hard for this kid ever since he was drafted.  An emerging story is how Stephen Johnson has really settled in and is putting up some dominant numbers after a slow first month of the season.

Low A  Lexington Legends topped the Augusta Greenjackets 6-5 in 10 innings:

Moreno and Polonius- 2 hits each.
Ray Black- another scoreless IP with 2 K's.

Nothing else to see here.

DSL  Giants edged the Cardinals 3-2:

Mikey Edie(CF, 16 yo)- 1 for 4, BB, 2 SB(5).  BA= .250.
Robinson Medrano(RF, 18 yo)- 3 for 4, 3B.  BA= .333.


  1. If Pablo leaves, do you think they will give Duvall a shot at 3B? He reminds me a little bit of Pedro Feliz with less defense but more patience. Both have comparable power and average.Ideally, I would want to keep Pablo and have Duvall as a backup 3B/1B and right handed power hitter off the bench, possibly replacing Arias's role (since Adrianza can cover 2B/SS)

    1. Duvall would be one possible option at 3B if Pablo ends up leaving.

  2. Wow! Pretty classy guy. You can tell by the lack of advertisements that DrB has that he is just doing this for fun and just enjoys baseball. You can listen to what he has to say or go find another website to display your racist propaganda. He is not an expert and neither is Shankbone but they have a passion for Giants baseball and that is why we come and read different perspectives. Although he works with Ricky's mother deep down he knows that Duvall is much more polished. Ricky had a great first year in SJ and then took a giant nose dive.

    1. The comments this response was directed at have been deleted. Appreciate the support. Ricky has had a tough time at AA, that much is obvious to everybody. He's not the first prospect to struggle at that level. It remains to be seen whether he can get over that hill. Duvall is mashing in Fresno. He deserves a chance at the MLB level, but the positions he plays are filled right now in SF. As always, part of the wonder of the game of baseball is seeing how it all plays out. It is crazy hard to make it as a major league baseball player.

    2. Not only is Duvall hitting for power but his BA shows he can make good contact. Chances are he will not be a .300 hitter in the MLB but if he can hit 20-30 HRs and hit .260-.270 that would be incredible. It doesn't seem like he is going to be able to stick at 3B with his defensive woes. Does anyone know if he can play LF? I am sure he could play 1B but that would be a bigger logjam with Posey and Belt all playing there.

    3. I wanted to write something in support of DrB too. I thought it would be better after those comments had been removed, not wanting my comment to get erased as well.

      I totally agree with what Anon said above.

      It's only a game and it's not about who knows more than who. Root for the team and share what you know, that' all. Have a disagreement? Fine, state your case and move on. Let history be the judge...whether a trade for a bat at the cost of a pitching prospect was sound or not. But remember to move on:)

  3. You have to be loving Panik's season so far. I am thinking something has to be done about him this year. I get the whole "its the PCL" debate but I would rather see what this guy can do at the MLB level than worry about putting Adrianza on waivers. I bet Adrianza can help a team out there and I do not think he will be an everyday player for the Giants ever. With Arias signed for next year I think Adrianza is redundant.

    I would love to see Minicozzi get a cup of coffee one of these days. He is tearing it up at Fresno and Colvin started out hot but has fizzled as of late. It is one of those feel good stories I would love to see play out. So far he has done everything right in Fresno and in ST.

    1. Panik has to stay never know when your chance might come.

      Duvall played 3B before. Can he play 2B, not regularly, once in a while? That will make him a super bench guy...LF, 3B, 2B.

      The same question with 2B a possibility?

      It's crazy but I think Morse came in as a SS with the Mariners. Can he play 2B, once in a while?