Thursday, July 31, 2014

Down on the Farm: 7/30/2014

AAA  Reno Aces trumped the Fresno Grizzlies 3-1:

Chris Heston(RHP)- 8 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.65.

AA  Harrisburg Senators outlasted the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-3 in 13 innings:

Kelby Tomlinson(2B)- 2 for 6, SB(43).  BA= .270.
Matt Duffy(2B)- 2 for 5, 2B, BB.  BA= .332.
Jarrett Parker(RF- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .275.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Carlos Alvarado(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Cody Hall(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.92.

Stratton and Alvarado make their AA debuts successful.  The Squirrels finally used position players Stromsmoe and Lollis to pitch the 13'th inning and they gave up the final 3 runs.

High A  San Jose Giants pounded the Modesto Nuts 8-4:

Blake Miller(2B)- 2 for 4, SF, SB(5).  BA= .299.
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .282.
Martin Agosta(RHP)- 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 10.17.
Ian Gardeck(RHP)- 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 6.19.
Stephen Johnson(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 2.83.

Of the two raw hard throwers, Gardeck and Johnson, Johnson seems to have made more progress in refining his game and cutting down on the BB's.  Blake Miller and Mitch Delfino don't get a lot of attention in discussions of top Giants prospects, but I could see one or both going to Richmond next year and doing the Matt Duffy.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets were idle.

Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Tri-Cities Dust Devils 8-7:

Austin Slater(RF)- 4 for 5, SB(2).  BA= .529.
Travious Relaford(2B)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .284.
Johnshwy Fargas(LF)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .252.
Eury Sanchez(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(8).  ERA= .231.

Slater is off to a sizzling start to his pro career.

Rookie AZL  Giants stopped the D'Backs 5-4 in 13 innings:

Randy Ortiz(CF)- 5 for 7.  BA= .390.
Daniel Carbonell(DH)- 2 for 7.  BA= .250.
Hector Mercedes(SS)- 2 for 6, 2B, 3B.  BA= .306.
Dylan Brooks(RHP)- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 4.58.
Stetson Woods(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Logan Webb(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Not sure why Ortiz is still playing in rookie ball.  Mercedes has an intriguing profile.  6'3", 185 lbs and playing SS, but this is his 3'rd season in Arizona after 2 in the DSL and he's 22 yo.  This was, by far, Dylan Brooks best game as a pro.  Something of a breakout for him.  Encouraging first 2 appearances for the two top 10 round draftees Webb and Woods.

DSL  Giants beat the Mariners 3-2:

Victor Concepcion(RHP, 17 yo)- 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.75.


  1. beane is def going for it and does he have cajones

    traded cespedes to boston for lester and gomes

    and i have a feeling sabey sabes aint gonna do much of anything today


  2. Word out of the RVA today is that the SFG told Duffy and Parker to stay put in Richmond because of today's trade deadline. Neither of them took the bus to Altoona with the rest of the team this AM.

    1. Maybe they should take the quick plain trip from RICH to LGA instead, they can't be any worse then what the Giants are throwing out as the 2B and 3rd OFer....OK, a little exaggeration...

      NO deals today which means to me that Sabean screwed the pooch unless one thing is true....all of Belt, Scuts and Pagan are healthy....Then, problem

      But I'm sure he's gonna come out and say the asking prices on everybody were too high. I have no problem with that if it is indeed true..But what it really means if Pagan, Scuts and Belt (or any of the three) aren't healthy, is that Sabean paid through the nose in propsects to get a pitcher that ain't gonna make an iota of difference as the Giants will be lucky to keep their heads above water without an CF and 2B...

      I HOPE at least Pagan (especially) and Belt comeback healthy..


    2. One of the reports I saw had Duffy going to the Giants (it was apparently talked about). I couldn't imagine they'd trade him, which appears to be the case. Is Parker really ready? We'd be better off with Brown. Pagan and Belt ready soon, that means Ish and JP are going back down. I would start Panik every game, and I'd probably release Uggla. Whether you call up Brown or Duffy is probably debatable, but I'd probably call up Brown to get a 5th fielder in there. Either him or Duvall to give Belt a shot and more power off the bench.

