Sunday, May 10, 2015

Down on the Farm: 5/9/2015

AAA  Albuquerque Isotopes defeated the Sacramento River Cats 3-1:

Clayton Blackburn(RHP)- 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 7/3.  ERA= 3.60.
Hunter Strickland(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.30.

Good to see Blackburn's name back in the boxscores.  I think his performance in the PCL will tell us a lot about the future of the Giants pitching rotation….unless he gets traded.


AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels topped the Bowie Baysox 3-1:

Mac Williamson(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .300.
Kelvin Marte(LHP)- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.59.
Jose Casilla(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  EAR= 0.57.
Josh Osich(LHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(5).  ERA= 2.51.

Weird looking line from Marte.  He remains more of an organizational pitcher than a fringe prospect.  Osich has pitched well so far.  With him and Steven Okert, the Giants have 2 promising lefty relievers in the upper levels of the organization.


High A  San Jose Giants beat the Stockton Ports 4-1:

Hunter Cole(2B)- 3 for 4, 2B, 3B.  BA= .323.
Dylan Davis(RF)- 2 for 3, HR(1).  BA= .313.
Brennan Metzger(LF)- 1 for 3, HR(1).   BA= .292.
Nick Vander Tuig(RHP)- 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 10/7.  ERA= 2.22.
Dan Slania(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(4).  ERA= 2.70.

I think some of us may have mentally written off Davis as a hitter last year after he hit just .200 for Salem-Keiser, but he also hit 4 HR's in under 100 PA's there.  The big challenge for him this year is to keep that BA up.  Can we add Hunter Cole's name to the list of promising Giants hitting prospects?  What's his position?  Vander Tuig threw just 97 pitches in his 8 IP.  Not sure if that high contact approach without a dominating groundball tendency plays at higher levels.  Slania seems to be settling in as the SJ closer.


Low A  Augusta Greenjackets outscored the Delmarva Shorebirds 7-5:

Seth Harrison(CF)- 1 for 4, BB, SB(4).  BA= .229.
Will Callaway(LF)- 2 for 5.  BA= .298.
Jonah Arenado(3B)- 1 for 5, HR(5).  BA= .304.
John Riley(1B)- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .266.
Dusten Knight(RHP)- 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.08.

Arenado continues to show HR power in the SAL.


  1. Arenado. Completely under-the-radar until his brother went bouncing off that tarp. This guy is legitimately in the pipeline.

  2. It would be great to see Blackburn pitch well in the PCL after the tragic loss of his brother early this year which brings up a question with the draft coming up: do the Giants have enough "promising" starting pitching prospects in their farm system. Should that be a priority in the draft.


    1. I think the farm system is fairly balanced right now. The Giants should go BPA with the first two picks at least, but Ideally they get at least one high ceiling pitcher out of it. The way the talent in the draft is lining up, I think they can get a good hitter at #18 and a good pitcher at #31.

    2. I agree BPA. But I would not mind two pitchers being picked up, Barr has done a great job findingposition players, and we should have the next gen bullpen locked and loaded, but starting pitching is still a question mark beyond Bumgarner for the future. Hopefully Heston continues to do well, Lincecum too, but worried about Cain, then we really only have promise in the minors.

      I like Crick, Blackburn, Blach, Beede, Mella, but as DrB aptly notes from time to time, AWF. So I would not mind the Giants focusing on pitching with higher picks this season.

    3. If Mike Nikorak or Justin Hooper fell to the Giants at #18, I would have a hard time accepting an argument that any of the position players were better prospects. Let's say they take Nikorak at #18, which would make me think I had died and gone to heaven. Then let's say they get to #31 with either a Donny Everett or Beau Burrows available. Again, I would have a hard time thinking a position player was a better pick than either of those two. If the Giants came away with some combination of 2 out of those 4 HS pitchers, I would be very happy.

      I think the more likely scenario is they take a hitter like Ian Happ, Benentendi or Cornelius Randolph at #18 then grab a HS pitcher at #31, hopefully either Burrows or Everett, but there are others out there who look like they could be just as good.

    4. Oh yeah, forgot about Randolph Giants reference from FG's Kiley's mock draft. I will keep an eye out for all these names, all look pretty interesting.