Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Down on the Farm: 4/21/2015

AAA  El Paso Chihuahuas pounded the Sacramento River Cats 7-1:

Juan Perez(LF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .180.
Adam Duvall(1B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .436.
Ty Blach(LHP)- 4 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 0 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 6/1.  ERA= 5.60.
Hunter Strickland(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.17.

Blach's peripherals look good, but he was hittable.  Many PCL parks are not friendly to Blach's type of stuff.


AA  Bowie Baysox smacked the Richmond Flying Squirrels 10-4:

Kelby Tomlinson(SS)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .326.
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 2 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .231.
Mac Williamson(RF)- 1 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .283.
Jackson Williams(Catcher)- 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .148.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 3 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.79.
Josh Osich(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

In addition to his first HR of the season, I understand Mac Williamson has been putting up a one man highlight real on defense for the Squirrels.  A discouraging start for Stratton, but Osich seems to have found something.


High A  San Jose Giants topped the Inland Empire 66'ers 4-1:

Rafael Rodriguez(LF)- 1 for 2, 2B, BB, HBP.  BA= .381.
John Polonius(2B)- 2 for 2, 2B, HBP.  BA= .235.
Tyler Beede(RHP)- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 12/2.  ERA= 2.93.
Erik Cordier(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Dan Slania(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 0.00.

The Little Giants have been hit hard by injuries, so some interesting names missing from the box scores.  RafRod keeps hitting, albeit without any significant power.  Baby steps?  Young Beedah is pounding the earthworms, but not getting any K's.  Will that stuff work at higher levels or are we seeing Chris Stratton Part Deux?  Cordier obviously had a WP or PB in his inning of work.


Low A Charleston River Dogs edged the Augusta Greenjackets 5-4:

Johneshwy Fargas(CF)- 3 for 5, 2 CS.  BA= .347.
Jeremy Sy(SS)- 3 for 5, 2B, SB(3).  BA= .286.
Randy Ortiz(RF)- 1 for 3, BB, 2 SB(2).  BA= .200.
Nick Gonzalez(LHP)- 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.20.
Nathanael Santiago(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.45.

Fargas is the big newsmaker out of Augusta in the early season.


  1. While obviously still early in his career, it is somewhat troubling to see Beede not striking people out.

    1. I'm not incredibly fond of it either. He was a Top 15 pick for a reason, and I would love to see him maximize his power potential. We'll see how the results of this experiment turn out in the long run, but it certainly hasn't helped Stratton's development, in my opinion.

    2. I hear what you guys are saying, but we've seen an awful lot of flame throwing pitching prospects go under the knife lately. We've also witnessed firsthand the toll that throwing a lot of pitches eventually takes on velocity. I suspect the Giants have observed those events too and have decided they want to try to develop pitchers who will be more durable. We'll just have to see how it works out in the end.

    3. With that good of stuff that Beede has in his pocket (his plus change and curve in college), I am surprised that he's not striking out like what he did in college but the Giants and Beede himself agree with getting outs on a consistent basis so let's just hope that the extreme go/ao ratio continues while raising his k/9 numbers by honing his offspeed stuff.


    4. All three flame throwers who might soon be Giants have had Tommy John surgery, Strickland, Cordier, and Ray Black.

    5. I'm worried too, but my hope, based on his statements regarding the changes the Giants have asked him to do, is that he has that fastball he threw in college in his back pocket - quote, he said that pitch will still be part of his repertoire, for when he wants to pitch high in the zone like Bumgarner did with Perez in Game 7 - and is experimenting/learning all the other pitches the Giants have asked him to incorporate in order to induce easy outs early in the count, then if necessary, close out the AB with a strikeout.

      That seems to be a pattern with the Giants top pitchers, both Cain and Bumgarner had reps of velocity and strikeouts but came into the majors not striking out as many as we thought they would.

  2. Hunter Cole promoted to San Jose.

  3. Hey guys...Been out of it for quite awhile....just starting to catch up with the prospects...I caught some of the SJ injuries but Three names I'm missing are Ray Black, Clayton Blackburn, and Bryce Bandilla....had high hopes for all three this year...Have they been waylaid by injuries?

    Is Johneshwy the next Gary Brown?

    Gotta love the ML-ready relief pitchers the Giants have at SAC (Strickland, Okert, Hall, Broadway?) as well as Cordier....and the conversion of Gregorio and Marte in Richmond..Hopefully Crick won't have to join that list..

    Is Duvall's defense at 3B THAT bad where we can't use his bat for 6 innings?


    1. Up to now, yes, Duvall's D at 3B has been THAT bad. Whether he can turn that around at this point in his career, well, it doesn't seem too likely.

    2. While what he is doing at PCL is VERY impressive, Duvall did not do well in his (limited) ST at bats, either. had he done better, he might have been promoted before Susac, maybe.

    3. My impression is that Duvall has an adequate glove and a strong arm - but that his throwing is erratic. Occasionally air mails balls to first. Don't know how correctable that is, though it does sound like something that ought to play better in left field.