Sunday, July 12, 2015

Down on the Farm: 7/11/2015.

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies defeated the Sacramento River Cats 7-3:

Adam Duvall(1B)- 3 for 4, 3 HR(20).  BA= .267.

Duvall made an adjustment in his footwork in the batters box and went off in this game.  Still has a long term problem with contact issues and where he is going to play in the field.


AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels edged out the Trenton Thunder 5-4:

Myles Schroder(LF)- 3 for 5, HR(5).  BA= .270.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .273.
Austin Slater(2B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .286.
Jackson Williams(Catcher)- 3 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .229.
Joan Gregorio(RHP)- 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.10.
Stephen Johnson(RHP)- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.60.

Giants are going to stretch Gregorio out and try him back in the rotation.  He remains one of the higher ceilinged pitching prospects in the organization.


High A  San Jose Giants blanked the Modesto Nuts 2-0:

Angel Villalona(1B)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .286.
Chase Johnson(RHP)- 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.01.

Chase Johnson doesn't get a lot of attention, but he's thrown his share of dominant starts in the Cal League and has shown a lot more stamina than he has in prior seasons.  I think he would qualify as a sleeper.


Low A  Rome Braves outlasted the Augusta Greenjackets 5-3 in 10 innings:

Johneshwy Fargas(CF)- 2 for 5, 3 SB(43).  BA= .291.
Jonah Arenado(3B-1B)- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .260.
Ryan Jones(2B)- 3 for 4, BB.  BA= .219.
Mark Reyes(LHP)- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.66.
Raymundo Montero(RHP)- 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.72.


Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Vancouver Canadians 4-2:

Ronnie Jebavy(CF)- 2 for 5.  BA= .258.
Steven Duggar(RF)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .244.
Jose Vizcaino, Jr(3B)- 3 for 4, 3B.  BA= .364.
Richard Amion(2B)- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .247.
Andrew Leenhouts(LHP)- 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.57.
Cory Taylor(RHP)- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.53.
Ryan Halstead(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, Save(3).  ERA= 0.00.

.364 is obviously not sustainable, but love what Vizcaino, Jr is doing in his pro debut.


Rookie AZL  Giants outscored the Rangers 7-6:

Kelvin Beltre(2B)- 2 for 4, HR(1), HBP.  BA= .267.
Mark Wiest(3B)- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .308.
Scott Price(DH)- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .667.
Byron Murray(LF)- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .284.
Jordan Johnson(RHP)- 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.93.

Giants have solved the problem of PT for Miller and Beltre for now by moving Beltre to 2B.  Is it just me, or do the Giants have a lot of Johnson's pitching in their minor league system?


DSL  Giants pounded the Twins 14-6:

Beicker Mendoza(RF, 17 yo)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .299.
Mecky Coronado(LF, 18 yo)- 2 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .394.
Francisco Medina(3B, 17 yo)- 1 for 5, HR(7).  BA= .235.
Jose Rivero(SS, 17 yo)- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .191.
Jose Patino(CF, 17 yo)- 1 for 2, BB, SF, 2 SB(15).  BA= .252.
Luis Amaya(LHP, 16 yo)- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.84.

What is the DSL single season HR record for Giants prospects?  9?  I think that was by a 19 or 20 year old.  The BA could stand to be higher, but Medina is showing impressive power for a 17 yo prospect.  As we have said before, he is doing it with an athletic frame that has room to fill out, too.


  1. I think Duvall's switch to first base has really helped his MLB prospects as he's been mediocre to bad (defensively) at 2B & 3B but he really seems to have taken a shine to 1B (at least so far). However, I also don't think he has a future with the Giants because Belt is, right now, playing defense at 1B as well as the best in the game and Duvall just have the skill set to come up as a utility man. Plus we know Belt can hit MLB pitching even if he is streaky as a 4th grade art project. Whereas Duval still needs to improve his contact and he wasn't all that great in his call-up last year.

    It's kind of a shme too, I was still hoping as last as Spring Training he could break through as a 3B. But with Duffy turning in a near All-Star rookie campaign, Duvall became moot.

    1. I don't know. How many MLB teams are in the market for an oldish 1B prospect with contact issues? Duvall is going to be 27 yo by the end of the season. He's looking more and more like a AAAA player to me. Graham Koonce, Val Pascucci, those are the comps that come to mind. He may get another cup of coffee or two but unless he goes on a tear right out of the gate in one of those callups he's not going to hang around very long.

    2. Only if he fixes his contact issues. But at 1B he's not longer a fielding liability like he was at 2B and 3B, though he's not a great fielder. So he's improved his prospects leaving him with just one (serious) issue.

    3. Sorry, but I just don't see it being likely that Duvall has a significant MLB career. Being even an average fielding 1B is not exactly an asset.