Friday, June 3, 2016

Down on the Farm: 6/2/2016

AAA  El Paso Chihuahuas defeated the Sacramento River Cats 6-3:

Gorkys Hernandez CF- 2 for 3, 2B, 3B, BB, Sac, SB(11).  BA= .272.
Austin Slater LF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .400.
Matt Lujan LHP- 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.74.

Gorkys fills up the stat line!  Austin Slater has a successful AAA debut.


AA Richmond Flying Squirrels blanked the Bowie Baysox 3-0:

Christian Arroyo SS- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .286.
Tyler Horan LF- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .278.
Ali Castillo 2B- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .310.
Tyler Beede RHP- 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's, GO/AO= 7/7.  ERA= 3.05.
Ray Black RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K'S, Save(5).  ERA= 7.45.

Arroyo is hitting .341 over his last 10 games.  Interesting line from Beede.  He allowed just 2 baserunners in his longest start as a pro in terms of IP, but just 2 K's. He threw just 87 pitches and said he could have finished the game, but Black needed an inning of work.  After the game he said he was trying to pitch to contact and induce weak contact.  The GO/AO suggests he was using both his 2-seamer with sink and his 4 seamer.  I think Beede is a fascinating case study in pitcher development with a still unknown ending.  What happens when you train a pitching prospect with strikeout stuff to pitch to contact while they are still in the minor leagues?  The statistical people will tell you it won't work.  Is the payoff a lower probability of injury?  I don't think you can tell from a sample of 1.


High A  San Jose Giants beat the Visalia Rawhide 3-1:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .240.
Jonah Arenado 3B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .258.
Jose Vizcaino Jr DH- 1 for 3, HR(3), BB.  BA= .240.
Mark Reyes LHP- 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.83.
Reyes Maronta RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.25.
Rodolfo Martinez RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(16).  ERA= 0.77.

Jebavy is hitting .293 over his last 10 games.  Maronta is unscored upon in his last 14 appearances since May 2.  Martinez has not allowed a run in his last 8 appearances and has not allowed a walk in that span.


Low A West Virginia Power downed the Augusta Greenjackets 4-1:

Kelvin Beltre 3B- 1 for 3, BB, SB(6).  BA= .229.
Michael Connolly RHP- 8 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 7 K's, GO/AO= 11/3.  ERA= 3.21
Ryan Koziol RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.61.

That's a dominant start by Connolly based on peripheral stats.


Got this from Covechatter's twitter feed:  This is devastating!  Remember RHP Donny Everett from last year's draft class?  BA reports he drowned in a lake in Tennessee yesterday.  Everett was the spit tin' image of Matt Cain.  He chose to go to Vanderbilt instead of signing with the Brewers who drafted him in the 22'nd round.  He got a late start on the season due to injuries but pitched well in May with an ERA of 1.50 and 13 K's in 12 IP.  Vanderbilt is just starting their College World Series playoff run.


  1. As for Beede's development, being a power pitcher trained to pitch to contact, I believe the Pirates did the same with Gerrit Cole. Of course Cole was a better prospect, but they both showed strikeout stuff in college. To this day Cole has not developed into the overpowering ace he was envisioned to become, but he is still one of the better pitchers in the game, and in the long run it is probably better for his career that he learned how to pitch to contact rather than overpower everyone since all pitchers lose velocity over time. If Beede reaches a level of pitcher a tier below Cole the Giants would be thrilled.

  2. Dr. B,
    Fangraphs included Joan Gregorio in their Fringe Five Prospect list. His strikeouts to walk ratio is incredible. Any thoughts about when he would be ready for mlb?

  3. It makes sense to pitch to contact. I wonder what made the Giants shift philosophy like this? Bum was more of a pitch to contact guy as a rookie, but he's gotten so good out slinging cutters, elevating fastballs, and bouncing curve balls that I think he can do what ever he wants out there.

    Check out this Coonrod interview from a couple days ago:

    "I throw a hard slider, a change-up, and a big curveball just to give a slow look to the hitter. I've been throwing almost all fastballs this season, so that's why the strikeouts are down but once I start throwing more off-speed they will get back to normal I believe".

    Has to be an org thing once they get to SJ and up to start pitching to contact. Guys with strike out stuff like Coonrod and Beede don't suddenly forget how to K someone. We'll have confirmation when Bickford gets promoted and he happens to follow the same pattern.