Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Down on the Farm: 4/15//2015

AAA  Sacramento River Cats edged the Las Vegas 51's 4-3:

Jarrett Parker(RF)- 1 for 3, HR(3), BB.  BA= .174.
Ehire Adrianza(SS)- 2 for 4.  BA= .286.
Braulio Lara(LHP)- 4.2 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.72.
Steven Okert(LHP)- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.08.
Mike Broadway(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Hunter Strickland(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, Save(2).  ERA= 0.00.

Parker continues his 3 true outcomes ways.  I have a feeling the we are going to see all 3 of Okert, Broadway and Strickland in the majors at some point or another this season.

AA  Altoona Curve blanked the Richmond Flying Squirrels 3-0:

Daniel Carbonell(LF)- 2 for 4.  BA= .214.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.24.

Not much good happened in this game.  Uninspiring QS for Stratton.

High A  Visalia Rawhide whipped the San Jose Giants 15-5:

Christian Arroyo(SS)- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .321.
Ryder Jones(3B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .364.
Tyler Beede(RHP)- 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, GO/AO= 7/1.  ERA= 2.45.

Visalia just crushed the ball against the little Giants this series.  Not sure what's up with that, but their top hitter, Todd Glaesman has AA experience.

Low A  Charleston River Dogs crushed the Augusta Greenjackets 8-0:



  1. DrB, are you concerned on a dip on the K/9 of Beede in the minors and during college in exchange for getting groundballs? I think the removal of raising the ball over his head when pivoting his left foot (not sure what is the exact term on that) benefited his control and command overall but it's too early to call.


    1. As you say, I think it's too early to tell. For now, I'm going to chalk it up to the development process.

    2. So who the heck is this Broadway guy/

  2. Was at the River Cats game yesterday. Sat behind home plate around about 8 scouts. When Michael Broadway came in to pitch, all eight scouts got out the radar guns and tracked and recorded every pitch. He was throwing 96mph consistently and got it up to 99mph and had good control He used a nasty 87mph breaking ball , along with a high heater, as his strike out pitches.

    Steven Okert was throwing 92-93mph consistently and his curve ball was dominant.

    Hunter Strickland was throwing 94-96.

    Was very impressed with Broadway. Wonder if he has made some adjustments or is just one of those late bloomers?

  3. Broadway was throwing a consistent 96mph on the scout's radar guns. His breaking ball was used as his trike out pitch, along with a high heater up in the zone. Wonder if Broadway was fixed by the Giants' staff or he is a late bloomer. His control was exceptional yesterday.

  4. Ain't nothing wrong with Stratton's line. Promising 2 games for him.

    Doc, I thought I'd leave you with a couple of scouting reports so you have some on the ground 411:

    I mostly made the trip to see what Tyler Beede is looking like these days but there is plenty of talent that is currently stationed with San Jose. The box score wasn't pretty for Beede and the takeaway was that Beede was working on things. What I saw was a pitcher who has cleaned up his mechanics from the last time I saw him during the College World Series. They have quieted his leg kick, he no longer pumps his left knee close to his chest, he brings it just above his waist before beginning the downhill acceleration. Beede was throwing mostly 92 mph and touching 93. Basically, the stuff looked very similar to what Chris Stratton was throwing midsummer last year. He wasn't wild, but wasn't effectively locating either. He had good run on his pitches, the majority of which were the two seam fastball. In talking with one of the scouts, he said Beede is working on the sinker and we agreed his stuff should tick up later. The first two innings were solid for Beede, he K'd two in the 2nd frame. After that, he was getting behind hitters with his 2 seamer running off the plate or missing over the plate. It appeared he mixed in a cutter at 88-89 mph and threw several changeups at 82 mph. Nice differential on the latter pitch and there seemed to be good deception. So did he look like an electric arm that was drafted in the first round multiple times? Not really, but it's not fair to judge a pitcher by his 2nd start in high-A ball.

    Christian Arroyo was the other gotta see prospect in this game and he did not disappoint. His first at-bat he hits a 2-2 pitch out to left center. It got out in a hurry as it was more a line drive HR than soaring deep drive. In most parks it was likely a double off the wall. The opposing pitcher could be described as org filler as his fastball sat at 89 mph. In Arroyo's 2nd AB, he went after him with better location and fooled him on consecutive breaking balls for the K. At this point, Arroyo looks like a dead red hitter, and is aggressive in the box; he's up there to swing. His stance is reminiscent of Posey and Susac. He looks like a guy with strong wrists, the strength in his forearms is evident. He barreled up two more balls with line drive outs to the wall in right and fairly deep to center. As a hitter, he definitely looks to have a plus hit tool that can play in the big leagues. My comp is Freddy Sanchez but I can easily see the 15-20 HR potential that some scouts see, especially as he matures. I don't see him as much of a SS though. There were a couple of throws, one on a double clutch and the other on a relay, where his arm looked average at best.

  5. The others:

    Ryder Jones had two hits and looks like a much more patient hitter than Arroyo. He's relatively lean and has a calmness in the box. He made a nice play at 3B displaying quick hands. Looks like a solid ballplayer.

    Austin Slater smoked a double down the left field line on the first pitch he saw in the game. Another solid looking player. I was expecting more foot speed out of him though, so his athleticism may rate close to average.

    Tyler Horan is a stocky, strong looking hitter. He'd have to hit a lot to stake a claim in an outfield in a few years.

    Remember Rafael Rodriguez? Too many moving parts in his swing, and he seems off balance, but barrels the ball up.

    I also saw Christian Jones pitch. He was 89-91 with his fastball coming from a low 3/4 left handed release. He was hit hard, but there is some potential as a future reliever.

    I chatted up the scouts briefly about Keury Mella and Chase Johnson. They said Mella's stuff was very firm, 93-96, and they reiterated those reports of Johnson throwing 95 and up to 99 - both featuring more stuff than Beede. I hope somebody is able to see Johnson and report some gun readings this season. He pitches tonight at San Jose.

  6. After reading Ryan comments then thinking about the way the Giants seem to be developing Stratton and Beede, the thought came to me that maybe the Giants have done some studies on pitcher injuries and have come to the obvious conclusion that it's the high velocity/high K guys like Dylan Bundy, Jameson Taillon, etc who are going under the TJ knife. They also may have been taking notes on the toll all those pitches had on Timmy and Matt Cain early in their careers. Maybe they have decided to try to dial things back and emphasize pitching to contact because they are valuing longevity over immediate dominance? Just a thought.

    1. You have a point DrB. I think that in the age of the radar guns and unless you are Nolan Ryan, I concluded that most pitchers who have gone TJ are closing the game with 100+ pitches, delivering max effort on every pitch. I felt that pitching to contact like what most do before the TJ epidemic certainly helps to relax the elbow although there's no perfect mechanics and perfect genetics. on why It may be the reason the Giants org have been on the top of the league with the least players that have undergone TJ and pitching to contact certainly helps if you're playing at AT&T.Have watched a clip on where Pedro sheds some light on elbow stress and TJ .