Sunday, July 20, 2014

Down on the Farm: 7/19/2014

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies chewed up the El Paso Chihuahuas 7-4:

Juan Perez(RF)- 3 for 5.  BA= .341.
Mark Minicozzi(LF)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .292.
Adam Duvall(3B)- 2 for 5, 2B, E(15).  BA= .303.
Travis Ishikawa(1B)- 2 for 2, HR(9), BB.  BA= .259.
Mike Kickham(LHP)- 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.53.

Kickham is 5-0 with an ERA of 2.79 over his last 10 starts.  His GO/AO has taken a big jump this season from 1.46 to 1.93 and he's at 2.58 over his last 10 starts.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels soared over the Harrisburg Senators 7-3:

Kelby Tomlinson(2B)- 0 for 3, 2 BB, 2 SB(40).  BA= .266.
Matt Duffy(SS)- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .344.
Devin Harris(LF)- 2 for 4, HR(10).  BA= .264.
Kyle Crick(RHP)- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.21
Hunter Strickland(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.61.

Crick has 2 QS in a row,  He has allowed 6 runs in 27 IP over his last 5 starts for an ERA of 2.00.  He has 37 K against 14 BB in that span.  He still walks a few more than ideal, but I see a pitcher who is settling down and gaining maturity and consistency from start-to-start.

High A  San Jose Giants outlasted the Lake Elsinore Storm 4-3 in 11 innings:

Jesus Galindo(CF)- 2 for 5, 2B, 2 SB(27).  BA= .276.
Elliott Blair(LF)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .307.
Joe Kurrasch(LHP)- 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.87.
Stephen Johnson(RHP)- 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.85.

Johnson blew the save on a dinger but stayed in and eventually got the W.

Low A  Charleston River Dogs outscored the Augusta Greenjackets 9-7:

Cristian Paulino(LF)- 2 for 5, 3B, BB, SB(17).  BA= .244.
Jeremy Sy(2B)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .241.
Rando Moreno(SS)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .207.

Short Season  Boise Hawks topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 12-9:

Christian Arroyo(SS)- 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SF.  BA= .292.
Travious Relaford(2B)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .292.
Jonathan Jones(DH)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .189.
Shilo McCall(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .196.

Rookie AZL  Giants pounded the Indians 15-3:

Jonah Arenado(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .268.
Julio Pena(RF)- 3 for 6, 2B.  BA= .224.
Michael Santos(RHP)- 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 9/3.  ERA= 1.80.
Dylan Brooks(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 6.75.

DSL Giants were idle.


  1. At this point in the year it's tough to ignore what Matt Duffy is accomplishing at Richmond. At a level, in a league that has been a killer for many Giant prospects, Duffy is putting up startlingly strong numbers. What say you Doc? Are you seeing any reports that provide insight into just how good Duffy might be? Or, is he viewed as a fringe prospect having an outlier year?

    1. To be honest, I am wondering the same thing. It's just very hard to find any major flaws in his numbers even if you delve into the K and BB rates. He hit well last year too, so it's getting increasingly difficult to call it a fluke.

    2. Duffy, in my opinion, is the epitome of what bloggers and publication types completely overlook, but the baseball industry really values. He's a gamer... a guy who doesn't get the headlines, but he helps win ballgames. He earned pretty nice reviews for his defense at SS this spring, and anyone who hits .340 in his first season at AA should not be overlooked. Personally, I think he has more power in the tank as well. For those who haven't seen him, go plug his name into Youtube. I love his swing. Great bat speed, confident player. I think he's major league material.

    3. Looking good here -

      I'm impressed, nice call Cove.