Friday, July 22, 2016

Down on the Farm: 7/21/2016

AAA  Sacramento River Cats edged out the New Orleans Zephyrs 5-4:

Hunter Pence RF= 2 for 3, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .750.
Andrew Susac C- 2 for 5, HR(7).  BA= .251.
Rando Moreno 2B-  2 for 4.  BA= .301.
Chris Stratton RHP- 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.92.
Jake Dunning RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's. ERA= 4.57.

Yeah Hunter Pence!  I'm more impressed by the double than the HR as he had to run out the double.  Maybe Pence is closer to a MLB return than we thought yesterday?  Seems like if ATL is looking for a starting catcher for next year, they could do worse than trading for Andrew Susac.  Stratton follows up his dominant last start with a QS.


AA  Harrisburg Senators defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 4-2:

Steven Duggar CF- 4 for 4, 2B, SB(3).  BA= .286.
Christian Arroyo 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .284.
Kyle Crick RHP- 7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 5.59.

Steven Duggar has raised his BA by .100 over his last 8 games since 7/9/2016.  I like this line from Cricky.  I'd much rather have him give up 9 hits and 1 BB than 1 H and 9 BB's.


San Jose Giants pounded the Inland Empire 66'ers 13-6:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 3 for 4, 2B, 3B, BB, SB(19).  BA= .259.
Ehire Adrianza 3B- 1 for 5, HR(5).  BA= .333.
Dylan Davis RF- 1 for 4, HR(7), BB.  BA= .271.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .250.
Jose Vizcaino Jr DH- 3 for 3, 2 3B.  BA= .261.
Phil Bickford RHP- 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.77.

Can't attribute this HR for Adrianza to the high desert.  For those of you waiting with baited breath for a Miguel Gomez line, here it is!  Interesting that Gomez played 2B with Adrianza at 3B.  Viz Jr is hitting .417 over his last 10 games.


Augusta Greenjackets beat the Asheville Tourists 6-3:

Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .225.
Dillon Dobson 3B- 1 for 4, HR(10).  BA= .264.
Skyler Ewing 1B- 2 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .221.
Dominic Mazza LHP- 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.93.


Short Season Salem-Keizer Volcanoes buried the Everett Aquasox 12-5:

Manuel Geraldo 2B- 1 for 5, 3B.  BA= .266.
Matt Reynolds DH- 1 for 5, HR(3).  BA= .311.
Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 5.  BA= .283.
Gustavo Cabrera LF- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(4).  BA= .264.
Victor Concepcion RHP- 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.83.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 6.00.

Gustavo has just enough of this kind of game to keep you believing.


Rookie AZL  Giants blasted the A's 11-3:

Malique Ziegler DH- 2 for 5.  BA= .296.
Jacob Heyward LF- 1 for 2, BB, SB(5).  BA= .442.
Nick Hill 3B- 2 for 3, 2B, BB, SB(9).  BA= .290.
Conner Menez RHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K.  ERA= 2.57.

Pretty impressed by Nick Hill's tools so far, but needs to play at a higher level.


DSL  Giants blanked the Cubs2 2-0(7 innings):

Angeddy Almanzar DH- 3 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .323.
Norwith Gudino RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.67.


DSL Giants also won a 10 inning game vs Cubs2 7-6. This was the completion of a previously suspended game.  I couldn't make head or tails out of where the game picked up from so am not posting highlights from the boxscore.


  1. Green and Gillaspie have done as well as can be expected but it will be nice to get Panik and Adrianza back.
    Has either been good enough to make a (minor) deadline trade?
    Who's the odd man out in the OF when Hunter's back?

    1. Neither Green or Gillaspie have much trade value that fill any hole on the big club. Maybe B-level prospect. Maybe.

      The Hunter return would probably mean Parker heads down. Mac has played just well enough and with enough pop, and is hitting from the right side.

  2. Doc -
    What are your thoughts on Shaw's recent struggles in the Eastern? It's definitely a difficult transition, but to be fair the kid has gone stone cold and I think his average has hit a low at .216. Panik "struggled" in AA as well, of course, but the book is really out on Shaw right now. (Personally, I've got a very good feeling about the trajectory of Shaw, and I'm looking forward to seeing him get through this. However, it's not how you start the season, but how you end that often tells the tale.)

    However, perhaps Hinjosa's and Shaw's struggles as polished college bats put Christian Arroyo's sustained strength in the Eastern into a much better light - Though he's practically without power (mostly doubles), he's kept up very well, and as a 20yo for most of this season, the power DEFINITELY still has time to show up. He's cut down the walk rate (17.8% to 15.5%) and increased his walk rate to 5.5%. I would be very remiss to see Arroyo traded - If he went to the Yankees, for instance, he might just become a Derek Jeter reincarnate...

    1. Good questions, Rainball.

      Re. Shaw: Reaching AA in a player's first full season is very aggressive promoting, even if it's a midseason promotion. Then you have sample size issues at work. I would not judge Shaw on his AA performance this year. I see the promotion as giving him a headstart on next season which should be his expected AA season. If the struggles there extend through next season, yeah, then I'm worried.

      Re Arroyo: I've never been down on Arroyo's AA performance this season. He's way young for the level and more than holding his own in an environment that has a history of suppressing power. Yes, I would hate to see Arroyo traded, but could accept if if it was for an Andrew Miller who is an elite lefty reliever who would be more than a 2 month rental.

    2. Aroldis Chapman, on the other hand, would sure be an exciting 2 months, but then he's outa here and I'm not sure I want to give up Arroyo for that.

    3. Agreed on Andrew Miller, except that a little part of me wonders if Arroyo is going to become another generational talent like Posey, only on the infield.

      Ok, here's a question: At this juncture with Panik's struggles & concussion issues in mind, would you try to get full value and trade Joe and a B-prospect, if you could get back Miller + a little more? Or, would you trade Arroyo & Williamson or some similar package?

      Is Panik untouchable? There was an article on another site addressing this question, but it's a good one. With the Giants NEEDING to upgrade the bullpen in a major way, we really have to ask the question, not just "how can I get some value in a return package," but rather, "how can I get back a maximum value package that's going to propel this team into the playoffs?" With Green, Pena, Gillespie & Tomlinson all capable of filling in the rest of this season & probably next until Arroyo arrives (in an ideal world) in 2017/2018 - do you sell high on an incredible young All-Star talent like Panik in order to fill those holes??

      Personally, I love continuity with our incredible infield, but I'm also a shaker-upper. It would take more than Miller for me to let go of Panik, but I'm not closed to the idea.. Fixing a bullpen to become elite again is not an easy task...

    4. I don't think Panik is tradeable until he proves he is healthy.

    5. Ah, probably true.

      So, what if then?

    6. If you have choice between keeping a healthy Panik and Arroyo, I think you have to go with the established player with years control on their contract and trade the prospect unless the prospect is an untouchable, which I don't think Arroyo is.