Thursday, June 18, 2015

Down on the Farm: 6/17/2015

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Fresno Grizzlies 4-1:

Ehire Adrianza(SS)- 3 for 5, SB(5).  BA= .314.
Trevor Brown(Catcher)- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .281.
Darren Ford(CF)- 2 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .249.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 10/3.  ERA= 2.08.
Jean Machi(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Erik Cordier(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's, Save(4).  ERA= 2.20.

I still think Adrianza could help a MLB team right now.  Stratton is more than holding his own in the big bad PCL, although the peripherals are not impressive.


AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels edged out the Harrisburg Senators 4-3:

Kelby Tomlinson(2B)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .336.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 2 for 3, HR(9), BB.  BA= .288.
Engel Beltre(CF)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB, SB(2).  BA= .294.
Adalberto Mejia(LHP)- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.31.
Stephen Strasburg(RHP, Senators)- 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.80.

Ricky has carried his hot May into  mid-June.  Mejia falls 1 inning short of a QS.  You might recognize the guy who started the game for Harrisburg.


High A  Modesto Nuts topped the San Jose Giants 7-2:

Jason Forjet(RHP)- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.08.


Low A Augusta Greenjackets outscored the Lexington Legends 8-7 in 11 innings:

Aramis Garcia(Catcher)- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .220.
Jonah Arenado(3B)- 5 for 5, 2B.  BA= .283.
Cristian Paulino(RF)- 1 for 5, 2 SB(19).  BA= .294.
Jake McCasland(RHP)- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.65.
Carlos Diaz(LHP)- 2.2 IP, 1 H 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.70.

Big game for Arenado who has shown impressive resiliency deep into the season in the tough SAL.


DSL  Mets1 beat the Giants 7-4:

Sandro Cabrera(LHP, 19 yo)- 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.86.
Jasier Herrera(RHP, 17 yo)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.14.


The Northwest League starts tonight.  I don't think any of the Giants 2015 draftees are on the Salem-Keiser Volcanoes roster yet.


  1. I just saw Hengerber playing 3B in the boxscore. My brain is telling me no but my eyes are telling me yes. Is it a glitch or is Hengerber really played 3B? Wow.

    1. Wrenzie, what happened to your blog?

    2. Oh I changed the link on it so that it's all Giants content. I'm sorry if I didn't told you.

  2. Anyone know if Oropesa has changed his swing or approach that would account for his resurgence?


    1. I think it's more about getting consistent playing time with Ricky.

  3. We may be in the doldrums right now, but I just picked this off the SJ Giants blog:

    Six San Jose Giants were named to the California League All-Star team last week. Pitchers Tyler Beede, Chase Johnson, Keury Mella and Dan Slania, second baseman Austin Slater and outfielder Hunter Cole will represent the Giants in the June 23 California-Carolina League All-Star Game in Rancho Cucamonga (Beede will not participate due to his promotion to Double-A Richmond).

    That's the most of any team in the California League. Kind of cool as we're suffering through a 3-7 in the last 10.

  4. I believe Ultimately Stratton could become a 3rd starter or at worst a 4th starter he could surprise us and become much more however.

  5. Who's the better prospect right now - Kyle Crick or Chris Stratton?

    I've got to go with Stratton. I don't quite understand the kid's game, but he's moved along the line and done fair or better at each level - though only by ERA standards..

    1. I don't know what to make of Chris Stratton either. Looking at his pitching lines from game to game and his peripheral stats, it's hard to imagine him being very effective at higher levels, but when he does move up, he always seems to do OK.

      I think trying to parse who is a better prospect between Stratton and Crick demonstrates the ultimate futility of such judgements. Crick would still seem to have a much higher ceiling, but has also clearly moved into high risk territory with his control issues.

    2. I've read that Stratton hasn't been the same pitcher since the concussion. Maybe his recent success shows that he's starting to put that injury behind him?


    3. The concussion came very early in his pro career before he had established any baseline level of performance and while concussion symptoms can last a long time, that was several seasons ago.

      Stratton was a guy who had a big spike in velocity and performance his junior year in college. I tend to believe his junior year college performance is the outlier here.

  6. Well, hopefully the Giants are planning on making Adrianza Arias' replacement for the 2016 season. Heck, the way Arias has been playing, I would prefer him up now and DFA Arias.

    How does that work, do the Giants need to put him on the 40-man before the season ends to keep him from becoming a 6-year minor league free agent, or can they do it before some off-season deadline?

    1. There is an offseason deadline, I believe.