Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Down on the Farm: 8/18/2014

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies blanked the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 5-0:

Gary Brown(CF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .267.
Mark Minicozzi(LF)- 2 for 4, HR(12).  BA= .297.
Austin Fleet(RHP)- 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K's, GO/AO= 10/3.  ERA= 3.69.

This was Fleet's 5'th start since being called up to Fresno.  He gave up 12 runs in 15.2 IP in his first 3 starts and just 1 run in 16 IP in his last 2 starts.  He also has 12 K's against 0 BB's in his last 2 starts.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels were idle.

High A  Stockton Ports defeated the San Jose Giants 7-3:

Mitch Delfino(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(11).  BA= .291.
Jared Deacon(Catcher)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .269.
Martin Agosta(RHP)- 3.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 9.23.

Delfino is this year's SJ Giant on a will he get to .300 watch.  A Jared Deacon sighting!  I don't see anything at all to be encouraged about from Agosta's line.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets were idle.

Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes buried the Boise Hawks 7-3:

Skyler Ewing(1B)- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(7), BB.  BA= .306.
Dylan Davis(LF)- 2 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .154.
Jose Reyes(RHP)- 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.82.

Rookie AZL  Game 1(completion of suspended game from 8/17)  Giants edged the Reds 7-6:

Richard Amion(CF)- 3 for 5, BB, 2 SB(5).  BA= .283.
Byron Murray(RF)- 3 for 6, 2B.  BA= .303.
Kevin Rivera(2B)- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .211
Christian Lichtenthaler(SS)- 3 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .250.
Dylan Brooks(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.62.

Love what Byron Murray is doing in his first pro summer.  Rivera has had enough good games that I am cautiously optimistic about him despite the low overall BA.

Rookie AZL Game 2  Giants outlasted the Reds 4-3 in 14 innings:

Christian Lichtenthaler(SS)- 2 for 5, SF.  BA= .264.
Brennan Metzger(PH-DH)- 2 for 2, 2B.  BA= .362.
Jordan Johnson(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Rayan Hernandez(RHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.82.
Michael Connolly(RHP)- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.70.

Johnson makes his pro debut. He as a 23'rd round pick this year who I completely forgot about.  Don't even remember seeing him on the draft list now that he's appeared in a pro game!

DSL  Red Sox pounded the Giants 7-1:

Mecky Coronado(DH, 17 yo)- 2 for 4.  BA= .282.


  1. I am really starting to like our 2014 Draft albeit a small sample size:

    Austin Slater: .378/.452/.463 5 2B, 1 3B across 2 levels
    Skyler Ewing: .291/.404/.489 12 2B, 8 HR across 2 levels
    Stetson Woods 4-0 0.00 ERA 13K/3BB
    Matt Gage 2-0 2.15 ERA 27K/7BB

    Throw in Daniel Carbonell, Dylan Davis, Michael Santos (Intl signing 2013), and Rayan Hernandez (Intl signing 2013).

    I think we are stacked at the lower levels. Give it 2 years and we will have a pretty darn good farm system.

    1. Hernandez was drafted in 2013 out of Puerto Rico HS ranks, but yeah, I really like Beede at #1 with the 2 HS pitchers Webb and Woods in the first 10 rounds. I'm also liking what I see from Kevin Rivera and Byron Murray and a lesser extend Luis Lacen, 3 HS position draftees from this year.

    2. You're right. I goofed on that one. Carlos Correa came from that same HS.

      Beede has looked great in the 5.2 innings he has pitched. I am very optimistic about him. I am just hoping we get a lot more than what we have received from Stratton and Agosta, two pitchers that were expected to do well. It is hard to expect anything more than Madison Bumgarner because I believe he is an ace and has accomplished a lot in his career already. But if he can one day become the #2 or #3 in our rotation then that would be excellent. I can't wait to see a full year from him.

  2. I couldn't resist...Great game by Austin Fleet...I've been drumming him up for a few years....I really think the kid (well, he's 27 now) knows how to pitch and has a major league arm that is ready for the majors...His stats don't look the best being that he has been a yo-yo to help the Giants farm wherever it's needed....And he has..Wouldn't mind him in the Giant bullpen next year but..If I was him, I would get the heck out of the organization if that's all he can see in the future....Don knowhis contract status...sign elsewhere or ask for a trade...


