Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Scouting the 2017 Draft: Evan White; Luis Campusano

Evan White, 1B, College(Kentucky).  B-R, T-L.  6'3", 205 lbs.

2017:  .385/.460/.661, 22 2B, 3B, 8 HR, 18 BB, 28 K, 174 AB.
2016:  .376/.419/.535, 15 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 14 BB, 42 K, 226 AB.
2015:  .318/.369/.410, 12 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 15 BB, 33 K, 217 AB.

White is a 3 year starter for Kentucky.  Very athletic.  Recorded a 4.2 time to 1B from the RH batters box.  Everybody agrees he could play OF, either corner or even CF.  Has been a 1B in college.  Unusual B-R, T-L profile is a red flag for some scouts.  Despite his size is more of a hitter for average with gap power due to a level swing.  Still has room to fill out and more power should come.  Has moved up into the late first round in many mock drafts.  Would the Giants be interested?

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Luis Campusano, C, HS.  B-R, T-R.  6'0" 190 lbs.

HS catching prospect from Augusta, Georgia.  In an interview posted online, he comes out as a huge Giants fan, he says because of the Augusta Greenjackets, but the Giants are rumored to be in on him in a big way.  In videos, he looks bigger than his listed size.  Physically looks like a Molina which was mentioned in his PG profile.  Plus tools are power and arm strength.  The swing can get long.  Most analysts rank him as a second round prospect and that is where I would put him too.  Giants have been known to reach in these situations if they really like a player and aren't sure he'll be there in the projected round.

Down on the Farm: 5/22/2017

AAA  Nashville Sounds pounded the Sacramento River Cats 9-3:

Kelby Tomllinson CF- 2 for 4.   BA= .230.
Jae-Gyun Hwang 3B- 1 for 4, HR(3), SB(3).  BA= .277.

Thanks to a reader/commenter for pointing out that Kelby seems to have found at least a temporary home in CF for the River Cats giving him a quantum leap in his versatility.

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AA  Binghampton Mets edged out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-4:

Chris Shaw LF- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .301.
Myles Schroder C- 0 for 5.  BA= .357.
Andrew Suarez LHP- 6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K's. ERA= 3.09.

OK, Schroder is just showing off now!  3 games in 2917, SS, CF, C.  Up the middle talent!

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High A  San Jose Giants cracked the Modesto Nuts 9-4:

Jalen Miller SS- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .242.
Ryan Howard 3B- 3 for 5.  BA= .310.
Gio Brusa LF- 2 for 5.  BA= .226.
Jonah Arenado 1B- 2 for 4.  BA= .215.
Jose Vizcaino Jr DH- 3 for 3, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .214.
Conner Menez LHP- 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.74.
Will LaMarch RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

LaMarche is a local kid from Pleasanton, CA who attended Chabot college before transferring to LSU. He was a hard throwing(up to 97 MPH) college reliever.  He was drafted in the 9'th round by the Tigers in 2013.  In 2 pro seasons, 2013-14, he struck out 81 batters in 70.2 IP.  He missed the 2015 season and was released in Sept.  He pitched indy ball in 2016.  I think the Giants signed him out of the Australian winter league before this season.  Assuming the reason he missed 2015 was for TJ surgery, that would have been his second which it is always tougher to come back from.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets vs West Virginia Power postponed due to rain.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Game Wrap 5/22/2017: Giants 6 Cubs 4

The Giants offense scored 6 runs to support Ty Blach's 7 shutout innings before he faltered in the 8'th.  With echoes of the final game of 2016 ringing in the distance after a 4-run Cubs 8'th, Mark Melancon saved the game in the 9'th inning.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik 2B- 3 for 4, 2 2B, HR(2), HBP.  BA= .268.  Panik breaks out the power bat with 3 XBH's out of the leadoff spot in the lineup.

Brandon Belt 1B- 2 for 5, HR(9).  BA= .241.  Belt Panik and Ruggiano had solo HR's to run the Giants streak of consecutive solo HR's to 18, 3 short of the team record.  Anybody know what the MLB record is?

Justin Ruggiano RF- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .237.  Ruggy is good for occasional pop in his bat.

Ty Blach LHP- 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 9/3.  ERA= 4.10.  How about Ty Blach?  7 innings of shutout ball.  3 of the hits and all 3 of the runs he gave up came in the 8'th inning when he was probably out of gas and failed to record an out.

Mark Melancon RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(9).  ERA= 2.63.  This time the Giants had a real closer who Saved the game.

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The Win kept the Giants 9 games behind the NL West leading Rockies in 4'th place.  They trail in the Wild Card race by 6.5 games.

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Johnny Cueto faces a familiar foe tomorrow with Jon Lester on the mound for the Cubs.

Down on the Farm: 5/21/2017

AAA  Nashville Sounds blanked the Sacramento River Cats 4-0:

Chris Stratton RHP- 6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 9/3.  ERA= 5.59.
Jharel Cotton RHP(Sounds)- 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 2.25.

I drafted Cotton for my fantasy baseball team and thought this would be his breakout season in the majors.  He had 3 QS and 3 Disaster Starts and 1 somewhere in between.  The A's sent him down after he gave up 7 runs in 5 IP on May 9.  It would appear he is close to being ready for another try at MLB level.

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AA  Harrisburg Senators routed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 8-1:

Slade Heathcott CF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .301.

Heathcott seems to keep hitting when everybody else in the lineup gets shut down.

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High A  San Jose Giants outscored the Modesto Nuts 12-8:

Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 6.  BA= .237.
Bryan Reynolds CF- 5 for 6, 2B, 3B.  BA= .281.
Heath Quinn RF- 3 for 3, HR(2), 2 BB.  BA= .364.
Gio Brusa LF- 2 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .220.
Jose Vizcaino Jr- 1 for 4, HR(2), BB.  BA= .189.
Yordy Cabrera RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.23.

Big games for Reynolds and Quinn the Giants top 2 picks in last year's draft, rounds 2 and 3 respectively.  Reynolds, whose BA hit a nadir of .244 on 5/13, has 4 multi-hit games in his last 7, 13 for 30 in that span.  The 5 hits in this game all came batting left-handed which evened out his L-R split considerably.  Quinn has just raked since coming off the DL with a wrist injury.  Gio Brusa is hitting .308 over his last games.

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Low A  Charleston River Dogs defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 4-2:

Ashford Fulmer CF- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .250.
Jacob Heyward LF- 1 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .221.
Stephen Woods RHP- 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 10 K.  ERA= 2.97.

Woods has 43 K's and 21 BB's in 39.1 IP overall but 17 K's against just 3 BB's in 13.1 IP over his last 2 starts.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Game Wrap 5/21/2017: Cardinals 8 Giants 3

The Giants were never in this one as Matt Cain gave up a 4-spot in the 2'nd inning and more later in his start.  Key Lines:

Brandon Crawford SS- 1 for 3, HR(3), BB.  BA= .274.
Eduardo Nunez LF- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .272.  Crawford and Nunez hit B2B dingers in the 8'th inning to make the final score closer than it should have been.

Matt Cain RHP- 5.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.91.  Gone are the days when Cain can get by without his best stuff.  He just doesn't have the velocity to muscle hitters into submission like he used to.

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The Loss dropped the Giants 9 games off the pace set by the NL West leading Rockies.

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The Giants start a 4 game series against the Cubs in Wrigley Field tomorrow evening with Ty Blach facing John Lackey.

Down on the Farm: 5/20/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Nashville Sounds 8-5:

Ryder Jones 1B/LF- 1 for 5, HR(4).  BA= .284.
Austin Slater RF- 3 for 4, 2B, HR(3).  BA= .314.
Juniel Querecuto SS- 3 for 4.  BA= .294.
Micheal Roth LHP- 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.54.
Kyle Crick RHP- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, Save(4).  ERA= 3.87.

Slater just keeps raking. Doesn't have the raw power of Mac, but I think the bat is more reliable.

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AA  Harrisburg Senators downed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-3:

Myles Schroder CF- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .556.
DJ Snelton LHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.43.

Schroder gets out of bed, plays SS one night and CF then next.  I guess that's what you call up-the-middle talent!  Snelton is having a fantastic season as a multi-inning lefty reliever.  Hmm….those seem to be in some demand these days!

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High A Modesto Nuts crushed the San Jose Giants 14-4:

Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 4.   BA= .304.
Bryan Reynolds CF- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .259.
Aramis Garcia DH- 2 for 4.  BA= .275.
Jonah Arenado 3B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .206.
Matt Winn C- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .250.
Dylan Rheault RHP- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.41.

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Low A  Charleston River Dogs destroyed the Augusta Greenjackets 18-4:

Cristian Paulino CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .194.
FDLR 1B- 2 for 4.  BA= .250.
Jacob Heyward LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .220.