    3. When it takes a Cespedes to land Lester, damn right the prices were ridiculous. Of course, everyone knows Panik isn't worth anything (extreme SARCASM) and Blanco couldn't hit .353 for a 10 game period and supply excellent range and fielding, but not as a leadoff.

      Rios. ARE YOU KIDDING? This spoiled brat was a dugout terror with the W/Sox and the Jays. One year Rios was a over a .300 avg. Maybe the Giants should have traded Crick and Susac for him.

      I will take Panda at 3B for $100M at $15M per year, but only with a severe weight clause. A long time this guy has been accused by ignorance as having weak defense.

      Are they allowing any Giants fans to use the Golden Gate in addition to the suicide watch they have them on???

      Bring on the flames!


    4. From CSN Bay Area, Baggarly:

      “I’ve done this a long time and I feel as good about not getting something done as much as any year, because I felt there were bad deals to be made,” Sabean said. “The club isn’t playing well, and that’s a frustrating position to be in.”

      Although many Giants fans would’ve been perfectly fine with Sabean parting with catching prospect Andrew Susac, or other prospects in a relatively thin system, the GM made it clear: the team’s recent performance, including a 7-21 record at home since June 9, did not whet his appetite to take a scythe to the farm.

      While noting the series in Philadelphia earlier this month took a lot out of the team heading into last weekend’s showdown series with the NL West-leading Dodgers at AT&T Park, Sabean said “the look of it wasn’t good” when their archrivals crushed them in a three-game sweep.

      “Answering it the only way I know how, I don’t know how good we are,” Sabean said. “I don’t know how close we are, close to winning the division or even the wild card” based on recent performance.

      Being doing this a long (so long that younger GMs are copycatting him).

      No appetite...

  3. JUST got word that Duffy and Parker are headed to the bigs.

    1. Wow. Parker over Brownie. That is a statement.

    2. Not surprised, especially Duffy, although I was only half serious wit saying above that The Duffinator and Parker should take the flight form Rich to LaGuardia...Maybe Parker has fixed the hole and overswinging in his swing? Still, a lot of Titanic deck chair swithching if PAGAN doesn't come back and we can't get anything from Scuts..


    3. Just gut reaction - Duffy will have more success than Parker (as a fan, I want both to be good).

    4. Source? I know Baggs mentioned the FO saying fuck it and calling him up if the market price for 2B didnt come down. None of the big guns that follow the Giants are reporting it.

  4. I can understand Duffy because he's proved he can hit the ball. Parker has been on and off all year. He's on right now. I think he's batting over .400 in his last 10 games. It will be interesting to say the least.

  5. Sabean has got to have cajones to hold like this.

    Wise or not, that is a different question.

    But cajones, big time.

    In any case, pay (and pay a lot) - been there, done that (talk about who is imitating whom)'on down, Gollum...sorry, Billy (I want that ring, my precious) Beane.

    Back to serious business, we will see if inaction ('I expect our current players to do better') at this conjuncture (with waiver deals still possible) is wise (and not so testosterone contest) or not.

  6. The Giants real move was to move Sandoval. BUT, they got no one, I mean no one, to step in and take his place.

    Once they took the Panda off the table, any real opportunity for dealing/remaking the roster was done.

    Since this started with Pagan going down, keep the name Rusney Castillo in mind. He only costs money and could make an impact this year.

    1. Yep...He was supposedly real impressive in his open workout and teams have already had private workouts and some ar very interested...Giants will have to pony up (overpay) big time with really no OFs in the system right now. Or the same thing will happen as with the White Sox 1B..Players just don't want to hit in SF! Gotta make it worth it with the green.


  7. Wow. Crick out of the game in the 2nd inning with injury. (I agree with the announcer on the blister speculation)

    1. He had given up three runs in the first and a solo home run plus a walk in the second, so whatever it was, was interfering gradually but badly with his pitching.

  8. Looks like Matt Duffy will get the call up also

    1. I believe you'll find that Duffy and Parker both are there. Not sure why all the hush hush about it though.

  9. Just saw a short clip of some AB's of Daniel Carbonell from Alex Pavlovic's Twitter. The kid looks like he has some power. From the article one of the balls he smoked to LF was robbed by a "remarkable catch". Nonetheless, I liked what I saw.