Saturday, April 18, 2015

Down on the Farm: 4/17/2015

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Salt Lake City Bees 5-3:

Ehire Adrianza(SS)- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .188.
Andrew Susac(DH)- 3 for 4, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .350.
Adam Duvall(3B)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .417.
Jarrett Parker(RF)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .222.
Jake Dunning(RHP)- 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 5 K, GO/AO= 8/1.  ERA= 4.09.
Cody Hall(RHP)- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

The Giants need a shakeup.  Susac DH'd in this game, but if he is able to catch, I would think a trip to the DL for McGehee might be in order, with Susac coming up to catch and Posey moving to 1B.  Not sure where that leaves Belt, but he might benefit from a trip to the DL too.  Just an idea.  I believe this was Cody Hall's second 3-inning appearance without allowing a run.

AA  Reading Fightin' Phils knocked out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 7-1:

Kelby Tomlinson(SS)- 3 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .345.
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .259.
Pedro Rodriguez(RHP)- 3.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.17.

This was Tomlinson's first SB of the season after 3 CS.  Pedro Rodriguez is a 25 yo RHP who played the last 2 seasons in the Mexican League.

High A  Bakersfield Blaze blanked the San Jose Giants 6-0:

Keury Mella(RHP)- 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's.   ERA= 4.50.

Mella's peripherals look OK.  Of note in this game, the Blaze stole 6 bases and were CS just once.  Only 1 of the SB's came when Mella was pitching.  Ty Ross was the catcher, but it's tough to judge whose fault a SB allowed is.  Something wasn't right in the SJ SB defense, though.

Low A Rome Braves beat the Augusta Greenjackets 6-3:

Johneshwy Fargas(CF)- 0 for 3, BB, HBP, SB(8).  BA= .300.
Mark Reyes(LHP)- 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.48.

Reyes is a LHP drafted last year in round 22 out of JC ball.


  1. We are in agreement on the Susac shakeup. I would bring him to the majors ASAP, and not to be a reserve. Not sure what's going on with Belt, but he is not looking like the hitter I thought he would be this year (long season though). At this point, I'm also in favor of Duffy playing 3B every day. He's putting together some of the best AB's on the team. Like you say Doc, McGehee may well need a DL trip. Heck, Peavy too. There's no sense in getting our teeth knocked in with a thin and injured club!

    I wish there was a similar shakeup that could be made to the rotation, but right now that seems pretty unlikely. Do we have any idea when (if) we might see Cain again? All I know is, the Giants would be in an even more dire place right now if not for Heston. Thankfully, the farm is not the issue right now... it's the aging guys like Peavy and Vogelsong, in my opinion, who are hurting this club.

    1. There's only a short list of aging guys and younger guys who are NOT hurting this club. Aoki, Pagan, Duffy, Panik in the last two games but not before, old Hudson and young Heston. I think that's it. Otherwise, the pen has been unreliable, the regular lineup has been limp at the plate, and who knows what to expect from Bumgarner and Lincecum? Something must be wrong with Belt and Sanchez, though neither of them will say so, if Belt is hitting about .075 and Sanchez is striking out over a third of the time. And I agree with DrB about McGeehee. This isn't just a problem of aging guys.

  2. I'm not all that worried about Bumgarner right now. If I recall correctly he was giving up a lot of hits to start the season last year as well( though he was able to limit the runs allowed) but he righted the ship fairly quickly.

  3. And Susac gets the callup to replace Jake Peavy who hits the DL.

  4. Susac sounds a warning for Hector but also for Belt, who can be benched for a time by a platoon of Posey and Ishikawa, Ishikawa after Hanchez goes to Sacramento or McGehee back on the DL. Since Bochy just said they need thirteen pitchers, someone may show up to take the place of Peavy, as soon as someone else goes on the DL. Strickland? Okert?