Game Wrap 5/20/2017: Giants 3 Cardinals 1

The Giants and Cardinals matched goose eggs for 12 innings.  Then Christian Arroyo broke it up with a bases loaded, 2-run double in the 13'th to propel the Giants to an epic extra-inning win.  Key Lines:

Eduardo Nunez LF- 2 for 5.  BA= .272.  Nunez was the only Giant with 2 hits in the game.  He also made an adventurous play in LF when he misplayed a Matt Carpenter drive off the wall, then hustled to chase it down as it rolled back toward the IF and threw out Carp trying to stretch it into a triple.  Whatever else you think about Nunez, the guy hustles and plays like he's having fun out there.

Christian Arroyo 3B- 1 for 5, 2B.  BA= .221.  Arroyo has his challenges at the plate, but he already seems to be showing a knack for getting the big hit.

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 4.57.  Shark has given up 19 ER in 3 Disaster Starts, and 12 ER in 43.1 IP in 6 other starts for a 2.48 ERA.

Derek Law RHP- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.53.  Osich faced 2 batters and got 1 out.  Law came in and shut things down for the next 5 batters.

Hunter Strickland RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's. ERA= 1.10.  2 huge innings for Strickland who is quietly having a great season.

Mark Melancon RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K, Save(8).  ERA= 2.84.  Well, it's not exactly how you would draw it up, but hey!  He had a 3 run lead to work with!

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The Win helped the Giants gain a game on the NL West leading Rockies. They now trail the leaders by 8 games.  They are 6 games behind the Dodgers for the 2'nd Wild Card playoff spot.

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Matt Cain goes for the sweeeeep agains another veteran RHP, Adam Wainwright.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Down on the Farm: 5/19/2017

AAA  Nashville Sounds blanked the Sacramento River Cats 6-0:

Kyle Crick RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.31.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels outscored the Harrisburg Senators 10-7:

Miguel Gomez 2B- 4 for 5, 2B, 3B.  BA= .338.
Chris Shaw LF- 3 for 5, HR(5).  BA= .306.
Brandon Bednar 1B- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .300.
Myles Schroder SS- 2 for 4, 2B, 3B.  BA= .500.
Cory Taylor RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.29.

Gomez just keeps hitting.  Shaw continues to hit for both power and average.  Schroder is back, probably in his super-utility role.

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High A  Modesto Nuts topped the San Jose Giants 9-4:

Gio Brusa LF- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(5).  BA= .220.
Matt Winn C- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .246.
Matt Krook LHP- 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 8.61.

Brusa is hitting .289 over his last 10 games.

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Low A Charleston River Dogs defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 5-3:

Melvin Adon RHP- 5.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.56.
Sandro Cabrera LHP- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.08.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Game Wrap 5/19/2017: Giants 6 Cardinals 5

The Giants offense woke up in the 7'th inning and stayed awake through the end  of the game as they came from behind twice to take an exciting win on the road.  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF= 2 for 5.   BA= .274.  Span is swinging a hot bat hitting .382 in his 7 games since coming off the DL.

Brandon Belt 1B- 3 for 4, BB.  BA= .243.  Belt got away from his 3-true outcomes tendencies in this game to score 3 singles.

Brandon Crawford SS- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .276.  Crawford had 1 of 2 XBH's for the Giants.

Eduardo Nunez LF- 2 for 4, 2B, Sac.  BA= .268.  OK, I was wrong.  I said that Nunez needed to go to the bench because he can't play LF.  After he hit just .250 in April Nunez is hitting .295 in May, and is 9 for 24(.375) over his last 6 games.  Oh, and Nunez drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a double off the CF wall in the top of the 9'th inning.

Christian Arroyo 3B- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .222.  Arroyo has been scuffling at the plate, but got it going tonight.

Matt Moore LHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.37.  Not a great line but a QS.  He gave the Giants a chance to win.

Steven Okert LHP- 0.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 6.00.  Okert has allowed 0 runs in 12 appearances and multiple runs in 3 appearances.  He's allowed 1 run in just 1 appearance.  This was not  entirely his fault as the 2 runners he put on base scored in Dexter Fowler's 3-run dinger off George Kontos, but if you are a reliever, you can't come into a game and put the first two batters you see on base.

Bryan Morris RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.66.  Morris seems to be a stabilizing influence on the bullpen.

Mark Melancon RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, Save(7).  ERA= 2.31.  Melancon put a runner on base but ended the game on a GIDP.

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With the Win, the Giants put some more distance between themselves and the last place Padres, but remain 9 games behind the NL West leading Rockies and 6.5 games out of the Wild Card race.

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Jeff Samardzija faces Carlos Martinez in the second game of the series tomorrow.

Scouting the Draft: BA's Mock Draft 3.0

BA has a new Mock Draft out with some interesting movement.  We'll review here with commentary then post Minor League Ball's new Mock just for comparison sake.

1.  Twins:  Kyle Wright, RHP, College(Vanderbilt).  Keith Law has insisted all along that Kyle Wright is likely to go 1-1.  That wasn't looking so good early in the season.  It's not that Wright was pitching badly.  He just wasn't having the results you would expect for a 1-1.  That has changed in his last 5 starts as he has put up a 1.14 ERA in 39.1 IP, with 7 BB's and 51 K's.  I've never been sold on Brendan McKay being what the Twins need and I don't think they can afford to take the risk on a HS pitcher, no matter how talented Hunter Greene is.  If I was the Twins GM, I would take Wright, who has a chance to be an ace starter and should be in the majors within 2 years, barring something unforeseen between now and the draft.

2. Reds:  Brendan McKay, LHP/1B, College(Louisville).  The Reds have long been rumored to want McKay at #2.  With Wright moving up to the Twins, they get their man.  McKay is an unusual talent in that he may have a better bat than arm, but I don't see him has having high first round talent in either role.  He'll most likely be a pitcher in the pros with a ceiling of #3 starter.

3.  Padres:  Hunter Greene, RHP/SS, HS.  Greene wants to go to the Padres, but do the Padres want him?  He may be the best athlete in the draft and could be a significant SS prospect, but the 100 MPH FB will keep him on the mound.  He has ace potential, but with the standard TINSTAAP warnings that come with hard throwing HS pitchers.

4.  Rays:  Royce Lewis, SS/OF, HS.  Lewis has oodles of athleticism but will he hit?  The Rays have suffered a huge talent drain from drafting players like him over the years.  North Carolina RHP JB Bakauskas would be a better pick here.

5.  Braves:  Shane Baz, RHP, HS.  Baz has taken on serious helium as the draft approaches.  The Braves love to draft HS pitching.  There is also talk of Trevor Rogers going to the Braves as well as HS OF Austin Beck.  I don't think they can go too wrong with any of those 3 names.

6.  A's:  Mackenzie Gore, LHP, HS.  Bakauskas has been going here in most mock drafts, but BA changes it up here.  I'm not sure why everybody seems to be in love with Gore who has good command of 4 pitches but whose FB is low 90's.  The A's should draft Bakauskas if he is still on the board.

7.  D'Backs:  Adam Haseley, OF, College(Virginia).  If you are an Andrew Benintendi fan, you should like Haseley too.  He would be a great pick for the D'Backs.

8.  Phillies:  Pavin Smith, 1B, College(Virginia).  Good hitter, but strictly a 1B.  Phillies have tended to draft toolsy HS players, but may now want the relative safety of Smith.

9.  Brewers:  Austin Beck, OF, HS.  Beck has caught serious helium this year and hit 3 bombs a couple of nights ago in his HS game.  Brewers like toolsy OF's, but I could see Beck going to the Rays at #4 or Braves at #5.  If he does would they role the dice on Jordan Adell?  Jeren Kendall would not be a bad bet here.

10.  Angels:  JB Bakauskas, RHP, College(North Carolina).  Great pick if he falls this far.  Has at least #2 SP potential and could be in the majors within 2 years.

11.  White Sox:  Alex Faedo, RHP, College(Florida).  Faedo has the physical tools to be an ace but has never been completely dominant in college.  I see him as more of an innings eater #3/4.

12.  Pirates:  Keston Hiura, 2B, College(UC Irvine).  Hiura has a bum elbow and may need TJ surgery.  He has great success at the plate with an unorthodox swing.  I would not take him this high.

13.  Marlins:  DL Hall, LHP, HS.  Top HS lefty.  A bit undersized but hits the upper 90's on the gun.

14.  Royals:  Trevor Rogers, LHP, HS.  Rogers seems to be moving up in recent mock drafts.  I love his physical projectability.

15.  Astros:  Jeren Kendall, OF, College(Vanderbilt).  Kendall's stock has taken a hit due to persistently high K rates.  That does not seem to fit the Astros rep as a very stats based organization.

16.  Yankees:  Bubba Thompson, OF, HS.  Another HS OF with serious helium.  Yanks can afford to take a risk here.  Thompson's ceiling is worth that risk.

17.  Mariners:  David Peterson, LHP, College(Oregon).  Pretty much everybody seems to think the Mariners will not pass on Peterson.  That's too bad because I want the Giants to draft him.

18.  Tigers:  Jake Burger, 3B, College(Missouri St.).  Great bat.  Bad body.  Won't cry if the Tigers take him 1 spot ahead of the Giants pick.