  3. Austin Fleet will be exposed to the Rule 5 Draft in December unless the Giants put him on their 40 man roster. This is fairly decent news for Fleet because if the Giants do not want to put him on their 40 man roster he might get a decent chance to make another team since he must be put on the new team's 25 man roster if chosen. He has pitched well and possibly has a chance to be chosen in the draft. I think he has a decent chance of being a #4 or #5 guy somewhere. Whether it is with the Giants remains to be seen.

    1. A penny saved is a penny earned.

      I feel we have not managed our 'pennies' (Otero, Gilaspie) recently like we did earlier with Culberson and Rosin.

    2. Good ones are occasionally going to get away. Otero had his opportunities the Giants and basically go lit up every time. Gillaspie had no position to play to did not show enough with the bat to keep him around.

    3. What I meant was Sabean set his own standards so that when compared with, say, Culberson for Scutaro, he has not managed to match it to get something contributory for Gillaspie.

    4. Like I said, good ones are going to get away. There was no way to keep Gillaspie and he had no trade value at the time. He would not have even fetched Charlie Culberson in return!

    5. I agree that some good ones will get away.

      Sometimes we do well and sometimes not

      When we list transactions, some will rank higher and some lower.

    6. Just in. I read earlier today that the Cubs were said to be closing in on Castillo, but a later report this evening reports that the Giants are still in the mix!

      Fingers crossed!

    7. That would be a heckuva sandbagging job by Brian Sabean talking budget and poormouth, then springing out of the weeds to grab a big ticket item like Castillo.

  4. Agreed. I think we didn't put ourselves in a good position with Gillaspie. We knew we had an unsettled position at second base and Pablo is in a contract year scenario. I can't see how it didn't make sense to keep him around on the 25 vs a guy like Brandon Hicks or even Arias. He could have played both second and third, would have been cheap and it was clear from his minor league progression he was figuring it out. A guy we litterally developed and basically gave away because we wanted to keep some career utility guys with no upside. We missed the boat on this one IMO. Not so concerned about Otero as we are stacked with pitchers and have a great history developing them. Connor though was a head scratcher.

    1. Util guys are around more so for their defense than their bats, and Gonnor had shown that his 3B defense was more than just pretty bad. And what makes you think he could have played 2B? Just because he has a 2B arm does not mean he can play the position. He has NEVER played 2B as a pro. Not in the Giants org and not for the ChiSox since the trade.

      Arias has plus defense at all 4 infield positions. His bat this year has been scary-bad, granted, but there was nothing in his career projections that pointed to this cliff. Remember, he was a HIGHLY regarded prospect at one time, as well.

      Gonnor was done with the Giants going into '13. I don't remember anyone in the fringe complaining about losing him at the time. Only now, two years later, after he has shown to be an OK, average 3B are all the complainers popping up with their "I told you so"s.

    2. Completely agree with CSS on this one. Gillaspie has never played 2B and at least up through 2012, his D at 3B was pretty bad. I don't think there is any reasonable scenario that he stays on the roster at that point.

  5. Matt Duffy never played 2B or 3B until this year either. I am not saying his D was great but it was servicable, we used Dan Uggla for godsakes. Connor was also a former #1 draft pick, his sitck was coming around plus we have had some holes on the roster the last couple of years that he could have easily filled. Bottom line is we didn't do a good job of managing his service time, might have been by agreeing to his contract demand of starting his big league clock early, but the end result is the same. My guess is if Sabean could do it over, he would have.

    1. We'll have to agree to disagree on this one. Giants and Conor Gillaspie simply ran out of time with each other. He ended up with a team that was desperate for help at 3B and it worked out for him. Giants weren't in a position to give him the time to work it out.

    2. Oh, and Matt Duffy's situation is a terrible comp because Matt Duffy is a guy who can play SS at the MLB level while Gillaspie was a guy who couldn't play 3B well at any level.