Thursday, May 21, 2015

Down on the Farm: 5/21/2015

AAA  Memphis Redbirds defeated the Sacramento River Cats 4-2:

Darren Ford(CF)- 2 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .291.
Ehire Adrianza(SS)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .338.
Robert Coello(RHP)- 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.44.
Steven Okert(LHP)- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.89.
Hunter Strickland(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.66.

It's not looking like there will be a need in the Giants bullpen anytime soon, but Okert and Strickland seem ready to help whenever needed.  Stay hot, Ehire Adrianza!


AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels were idle.


High A  San Jose Giants topped the Modesto Nuts 3-2 in 10 innings:

Jesus Galindo(CF)- 1 for 5, HR(2).  BA= .272.
Dylan Davis(RF)- 1 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .217.
Martin Agosta(RHP)- 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.35.
Jake Smith(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.88.
Ray Black(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 0.00.

Black got credit for the W.


Low A  Augusta Greenjackets blanked the Asheville Tourists 6-0:

Johneshwy Fargas(CF)- 1 for 4, SB(16).  BA= .325.
Seth Harrison(DH)- 1 for 2, 2 BB, SB(6).  BA= .253.
Sam Coonrod(RHP)- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.75.

Fargas returns from the DL.


  1. I am still amazed no team picked up Adrianza after getting DFA'ed at the start of the season. Very good trade value right now.

    1. The fact no one picked him up, I think, shows he currently has zero trade value.

    2. That may be true, but there is more than one MLB team for which Adrianza would be a significant upgrade at SS.

    3. I was amazed too until he made it through, and then it made sense. I mean, the reporters had been beating that drum for over a year now, that Adrianza would be picked up.

      However, I think it being the start of the season helped in this regard. At that point, teams were basically set with the guys they were going to keep for their 25-man roster. You really need a bad 25th man at that point to dump him (or option him), just to keep a prospect like Adrianza who may or may not contribute at the major league level, so that eliminated most teams who think that they are competitive for 2015, which, as we have seen the past two years, with the new two wild card team format, includes almost every team.

      So that really limit things to the protected draft pick teams. I thought for sure Houston would take him, but seeing how they have been winning, that's probably why they didn't. With Padres manning up to win, they probably had no interest to experimenting. Rockies and D-backs to a lesser extent, but they were also working to be a contender. Cubbies too, same situation as Astros, but they too were focused more on winning than getting a cheap potentially valuable prospect like Ehire. Don't know AL side of losing that well, but again, probably was happy with 25th man, or happy enough to not take chance on Adrianza. Plus, they might have been in the same situation, with an option-less 25th man, so it became decision of is Adrianza better because they themselves would need to DFA their guy to pick up Adrianza.

      We also got Ishikawa through waivers like that too, because he had no options too, while Brown and Kickham (and Surkamp) got picked up since they still had options left. I wonder, if we look at all option-less guys DFAed just before opening day, how many of them get picked up by another team. I don't follow that for other teams, so I don't know, but I do know that Ishi and Ehire were and made it through.

      But I don't expect him to be trade bait right now. I see him being Arias' replacement (or even Duffy's, if he becomes starting 3B) in 2016, becoming a Blanco type bench player: great defense, OK at getting on base but not that much power, plus speed on the bases and maybe base stealer. And his value is low now, so at best, he's a throw-in per your scenario, in which case, again, better to keep around and try to make him a super-utility player off the bench. I think defense - as shown by Blanco for us - is the new Moneyball area of market inefficiencies.