Sunday, April 19, 2015

Down on the Farm: 4/19/2015

AAA  Sacramento River Cats pounded the Salt Lake City Bees 15-7:

Brett Jackson(RF)- 3 for 4, BB, SF.  BA= .292.
Ehire Adrianza(SS)- 1 for 6, HR(2).  BA= .222.
Adam Duvall(3B)- 5 for 6, 2 2B, 3B, HR(4).  BA= .457.
Jarrett Parker(DH)- 2 for 6, 2B, BB, SB(2).  BA= .278.
Darren Ford(CF)- 3 for 5, 2B, 3B, HR(1).  BA= .317.
Robert Coello(RHP)- 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.65.
Hunter Strickland(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Great game for padding the stat lines.  Duvall became the first River Cats player in team history to hit for the cycle and he added a double for good measure.  Hard to believe it's never happened before with all those good A's hitting prospects playing there.  Maybe they were too busy drawing walks?  Darren Ford fell just a single short of a second cycle.  Duvall seems to be on another level than what AAA competition has to offer, at least at the plate.  Is he a AAAA player or does he just need an extended MLB opportunity?  Seems to me that if the Giants drop out of contention early, Duvall should get an extended opportunity.

AA  Reading Fightin' Phils blanked the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-0:

Mac Williamson(RF)- 2 for 4.  BA= .297.
Matt Lujan(LHP)- 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 6.52.
Kelvin Marte(LHP)- 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.17.

At least Mac seems to still be hitting for Richmond.  Man, what IS it about the EL, anyway?  I know the weather back east is still pretty cold and wet.

High A  Bakersfield Blaze scored 4 unearned runs in the top of the 9'th inning to scorch the San Jose Giants 10-7:

Ryder Jones(3B)- 1 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .417.
Jesus Galindo(CF)- 2 for 3, HBP.  BA= .233.
Erik Cordier(RHP)- 1 IP,  0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Jake Smith(RHP)- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.25.

Austin Slater had 1 hit in 1 AB and was CS, then came out of the game.

Low A  Augusta Greenjackets doubleheader with the Rome Braves was rained out.  One of the DH games was a makeup of yesterday's rainout.


  1. This from the SJGiants website: Second baseman Austin Slater left the game in the top of the third with an apparent injury after attempting to make a sliding catch in shallow right field.

  2. Isn't the problem with Duvall that he's a disaster waiting to happen on defense? If so, I'm not sure that he gets a shot. I guess he could get a shot at first base, but if we're still going to move Posey there (despite his protests) then I don't see that as an option. I do think if the Giants drop out early though, you'd have to wonder who gets traded (Peavy, the Freak, maybe even Belt all come to mind).

    1. Assuming everyone continues to play as they are playing so far (HUGE assumption), I think both Pagan and Aoki could fetch nice returns, and would certainly be available.

      Bum, Pence and Posey would all be untouchable, and to a lesser extent, Panik and Crawford.

      If we continue to play badly, one of the reasons will likely be that Belt has not turned the corner, so I doubt he will have much value.

      Peavy and Timmeh and Cain will be worthless on the trade market. MAYBE Huddy could fetch a minor prospect.

    2. Guys, I don't think we need to be talking trades until at least June/July. We had a horrific stretch last summer and we still made playoffs and won it all. This can be our horrific stretch. We just can't have many more of these. Let's think positive.

      I do believe Adam Duvall deserves a decent shot. His hitting tool is too special. I just wish they had more faith on his fielding. Just thinking he could spell McGehee and Belt once a week and also get late inning ABs if he was to be called up.

    3. To nitpick a bit, Duvall Hit for Power Tool seems to be special. Not so sure about the Hit Tool. He seems to be a bit contact challenged against better pitching.

  3. I don't think the weather can be blamed for the sweep in Reading. It was 70 and partly cloudy on Friday, 77 and clear on Saturday, and 64 and sunny on Sunday. The Squirrels played some really sloppy baseball on Saturday and Sunday committing five errors. And for what it's worth, they faced three of the Phillies top pitching prospects. Nola on Friday. Biddle on Saturday. And Eflin on Sunday. Eflin absolutely owned us! And it didn't help yesterday that Lujan stunk it up . . . big time! Hopefully we can put it together for a couple games in Bowie starting tonight.