19.  Giants:  Clarke Schmidt, RHP, College(South Carolina).  Well, this is a buzzkill!  Not that Schmidt would be a terrible choice if healthy, but he went under the knife mid-season.  I suppose he could emerge next year better than ever, but not everybody makes a full recovery from TJ.  He'd be a better choice for a team with multiple supplemental picks.

20.  Mets:  Nick Pratto, 1B/LHP, HS.  Pratto has a sweet swing but is tied to 1B where he is underpowered.  He's a nice HS lefty pitcher but does not have pro-caliber velocity.  Classic tweener IMO.

21.  Orioles: Logan Warmoth, SS, College(North Carolina).  College SS with gap power who will likely move to 2B in the pros.  Giants pick, right?  I'd be happier with Schmidt.

22.  Blue Jays:  Evan White, 1B, College(Kentucky).  I have not profiled him yet.  Apparently a great college hitter, but first base.  I guess AL teams can better afford to draft those types.

23.  Dodgers:  Griffin Canning, RHP, College(UCLA).  Polished college pitcher.  Not a fan.  I'd be happy if the Dodgers took him.

24.  Red Sox:  Tanner Houck, RHP, College(Missouri).  Big, hard throwing RHP whose stats have not lived up to scouting reports.

25.  Nationals:  Seth Romero, LHP, College(Houston).  Talented but troubled lefty.  I would not draft him at all, but he's represented by Scott Boras who seems to have a special relationship with the Nationals.

26.  Rangers:  Sam Carlson, RHP, HS.  Classic size for a pitcher.  Has kind of a Matt Cain feel.  I'd prefer him over Schmidt for the Giants at #19.

27.  Cubs:  Blayne Enlow, RHP, HS.  There are several HS RHP's who all seem to come from the same cookie cutter.  Enlow is one of them.

28.  Blue Jays:  Alex Lange, RHP, College(LSU).  Throws hard with high effort.  Inconsistent results this year.  Seems like a reliever in the pros.

29.  Rangers:  Matt Sauer, RHP, HS.  Another HS RHP from the cookie cutter.  I'd be OK with any of these guys for the Giants at #19.

30.  Cubs:  Quentin Holmes, OF, HS.  Cubs can afford to take some chances. Holmes might be the fastest player in the draft.  Some questions about the bat.

31.  Rays: Stuart Fairchild, OF, College, Wake Forest.  I have not profiled him yet.

32.  Reds:  Jordan Adell, OF, HS.  Reds can afford to take a risk here.  IMO, Adell has the highest ceiling in the draft but is also the highest bust risk. It all comes down to the hit tool.  Gotta think some teams with multiple higher picks would be salivating for him.

33.  A's: Brian Miller, OF, College(North Carolina).  Solid college OF who can play CF and who the Giants are thought to be interested in.

34.  Brewers:  Corbin Martin, RHP, College(Texas A&M).  Hard throwing college pitcher who has been better since moving into A&M's rotation.

35.  Twins:  Nate Pearson, RHP, JC.  Very hard thrower.  Twins need to get away from drafting innings eating contact pitchers.  Wright at #1 and Pearson here would be a great place to get started on that.

36.  Marlins:  Heliot Ramos, OF, HS(Puerto Rico).  Toolsy OF who also looks like he can play.  Huge ceiling.  Great pick here.  I would not mind seeing him go to the Giants 17 picks earlier.

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OK, just for comparison sake and without comment, here is John Sickels' Mock from Minor League Ball:

1.  Twins- McKay
2.  Reds- Wright
3.  Padres- Greene
4.  Rays- Gore
5.  Braves- Beck
6.  A's- Haseley
7.  D'Backs- Lewis
8.  Phillies- Bakauskas
9.  Brewers- Kendall
10. Angels- Pavin Smith
11. White Sox- Adell
12.  Pirates- DL Hall
13.  Marlins- Faedo
14.  Royals- Rogers
15.  Astros- Romero
16.  Yankees- Pratto
17.  Mariners- Peterson
18.  Tigers- Houck
19.  Giants-Warmoth(another buzzkill).
20.  Mets- Carlson
21.  Orioles- Burger
22.  Blue Jays- Canning
23.  Dodgers- Hans Crouse, RHP, HS.
24.  Red Sox- Lange
25.  Nationals- Hiura
26.  Rangers- Ramos
27.  Cubs- Wil Crowe, RHP, College(South Carolina).
28.  Blue Jays- Brendon Little, LHP, JC.
29.  Rangers- Baz
30.  Cubs- Nate Pearson
31.  Rays- Drew Waters, OF, HS.
32.  Reds- Bubba Thompson
33.  A's- Evan White
34.  Brewers- Nick Allen, SS, HS.
35.  Twins- Daniel Tillo, LHP, JC.
36.  Marlins- Mark Vientos, SS, HS.

Down on the Farm: 5/18/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats vs Oklahoma City Dodgers Cancelled due to Inclement Weather.

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AA Richmond Flying Squirrels were idle.

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High A  San Jose Giants defeated the Visalia Rawhide 5-2:

Aaron Hill DH- 0 for 1, 2 BB, HBP.  BA= .250.
Bryan Reynolds CF- 3 for 4.  BA= .266.
Dillon Dobson 2B- 1 for 3, HR(6), SF.  BA= .286.
Matt Solter RHP- 7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.29.

Solter gets the promotion from Augusta and has a successful SJ Giants debut.  Reynolds has mashed batting RH but struggled from the left side of the plate.  He's hitting .286 for the month of May, but .250 over his last 10 games.

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets outscored the Charleston River Dogs 9-4:

Ashford Fulmer CF- 1 for 4, 2B, HBP.  BA= .250.
Kelvin Beltre 2B- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .270.
Manuel Geraldo 3B- 3 for 3, HBP, SB(5).  BA= .179.
Will Albertson C- 2 for 4.  BA= .204.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .203.
Garrett Williams LHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 8/1.  ERA= 0.00.
Jose Morel RHP- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.70.

Williams is a high ceiling guy who could move fast if he and the Giants have solved his command issues.  Geraldo is historically a slow starter who comes on strong late in the season.  We'll see if he an build on this game and gain some traction.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Down on the Farm: 5/17/2017

AAA  Oklahoma City Dodgers edged out the Sacramento River Cats 3-2:

Ryder Jones LF- 1 for 3, HR(3), BB.  BA= .295.
Carlos Moncrief RF- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .300.
Tyler Beede RHP- 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 11/2.  ERA= 3.30.

Jones continues to show versatility and power.  Will Tyler Beede be ready to move up if the Giants decide to trade Cueto midseason?

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AA  Akron Rubber Ducks defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 7-5:

CJ Hinojosa 2B- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .212.
Miguel Gomez DH- 2 for 4.  BA= .321.
Dylan Davis LF- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .203.

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High A  Visalia Rawhide whipped the San Jose Giants 6-4:

Jalen Miller SS- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .241.
Aaron Hill DH- 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .286.
Dillon Dobson 2B- 1 for 4, HR(5), BB.  BA= .284.
Heath Quinn RF- 1 for 3, HR(1), BB.  BA= .364.
Gio Brusa LF- 2 for 5.  BA= .210.
Yordy Cabrera RHP- 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.56.

Much as I hate to say it, we may see Christian Arroyo sent back down as soon as Aaron Hill is deemed ready to play at the MLB level.

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets were idle.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Game Wrap 5/17/2017: Dodgers 6 Giants 1

This will be short.  This game was not as close as the final score would lead you to believe.  Eduardo Nunez hit a HR in the 9'th inning to account for the Giants offense.  Clayton Kershaw was at the top of his game.  Johhny Cueto was not.  This game was over before it got out of the top of the first inning when the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead that might as well have been 12-0.

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The Rockies were rained out in Minnesota so the Loss left the Giants 9 games behind the NL West leaders.

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The Giants get a travel day and start a weekend series in St Louis Friday night with Matt Moore facing Michael Wacha.

Scouting the 2017 Draft: Luke Heimlich and Zac Lowther

Luke Heimlich, LHP, College(Oregon St).  6'0", 190 lbs.

2017:  8-1, 0.76, 94.1 IP, 20 BB, 106 K.
2016:  7-4, 3.53, 86.2 IP, 25 BB, 63 K.

A terrific junior season has propelled Heimlich into late first round consideration in some draft rankings.  He's a pitchability guy with a FB that sits 89-91 but has reached 93 on occasion this season.  He commends a 3 pitch mix well.  I see him as more of a 2'nd or 3'rd round talent.

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Zac Lowther, LHP, College(Xavier).  6'2", 235 lbs.

2017:  3-4, 3.38, 64 IP, 28 BB, 99 K's.

Lowther is a big, burly lefty who made a name for himself in the 2016 Cape Cod League where he led the league in K's.  Command/control issues have held him back from being dominant in college ball.  He throws hard with a FB that goes 92-93 MPH.  His size, left-handedness and CCL pedigree makes him a classic Giants pick and they historically don't mind drafting guys with command issues.  If he is still on the board when the Giants make their second pick at #58, I'll call it for Lowther right now.

Down on the Farm: 5/16/2017

AAA  Oklahoma City Dodgers beat the Sacramento River Cats 5-2:

Austin Slater LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .312.
Dusten Knight RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.69.

