Saturday, August 16, 2014

Down on the Farm: 8/15/2014

AAA  Oklahoma City Redhawks defeated the Fresno Grizzlies 6-2:

Chris Dominguez(SS)- 1 for 4, HR(20).  BA= .275.

Dominguez makes it 20/20.  Still not sure what to make of Dominguez playing SS, but it sure is intriguing.

AA  Portland Sea Dogs beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-1:

Devin Harris(LF)- 3 for 4.  BA= .261.
Myles Schroder(DH)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .246.
Tyler LaTorre(Catcher)- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .262.

High A  San Jose Giants held off the Stockton Ports 11-10:

Daniel Carbonell(DH)- 1 for 5, HR(1), BB.  BA= .367.
Ryan Lollis(CF)- 3 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .283.
Brian Ragira(1B)- 3 for 4, 2 HR(14), BB.  BA= .245.
Tyler Horan(RF)- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(5).  BA= .289.
Ben Turner(Catcher)- 4 for 4, BB.  BA= .283.
Joe Biagini(RHP)- 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.23.

This one was not as close as it looked as the Ports scored 7 runs in the 9'th inning, but fell short.  Horan has hit 5 dingers in just 45 AB since being called up to San Jose.

Low A  Asheville Tourists swarmed over the Augusta Greenjackets 10-2:

Will Callaway(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .321.
Rafael Rodriguez(LF)- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .283.

Callaway is having a nice season in Low A ball, but remember he is 24 years old.  RafRod is hitting .425 over his last 10 games.

Short Season  Eugene Emeralds topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 5-4:

Seth Harrison(CF)- 2 for 5, 2B, SB(8).  BA= .267.
Christian Arroyo(SS)- 1 for 5, HR(5).  BA= .317.
Ethan Miller(RHP)- 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.93.

Rookie AZL  Mariners edged the Giants 2-1:

Michael Santos(RHP)- 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.13.

DSL  Giants vs Rojos(Reds) not posted yet at the time of this writing.


  1. PS: Remember Charlie Hayes? His son Ke' Bryan is a HS 3B who is draft eligible in 2015 and drawing rave reviews at showcase events.

  2. Arroyo really seems to enjoy hitting out west. I personally don't see any reason for the organization to send him or Ryder Jones back to Augusta next year. Stick them in the Cal League, see how they perform. If things go well, one or both could be in Richmond the next year and on the fast track to the majors.

    1. I truly don't see Augusta as an appropriate spot for any prep hitter anymore. It seems to have become even more of a black hole for offense in the organization than Richmond. The only players who seem to excel out there are guys with monster power like Duvall and now Tyler Horan. Duffy hit pretty well last year, but he was a college pick and I think we're now seeing that he was an extraordinary case.

      Here's my question: What does an organization do when they have an affiliate like this that is absolutely zapping the confidence of young, impressionable hitters?

    2. Well, a few years ago, the Giants had a situation like that in Norwich, CT. They tried to get some changes to the stadium to make it more neutral and were unable to make it happen. Next year they were in Richmond, which is still no great shakes for hitters, but it's not nearly as bad as the yard in Norwich.

    3. Always been amazed that MLB franchises worth billions and spending millions every year to develop players and gain the slightest competitive advantage can have such pothole affiliate teams. Why not just own your MiLB development teams to insure relatively consistent standards and solid stepping stones to the majors. It's hard enough to learn to hit a curve or a 100mph heater much less do it in a deadball park like Richmond. And while I'm at it, how about adding another short season club or two to increase the prospect funnel.

      I guess it's a combo of old school tobacco chewing baseball and owner cheapness, but makes no sense to me if the goal is to develop the most and best MLB players.

    4. Especially when owning minor league franchises is, in most cases, a profitable business.