Thursday, April 23, 2015

Down on the Farm: 4/22/2015

AAA  El Paso Chihuahuas mauled the Sacramento River Cats 13-5:

Jake Dunning(RHP)- 3.2 IP, 9 H, 11 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 9.82.
Brett Bochy(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.24.

El Paso is a tough place to pitch and the wind was blowing out to LF at 15 MPH, but…..Yikes!  Dunning absorbed quite the shelling there!  He had 3 HBP's, a WP and 2 E's to boot.  Very rough day for Jake Dunning!


AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels were idle.


High A:  San Jose Giants blanked the Inland Empire 66'ers 7-0:

Rafael Rodriguez(LF)- 2 for 5.  BA= .383.
Ben Turner(Catcher)- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .304.
Hunter Cole(PH-DH)- 1 for 2, 2B.  BA= .500.
John Polonius(SS)- 2 for 4, SB(3).  BA= .286.
Chase Johnson(RHP)- 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 9/3.  ERA= 1.93.
Jake Smith(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.80.

Boy, there is definitely an emerging pattern of the Giants high velocity SP's in the minors pitching to contact and for the ground ball.  Can that stuff work in the major leagues?  Current MLB pitchers with FB's averaging over 90 MPH, K/9's less than 7 and high GB% would be Henderson Alvarez, Kyle Gibson, Jared Cosart and Rick Porcello.  None of those pitchers would be considered aces by any stretch, but are all useful MLB SP's.


Low A  Augusta Greenjackets topped the Charleston River Dogs 5-2:

Johneshwy Fargas(CF)- 2 for 4, 2B, CS(4).  BA= .358.
Jeremy Sy(SS)- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .304.
Will Calloway(3B)- 3 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .750.
Cristian Paulino(LF)- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .286.
Randy Ortiz(RF)- 1 for 3, 3B.  BA= .211.
Jose Reyes(RHP)- 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
EJ Encinosa(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's  ERA= 10.13.
Raymundo Montero(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's, Save(3).  ERA= 2.08.

Calloway replaces Hunter Cole on the Greenjackets roster with Cole moving up to San Jose to replace Austin Slater.


  1. I have a bit of concern on Fargas being overaggressive on the basepaths shown by stealing third base after he hit a double totaling his CS to 4 in just 12 games compared to 6 in 49 games last year. His plus speed is there but he needs more seasoning on baserunning. I like his aggressiveness on the plate so far even though he have like 3 walks to 11 strikeouts. As I read before, a better way of assessing a hitter in low minors is in the batting average not on walks so I can say that this is a good sign from him early on and might be promoted to High A by July.


    1. I wouldn't worry about it too much unless he gets a full blown case of Gary Brown disease in the upper minors.

  2. DrB, I can see a few other reasons in addition to longevity. First, we play in a pitcher's park so that is 82 games where contact is manageable. Second, the Giants have always placed a premium on defense over offense. So I think that plays into the strategy as a team. I also wonder if part of it the pitchers are more effective if they can mix it up a bit more and they're trying to get them to do that. A mid 90s FB is great. But if you can couple that with 2/3 more pitches and have a much bigger delta on speeds, doesn't that make it even more effective. In other words, the grounding out is coming not just from pitch to contact but also keeping the batters more off balance, rather than just trying to over power.

    As for the concerns about Beede, Heston is showing you can do well with not being over powering and Cain has done pretty well in his own right. I think if Beede can keep his fast ball and learn to be more in control, that will pay huge dividends. I'm liking the way our RP and SP are shaping up.

  3. Wow, DrB, your comment to Sarris article on the LA bullpen got deleted! Must have stung, huh?

    1. I did not post a response to Sarris' article. It was Dave Cameron's from yesterday.

    2. My apologies to you DrB, I could have sworn I saw a comment from you on that one, then a moment later, after I had commented, it was gone. I must have transposed my memory of the two events. Unfortunately, that's been happening more often after I struck my chin on my concrete driveway. Dang rain! (yeah, it was that long ago :^)

  4. Why is Cole replacing Slater? What happened to Slater?

    1. Slater has some type of injury. Hammy or oblique or something.