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AA Akron Rubber Ducks downed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-1:

Dylan Davis DH- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .185.
Sam Coonrod RHP- 5.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 5.19.

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High A  Visalia Rawhide whipped the San Jose Giants 5-1:

Heath Quinn RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .375.
Conner Menez LHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.62.

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Low A  Lexington Legends defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 6-4:

Skyler Ewing C- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .220.
FDLR DH- 1 for 5, HR(4).  BA= .241.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 3 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .217.

Game Wrap 5/16/2017: Giants 2 Dodgers 1

Ty Blach continued his mastery of the Dodgers lineup with a 7-inning QS and Brandon Belt carried the offense to just enough runs in support.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt 1B- 2 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .229.  Belt homered to leadoff the 4'th inning for the Giants first run on a disputed call.  The Dodgers claimed fan interference but the HR call was upheld on review.  He singled to open the 6'th inning on an IF hit.  He took 2B on a WP.  With no outs, Buster Posey gave himself up with a grounder to the right side to advance Belt to 3B.  He scored on Crawford's bloop hit.  After the game, Dave Roberts was left talking about how great the Giants situational hitting is.

Christian Arroyo 2B- 1 for 4.  BA= .220.  Arroyo moved over to 2B with Panik sitting against LHP Rich Hill.  He made a key play as the Dodgers had runners at 2'nd and 3'rd with 1 out in the 4'th inning.  Austin Barnes hit a chopper to Arroyo who fielded it at medium depth.  Justin Turner hesitated for an instant at 3B then came home.  Arroyo threw a seed to Buster who made the swipe tag for the out and Blach escaped the inning without allowing a run.

Ty Blach LHP- 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 8/4.  ERA= 4.15.  Dominating the Dodgers is one way to endear yourself to Giants management and Blach has done that.  He now sports an ERA of 1.17 in 4 career starts against the Bad Guys.  He's actually been good against almost everybody.  Take out the one Disaster start in Cincinnati  and his season ERA would be 2.07.  His K/BB would suggest his success is not sustainable, but that's how he rolled in the minors too.  He seems to be a guy capable of constantly inducing weak contact.

This was the Giants 6'th QS in a row with Blach bookending that string, at least for now.

Derek Law RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(3).  ERA= 2.15.  Law is the Closer, at least until Melancon gets back from the DL, which should be soon.  Melancon's return will give the Giants a Closer quality setup man in Law.

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With their 5'th Win in a row, the Giants remain in 4'th place in the NL West, 8.5 games behind the first place Rockies to topped the Twins 7-3.  They gained a game on the Dodgers second Wild Card spot and now trail them by 5.5 games.

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Johnny Cueto tries for the sweeeeep against Dodgers ace, Clayton Kershaw in an afternoon game today.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Down on the Farm: 5/15/2017

AAA  Oklahoma City Dodgers defeated the Sacramento River Cats 6-4:

Kyle Blanks PH- 1 for 1, HR(3).  BA= .239.
Wilmer Font RHP(Dodgers)- 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 15 K's.  ERA= 4.29.

Blanks PH HR was a 3-run dinger in the 9'th inning.  Font made national headlines with his 15 K effort.

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AA Richmond Flying Squirrels topped the Akron Rubber Ducks 3-1:

Slade Heathcott CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .314.
Andrew Suarez LHP- 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.12.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(3).  ERA= 2.03.

Reyes Maronta pitched the 9'th so it looks like Cyr is the Closer for the Squirrels.

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High A  Inland Empire 66'ers edged out the San Jose Giants 5-4:

Daniel Carbonell DH- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .269.
Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 4, SF.  BA= .310.
Bryan Reynolds CF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .258.
Dillon Dobson 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .284.
Heath Quinn RF- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .250.
Gio Brusa LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .200.

Heath Quinn makes his long-awaited 2017 season debut with an RBI double.

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets smothered the Lexington Legends 2-1:

Dominic Mazza LHP- 7 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.95.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(3).  ERA= 1.98.

Game Wrap 5/15/2017: Giants 8 Dodgers 4

The Giants jumped on Dodgers SP, Brandon McCarthy, for 4 runs in the 4'th inning to back a QS by Matt Cain and cruised to a win despite a near meltdown by the bullpen in the 9'th inning.  Key Lines:

Buster Posey C- 2 for 4, HR(7).  BA= .375.  Buster's power surge continues.  He is up to a 1.7 fWAR which ties him for 10'th in MLB and 6'th in the NL.

Brandon Crawford SS- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .253.  Crawford's double in the 4'th inning after singles by Brandon Belt and Buster Posey set up the big inning.  Nunez followed with a single to drive in 2 more runs and the Giants kept adding on from there.

Eduardo Nunez LF- 2 for 4, 2B, SB(10).  BA= .261.  Nunez drove in 2 key runs with a single in the 4'th inning, took 2B on the throw home.  He then stole 3B to set up a SF by Arroyo which made the score 5-1.

Christian Arroyo 3B- 0 for 2, BB, SF, SB(1).  Arroyo drove in the 5'th Giants run with a SF in the 4-run 4'th inning and later drew a 2-out walk, stole 2B and came home on Mac's single in the 6'th to make it 6-1.

Mac Williamson RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .500.  Finally!  Mac has a successful 2017 season debut.  Batting in the 8-hole, Mac made his hits count, scoring the Giants first run and driving in an add-on run in the 6'th with a 2-out hit.

Matt Cain RHP- 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.04.  The Giants have now gotten QS's from a complete turn of the rotation starting with Ty Blach on 5/11.

Josh Osich LHP- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 4.05.  Osich pitched a scoreless 8'th inning, but ran into trouble in the 9'th.  Cory Gearrin poured gasoline on the fire and Derek Law had to get the final 2 outs, but only after he WP'd in a run.

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The Win got the Giants 0.5 games closer to the top of the NL West and they now trail the division leading Rockies, who were idle, by 8.5 games.  The Giants are 6 games behind the 3'rd place D'Backs and 6 games out in the Wild Card race.

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Ty Blach tries to extend the Giants win streak to 5 games and their QS streak to 6 tonight facing Dodgers LHP Rich Hill.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Down on the Farm: 5/14/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Colorado Springs Skysox 4-2:

Jae-Gyun Hwang 3B- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .305.
Mac Willliamson RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .274.
Kyle Blanks 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .227.
Michael Roth LHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.54.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 146.
Matt Reynolds LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.13.
Kyle Crick RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, Save(3).  ERA= 3.52.

Hwang seems to have found his longball in Colorado Springs.  Let's see if he can take it with him.  Cricky seems to be settling into the closer role for Sacramento.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels topped the Bowie Baysox 4-1:

Slade Heathcott CF- 2 for 5, SB(4).  BA= .307.
CJ Hinojosa SS- 1 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .227.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .328.
Hunter Cole RF- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .225.
Brandon Bednar 1B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .306.
Ali Castillo 3B-  3 for 4.  BA= .275.
Jordan Johnson RHP- 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.62.
DJ Snelton LHP- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.50.
Carlos Alvarado RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(1).  ERA= 1.17.

Squirrels had 16 hits in this game with 4 doubles and only scored 4 runs.  Gomez has 5 of his 8 doubles over his last 9 games in which he is hitting .371(13 for 35).  Jordan Johnson has allowed 2 ER in 12.2 IP over his last 2 starts.

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High A  Inland Empire 66'ers beat the San Jose Giants 5-2:

Bryan Reynolds CF- 2 for 4, 2B, 3B.  BA= 252.
David Owen RHP- 4.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's  ERA= 5.16.

Reynolds breaks an 0 for 17 skid with a couple of XBH's.

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Low A  Lexington Legends trampled the Augusta Greenjackets 7-1:

Skyler Ewing C- 2 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .185.
Stephen Woods RHP- 6.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 2.51.

Fine start by Woods marred by 4 GJ's errors.  He's allowed 2 ER over 11.1 IP, with 15 K's and 4 BB's. He's got 33 K's in 32.1 IP on the season.

Game Wrap 5/14/2017: Giants 8 Reds 3

The Giants offense scored early and often to back a QS from Jeff Samardzija.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik 2B- 2 for 4, 2B, SF.  BA= .278.

Brandon Belt 1B- 1 for 4, HR(7), BB.  BA= .221.  Don't think Belt is becoming a 3-true outcomes hitter?  48% of his PA's have resulted in either a walk, K or HR.  Remember Adam Dunn?  He was the quintessential 3-true outcomes guy and he averaged 50% over the course of his career.

Buster Posey C- 2 for 2, BB, HBP.  BA= .370.  For comparison, Buster's W+K+HR is 25% of his PA's.  Not a 3-true outcomes player.

Brandon Crawford SS- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .250.  Crawford has scuffled a bit at the plate since coming off the DL. Hopefully he's getting his timing back.

Eduardo Nunez LF- 2 for 4, 2 SB(9).  BA= .254.  Good game here, but Nunez needs to head to the bench as soon as the Giants get a real LF.

