Friday, August 22, 2014

Down on the Farm: 8/21/2014

AAA Game 1  Fresno Grizzlies defeated the Nashville Sounds 8-4:

Juan Perez(LF)- 3 for 3, 2B, HR(7), SF.  BA= .340.
Tony Abreu(2B)- 2 for 3, HR(7).  BA= .284.

AAA Game 2  Nashville Sounds blanked the Fresno Grizzlies 7-0:


AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels soared over the New Britain Rock Cats 10-1:

Blake Miller(2B)- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .333.
Devin Harris(LF)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .258.
Ricky Oropesa(DH)- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .239.
Ty Blach(LHP)- 6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.30.

I think Blake Miller can hit.

High A  Modesto Nuts topped the San Jose Giants 2-1:

Joe Biagini(RHP)- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 10 K's.  ERA= 4.17.
Mason McVay(LHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.12.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets outscored the Hickory Crawdads 4-3:


Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes blasted the Tri-Cities Dust Devils 12-5:

Johneshwy Fargas(LF)- 1 for 3, 2 BB, 2 SB(13).  BA= .237.
Christian Arroyo(SS)- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .324.
Ryder Jones(3B)- 3 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .265.
Aramis Garcia(Catcher)- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .250.
Dylan Davis(RF)- 2 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .191.
Travious Relaford(2B)- 2 for 3, HR(1), SF.  BA= .281.
Keury Mella(RHP)- 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 0.90.

Ryder Jones is making a nice late run at the plate hitting .351 over his last 10 games.  Relaford seems to have finally found himself at the plate this season.  Mella making a nice showing late after missing a large part of the season with an injury.

Rookie AZL  Giants were idle.

DSL  Giants downed the Mariners 3-2:

Manuel Geraldo(SS, 17 yo)- 3 for 3, BB, 2 SB(16).  BA= .250.

Mikey Edie made an appearance going 0 for 2, then was replaced in the lineup.  Geraldo is hitting .324 over his last 10 games and .294 for the month of August after hitting .272 in July.  I really like what his 17 yo SS is showing.  6'1", 170 lbs?  Switch-hitter?  I'll take it!


  1. And......we lose again....Rusney Castillo is going to the Red Sox to form a Cuban duo with Cespedes.

    1. I get it. More money than Jose Abreu. No thank you. Pretty huge commitment to someone who is comped to Brett Gardner. Gardner is good but not for $72MM.

    2. First, Rusney only cost money and the Giants have plenty of it. He would have potentially solved the LF/CF problem long term and short term kickstarted our playoff drive. We need a Cuban OF, period.

      Instead, are over a barrel negotiating with Pablo - wait to you see what that costs.

      And Rodger, "More money than Abreu", look at what bargains he and Puig are. More please.

    3. You are right about the Giants having money. The problem is that they rarely spend it on free agents unless they are currently a Giant. They seem to only give money to their own. Last time we gave out big money was Barry Zito and Aaron Rowand. We didn't give Hunter Pence big money until he was already a Giant. So, when you say $72MM is a bargain I do agree to a point because spread out over 7 years it is relatively low risk. But, I know that is not how the Giants operate. I bet you the Giants were probably in at the $50-55MM range. When the bidding got above $60MM they probably hit the eject button. I was just being realistic.

    4. I think that is realistic, ejecting at some point. Its frustrating to not get the guy though. And I do think Casillo could jump start the lineup and the issues. However... one of these guys is going to bust, sooner or later. Do we want the Gigantes diving for the last chair in the game of duck duck goose?

      Its not a done deal that the Bosox re-sign Cespedes. Bidding for him could get interesting.

    5. I agree Shank. The Giants don't want to get burned with so much allocated to contracts in the next few years. They are playing it safe. A bad contract could really hurt us. I love that it looked like we were involved to the last days of the bidding.

      I agree with getting in the bidding for Cespedes. He is a proven player with power, defense and one hell of an arm. I heard some stats that were ridiculous about Cespedes. The A's before the trade has a .620 winning percentage when he was in the lineup and around .300 when he was not in the lineup. Talk about a game changer. Maybe that is why the A's have gone downhill right after he left.

    6. Since I never thought the Giants were going to sign Castillo, I'm not disappointed. We'll probably never know how seriously they were about trying to sign him. It's intriguing that they were rumored to be involved right to the end. One thing we have to remember here is just because the BoSox got him for $72 M, which is a very substantial number, it's not guarantee the Giants could have gotten him for $73 M or $75 M or even $80 M. We simply don't know how high the Red Sox were willing to go. It sounds like it got into a bidding war at the end. The Giants tend to shy away from those and I don't blame them.

    7. Castillo has reportedly packed on 20 lbs of muscle since he last played in Cuba. Hmm…...

    8. 20 Lbs of muscle. HGH anyone?

    9. The Giants could always look to sign Yasmani Tomas: He could provide some serious LF power.

    10. Who needs Castillo when the Giants already have Carbonell?

      Sabes can overspend with the best of them, but he also knows how to find a bargain from time to time. Maybe he found one.

      Viva Cuba!

    11. Let's just say I don't think these Cuban players are subject to any testing between when they leave Cuba and when they sign a contract.

    12. A Red Sox site proclaims today that with Castillo in center and Cespedes next to him, the RS can snag another Cuban star AND be able to trade Mookie Betts to the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton--"Mark my words!" As the title of a long-ago song had it, "dream on, dream on, teenage queen."

  2. Ray Black and Mr. Smith up to SJ from Augusta. All right all right. There have been a lot of promotions this year. Miller is definitely a huge follow now. Its good to see the farm going homer happy now, at the end of the trek.

    1. About time for Ray Black. Hope to see him in SF before his arm falls off.

    2. Who is Mr. Smith and is he going to Washington?

      Is the pitching softening up in the Eastern League?

    3. Jake Smith.

      Excerpt from

      Smith had a 2.79 ERA with 30 walks to 77 strikeouts in 58 innings. His 48 appearances is second most in the South Atlantic League.

  3. DrB, does Black have any movement on his fastball. The reason why I ask is because Jordan Walden can throw 100 mph and not much movement. That guy gets beat up a lot.

    1. Don't know. Generally, the higher the velocity, the less movement, but that is not always true. I just know that one analyst who saw one of Black's appearances called it the most dominant pitching performance he had seen by anyone this year.

      BTW, the last time I saw Jordan Walden pitch, it looked to me like he was using an illegal delivery.