Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Down on the Farm: 4/28/2015

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Tacoma Rainiers 3-1:

Ronny Cedeno(SS)- 2 for 4, 2B, SB(2).  BA- .280.
Adam Duvall(1B)- 1 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .366.
Austin Fleet(RHP)- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.14.
Erik Cordier(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.50.
Juan Gutierrez(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, Save(1).  ERA= 4.63.


AA  Reading Fightin' Phils topped the Richmond Flying Squirrels 3-2:

Rando Moreno(SS)- 2 for 3, 3B.  BA= .421.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 5 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.31.
Stephen Johnson(RHP)- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.00.
Josh Osich(LHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 2.35.

Rando Moreno is coming off a terrible season and here he is hitting .421 in AA.  Go figure!  Another uninspiring line from Stratton although I read a report from an eyewitness who said he was throwing good.


High A  Visalia Rawhide whipped the San Jose Giants 4-3 in 12 innings:

Hunter Cole(DH)- 2 for 5.  BA= .286.
Ryder Jones(3B)- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .338.
Austin Slater(2B)- 1 for 4, HBP.  BA= .267.
Tyler Beede(RHP)- 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K', GO/AO= 9/2.  ERA= 2.53.
Jason Forjet(RHP)- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Jake Smith(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.29.
Dan Slania(RHP)- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Austin Slater returns to the lineup.  Ryder Jones certainly has had a great month of April and has to be climbing the prospect rankings.  Solid performance from Beede with a few more K's to go with the GO's.


Low A  Lakewood Blueclaws downed the Augusta Greenjackets 3-1:

Jonah Arenado(3B)- 1 for 3, 3B.  BA= .275.
Jose Reyes(RHP)- 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Raymundo Montero(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.38.

Nice month for Arenado too.  So is he, Ryder Jones or Mitch Delfino the Giants 3B of the future?


  1. I've seen Chris Stratton multiple times. He always throws well, but the results are never great. It has never made sense to me.

  2. I think that is Beede's best start thus far in his pro career. If you ignore runs scored from errors, that's a very good line for an early session start (reduced innings) considering the GB/FO ratio as well. Liking it!

  3. Ryder Jones also has 7 that a red flag for you?

    1. 32 errors in 124 starts concerns me. As does his .899 FP at 3B which is worse than Adam Duvall.

    2. Duvall is 26 years old and has 5+ years of pro experience plus college ball. Jones is 20 years old and has 2+ seasons of pro experience with no college ball. Error rates alone are at best a very incomplete measure of overall defense. The mean virtually nothing in the low minors where the quality of the fields tends to be poor. Go look up Pablo Sandoval's error rates in the low minors.

  4. It feels like a waste to have Adam Duall just sitting in AAA. I think we need to figure out if he can play defense or we need to trade him to an American League team.

    1. 1. I think the defense question has been answered. He is not good on that side of the ball. 2. He has not proven he can hit at the MLB level, in fact, early returns suggest he probably cannot. 3. Duvall has no trade value!

    2. Wow, we actually agree on something! Have you ever considered reporting WHIP instead of ERA for relievers?

    3. Duvall is the owner of a .920 fielding percentage and 89 errors in 375 minor league starts at 3B. His FP at first base is better and his error rate much lower. But 1B is mighty crowded thing with Belt, Ishikawa & Posey set to man the position this season.

    4. ERA is much easier to report because it is right in the boxscore. Anybody who truly cares about WHIP is probably going to be looking that stuff up on their own.

  5. Finally nice to see some strikeouts from Beede in his latest start. Maybe he is accompanying more of his change and curve now that the addition and mastering the sinker and cutter/slider is now 4 starts old. Maybe the incorporation of his best offspeed pitches are the reason that he got 6 tonight while retaining to pound the infield while (only had seen him on gameday and the gameday only shows balls and strikes and the location not the pitch speed and pitch type, it's just my hunch so maybe I am wrong to those who watched his start but it's great to see Beede pitch nonetheless). While it's nice to see Slater back in action, there's still no word on Arroyo's oblique injury and it can last from 6-8 weeks and should not be rushed (more info about common injuries on this link


  6. Seems like Giants are doing a great job at stacking the depth. While Delfino is a year ahead, it seems like Ryder Jones has a higher ceiling. Need to see if he can hit in AA though (more than AAA performance, hitting at AA seems to be a better indicator?). Given how young the rest of the Infield is (with Belt moving to first), we are looking very good there long term. And you can never have too much depth. Pitching depth (SP and RP) looks really good.

    Now if they could get a little more traction on OF.

  7. Arroyo has played so well this year he's now the Giants #4 prospect at MLB.COM as a 2B/SS with conversion potential to 3B since he has the arm for it and his ability to play SS is, in their opinion, marginal.

    Ryder Jones, drafted the same year, is now ranked #24 as they're (apparently) not yet sold on his bat after what happened last year and they think he's only suited for 3B and can't play short-stop after 34 games and 13 errors at the position last year.

    And we have Delfino, who gets no love, at 3B too. So it's kind of nice the lower levels of the pipeline have some good prospects. Of the three, I'd guess Arroyo has the best shot to get on a roster in two years. The kid has shown that he can flat-out hit at every level he's played and is good enough defensively they can find a spot for him.

  8. Interesting tidbit on J. Arenado. There was an MILB article in which they interviewed him and he mentioned that he signed pro out of high school because he wanted that chance to play in the bigs at the same time as his brother. I pulling for him and if he does indeed have at least half the talent of Nolan he could be a major steal