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 6.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 5.26.  Once again, Shark's K/BB looks much more dominant than the rest of his line.  Giants pitchers have a 2.31 ERA over their past 8 games starting with Sunday, May 7 against the Reds.

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With the Win, the Giants remain 9 games behind the Rockies in the NL West, but climb out of last place as the Padres slip to 10 games off the pace.

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The Dodgers come to town for a 3 game series with Matt Cain facing off against Brandon McCarthy in Game 1 tomorrow evening.

Down on the Farm: 5/13/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats pounded the Colorado Springs Skysox 11-2:

Jae-Gyun Hwang 3B- 3 for 6, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .298.
Austin Slater CF- 4 for 4, 2B, HR(2), BB, HBP.  BA= .310.
Mac Williamson LF- 2 for 5, 2B, BB.  BA= .261.
Carlos Moncrief RF- 2 for 5, 2B, SB(3).  BA= .294.
Joan Gregorio RHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.04.
Roberto Gomez RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 7.88.

Hard to believe this was Hwang's first dinger of the season.  Mac is hitting .310 over his last 10 games. Slater is hitting .368 in May.  Gregorio has been effectively wild.  Will need to tone down the BB's to make it to the next level.

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AA(Game 1)  Bowie Baysox edged out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 2-1(7 innings):

Cory Taylor RHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 6/1.  ERA= 4.55.

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AA(Game 2)  Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Bowie Baysox 4-1(8 innings):

Slade Heathcott CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .303.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .325.
Tyler Horan RF- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .245.
Jeff Arnold C- 1 for 3, HR(1).  BA= .108.
Matt Gage LHP- 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.48.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.19.

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High A Inland Empire 66'ers topped the San Jose Giants 3-2:

Matt Winn C- 3 for 3.  BA= .318.
Matt Krook LHP- 4.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 10.19.
Conner Kaden RHP- 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.15.
Dylan Rheault RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.76.

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Low A Lexington Legends nosed out the Augusta Greenjackets 3-2:

Ashford Fulmer CF- 0 for 2, BB, 2 HBP.  BA= .250.
Caleb Baragar LHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.64.
Garrett Williams LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

I believe this was Williams' first appearance of the season.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Game Wrap 7/13/2017: Giants 3 Reds 1

The Giants gots a Quality Start and then some out of Matt Moore while Brandon Belt and Justin Ruggiano supplied just enough power for their second consecutive Win, the first back-to-back wins for the Giants since April 9-10.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt LF/1B- 1 for 3, HR(6), BB.  BA= .220.  Belt's dinger in the first inning was a Splash Hit, the 6'th of his Giants career.   Barry Bonds had 35 and Pablo Sandoval 7.  Belt seems to be morphing into a classic 3-true outcomes hitter. As most of his recent PA's have resulted in BB's, K's or HR's.

Justin Ruggiano RF- 1 for 3, HR(1).  BA= .294.  Ruggy might be working his way into more playing time

Kelby Tomlinson 3B= 1 for 3, SB(2).  BA= .261.  Tomlinson started at 3B after Christian Arroyo took a Jeff Samardzija to the face in the scrum after the extra-inning walk-off win Friday night…er, Saturday morning.  Arroyo PH in this game, so he's apparently not seriously hurt

Matt Moore LHP- 7.1 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 5.67.  Moore notched his first win since 4/10/2017 and went deep into the game after the 17 inning marathon Friday night.

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The Win drew the Giants into a 4'th place tie with the Padres in the NL West trailing the Rockies by 9 games.

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Jeff Samardzija tries for his first Win of the season and a series Win at the same time tomorrow facing RHP Tim Adleman.

Down on the Farm: 5/12/2017

AAA  Colorado Springs Skysox defeated the Sacramento River Cats 4-1:

Mac Williamson LF- 2 for 4, 2 2B. BA= .250.
Tyler Beede RHP- 4.2 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 7/0.  ERA= 3.68.
Dusten Knight RHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.45.
Kyle Crick RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.77.

Cherry picking stats- Mac his hitting .297 over his last 9 games.  Beede appears to have been on the wrong end of some bad BABIP luck in this one.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels vs Bowie Baysox postponed due to rain.

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High A  Inland Empire 66'ers topped the San Jose Giants 5-4:

Jalen Miller SS-  1 for 4, HR(3), BB.  BA= .250.
Aramis Garcia- 2 for 5.  BA= .307.
Gio Brusa LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .194.
Daniel Carbonell RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .260.
Yordy Cabrera RHP- 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K. ERA= 5.16.
Caleb Simpson RHP- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 6.14.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets vs Kannapolis Intimidators cancelled due to power outage.

Game Wrap 5/12/2017: Giants 3 Reds 2

The Giants bullpen won a war of attrition when Buster Posey hit a walk off HR in the bottom of the 17'th inning to break a 2-2 tie that had stood since the 5'th inning.  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF- 3 for 7, HR(2).  BA= .274.  A healthy and rested Denard Span is still a pretty good player.  He is 7 for 12 with a double and 2 HR's since his return from the DL.

Buster Posey C- 2 for 7, HR(6).  BA= .358.  Buster hits his 5'th dinger of the month and 4'th in 5 games.  The only game he did not homer in was a PH appearance 5/10.

Johnny Cueto RHP- 8 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.15.  This was Cueto's 6'th QS in 8 starts and 4'th in a row.  In his 6 QS's his ERA is 2.14.

Bullpen- 9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 7 K's.  I don't think anyone would have blamed the bullpen if the Giants had lost this one. You can't pitch shutout ball forever, or maybe you can.  Kontos(1.2), Bryan Morris(3.0) and Cory Gearrin(2.0) deserve special mention for pitching multiple innings.

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Despite the Win, the Giants remain in last place in the NL West, 10 games behind the Rockies.

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Matt Moore tries to put the Giants in position to win the 4 game series facing RHP Lisalverto Bonilla in a day game.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Down on the Farm: 5/11/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats clobbered the Colorado Springs Skysox 17-7:

Orlando Calixte 2B- 5 for 6, 2B, 2 HR(6).  BA= .282.
Austin Slater RF- 3 for 6, 2 2B.  BA= .283.
Chris Marrero 1B- 2 for 5, HR(2), BB.  BA= .233.
Mac Williamson LF- 1 for 5, 2B, BB.  BA= .233.
Tim Fedorowicz C-  3 for 5, 2B, BB.  BA= .400.
Juniel Querecuto SS- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .429.

Wind was blowing out to RF at 17 MPH.

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AA  Bowie Baysox defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-3:

Hunter Cole RF- 1 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .214.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .328.
Ali Castillo 3B- 2 for 2, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .195.
Matt Lujan LHP- 6 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.93.
Jose Flores RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.72.

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High A  San Jose Giants edged out the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 3-2:

Jalen Miller DH- 2 for 4.  BA= .250.
Daniel Carbonell RF- 1 for 3, HR(4).  BA= .250.
Johneshwy Fargas CF- 1 for 2, HR(2), BB.  BA= .204.
Michael Connolly RHP- 8 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.78.
Ryan Halstead RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(6).  ERA= 0.50.

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Low A  Kannapolis Intimidators topped the Augusta Greenjackets 4-3:

Sandro Fabian RF- 1 for 4, SB(2).  BA= .261.
Skyler Ewing C- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .160.
Jacob Heyward LF- 1 for 3, HR(4), BB.  BA= .216.
Matt Solter RHP- 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.  BA= 3.98.
Sandro Cabrera LHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.86.

Game Wrap 5/11/2017: Reds 3 Giants 2

We've reached a point in the season where a close game is a moral victory.  The Giants got a QS from Ty Blach and solo HR's from Brandon Belt and Denard Span, but the rest of the offense continued to sputter and the bullpen failed to hold off the Reds in another Loss.  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF- 4 for 5, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .255.  Span returns from the DL with a big game.

Brandon Belt 1B- 1 for 4, HR(5), BB.  BA= .221.  Belt's dinger gave the Giants an early lead and broke an 0 for 18 skid since May 4.  Belt had 3 walks over that time.

Ty Blach LHP- 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K, GO/AO= 11/4.  ERA= 4.88.  Nice recovery from a Disaster start in Cincinnati.

Hunter Strickland RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.50. Although his overall ERA is excellent, Strick has given up 6 hits and 3 BB's in 2.1 IP in 3 appearances in May.

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The Loss dropped the Giants record to 12-24, 11 games behind the NL West leading Rockies.

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Johnny Cueto faces Scott "Cy" Feldman in Game 2 of the 4 game series tonight.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Down on the Farm: 5/10/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats were idle.

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AA  Altoona Curve wiped out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 10-3:

Slade Heathcott CF- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .294.
Chris Shaw LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .323.

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High A  Rancho Cucamonga Quakes destroyed the San Jose Giants 8-2:

Denard Span CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .333.
Ryan Howard 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .315.
Carlos Diaz LHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.86.

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Low A  Kannapolis Intimidators edged out the Augusta Greenjackets 2-1 in 10 innings:

Shawon Dunston, Jr.- 2 for 3, 2 2B.  BA= .500.
DJ Myers RHP- 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 11/3.  ERA= 3.34.

