Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Down on the Farm: Low A Augusta Greenjackets 2014 Season Review

The 2014 Augusta Greenjackets were greeted with some anticipation in the spring as they featured a number of much younger prospects than Giants fans are accustomed to seeing in full season ball.  Unfortunately, the kids struggled, most of them ending the season in short season ball.  The top performers got promoted to San Jose.  What was left did kind of resemble a nuclear wasteland by the end of the season.

The Kids:

Christian Arroyo(2B/SS)- .203/.226/.271 in 118 AB's.  The Giants inexplicably moved Ryder Jones to SS and moved Arroyo over to 2B.  Arroyo missed time with a fractured finger due to a HBP.  He resurfaced in Salem-Keizer where he had a terrific season.

Ryder Jones(SS/3B)- .220/.272/.339, 7 HR, 338 AB's.  Jones started off strong but then got worn down by the daily grind of pro ball which he admitted he was not ready for.  After some time off, he resurfaced at 3B in Salem-Keizer and finished the season fairly strong.

Keury Mella(RHP)- 3-3, 3.93, 68.1 IP, 13 BB, 63 K's.  Strong peripheral numbers.  Missed some time with an injury then finished the season in Salem-Keizer.  Reportedly is still hitting the mid-upper 90's with the FB.

Movin' On Up:

Brandon Bednar(2B/UT)- .275/.314/.330 in 291 AB's.  Bednar moved up the San Jose and hit so-so there.

Tyler Horan(OF)- .273/.350/.481, 15 HR, 9 SB.  370 AB.  Horan got the call to San Jose too and hit 10 more dingers there.  Went to AA Richmond for the EL playoffs.

Carlos Alvarado(RHP)- 6-1, 2.03, 62 IP, 13 BB, 55 K's.  24 yo DSL veteran pitched well for Augusta.  Late season promo to Richmond where he had a ERA over 5 in a very small sample.

On Track:

Ty Ross(Catcher)- .246/.313/.347, 6 HR, 415 AB.  Ross is a D first catcher from LSU.  First full season.  Started to hit a little in the second half:  .264/331/.393, 5 HR.  If he can hit, he'll be a legitimate prospect with the good D.

Cristian Paulino(OF)- .240/.291/.332, 20 SB.  Toolsy player who may be taking too long to develop.''

Jeremy Sy(SS/2B)- .216/.324/.393, 13 HR, 16 SB, 338 AB.  If you ignore the BA, Sy had a pretty darn good season.  Probably enough to stick around in the organization for at least another year.

Craig Massoni(OF/1B)- .253/.325/.346.  Called up from S-K.  I thought he would hit better than this.

Will Callaway(3B)- .262/.327/.340.  Another callup from S-K.

Luis Ysla(LHP)- 6-7, 2.45, 121.1 IP, 45 BB, 115 K.  Hard throwing LHP with an excellent changeup. Had a great season and should move up to SJ next year.

Christian Jones(LHP)- 5-9, 3.33, 110.2 IP, 26 BB, 100 K's.  Was lights out in the beginning of the season, then stumbled a bit with a 5.01 ERA in August.  May  have been fatigue as I believe this is by far the most innings he's ever pitched.

Chase Johnson(RHP)- 4-7, 4.57, 110.1 IP, 40 BB, 94 K's.  Brilliant at times, gets shelled in other games.

Steven Messner(LHP)- 7-5, 4.17, 110.0 IP, 39 BB's, 82 K's.  Undrafted FA.  Solid, unspectacular performance.

Carlos Dias(LHP)- 6-6, 4.16, 101.2 IP, 37 BB, 76 K's.  Another guy who might have tired as the season went along.  Finished up in the bullpen.

Dan Slania(RHP)- 2-5, 3.99, 58.2 IP, 21 BB, 46 K's, 12 Saves.  Slania got a callup despite pedestrian numbers.

Luis Castilla(RHP)- 2-2, 3.07, 58.2 IP, 25 BB, 66 K's, 10 Saves.  Pitched better then Slania in the closer role.

Jake Smith(RHP)- 3-5, 2.79, 58 IP, 30 BB, 77 K's, 5 Saves.  Lights out in Augusta.  Got knocked around in San Jose in a very SSS.

Ray Black(RHP)- 1-3, 3,73, 31.1 IP, 14 BB, 64 K's.  Dominant numbers to go with a triple digit FB.  Finally got called up to San Jose and pitched well there too.   Long history of injuries.  IMO, Giants need to rush this guy before his arm falls off!

Mayor of Augusta:

Rafael Rodriguez(OF)- .273/.350/.481, 5 HR.  Finally a solid season from RafRod, but he still missed quite a bit of time with injuries.  May be too little, too late.


  1. Great summary. I believe it's Ty Ross, short for Tyler. Really like what he's done this year, good defensive catcher, can take a walk and hit with some power. Like Susac - drafted out of HS by the Phils! I thought he was one of the top 3-4 college catchers going into junior year. The bat comes around, Giants have a steal.

    Luis Ysla was hands down the best pitcher on the staff, but Christian Jones was a great story as well, good call on him fading from first experience with so many innings. Chase Johnson was a tad rough, he seemed to be on and then off.

    For next year I'll be curious if Michael Santos shows up. Kendry Melo? Sam Coonrod? Do the Giants skip Arroyo/Jones to SJ or are they back for round 2?

    1. Michael Santos made the BA top 20 for the Arizona Rookie btw. Came in at #10.

    2. I'll have to give those rankings a look. Santos has the goods to make a big jump next year. Have they done all the leagues yet or just rookie ball?