Saturday, September 5, 2015

Down on the Farm: 9/4/2015

AAA  Sacramento River Cats cooled off the Albuquerque Isotopes 6-1:

Darren Ford(CF)- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .256.
Joe Panik(2B)- 1 for 3.  BA= .200.
Kevin Frandsen(1B)- 4 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .279.
Trevor Brown(Catcher)- 2 for 4.  BA= .268.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.57.
Matt Cain(RHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.57.

Panik also made a spectacular acrobatic play at 2B.  Stratton has had his ups and downs this season.  He finishes up with one of his better starts.  Smooth rehab outing for Cain although he did throw 32 pitches.  We'll just have to hope Cainer gets everything working right by next season.


AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels downed the Reading Fightin' Phils 5-4:

Hunter Cole(RF)- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .292.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .253.
Joan Gregorio(RHP)- 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.09.
Kyle Crick(RHP)- 0.1 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.34.

Gregorio has a strong final start after an up and down season.  Crick had a K, BB and HBP.  The 2 baserunners scored in a hit given up by Jose Casilla.


High A  Bakersfield Blaze blanked the San Jose Giants 2-0:

Daniel Carbonell(LF)- 2 for 4.  BA= .280.
Martin Agosta(RHP)- 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 4.25.
Ray Black(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.00.

Second start in a row without allowing an ER for Agosta.  He has 18 K's in 13 IP in those two starts.  Again, I am predicting a breakout season for him in Richmond next year.


Low A Charleston River Dogs beat the Augusta Greenjackets 3-0:

DJ Snelton(LHP)- 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 10/1.  ERA= 2.86.

Strong final start for Snelton after 2 subpar ones.  Overall, he had a strong season for Augusta after washing out in SJ early on.


Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Boise Hawks 8-3:

Ronnie Jebavy(CF)- 2 for 5, 2B, 3B.  BA= .266.
Steven Duggar(RF)- 1 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .279.
Chris Shaw(1B)- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .287.
Luis Pino(RHP)- 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.43.
Dominic Mazza(LHP)- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.


  1. I was looking at the Winter League roster. Besides the obvious and well known prospects a reliever named Dan Slania from the San Jose Giants is going to be there. Is he moving up in the organization, or is this just a 'filler' assignment?

  2. Slania was the primary closer for SJ this season and pitched well. I saw him in person once and came away impressed. He was something like a 4'th or 5'th round draft pick. I think the Giants do think highly of him.

    1. Thank you. Getting information on him has been difficult. I do read Ritzo's blog. But the only two take-aways on Slania was that made the A+ All-Star team as a reliever. And in the reliever pre-season preview, after going on paragraph after paragraph about Ray Black we got this:

      "Slania attended the University of Notre Dame where he holds the school record for career saves (30). He should get his first taste of the California League to open the 2015 season."

    2. From what I recall, he had a FB that goes 92-94 with a good breaking ball and changeup to go with it. More likely a setup arm than future closer, but had a decent shot at a significant MLB career.

  3. BTW, Clayton Blackburn, another pitcher ticketed for the Arizona Fall League, made #14 on BA's Prospect Hot Sheet, that that it means much in the long run.