Sunday, April 12, 2015

Down on the Farm: 4/11/2015

AAA  The Salt Lake City Bees scored 3 runs in the top of the 18'th inning, but the Sacramento River Cats came back with 4 on Jarrett Parker's walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the inning for the win:

Adam Duvall(3B-1B)- 4 for 7, 2B, BB.  BA= .462.
Jarrett Parker(RF)- 2 for 8, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .143.
Ronny Cedeno(SS)- 2 for 6, 2B, BB, SB(1).  BA= .250.
Ty Blach(LHP)- 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 2.57.
Mike Broadway(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Steven Okert(LHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Hunter Strickland(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Blach shows excellent command and has a dominant groundball game.  Giants appear to have some bullpen help on the farm in case it is needed.  Andrew Susac came out of the game after taking a foul tip off the finger.  He's getting X-rays.


AA  Bowie Baysox outlasted the Richmond Flying Squirrels 7-6 in 14 innings:

Mitch Delfino(3B)- 0 for 3, 3 BB.  BA= .000.
Mac Williamson(DH)- 1 for 5, 2B, BB.  BA= .308.
Blake Miller(2B)- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .154.
Kyle Crick(RHP)- 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.25.
Joan Gregorio(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Delfino scored 3 runs off his 3 walks.  Similar line to what we've gotten used to seeing from Crick which is not particularly a good thing.  86 pitches in 4 innings.  Gregorio seems to like relieving.


High A  San Jose Giants trounced the Lancaster Jethawks 8-3:

Jesus Galindo(CF)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .200.
Christian Arroyo(SS)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .429.
Tyler Horan(RF)- 1 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .214.
Rafael Rodriguez(LF)- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .500.
Ben Turner(Catcher)- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .750.
Keury Mella(RHP)- 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.25
Mason McVay(LHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Arroyo continues his torrid start in the Cal League.  Maybe RafRod will finally find some traction in the Cal League?  Mella pitches a dominant 4 innings.


Low A  Greenville Drive topped the Augusta Greenjackets 6-4:

Hunter Cole(2B)- 4 for 5, 3 2B.  BA= .467.
Aramis Garcia(Catcher)- 1 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .200.
John Riley(1B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .417.
Jonah Arenado(3B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .500.
Randy Ortiz(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B, Assist(3B).  BA= .308.
Mark Reyes(LHP)- 5.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.06.

Cole, Arenado and Riley continued their hot hitting.  Is Riley a sleeper I've been ignoring?  I remember he's a friend of the Righetti family and got a well over slot bonus a couple of drafts ago.  He was drafted as a catcher, but seems to have moved to a more hitter friendly defensive role.  He'll have to mash as a 1B/DH, though.


  1. I have read a month ago that Arroyo reverted back to more of a line-drive oriented approach and now, I felt that he is beginning to tap his gap-power potential and can be something really good if he stays healthy and an improved defense this year. Duvall is just an injury away from making the Majors again if he continues this pace.

    1. Arroyo's only "down" stretch was an extremely small sample in Augusta to start last season and yeah, he has said he was overswinging and trying to be something he wasn't, but I don't know that he's ever had a calculated, purposeful change in approach.

    2. I do think Duvall will get more chances. What he does with them is another story.

    3. Is Arroyo going to be a third baseman if he ever plays this well (his numbers will decline soon) and reaches the Majors next season? I can see Crawford and Panik not moving anytime soon. I'm a huge believer in Arroyo because of the compactness of his swing, his intelligence and work ethic.

    4. These dilemmas tend to take care of themselves. I think it's a longshot for Arroyo to be in the majors before September of 2016. I expect him to spend all or at least most of this year in San Jose with maybe a late promotion to Richmond if he has a great season. Then he'll start next year in Richmond and spend most of the season there. 2017 would be a logical target for him to be in the majors to stay.

  2. Riley's a guy I've been holding out hope for. I want to say he had a top 200 pre-draft ranking in 2013, and the scouting reports were pretty positive. It sounds like he either wasn't improving enough behind the dish, or his bat was struggling so much that the organization thought a position change was in order. Probably a combination of the two. But it led to him having a very nice spring and a surprise aggressive assignment. He and Arenado are major follows this summer.