Game Wrap 5/10/2017: Giants 6 Mets 5

Christian Arroyo broke open a 3-3 tie with a bases loaded double in the 9'th inning and the Giants hung on for the win.  Key Lines:

Buster Posey 1B/C- 2 for 4, HR(5), BB.  BA= .367.  Buster hits his 3'rd dinger in 3 games.  At this point, it looks like he could be headed for this best season yet.  He is currently tied for 8'th in fWAR in the NL at 1.6.

Christian Arroyo SS- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .242.  Arroyo's reputation as a clutch performer continues to grow with his game-winning hit today.  With Crawford coming back, Arroyo will move over to 3B and has to be the full time starter there.  If the Giants do not get anything more out of this season than 500 MLB PA's for Arroyo, it will not be a lost season.

Justin Ruggiano LF/CF- 2 for 4, SF.  BA= .250.  OK, here's the deal.  Ruggiano may not be the greatest hitter in the world, but neither is Eduardo Nunez.  Ruggiano can field the LF position and Nunez cannot.  Since the IF is covered by Panik, Crawford and Arroyo, Nunez has to go to the bench.  Now, if the Giants could get Mac up and get him at least 450 PA on the season to go with Arroyo's 500, it would be a double positive from a down season.

Matt Cain RHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.54.  Not a great start, but a whole lot better than his last one and something to build on.  He won't be facing the Reds again.

Derek Law RHP- 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(2).  ERA= 3.38.  Whew!  Fortunately Law was handed a 3-run lead and made it stand up....barely.  Do you trust him with a 1-run lead?  Do the Giants have any choice?

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With the Win, the Giants remained in last place 10 games behind the Rockies who topped the Cubs 3-0.

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The Giants will fly home with a sense of relief.  They get a 4 game shot at their tormentors from Cincinnati with Ty Blach getting the first chance at revenge facing long time Giants tormentor, Bronson Arroyo.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Down on the Farm: 5/9/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats edged out the Reno Aces 4-3:

Juniel Querecuto SS- 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .333.
Mac Williamson LF- 1 for 3, HR(3), 2 BB.  BA= .236.
Chris Stratton RHP- 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.12.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, GO/AO= 5/1.  ERA= 1.66.
Kyle Crick RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.05.
Dusten Knight RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.00.

Mac's second dinger in 2 days.  After watching Eduardo Nunez misplay a ball into a triple yesterday, you have to believe Mac could get called up anytime.  Gotta think we'll see Cricky in SF sometime this year and Dusten Knight my be a darkhorse for a MLB callup.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels outscored the Altoona Curve 14-6:

Slade Heathcott CF- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(4).  BA= .290.
Brandon Crawford SS- 3 for 5.  BA= .500.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .333.
Brandon Bednar 1B- 3 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .309.
Chris Shaw LF- 1 for 3, BB, SF.  BA= .315.
Andrew Suarez LHP- 6 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.48.
DJ Snelton LHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 0.54.

Crawford played a second rehab game.  He seems ready to go.  Could we see Heathcott in SF before the season is over? 

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets were idle.

Game Wrap 5/9/2017: Mets 6 Giants 1

The Giants started the evening by announcing that Closer Mark Melancon was being placed on the 10-day DL with a pronator muscle strain.  They finished it on the wrong end of another lopsided loss.  Key Lines:

Buster Posey C- 1 for 4, HR, BB.  BA= .362.  Second HR in as many games for Buster.  If the power maintains, he may be on the way to a MVP caliber campaign despite the Giants abysmal record.

Christian Arroyo SS- 0 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .228.  Arroyo's learning curve continues with 2 BB's.

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 7 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 0 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 5.44.  Take out the first inning in which he got torched, Samardzija had a dominant start.  The problem with Shark is that scenario happens way too often.

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The Giants 5'th consecutive loss dropped them 10 games behind the Rockies in the NL West. When you look at the Wild Card situation it is not much better as they trail by 7.5 games.

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Matt Cain will try to bounce back from his disastrous start in Cincinnati and break the Giants 5 game losing streak.

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The Giants did not fill Melancon's roster spot today.  Chris Haft says they will make a move to fill it tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Down on the Farm: 5/8/2017

AAA  Reno Aces outscored the Sacramento River Cats 7-6:

Jae-Gyun Hwang 3B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .306.
Ryder Jones LF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .312.
Mac Williamson RF/LF- 2 for 4, HR(2), BB.  BA= .231.
Tim Fedorowicz C- 3 for 4, BB.  BA= .378.
Michael Roth LHP- 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.88.
Dusten Knight RHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.57.

Hopefully Mac can build off this game and gain some traction toward a return to the majors.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels topped the Altoona Curve 3-1:

Slade Heathcott CF- 2 for 4, 2 SB(3).  BA= .274.
Brandon Crawford SS- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .333.
Chris Shaw 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .315.
Jordan Johnson RHP- 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.93.
Reyes Maronta RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, Save(5).  ERA= 3.18.

I think the plan is for Crawford to play in just this one rehab game and be activated for tonight's MLB game in New York.

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High A  San Jose Giants were idle.

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Low A Greenville Drive defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 4-3:

Ashford Fulmer CF- 0 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .273.
Frandy De La Rosa 1B- 2 for 4.  BA= .254.
Dominic Mazza LHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 5.73.
Cesar Yanez RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 8.00.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Game Wrap 5/8/2017: Mets 4 Giants 3

The Giants had an early lead in this game, but could not hold it and the Mets bullpen outpitched the the Giants bullpen. Key Lines:

Hunter Pence RF- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .254.  Pence got the Giants on the board in the first inning as he followed a walk by Brandon Belt with a 2-run dinger.  Pence will have to provide some power if the Giants have any hope of breaking out of their funk.

Buster Posey C- 2 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .363.  You can't blame Buster Posey for the Giants skid with that BA, but a few more dingers would be welcome.

Christian Arroyo SS- 0 for 4, 4 K's.  ERA= .236.  Jake DeGrom had double digit K's.  Arroyo will have his struggles against pitchers like that.

Matt Moore LHP- 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  Moore was shaky in the first inning and threw a ton of pitches, but worked his way out of the jam and then settled down and pitched a decent game falling 2 outs short of a QS.

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The Rockies were rained out, so the Giants lose 0.5 games and are 9.5 games out of first place in the NL West cellar.

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Jeff Samardzija tries to stop the losing streak tomorrow evening with former Giants farmhand Zach Wheeler on the mound for the Mets.

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For the second time this season, a promising young pitcher was diagnosed with testicular cancer, this time Jameson Taillon of the Pirates who underwent surgery today.  Best wishes to Taillon for a full recovery.  Once again, testicular cancer is relatively rare, but it is the most common type of cancer found in young men, so heads up guys!  Be aware of what's going on down there and don't be in denial!  If something doesn't seem, go ask a doctor about it and don't apologize if everything checks out OK.  Just be happy for it.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Down on the Farm: 5/7/2017

AAA  Reno Aces edged out the Sacramento River Cats 6-5:

Orlando Calixte SS- 1 for 4, 2B, SB(8).  BA= .257.
Ryder Jones LF- 2 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .301.
Tim Fedorowicz C- 2 for 3, HR(1), BB.  BA= .341.
Joan Gregorio RHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 3 K.  ERA= 1.87.

Note that Ryder Jones started in LF.  Mac played RF and gunned down a runner at home plate.  Gregorio has a dominant ERA but needs to hone his control and command to succeed at the next level.

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AA  Bowie Baysox defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 8-4:

Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .323.
Dylan Davis LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .162.

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High A San Jose Giants sank the Stockton Ports 5-0:

Daniel Carbonell LF- 3 for 5, 2 HR(3), SB(2).  BA= .262.
Mark Reyes LHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.70.
Caleb Simpson RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 7.30.
Ryan Halstead RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's, Save(5).  ERA= 0.56.

Carbonell showing significant improvement as a player, but is it too little, too late?  Simpson has 26 K's in 12.1 IP, but has also walked 16.  11 of those walks have come in 3 of his 10 appearances covering 2.2 IP.  Halstead entered the game in the 8'th with a 1 run lead which nets him the 2-inning Save even though the final margin was 5 runs.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets outslugged the Greenville Drive 7-6:

Ashford Fulmer CF- 2 for 4, HR(1), BB, SB(4).  BA= .281.
Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .280.
Kelvin Beltre 2B- 2 for 5, HR(4).  BA= .283.
Frandy De La Rosa DH- 1 for 5, HR(3).  BA= .237.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 1 for 3, HR(1), BB.  BA= .170.
Manuel Geraldo SS- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .155.
Stephen Woods RHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 2.77.

Greenjackets hit a total of 5 dingers which must be some sort of record for them.

Game Wrap 4/7/2017: Reds 4 Giants 0

If  you knew that Johnny Cueto struck out 10 batters and walked just 1 in 7 IP with Scott Feldman the opposing starter, you would say he almost certainly won the game, right?  That would be in any other season.  In this season, Feldman pitches a CG 4-hit shutout while Cueto give up 2 dingers and 2 unearned runs and the Giants lose 4-0.  The loss completes a humiliating series sweep at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds and leaves the Giants in complete disarray as a team.  Key Lines: 

Christian Arroyo SS- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .255.  Arroyo's bat has been a source of extra-base power in a power-starved lineup, but his throwing error allowed leadoff hitter Billy Hamilton to reach base which led to 2 unearned runs and the Giants starting yet another game in a hole.

