Sunday, May 10, 2015

Down on the Farm: 5/10/2015

AAA  Albuquerque Isotopes outlasted the Sacramento River Cats 5-4 in 17 innings:

Jarrett Parker(RF*)- 1 for 6, HR(7), BB, SB(6).  BA= .255.
Robert Coello(RHP)- 6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.98.
Mike Broadway(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.23.
Hunter Strickland(RHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.04.
Steven Okert(LHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.55.

From the boxscore, it looks like the Cats brought in Ty Blach to play the OF and flip-flopped RF and LF between him and Jarrett Parker probably depending on whether the batter was RH or LH.  That bullpen is racking up a whole lot of innings!  Too bad it ended in a losing cause today.


AA  Bowie Baysox blanked the Richmond Flying Squirrels 2-0:

Devin Harris(RF)- 2 for 2, 2B, BB.  BA= .299.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 7/4.  ERA= 4.94.
Tyler Rogers(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 8.22.
Dylan Bundy(RHP, Baysox)- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.25.

Another enigmatic performance by Stratton.  Not terrible, but not what you hope for from a former first round pick, which seems like it has always been the case with him.  Dylan Bundy is a former top prospect in the Orioles system, working his way back from TJ surgery.


High A  Stockton Ports defeated the San Jose Giants 5-2:

Ryan Lollis(RF)- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .362.
Ryder Jones(3B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .306.
Tyler Beede(RHP)- 6.1 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K's, GO/AO= 11/3.  ERA= 2.41.

Speaking of enigmatic…..Young Beedah is having more success than Stratton ever had, but you still have to wonder about that K rate which has always been a reliable predictor of future success.   We'll chalk it up to development at this point.


Low A  Augusta Greenjackets swarmed the Delmarva Shorebirds 6-0:

Seth Harrison(CF)- 3 for 5, 2B, SB(5).  BA= .264.
Will Callaway(2B)- 2 for 5, HR(1), SB(1).  BA= .306.
Jonah Arenado(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B, SF.  BA= .310.
Cristian Paulino(RF)- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .318.
Jose Reyes(RHP)- 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 0.32.

A DOMINATING performance by Reyes!  He has kicked around the lower minors of the organization since 2011 and is now 24 years old, but has dominated so far this season.  Covechatter read from David Lee that Reyes has sported a mid-90's FB this season.  Seems like he is the type of guy who should be on the up escalator once he figures it out, which he seems to have now.  Not sure if Fargas is hurt or if Paulino and Harrison are cutting into his playing time.


  1. Triunfel was ejected at the 14th inning. That is why Blach had to come in.

  2. I think Beede showed grit in his start after allowing a lot of hits and managed to just allow 1 ER. Tons of groundballs again from him but the 2 K's again are fairly surprising considering his stuff should make hitters chase more. But I agree with you DrB that it's all development at this point so far. Hopefully, more K's will show up in the future. Reyes is a legit sleeper in our system.


  3. On Beede: I read that he's working on his sinker as well as his pitching strategy rather than just trying to blow batters away with his ++ fastball when things get tough --

    San Francisco selected Beede with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, three years after the Toronto Blue Jays picked him at No. 21, when he elected instead to go to college. Beede developed a sinker in the instructional league last year and turned it into his dominant pitch while working out in Spring Training.

    "I'm leading guys off with it, throwing it when I'm behind," Beede said. "Definitely just trying to induce groundballs. It's a good change in mind-set and allows me to go deeper into games."

    Beede said the pitch sits at about 92-94 mph, and that he emulates San Francisco right-handers such as Tim Hudson and Chris Heston. The 21-year-old said he studies their pitch sequences to see how they use their sinking fastballs, while noting it puts less stress on his arm.

    "Less is more when it comes to that pitch," Beede said, "just kind of allowing the movement to take care of itself."

    Beede was charged with a loss against Lake Elsinore on Monday after a tough sixth inning that resulted in four earned runs. In five starts, he has a 2.63 ERA and 15-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 27 1/3 innings. He also sports a 3.06 groundball-to-fly ball ratio.

    Anyway, I'm not terribly concerned. Strike-outs are nice. And great stats are groovy. But right now I'm happy he's progressing and developing and that he hasn't stalled like Crick, gone sideways (so far this season) like Mella, gone backwards like Ysla, been suspended like Meija while he's still demonstrating that he's got all the tools to be a front-of-rotation guy while he's learning the art and craft of pitching instead of just relying on being a fire-baller.

    And he's doing it at a young age, which is kind of unusual. Which is even better. Too many times pitchers wait too long to change their game.

    1. What I love about Beede this season is that his BB/9 is just 1.87 compared to 4.15 and 4.05 in R and A ball last season but his FIP early this season is around 4.09 which is pretty high IMO (numbers from FG). Love his initiative to learn how to pitch effectively which is unusual for a pitcher this young nowadays.


    2. I believe K's are major component of FIP and xFIP, so if the goal is to minimize walks, put the ball on the ground and limit pitch counts, FIP might not be the best way to measure success.

    3. Another reason for the high FIP is the BABIP of .259 which FIP does not think is sustainable. But what if a pitcher who has strikeout quality stuff, uses that same stuff to pitch to contact? Would it be reasonable to think that maybe that stuff will induce weaker contact than a pitcher who is forced to pitch that way because of inferior stuff? Just asking because I don't know.

    4. That's an interesting idea, DrB. I feel Beede's case is an antithesis to sabermetrics. I have also never thought of that in that aspect but it is a great way to think about the bad metrics. I haven't seen someone uploaded on YouTube or in which Beede pitches during a game this year so I am still not sure too.