Friday, July 10, 2015

Down on the Farm: 7/9/2015

AAA  Sacramento River Cats outlasted the Fresno Grizzlies 5-4 in 13 innings:

Kelby Tomlinson(3B)- 2 for 6, SB(3).  BA= .328.
Adam Duvall(1B)- 1 for 3, HR(17).  BA= .261.
Kevin Frandsen(1B)- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .305.
Clayton Blackburn(RHP)- 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.07.

Tomlinson played 3B in what could be a prep for a MLB utility role.  Not sure why Duvall left the game early.


AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Harrisburg Senators 5-1:

Myles Schroder(1B)- 2 for 5.  BA= .267.
Austin Slater(2B)- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .286.
Jesus Galindo(RF)- 2 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .292.
Matt Lujan(LHP)- 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 9/3.  ERA= 3.83.
Derek Law(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.17.

Is Myles Schroder trying to play 9 different positions in 9 games?  He's almost halfway there as I believe 1B is his 4'th position in 4 games.  Lujan is on fire!  In his last 3 starts, he threw 3 perfect innings, then took a no-hitter into the 7'th inning and now this start.  16.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 11 K's.


High A  San Jose Giants extinguished the Bakersfield Blaze 3-0:

Christian Arroyo(SS)- 1 for 2, 2 HBP.  BA= .330.
Tyler Horan(RF)- 1 for 3, HR(7), BB.  BA= .211.
Martin Agosta(RHP)- 8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K.  ERA= 4.91.
Christian Jones(LHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.38.

Agosta's results matched his K/BB in this one.  Jones did the 4 K in one inning trick.


Low A  Rome Braves outscored the Augusta Greenjackets 8-6:

Aramis Garcia(Catcher)- 2 for 5, HR(9).  BA= .244.
Skyler Ewing(1B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .232.
Touki Toussaint(RHP, Braves)- 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.51.


Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes buried the Vancouver Canadians 9-3:

Miguel Gomez(3B)- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .351.
CJ Hinojosa(SS)- 2 for 5.  BA= .208.
John Riley(1B)- 1 for 2, 3 BB.  BA= .143.
Brad Moss(Catcher)- 3 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .333.
Logan Webb(RHP)- 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K.  ERA= 3.96.
Mac Marshall(LHP)- 3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 9.00.

Webb is still just 18 yo(DOB= 11/18/1996).  His line over his last 3 starts is 3-0, 1.68, 16 IP, 3 BB, 10 K.  Marshall may have had the jitters in his first inning at the new level as he allowed a 3-run dinger, but then settled down and was dominant the rest of the way.


Rookie AZL  Giants were idle.


DSL  Red Sox1 beat the Giants 3-1:

Manuel Geraldo(2B, 18 yo)- 3 for 4, 2B, 3B.  BA= .338.
Prebito Reyes(LHP, 19 yo)- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.27.
Luis Amaya(LHP, 16 yo)- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.95.


  1. I had every intention to go home after watching the Squirrels put away the Senators 5-1, but then I saw that Tomlinson was going to be starting at 3B and I just had to see how he handled himself. I'm telling you, he gloved everything that came his way, including a spectacular diving catch that for sure saved one run, and probably two. He looked very comfortable at the corner. The commentator's comment was, "It doesn't matter where you put him," and that certainly appears to be the case. He's not going to hurt you wherever you put him (2B, SS, 3B). Seeing him at 3B is reminiscent of the path Duffy took (before anyone gets defensive, I'm not saying he's a Matt Duffy). I think your dead right Doc, they are prepping him for a MLB utility role. Now, whether it will be for us or someone else, is the question. You seem to have decent instincts, what's your best guess?

    As for Duvall, he got tossed after a prolonged argument with the ump following a close play at 1B. The ump said he didn't touch the bag and obviously, Duvall thought he did. What I found troubling was that the Sacto coach didn't come out and take up the argument in order to save his clean up hitter. He came out, but only after Duvall got tossed.

    Another note on Kelby. He singled in the bottom of the 13th, then stole 2B with 2 outs, putting himself in a position to score on Frandsen's base hit. His speed on the bases in the late innings could prove very valuable.

    1. If there's a spot on the MLB team for Arias, there has to be a spot for Kelby (Arias's spot!). I think his versatility and speed would be very useful immediately. And I do believe he will hit. If the Giants want to strengthen their bench, promoting Tomlinson seems like a great move in the immediate future.

    2. I have been a big Arias supporter through the years, but I believe this will be his last year with the team. He is close enough to the end of his contract at this point that I would not be shocked to see a DFA at this point. Assuming no trades, I think Tomlinson is the favorite for the Util2 spot on next year's roster (EA will be Util1).

    3. Two possible scenarios are that Kelby gets included in a deadline trade package. In this case, versatility increases his trade value. The other is Adrianza generate more interest from opposing teams and bring more value back. Again, the increased versatility would tend to make the Giants more comfortable with including Adrianza in a trade. On the other hand, it may be the Giants are just looking to give Kelby as many future opportunities as possible and to increase his value in general.

      At this point, it is difficult to say that Kelby is the Giants future at any single position, so increasing the number of positions he could play in a utility role is a win-win for Kelby and the Giants.

    4. I agree wholeheartedly with the notion of keeping Kelby around for the stretch run nd postseason (if we get there). I have said it before: speed on the base paths in October is exponentially more valuable. Throw in his utility role and I say you have to keep him.

      Thanks for the updates from y'all.


    5. I've been ready to drop Arias since last season. I'm frankly surprised that he hasn't yet, they probably could have milked a few more weeks out of McGehee (he had been hitting well for us since returning from DL, aside from DPs) until Kelby was ready.

      I agree that Kelby appears to be on the Duffy utility player track. I don't think that he'll be included in a package, I think they are prepping him to replace Arias, as he's hitting, has versatility (Arias frankly is negative defensively at all positions but 3B, so far), as well as some speed/base-running smarts, as noted about his stealing 2B. Which again is reminiscent of Duffy, who had that great heady run scored in the playoffs.

      Having Adrianza and Kelby on the bench next season appears to be the goal, I agree. I can see them becoming trade bait in next two seasons, as both Arroyo and Jones should be in AA by next season, maybe AAA after that, and getting close to reaching majors.

    6. Arias hit .421 in August and .372 in September last year. I bet the Giants have not forgotten that.