Monday, May 30, 2016

Down on the Farm: 5/30/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Oklahoma City Dodgers 4-3:

Gorkys Hernandez CF- 2 for 5, 2B, SB(10).  BA= .259.
Mac Williamson RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .288.
Clayton Blackburn RHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 4.14.
Steven Okert LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.42.

Blackburn's composite line since his brief callup to the majors is 14 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 13 K's.  Don't know if we should hope he gets another chance this year or not!


AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels whitewashed the Erie Seawolves 1-0:

Adalberto Mejia LHP- 8.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K's, GO/AO= 9/2.  ERA= 1.87.

Mejia is on some kind of a roll and getting better with each game.  Here's his progression over his past 5 starts:  IP- 6.0, 7.2, 7.1, 7.0, 8.2.  Hits- 3, 6, 6, 4, 4.  Runs- 1, 0, 2, 0, 0.  BB's- 2, 3, 1, 0, 1.  K's- 3, 3, 6, 6, 10!  All in all, Mejia's composite line for his last 5 starts is 36.2 IP, 23 H, 3 R, 7 BB, 28 K's for an ERA of 0.75!  Remember, he doesn't turn 23 yo until June 20.


High A  San Jose Giants blanked the Modesto Nuts 3-0:

Steven Duggar CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .278.
CJ Hinojosa SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .351.
Chris Shaw 1B- 1 for 4, HR(11).  BA= .315.
Daniel Carbonell LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .263.
Jose Vizcaino Jr 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .243.
Sam Coonrod RHP- 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 1.18.

Coonrod gets in on a red-letter day for the farm system's SP's.


Low A  Augusta Greenjackets topped the Kannapolis Intimidators 5-3:

Kelvin Beltre 3B- 2 for 4, SB(4).  BA= .234.
Seth Harrison RF- 1 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .248.
Phil Bickford RHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 ER, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.63.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.50.

How great is it that Bickford's fine start was the weakest of the 4 minor league starters in the Giants organization today?


  1. Mejia was a guy I never understood why people like him so much. But sometime last year he convinced me he was more than minor-league hype.

    And speaking of the Devil, Crick is NOT walking a batter every inning like last year. Not great (24 in 41), but not 66 in 63.

    Also, check out Adam Duvall in Cincinnati. Looks like OF was his position. He's ranked 106th in my fantasy league and is hitting .271 with 13-dingers so far and, per FanGraphs, has a POSITIVE defense rating. Does have quite a bit of 'swing-and-a-miss' to him though so it's not all sunshine and butterflies. Still, I'm glad to see he's found a home and is playing reasonably well because he was so blocked here.

  2. I'm looking forward to Mejia's continual development.

  3. I'm very happy with the nice amount of pitching prospects the Giants have, but does it bother you that the Giants let Joe Biagini go for nothing? He's doing a nice job for Toronto in the setup role.


    1. Who were they going to leave off the 40 man roster to keep Joe Biagini? One of the problems with having a deep farm system is you are going to lose some to the Rule 5 draft. It's a good problem to have. I am happy for for Big Joe. If nothing else his success helps validate that the Giants have an underrated farm system. Hopefully it will also increase the trade value of the prospects they still have.

  4. re: Biagini, i was wondering if the same could be said for Duvall (in that it helps validate the SF farm system.) and this one particular day of great minor league pitching made me wonder what was up. it just seemed like such an outlier for it all to come together like this. -e

    1. Oh, I don't see the great pitching day as an outlier at all! All of those guys have been pitching well as have several other SP's in the system.

    2. As for Duvall, I think it mostly validates that he found a ballpark and situation that fit his skill set, but yeah, every time a former Giants farmhand makes good with another team, I think it helps beat back the perception that it's a weak system, and yes, those perceptions can make a difference in trade talks.