Sunday, August 23, 2015

Down on the Farm: 8/22/2015

AAA  Sacramento River Cats edged out the New Orleans Zephyrs 2-1 in 10 innings:

Jarrett Parker(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .289.
Ty Blach(LHP)- 8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 15/2.  ERA= 4.05.
Mike Broadway(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.93.

Blach has now pitched a total of 17 innings over his last 2 starts allowing just 1 run.


AA  Trenton Thunder pounded the Richmond Flying Squirrels 8-2:

Tyler Beede(RHP)- 6.1 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 2 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO=9/1.  ERA= 5.35.

Beede was still getting GB outs, but obviously way too many batted balls were finding holes.  I'm going to attribute Beede's struggles in AA to adjusting to pitching every 5'th day over the course of a full pro season, but if he's still putting up lines like this in May next year, I'll be officially concerned.


High A  Bakersfield Blaze beat the San Jose Giants 6-3:

Brian Ragira(DH)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .246.
Martin Agosta(RHP)- 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.84.
Luis Ysla(LHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 6.24.
Ray Black(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.57.

Agosta's peripheral stats are much better than his results, partly due to a strong tendency to give up dingers, but that does not entirely account for the disconnect.  Again, I'm going to predict a big breakout next year in Richmond.  Ysla has run hot and cold this season.


Low A  Charleston River Dogs outscored the Augusta Greenjackets 10-5:

Richard Rodriquez(SS)- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .333.
Chuckie Jones(CF)- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .271.
Michael Santos(RHP)- 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.03.
Carlos Diaz(LHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.82.


Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Eugene Emeralds 6-5 in 10 innings:

Ronnie Jebavy(CF)- 2 for 5, BB.  BA= .272.
Miguel Gomez(3B)- 2 for 5, BB.  BA= .346.
Chris Shaw(1B)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .291.
Christian Lichtenthaler(SS)- 3 for 5.  BA= .246.
Luis Pino(RHP)- 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.09.


Rookie AZL  Giants beat the D'Backs 6-2:

Mikey Edie(CF)- 2 for 5, SB(10).  BA= .277.
Byron Murray(LF)- 1 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .272.
Kleiber Rivas(Catcher)- 2 for 4.  BA= .400.
Deiyerbert Bolivar(LHP)- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.13.
Matt Pope(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.00.

Edie is hitting .318 over his last 10 games.


DSL  Giants downed the Red Sox1 3-2:

Sandro Fabian(RF, 17 yo)- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .269.
Sandro Cabrera(LHP, 20 yo)- 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.32.

The Giants win their division by 1 game over Yankees1 with the best record in the entire DSL.


  1. I don't care if the DSL is a rookie league. A record of 53-19 is pure dominance. There are a handful of pitchers (Vizcaino, Concepcion, Amaya) and position players (Medrano, Coronado, Mendoza, Geraldo) that performed very well and may be coming stateside next year. Juan Rodriguez had a great year finishing at .363 BA but he is 20 years old. All together they will make DrB work hard for his Dominican Dandies section this offseason.

    1. It used to be a relatively safe rule of thumb that any player in the DSL over age 18 was not a prospect. I think we are starting to see that change, maybe in part due to greater accuracy in identification and birth records. A great case in point would be Miguel Gomez who played 3 seasons in the DSL and now look what he's doing as a 22 year old in the Northwest League against approximately same age competition.

  2. Agreed. Some College draftees are much older than 20 and may or may not have the tool sets or ceiling say as Miguel Gomez, but they are given more of a look. There is not much they can do because there are a finite number of spots on minor league rosters. However, teams like the Orioles, Mets, Yankees and Rangers have 2 teams each in the Dominican League. Maybe having an extra team could be a way to evaluate more talent that might have been overlooked. With prospects such as Cuban born Hector Olivera who is 30 getting a chance in Atlanta, maybe players after 20 or 21 in the Dominican League is too soon to write them off. Just a thought.