Saturday, June 6, 2015

Down on the Farm: 6/5/2015

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Oklahoma City Dodgers 7-2 in 12 innings:

Kevin Frandsen(2B)- 3 for 6, 2B.  BA= .330.
Adam Duvall(3B)- 3 for 6, 2B, HR(13), SB(2).  BA= .298.
Ronny Cedeno(SS)- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .270.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.42.

The big news here is Stratton's first AAA start, which turned out to be a mixed bag.  He had a QS and held the Dodgers to just 3 hits, but the K and BB numbers are ugly and he did not have a big groundball ratio.  Anyone see it?


AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels pounded the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 12-1:

Kelby Tomlinson(2B)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .330.
Rando Moreno(SS)- 5 for 6.  BA= .333.
Mac Williamson(RF)- 3 for 6, HR(5).  BA= .300.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .267.
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= 254.
Tyler Beede(RHP)- 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 10/4.  ERA= 0.00.

Tomlinson and Moreno are having great seasons, but it does not look like there will be many MI openings in SF anytime soon.  Beede had a successful AA debut.  Both hits allowed came in the first inning.  One of the walks came with runners on 2'nd and 3'rd with 1 out in the first.  Next batter, GIDP!  The other two walks came in the 6'th and 7'th innings when he may have been starting to tire.  Innings 2,3,4 and 5 were perfect.  Anybody see this one?


High A  High Desert Mavericks gored the San Jose Giants 5-1:

Jose Reyes(RHP)- 4 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 11.25.
Jeff Soptic(RHP)- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.63.
Tyler Rogers(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.77.

Rough introduction to the Cal League for Jose Reyes who dominated the SAL.


Low A  Augusta Greenjackets dominated the Lexington Legends 12-1:

Johneshwy Fargas(CF)- 1 for 5, HBP, SB(23).  BA= .287.
Travious Relaford(2B)- 2 for 4, HBP.  BA= .276.
Cristian Paulino(RF)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .325.
Aramis Garcia(Catcher)- 3 for 5.  BA= .226.
Skyler Ewing(1B)- 3 for 5.  BA= .210.
Jeremy Sy(SS)- 2 for 5, 3B, SB(6).  BA= .210.
Pat Young(RHP)- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.91.
Rodolfo Martinez(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 3.78.
Raymundo Montero(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.51.

Pat Young's second start of the season goes better than his first.  Martinez now has gone 7 appearances without issuing a walk.  


DSL  Rojos destroyed the Giants 18-4:

Manuel Geraldo(SS)- 3 for 4, BB.  BA= .333.

Nothing else to see here but smoldering ruins.


  1. AA - "anybody see this one?" watched on MiLB, a question?

    Beede was solid but not lights out, got dinged by a hit, had a wild hard throw to 1st that got wiped out by a next batter k and quick double play. But pretty much hit the zone 60% were strikes and had a brutal closing pitch if I recall correctly

    missed Tomlinson's dble

    Moreno sac bunt followed by five solid singles

    Mac crushed HR, two other solid hits for 4 rbi's

    Harris timely dble scoring two

    Oropesa continued to shine

    Delfino had nice dble

    Fisher Cats' pitcher Cole threw well but wasn't fooling anyone

    except Carbonell who continued his struggles

  2. adding equal excitement, Squirrels .500 for season, amazing recovery on their way to a championship win

  3. Watched via MiLB TV. Beede's hiccup at the first seemed only to be that . . . a hiccup. I would chalk it up to arriving in NH late the night before and the juices flowing because it was his first AA start. He certainly seems to be everything we've heard, but as we well know, only time will tell.

    Moreno was crazy last night! It was just one of those games where he could have hit a ping pong ball with a fungo bat with his eyes closed. The downside of Moreno right now seems to be his fielding. He's not that stellar.

    DrB, I'm curious to know what your thoughts are about someone like Tomlinson who's having a great year, but as you said, seems to be stuck in RVA at this point because of the log jam at MI. What are his options? You have to feel for guys like him who get stuck in this hell-hole called the Eastern League. I love the Squirrels, and I'm glad they're in Richmond, but this league sucks as far as travel time and playing conditions are concerned. I'm not sure how Skyler Stromsmoe kept showing up here every year. I was glad to see him in Sacto. He certainly "did his time" in the EL.

    When do minor leaguers become free agents? Is it after 5 years or 7 years?

    1. All I can say about Tomlinson's situation is it is a tough, tough business to break into and the first guy to arrive has a huge advantage. As long a Crawford and Panik continue to perform well the gate is closed for middle infield unless/until somebody gets traded or leaves via free agency. I think minor league free agency kicks in after 6 seasons, but I'm sure there are caveats as there always seem to be with baseball rules.

      Tomlinson just has to keep playing and hope for an unexpected opening or a trade to an organization that has MI needs.

  4. Personally I think this was a great debut from Beede in the Eastern. Get out of the first and goes to work. Beede should zoom prospect lists, not something that has happened lately, not that it matters much.

    Joe Panik is slashing 311/383/454 - tied with Kolten Wong for 4th best OPS by a 2B in MLB. So I have to ask the question to all those ESPN snarky guys: does that look like a Utility Guy?

  5. I read about the Beede outing. Had to work himself out of trouble a few times. He had the first inning problem then I believe that he had a 4th inning bases-loaded jam in which he induced another DP to extricate himself.

    1. Only real jam was in the first inning. The 4'th inning was batter safe on a throwing error who promptly got erased on a DP ball. Then, solo walks in the 6'th and 7'th.