Johnny Cueto RHP- 7 iP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K's.  ERA= 4.50.  The Giants are down to 1 pitcher they can count on to pitch a great game, and even that was not enough today.  Now they have to wait 4 games for his turn to come around again.

Scott Feldman RHP- 9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.76.  Feldman, like many other MLB pitchers can pitch a good game....once in awhile.  It's just that all of those once-in-awhiles seem to come against the Giants, which raises the question, did he pitch a great game or did the Giants lineup lie down and die for him?

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The Loss dropped the Giants farther into last place in the NL West, 9 games behind the division leading Rockies.

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The Giants now proceed to New York to take on a team that seems to be just as out of sync, the Mets with Matt Moore trying to rebound from his disastrous start against the Dodgers facing the Mets ace, Jake DeGrom.

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In this series, the Giants were simply not competitive in any facet of the game.  That's what makes their situation so dire.  It isn't just this series, either.  Yes, they somehow managed to take 2 of 3 from the Dodgers in LA, but there have been way too many games this season where they just did not compete.  Yes, they need a better LF situation and a better CF situation and they got a terrible break with Bumgarner's misadventure, but it's not at all clear that they would be a contending team with everybody healthy.  Right now, this is not a team that can be fixed with 1 or even 2  acquisitions.  The Giants need to get a lot more competitive with the players they have before giving any consideration to bolstering the roster with mid-season trades.

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To add insult to injury, the Giants team bus broke down on the way to the airport out of Cincinnati.

Down on the Farm: 5/6/2017

AAA  Sacramento edged out the Reno Aces 3-2:

Jae-Gyun Hwang 3B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .314.
Tyler Beede RHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.38.
Kyle Crick RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, Save(2).  ERA= 4.76.

Hwang has a 7 game hit streak with 5 2-hit games in that span.  He is hitting .341 over his last 10 games.  He's playing mostly 3B, but Arroyo seems to be the Giants 3B of the future.  Beede continues to pitch well, but not quite as dominant as you would like to see from a future ace.  The River Cats apparently trust Cricky enough to put him in a 1-run Save situation.  He delivered.

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AA  Bowie Baysox blanked the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-0:

Chris Shaw LF- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .306.

Shaw is a bright spot in AA.

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High A Stockton Ports smashed the San Jose Giants 13-2:

Aramis Garcia 1B- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .350.

Garcia is leading the Giants minor leaguers in dingers.

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Greenville Drive outlasted the Augusta Greenjackets 3-2 in 12 innings:

Ashford Fulmer CF- 1 for 4, 2 BB.  BA= .267.
Frandy De La Rosa 1B- 1 for 4, HR(2), BB.  BA= .241.
Jacob Heyward LF- 3 for 5, HR(3).  BA= .205.
Caleb Baragar LHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 2.81.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.02.

Heyward's bat seems to be coming to life.  This was Baragar's longest start as a pro with the most K's.  he had 8 K's in 5 IP, in one start for the Arizona Giants last year.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Game Wrap 5/6/2017: Reds 14 Giants 2

The Reds routed the Giants for the second consecutive game.  Key Lines:

Christian Arroyo 3B- 1 for 2, BB.  BA= .250.  Arroyo continues to be a bright spot.  Young enough to be part of a future core, but advanced enough to be an addition to the current one?

Eduardo Nunez SS- 2 for 3, 2B, SF.  BA= .270.  I am not convinced that Nunez has no trade value.  He won't bring back a top prospect, but he would bring back more than a scrub.

Ty Blach LHP- 3 IP, 11 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 5.66.  After last night's 12 walk game, was Blach so intent on avoiding them that he made himself too hittable?

Bryan Morris RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 15.00.  Morris may have earned at least another appearance as he made quick work of the Reds in his 1 inning of work after a disastrous first appearance.

Josh Osich LHP- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  Another bright spot?  Problem is the other bullpen lefty, Okert, who has been sensational had a rough outing just prior to Osich's appearance.

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With the Loss, the Giants remained in last place in the NL West and dropped 8 games off the pace.

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Johnny Cueto tries to salvage a game out of the series tomorrow facing Scott Feldman.

Scouting the 2017 Draft: Brent Rooker and Joe Perez

Brent Rooker, 1B/OF, College(Mississippi St.).  B-R, T-R.  6'4", 220 lbs

2017:  .413/.511/.905, 25 2B, 3 3B, 19 HR, 17 SB, 31 BB, 37 K, 179 AB.
2016:  .324/.376/.578, 15 2B, 2 3B, 11 HR, 2 SB, 16 BB, 48 K, 204 AB.

2015(New England Collegiate):  .360/.413/.609, 10 2B, 10 HR, 12 SB, 15 BB, 33 K, 164 AB.
2016(Cape Cod League):  .305/.338/.426, 8 2B, 3 HR, 4 SB, 5 BB, 37 K, 141 AB.

Rooker is one of the more intriguing and polarizing draft prospects for 2017.  He's a redshirt junior at Mississippi St who has destroyed college pitching in a very down year for college hitters.  He's playing 1B this season but has enough speed and arm to play OF, most likely LF as a pro.  He could be another Bryce Brentz, but Brentz played against much weaker competition than Rooker, whose school plays in the SEC, maybe college baseball's strongest conference.  He also has wood bat pedigree. Scouts do wonder if he will make enough contact at the highest levels of pro ball, but he checks all of the statistical boxes.  He is currently projected to be a late first through 2'nd round pick.  Much as I believe the Giants biggest organizational need is pitching, the power outage at the MLB level of the organization is so bad I would not be unhappy to see them take a shot with Rooker at #19.  I doubt this will happen as the Giants have ALWAYS drafted either pitching or up-the-middle talent in round 1.

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Joe Perez, OF, HS.  B-R, T-R.  6'4", 200 lbs.

I don't have much on Perez except he seems to have light-tower power.  There is a video of him on BA purporting to show him hit a ball that literally disappears into a cloud.  I can't tell if that actually happened, but it makes a great story.  His PG swing metrics are not impressive.  He might be a nice risk in round 3, but probably needs to go to college.

Down on the Farm: 5/5/2017

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies defeated the Sacramento River Cats 5-1:

Kyle Crick RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.23.

Cricky had 1 bad outing that blew up his ERA, but he's got a 13/4 K/BB in 10.1 IP in 8 Appearances.  He's pitched 3 innings of shutout ball in 2 Appearances since the 1 bad one.

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AA  Game 1  Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Bowie Baysox 7-2(7 innings):

Slade Heathcott CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .276.
Chris Shaw 1B- 2 for 2, HR(4), BB.  BA= .284.
Tyler Horan LF- 2 for 3, 2B, 3B.  BA= .219.
Sam Coonrod RHP- 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.24.
Christian Jones LHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.38.

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AA  Game 2  Bowie Baysox crushed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 12-2(7 innings):

Carlos Garcia CF- 3 for 4, SB(4).  BA= .266.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .313.

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High A  San Jose Giants sank the Stockton Ports 8-5:

Jalen Miller DH- 1 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .245.
Bryan Reynolds CF- 2 for 3, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .284.
Aramis Garcia 1B- 3 for 5, 2 2B, HR(5).  BA= .357.
Dillon Dobson 2B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .329.
Heath Slatton RHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 10 K's.  ERA= 12.89.

Reynolds hitting again after a mini slump.  Aramis Garcia plays 1B.  Strong start for Slatton after he struggled the first month.

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Low A Greenville Drive flattened the Augusta Greenjackets 15-3:

Kelvin Beltre 2B- 1 for 4, 3B.  BA= .292.
Frandy De La Rosa DH- 1 for 3, HR(1), SF.  BA= .240.

Frandy is 6 for 12 over his last 4 games.

Game Wrap 5/5/2017: Giants 13 Reds 3

The Giants fell way behind early and as usual could not mount enough offense against soffffft tossing Bronson Arroyo to overcome the Reds onslaught.  Key Lines:

Christian Arroyo 3B- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .239.  Arroyo went deep off Bronson Arroyo in the second inning for the Giants first run.

Buster Posey C/1B- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .366.  Despite 4 Total Bases, Buster did not figure into any of the Giants scoring.

Eduardo Nunez SS- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .259.  Is it too early to start thinking about what the Giants could get back in a Nunez deadline trade?

Nick Hundley C- 1 for 2, 2B.  BA= .211.  Speaking of deadline trades…..9 of Hundley's 12 hits have been doubles.

Matt Cain RHP- 3.1 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 6 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.70.  Great American Ballpark is a bandbox but that was not Cain's problem as he did not give up any dingers.  For one, he took a pretty bad BABIPing as I counted just 4 line drives out of the 10 hits.  Of course, BABIP does not account for the 6 BB's or the failure to control the Reds running game, but a lot of this was coming out on the bad end of BABIP luck.

