Sunday, August 21, 2016

Down on the Farm: 8/20/2016

AAA  Reno Aces trumped the Sacramento River Cats 7-3:

Gorkys Hernandez CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .303.
Austin Slater LF- 4 for 4, 2 HR(8).  BA= .282.
Grant Green 2B- 3 for 4.  BA= .316.
Joan Gregorio RHP- 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.48.
Steven Okert LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.35.

Big game for Slater who has come on strong in August with a .386 BA.  He's showing some power too.


AA Harrisburg Senators defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 8-5:

Steven Duggar CF- 2 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .321.
Chris Shaw 1B- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(4), 2 BB.  BA= .244.
Brandon Bednar 2B- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .257.
Kyle Crick RHP- 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.10.

Duggar just keeps churning along.  Terrific season!  Let's see if Shaw can finish strong over the last 2 weeks.  I guess this was the day for starters to match K's and BB's throughout the organization!


High A  San Jose Giants beat the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 6-3:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 1 for 4, HR(12).  BA= .255.
Dylan Davis RF- 2 for 4, HR(15).  BA= .299.
Miguel Gomez 1B- 3 for 3, 3B, HR(6), BB.  BA= .243.
Mitch Delfino 3B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .172.
Cory Taylor RHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Hengerber Medina RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.93.
Pat Young RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.57.
Reyes Maronta RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(13).  ERA= 2.36.

Jebavy has an outside shot at a 15/20 season.  Gomez has a big game.  He has turned up the power in SJ.  Now the BA has to catch up.  Cory Taylor moves down to SJ after 2 successful starts in Richmond.  Giants pitchers struck out a total of 18 RC batters in the game.


Low A  Columbia Fireflies shut down the Augusta Greenjackets 5-1(completion of suspended game from 8/19):



Low A  Columbia Fireflies blanked the Augusta Greenjackets 2-0(Scheduled game, 7 innings):

Jalen Miller SS- 2 for 2, BB.  BA= .235.
Luis Pino RHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.24.
Nick Sabo LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Ryan Halstead RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.40.

Bryan Reynolds makes his Greenjackets debut and goes 0 for 3.


Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Tri-Cities Dust Devils 6-2:

Heath Quinn RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .335.
Stephen Woods RHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Raffi Vizcaino RHP- 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.60.

Woods gets the promo from Arizona.


Rookie AZL  Angels whitewashed the Giants 4-0:

Mikey Edie CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .218.
Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .333.
Chris Falwell RHP- 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 2.86.
Julio Benitez RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.75.


DSL  Orioles2 outscored the Giants 8-6 in 10 innings:

Ismael Munguia CF- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .284.
Franklin Labour LF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .240.
Ricardo Genoves C- 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .259.
Hector Santiago SS- 2 for 5.  BA= .206.
Wascar De Leon DH- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .263.


  1. Shaw has really come around at the level, and it's not just a smattering of singles. Really like the look of his season and the way the FO went about his year 1 development curve.

    Shaw has a very Brandon Belt feel about him in his offensive acumen (minus the walk rate), and I think it's time to move him to the OF to find the man a permanent home away from 1B.

    1. From everything I've read, Shaw would be Schwarberesque in LF. I think it's 1B or bust with him.

    2. Hmm, bummer. That's not what I'd think given the kid's obvious intelligence & game IQ, but I'll accept the assessments given.

      In two years, what do the Giants do with him then? They can't keep giving up on great bats (Duffy to a certain degree, certainly Duvall) just to round out the positions available.

    3. What does intelligence and game IQ have to do with running fast enough to track down line drives into the alleys? Also, maybe you could provide some evidence for this "obvious intelligence & game IQ" you speak of. Not saying he doesn't have it, but what evidence do you have that he does?

    4. Mainly it was the interview I linked below, and the article that accompanied it when I saw it, around draft day, the first time. The article talked about how Shaw insisted to scouts prior to the draft that, no matter who drafted him, he would insist on seeing the remainder of the season through with his team. He was known as the heart of his team and also the Captain, and everything that was discussed there (in addition to the interview below) made it very clear to see that the kid as a LEVEL head on his shoulders, does not fold under pressure, but simultaneously has a very high drive to help and ensure his team wins.

      In addition, watching his highlight clips, he's got a trim (though solid) build for a power hitter. He can move around the bases very decently when he gets headway. It's all about reactions and routs in terms of his ability to play in the OF - and that comes with experience and maturity - if he has any knack for it at all. The knack, that's what I'm associating with a high general IQ and a high baseball IQ.

    5. And just for kicks - check this video out to:

      Chris Shaw & Pete Frates NESN Feature

      Another great character piece, connecting Shaw to a lineage of great character.

    6. That's all great, but I still am not clear on what any of that has to do with his ability to play LF. Here are some quotes from scouting reports I've read:

      "Defense needs a lot of work to be acceptable." John Sickels of Minorleagueball.

      "….a first baseman only with limited baserunning ability." Dan Farnsworth of Fangraphs.

      "…he lacks speed and is limited to first base as a pro." MLB Midseason Giants Top 30 Prospects.