Thursday, July 3, 2014

Down on the Farm: 7/2/2014

AAA  Sacramento River Cats outlasted the Fresno Grizzlies 3-2 in 15 innings:

Gary Brown(CF)- 2 for 7, 2 SB(16).  BA= .267.
Brandon Belt(1B)- 2 for 4, BA= .526.
Darren Ford(RF)- 3 for 6, 2 SB(15).  BA= .323.
Chris Heston(RHP)- 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.49.
Heath Hembree(RHP)- 0.2 IP, 3 H 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.05.

I'm not sure if I should make an issue of Hembree's performance coming at the end of a 15 inning game, but it was a Save situation.  Not sure what Belt is still doing in Fresno.  Giants need his bat in the lineup yesterday!

AA  Harrisburg Senators defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-2:

Kelby Tomlinson(2B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .252.
Devin Harris(RF)- 2 for 4.  BA= .274.
Austin Fleet(RHP)- 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.30.

High A  San Jose Giants pounded the Modesto Nuts 8-2:

Chuckie Jones(RF)- 4 for 5, 2 2B, SB(8).  BA= .274.
Blake Miller(2B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .316.
Brian Ragira(1B)- 1 for 4, HR(7).  BA= .236.
Elliott Blair(LF)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .275.
Alberto Robles(SS)- 2 for 5, SB(5).  BA= .215.
Joe Biagini(RHP)- 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.14.

Chuckie Jones is on fire!  He starts the month of July with 6 hits in 8 AB after hitting .323 for the month of June.  Biagini breaks a string of 3 non-QS.

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

Tyler Horan(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .265.
Jeremy Sy(2B)- 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .230.
Rando Moreno(SS)- 1 for 3, 2B, SB(5).  BA= .218.
Ray Black(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.00.

Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Vancouver Canadians 6-1:

Ty Hollick(CF)- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .246.
Christian Arroyo(SS)- 1 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .244.
Eugene Escalante(DH)- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .188.
Jason Forjet(RHP)- 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.43.

Rookie AZL  Rangers outscored the Giants 6-5:

Marco Scutaro(2B)- 2 for 2, 2B.  BA= .182.
Skyler Ewing(1B)- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .243.
Luis Lacen(CF)- 3 for 4.  BA= .750.
Nick Vander Tuig(RHP)- 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

This was Scooter's 5'th rehab appearance starting 6/24.  Lacen makes his pro debut.  Love his size and tools.  Good to see him hit, even if in just one game.  Vander Tuig continues to take baby steps forward.

DSL  Giants continued their rampage over the Orioles2 7-1:

Mikey Edie(CF)- 2 for 4, BB, SB(10).  BA= .302.
Robinson Medrano(RF)- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .327.
Mecky Coronado(DH)- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .316.
Prebito Reyes(LHP)- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.06
Deiyerbert Bolivar(LHP)- 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.52.

I don't remember an international bonus baby get off to as good a start as Edie.  His 17'th birthday is today.  Mecky Coronado is 18 yo.  He is listed on the roster as a catcher.  DSL Giants record stands at 19-9.

The Giants signed 3 international prospects on opening day of the new signing period"

Sandro Fabian, OF.  6'0", 180 lbs.  $500 K.  Toolsy OF, but will probably move to LF from his current CF position.  Hits the ball hard when he makes contact, which is apparently not as often as we'd like.

Francisco Medina, SS.  6'1", 150 lbs.  $115 K.  No scouting info except he is skinny as you can see from his listed ht and wt.

Bryan Pena, OF/1B.  6'4", 200 lbs.  $425 K.  Lefthanded hitting slugger who will probably be a first-baseman long term.  Hit 2 dingers in one game in front of a bunch of scouts during the Dominican Prospect League.  Swing is reportedly on the long side.


  1. Can anyone remind me why the Giants are so sure Darren Ford just can't hit in the majors?

    1. Who said the Giants are sure Darren Ford can't hit in the majors? I mean, they signed him back into the organization for some reason! The Giants are not the only organization Ford has played for and he hasn't gotten any more chances somewhere else. The truth is, Darren Ford has always been a borderline hitter in the minors whose numbers just don't project that well to higher levels. That's not to say it wouldn't be interesting for a team with nothing to lose to give him a half season of full time AB's to see what happened.

  2. That's what you like to see in a prospect - progress - with Chuckie.

    One doesn't have to do it from the beginning.

    I feel good about him.

  3. OK, I know the Giants are being cautious with Ray Black's arm, as they should be.. But it would be nice to see how the kid does in SJ or Rich sometime this year...It seems that occasionally one of the bats blindly run into his 100 MPM fast ball and sends it FAR...but the guy has been on fire lately except for 1 pitch.....Hitting 100 MPH EVERY night, averaging about 2.5K PER INNING.over his last 10 games and close to unhittable except noted above....Line for the last 10 games looks like this.....

    9.2IP 5H 3R (off homer) 5BB 22K 2.50GO/FO .152 ,BAA

    I'm sure the Giants are doing the right thing, I'm just being impatient!....And, as somebody has said before...there are only so many 100MPH fast balls in an arm, especially a reconstructed one, so why waste it in Augusta! :)


    1. I agree on Black. He's not young. He has the heat. No reason not to fast track him.

  4. Oh and the Giants starting pitching prospect may have been inconsistent in the first half, but the relief arms seemed to be doing fantastic....One of them, Stve Okert has been moved up to RICH (with Bandilla,Johnson and Mizenko flawlessly picking up the slack)...And I just read this about Okert's performance in the CAL-CAR All STAR game..Sorry ifit has been noted....

    Anyway, "Giants closer Steven Okert picked-up the save in last Tuesday’s California-Carolina League All-Star Game in Wilmington, Delaware. Okert entered the game in the bottom of the ninth with the California League ahead by a 3-2 score. The left-hander retired all three batters he faced, including two via the strikeout, to strand a pair of inherited runners. "


    1. That's the kind of payoff you want out of a 4th round draft pick. Okert leads the Giants minors in K/9 by a wide margin, leads in ERA and has an insane 5.25 K/BB ratio. Batters are slashing 229/293/307 against him.

  5. Dr. B, According to Baggs the FO doesn't want to rush Belt like they did Panda last year. Also, apparently his thumb is still sore after games, so my guess is they're really trying to ease him back into things.


    A thought on Gary Brown - It seems to me that Gary Brown may have missed out on a chance to improve his stock and maybe get called up the past 2 seasons after Pagan's injuries due to his reluctance to try and change his offensive game to profile more as a leadoff hitter (slapping the ball to the opposite field, drawing more walks, bunting for hits). Yes, it must be hard to change after all the years of success he's had with his current hitting style, and a change doesn't guarantee future success, but someone in the org should have pointed out to Brown that the Giants clearly has no answer for a Pagan long DL stay and Brown could have helped himself and the org if he decided to try and change his game.. My guess is Brown will probably be gone after this season and hookup with another org..


    1. Ironically, I believe it was the Giants coaching staff who wanted Brown to adopt a more upright batting stance and try to drive the ball more.