Sunday, June 28, 2015

Down on the Farm: 6/27/2015

AAA  Las Vegas 51's defeated the Sacramento River Cats 7-1:

Hector Sanchez(Catcher)- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .261.
Darren Ford(CF)- 2 for 3, 3B, HR(7), BB.  BA= .262.
Ty Blach(LHP)- 5 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 4.27.
Josh Osich(LHP)- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Blach's peripheral numbers look good.  Josh Osich has a successful AAA debut.  Has he moved ahead of Steven Okert on the lefty reliever depth chart?  Osich was drafted in the 6'th round of the 2011 draft. That is turning out to be a pretty good draft.  Panik and Susac were taken in rounds 1 and 2 with Kyle Crick sandwiched in between in the supplemental first round.  In addition to Osich, Kelby Tomlinson, Clayton Blackburn and Joe Biagini are progressing toward a future MLB gig.  Other 2011 draftees still in the organization include Ray Black, Jack Snodgrass, Phil McCormick, Ricky Oropesa and several others.


AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels vs New Britain Rock Cats suspended after 3 innings with score 0-0.

Matt Lujan(LHP)- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.

Neither team had a hit up to when the game was suspended.  Lujan had 3 perfect innings.


High A  San Jose Giants cracked the Modesto Nuts 6-5:

Ryder Jones(3B)- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .290.
Daniel Carbonell(LF)- 2 for 4, HR(1), SB(1).  BA= .364.
Chase Johnson(RHP)- 6.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K's, GO/AO= 8/1.  ERA= 3.36.

So far, Ryder Jones has avoided the mid-season fatigue.  Carbonell seems to have benefitted from a change of scenery.  Chase Johnson seems to have found some consistency this season.


Low A  Augusta Greenjackets pounded the Rome Braves 10-2:

Aramis Garcia(Catcher)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .239.
Skyler Ewing(1B)- 2 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .235.
Dylan Davis(DH)- 2 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .238.
Will Callaway(2B)- 3 for 4, 2 2B, HR(2), BB.  BA= .266.
Brennan Metzger(LF)- 1 for 1, 3 BB, HBP.  BA= .500.
Pat Young(RHP)- 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.68.
Rodolfo Martinez(RHP)- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 3.42.
Reyes Maronta(RHP)- 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.86.

Thanks to Covechatter for posting a couple of tweets that had Martinez and Maronta both hitting the upper 90's with their FB's.


Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes buried the Spokane Indians 12-3:

Ronnie Jebavy(CF)- 1 for 5, HR(2).  BA= .250.
Chris Shaw(1B)- 2 for 5.  BA= .400.
Miguel Gomez(3B)- 2 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .351.
CJ Hinojosa(SS)- 2 for 5.  BA= .250.
Jose Vizcaino, Jr(DH)- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .333.
Michael Connolly(RHP)- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.38.

Chris Shaw has a successful pro debut.  Keep an eye out for Miguel Gomez.  Looks like he can hit!


AZL  Cubs cuffed the Giants 11-4:

Jalen Miller(SS)- 1 for 3, BB, Sac., SB(2).  BA= .333.
Byron Murray(LF)- 2 for 4, 2 2B, SB(1).  BA= .345.
Evan Potter(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .389.
Julio Benitez(RHP)- 3 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.00.
Jose Morel(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Byron Murray looks like he can hit a little.


First round draft pick, Phil Bickford, has signed on the dotted line.  He'll get the tour of AT&T Park today then report initially to camp in Arizona.  I expect we'll see him in the Salem-Keizer Boxscores before the summer is done.  Looks like a terrific draft for the Giants!


  1. Dirtbag Brennan Metzger just got a bump last week to Augusta from Salem. Historically, he's an OBP machine, with some strong wheels. Serious digestive health issues, a couple of surgeries, and draft pedigree have conspired against him since he was taken with Duffy in '12, but like Duffy, he's an underdraft that the Giants haven't fully realized yet. He fits the Giants mold to a 'T', and should've been a 7th to 12th round pick without hesitation.

    Metzger's senior stats:

    Like Andrew Cain, Metzger's a survivor and is healthy now, and while the clock isn't his friend at 25, his numbers should solidify if he's afforded regular play time. Once again, keep your eye on him- he's a hidden gem who plays as hard as anyone on the field.

    A little sidebar is that he's locally famous for wearing pitches, just missing breaking the career HBP record at LB. That tendency is continuing in pro ball for him, already having two in his first week at Augusta.

  2. I think it's hard to say if Osich has passed Okert since career-level to career level I think Okert has out-pitched Osich at each level. But with his promotion I would say Osich has at least pulled even. Besides, it's not like Osich isn't considered talented, I think the whole problem with him is he's been injury prone and goes on-and-off the DL frequently which has helped to hold him back.

    Anyway, I'm still trying to figure out, in my head, some of the 'whys' of the recent MILB moves. I wonder if the Giants are moving faster in the promotions because of injuries/opt-outs leaving holes in rosters or if they're moving these prospects solely on merit or, most likely I think, some combination of both and just how much of each for each prospect.

    1. Organizational needs have always been a major factor in Giants decisionmaking regarding prospect promotion. They have actually been quite open about that.

  3. I couldn't believe how lucky we were that Osich fell to us in the 6th round, he had first round skills but his in-season injury dropped him severely. Susac fell some too, he had stronger first round vibes that his broken hamate bone dropped him to us. Yes, great draft that year!

  4. bickford looks and sounds like spicolli

    born to be a giant