Saturday, July 18, 2015

Down on the Farm: 7/17/2015

AAA  Sacramento River Cats outlasted the Tacoma Rainiers 4-3 in 12 innings:

Ryan Lollis(LF-CF)- 5 for 6, 2 2B.  BA= .347.
Kelby Tomlinson(2B)- 2 for 5, Sac.  BA= .313.
Adam Duvall(1B)- 2 for 5, HR(21), HBP.  BA= .271.
Kevin Frandsen(3B)- 2 for 6, 2 SB(3).  BA= .307.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 8 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 8/3.  ERA= 2.42.
Erik Cordier(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R,  1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.20.
Mike Broadway(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.07.

Stratton continues to rack up QS's in the very tough PCL.  The Giants bullpen is ridiculously deep.  I am pretty sure Cordier and Broadway could help several MLB bullpens right now.


AA Game 1  Richmond Flying Squirrels blanked the Altoona Curve 2-0:

Kelvin Marte(LHP)- 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 11/3.  ERA= 2.31.

Marte pitches a complete 7-inning game.


AA Game 2  Richmond Flying Squirrels edged out the Altoona Curve 2-1:

Matt Gage(LHP)- 5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 8/1.  ERA= 1.80.

Gage gets the 2-step promo from Augusta and has a successful AA debut.


San Jose Giants smothered the Stockton Ports 3-0:

Christian Arroyo(SS)- 2 for 4, 3B. BA= .337.
Tyler Horan(RF)- 1 for 3, HR(9).  BA= .230.
Martin Agosta(RHP)- 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.52.

Not sure if Arroyo has anything left to prove in A ball.  It would be nice to give him a head start on AA in the month of August.   On the other hand, August is the dog days back east.  Horan hits a HR in his second consecutive game.  He is hitting .303 over his last 10.  Agosta had his second scoreless start of at least 6 IP in a row and 3'rd of 4.  He has 62 K's against just 7 BB's in 54 IP over his last 10 appearances.  He may be moving up into top 20 Giants prospect consideration again.

Low A  Hickory Crawdads pounded the Augusta Greenjackets 12-1:

Jonah Arenado(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .265.
Richard Rodriguez(2B)- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .750.

Impressed by Arenado's tenacity pulling out of several mini-slumps this season.  Can he hang on for a strong finish?  Richard Rodriguez gets called up from S-K despite hitting just .152 in 33 AB for the Volcanoes.


Short Season  Boise Hawks outscored the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 9-5 in 10 innings:

Steven Duggar(RF)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .258.
Jose Vizcaino(3B)- 2 for 5, HR(3), SB(1).  BA= .370.
Julio Pena(LF)- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .323.
Eric Sim(RHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.63.


Rookie AZL  Giants squeaked by the Dodgers 2-1:

Jordan Johnson(RHP)- 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 1.42.
Jake Dunning(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.00.

Giants had just 2 hits and 0 RBI's in this game.  LOL Dodgers!


DSL  Giants pounded the Rojos 10-2:

Juan Rodriguez(LF, 20 yo)- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(2), SB(16).  BA= .352.
Beicker Mendoza(RF, 17 yo)- 1 for 2, 2B.  BA= .298.
Mecky Coronado(DH, 18 yo)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .384.
Sandro Cabrera(LHP, 20  yo)- 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.68.
Alejandro De La Rosa(RHP, 20 yo)- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.55.


  1. Any idea why Mac Williamson is on the "Temporary Inactive List" at Sac?

    1. He is on leave to play with Team USA.

  2. Mac isn't playing so hot for Team USA. Currently 0 for 11 with 4K and 2BB.

  3. Vizcaino continues to rake. So far, I'm very pleased with the looks of this 2015 draft class... especially the hitters.

  4. With the way Stratton has been pitching in Sacramento would he make it into your top 10 prospects for the Giants?

    1. I'm thinking more in the 11-15 range for Stratton, but possibly top 10. Hard to say until you start writing names down.

    2. Now that's an interesting question.

      He's already at #10 at MLB.COM for the Giant's Top-30. The closest two pithers ahead of him are Blach (7) and Blackburn (9). If Stratton really has taken a step up, I'd say he's earned the right to pass both of them.

      For the FS, he held batters to a .215 average and had a good WHIP (1.24). For the SC, he's held the PCL batters he's faced to a .200 average with a 1.03 WHIP. Whereas Blackburn and Blach are letting batters hit in the mid-.290s and have higher WHIPs and ERAs. So, based on performance, plus somewhat superior in physical ability, I'd say he's earned that right to pass them on the prospect list.

      Though. like all prospect rankings, it's pretty subjective. But it's more than 'just the results from pitiching' that drives my moving him up.. From what I've read, his FB has had an uptick of a couple of MPH. So where he was sitting at 88-92 with his FB last year, he's probably closer to his old velocity of 92-94. Also, I've read that he was developing a 'Romo-like' slider. I don't know where that's at. But it was already a decent offering. If he's mastered that slider, that could (in theory) be one of the factors that's helped him 'jump' this season.

      Anyway, I'm happy (and a bit surprised) about his development this season. I really was beginning to think that concussion just took it out of him and he wasn't going to be able to advance even though he has good talent.

    3. PS. DrB had him as #10 in 2014. He had him at #29 this year (Beede was #1 in 2015, one of the few (if only) lists that had him at #1.)

      Which is not to put Dr. B down, because everyone has their own list and 'why.' :) And sometimes you look like a genus. Other times... Well, we've all been there. :)

    4. Not sure why I would look bad with any of that.