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With the Loss, the Giants remain in last place in the NL West, 7 games behind the Colorado Rockies and 0.5 games behind the 4'th place Padres.

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Ty Blach faces Amir Garrett in a battle of rookie LHP's this evening.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Scouting the 2017 Draft: Sam Carlson and Matt Sauer

Sam Carlson, RHP, HS.  6'4", 208 lbs.

Carlson has an ideal pitcher's body.  Scouting reports vary regarding his velocity with one reporting that he hit 97.  94 seems to be more realistic.  BA has him listed at #15 on its new Top 200 Draft Prospects list.  It's getting a bit hard to separate a whole gaggle of HS pitchers.  I could see a kid like Carlson begin in play from the mid-first round on.

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Matt Sauer, RHP, HS.  6'4", 200 lbs.

Sauer hails from Santa Maria, CA and Ernest Righetti HS.  I wondered if Ernest Righetti was any relation to Dave Righetti but was not able to find a connection in a brief internet search.  Sauer also has an ideal pitcher's body with a 92 MPH FB and lot of room to get bigger and stronger.  He has a huge crossover step with his left foot landing at almost midpoint between 3B and home plate.  BA has him at #22 on their new list.  Again, I see him as a late first round, but more likely supplemental or second round talent.  I still wonder about a Dave Righetti connection to his HS.

Down on the Farm: 5/4/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Fresno Grizzlies 4-2:

Orlando Calixte SS- 1 for 4, HR(4), BB.  BA= .266.
Austin Slater CF- 1 for 2, 3 BB, SB(4).   BA= .296.
Ryder Jones 3B- 2 for 4, BB, SB(2).  BA= .286.
Justin Ruggiano DH- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .259.
Tim Fedorowicz C- 2 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .314.
Chris Stratton RHP- 4.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.52.

Stratton apparently got shipped out while I wasn't looking.  I think Josh Osich got the call to replace him on the Giants 25 man roster.  Calixte has shown an intriguing power/speed combo while playing multiple positions. He is hitting .341 over his last 10 games.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels outlasted the Bowie Baysox 3-2 in 11 innings:

Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 5.  BA= .322.
Hunter Cole RF- 1 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .244.
Carlos Garcia LF- 3 for 5.  BA= .241.
Andrew Suarez LHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.93.
Carlos Alvarado RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.82.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.38.

Suarez has 25 K's against 6 BB's in 27 IP.  This might have been his strongest start of the season. He went 6 IP, 4 H, 1R, 1 BB, 8 K's in his second start.

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High A  Stockton Ports pounded the San Jose Giants 8-2:

Bryan Reynolds CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .273.
Aramis Garcia DH- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .333.
Matt Winn C- 2 for 4.  BA= .385.
Michael Connolly RHP- 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.30.

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Low A  Kannapolis Intimidators outscored the Augusta Greenjackets 5-4 in 6 innings:

Sandro Fabian RF- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .278.
Frandy De La Rosa 1B- 3 for 3, 2B.  BA= .234.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Down on the Farm: 5/3/2017

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies outscored the Sacramento River Cats 9-5:

Orlando Calixte SS- 1 for 4, BB, SB(6).  BA= .267.
Jae-Gyun Hwang DH- 2 for 5.  BA= .309.
Mac Williamson LF- 2 for 5.  BA= .250.
Chris Marrero 1B- 1 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .250.
Justin Ruggiano CF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .220.
Carlos Moncrief RF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .353.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K. ERA= 1.56.
Kyle Crick RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 6.48.

Hey, if you get a single, a walk and a SB from the leadoff spot every game you'd finish the season with an OBP of .400 and 162 SB's, right?  Hwang keeps plodding along.  I think this is Mac's second 2-hit game in a row.  Crick has been mostly good with just a couple of bad appearances ruining his ERA.

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AA Altoona Curve wiped out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 9-2:

Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .318.
Hunter Cole RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .244.

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High A  Modesto Nuts topped the San Jose Giants 4-3:

Jalen Miller SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .247.
Ryan Howard 3B- 3 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .343.
Bryan Reynolds CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .263.
Conner Menez LHP- 4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.63.
Ryan Halstead RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.68.

Ryan Howard is showing surprising power to with a terrific hit tool.  Reynolds bat cooled off after a hot start to the season.

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Low A  Kannapolis Intimidators defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 7-4:

Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .274.
Manuel Geraldo 3B- 1 for 4, 2B, SB)3).  BA= .154.
DJ Myers RHP- 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.26.

Game Wrap 5/3/2017: Giants 4 Dodgers 1

The Giants offense broke through in the top of the 11'th inning to break a 1-1 tie to capitalize on Jeff Samardzija's Dominant Start and score a series win for just the second time this season.  Key Lines:

Gorkys Hernandez CF/LF- 1 for 5, 2B, BB.  BA= .182.  Still not excited about Gorkys hitting leadoff  but his double in the 11'th drove in the go-ahead run.  He came around to score an insurance run in the inning too.

Brandon Belt 1B- 1 for 2, 4 BB.  BA= .260.  Belt continues to be an OBP machine out of the 2-hole.  Perfect spot in the lineup for him!

Hunter Pence RF- 2 for 5, SF.  BA= .271.  Pence scored the first Giants run after singling in the 8'th and taking 2 bases on a WP, then scoring on a GO by his good friend, Buster Posey.

Christian Arroyo 3B- 0 for 6, 3 K's.  BA= .238.  Rough night for The Kid.

Joe Panik 2B- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .305.  Panik started the winning rally with a single.  Earlier, his error led to the  Dodgers only run(unearned) against Shark.

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K.  ERA= 5.03.  Shark has allowed just 2 ER in 15 IP over his last 2 starts after his ERA hit 7.40 after giving up 7 runs in 5.1 IP in Colorado on 4/23.

Steven Okert LHP- 1.2 IP,  0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.15.  Second time in the series Okert goes more than 1 inning to shut down the lefty leaning Dodger lineup.

Mark Melancon RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, Save(6).  ERA= 2.53.  Line is not all that reassuring, but he got the Save.

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With the W, the Giants gained 0.5 games on first place as the Rockies jumped back in front of the D'Backs by 0.5 games in the NL West with a 10-3 win over the Padres.  The D'Backs lost to the Nationals 2-1.  The Dodgers remained in 3'rd place, 2.5 games off the pace while the Padres stayed in 4'th place, 5.5 back.  The Giants deficit is 6.5 games.

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The Giants get a travel day to go to Cincinnati where they will start a weekend series Friday night with Matt Cain facing Bronson Arroyo.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Down on the Farm: 5/2/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Fresno Grizzlies 5-4:

Orlando Calixte SS- 2 for 5, SB(5).  BA= .267.
Mac Williamson LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .226.
Kyle Blanks 1B- 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .212.

Calixte is hitting .325 over his last 10 games.

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AA Altoona Curve blanked the Richmond Flying Squirrels 2-0:

Brandon Bednar 3B- 3 for 4.  BA= .323.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .309.
Matt Gage LHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.00.

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High A  San Jose Giants outscored the Modesto Nuts 11-7:

Gio Brusa LF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .205.
Daniel Carbonell DH- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .254.
Jonah Arenado 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .253.
Matt Winn C- 2 for 3, HR(2), SF.  BA= .364.
Johneshwy Fargas RF- 3 for 4, 3B.  BA= .208.
Carlos Diaz LHP- 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.12.

Maybe Fargas is finally figuring out the Cal League?  He is 9 for 19 over his last 5 games.

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Kannapolis Intimidators pounded the Augusta Greenjackets 12-5:

Christoph Bono CF- 1 for 3, BB, SB(1).  BA= .333.
Sandro Fabian RF- 1 for 3, SF.  BA= .264.
Kelvin Beltre 2B- 2 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .295.
Manuel Geraldo 1B- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .149.
Dominic Mazza LHP- 6.1 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.67.

Mazza extended his string of perfect innings to 12 as he retired the first 9 Kannapolis batters he faced.  Not sure why he was left in for 3.1 more innings to get pounded.

Game Wrap 5/2/2017: Dodgers 13 Giants 5

The Giants looked like they were building on a terrific May Day win.  Matt Moore retired the first 3 batters on 6 pitches in the first inning.  The Giants offense scored 4 times in the top of the second.  Then Moore got lit up like an oil refinery when the price of gas is falling.  6 runs!  In one inning!  Dodgers kept adding on for a route.  Key Lines:

Gorkys Hernandez CF-RF- 2 for 5.  BA= .180.  I've been as hard on Gorkys as anyone but he is hitting .333(10 for 30) since April 21.

Brandon Belt- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .255.  Belt's double drove in 2 runs in the 4-run second inning.

Christian Arroyo 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .278.  Arroyo looks like he is here to stay.

Matt Moore LHP- 3.1 IP, 6 H, 9 R, 5 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 6.75.  Moore said it was because his offspeed pitches were not competitive.  Bochy said it was because his fastball was moving too far over the plate. Maybe it was both?!  Moore has bee notoriously inconsistent in his career.  The Giants and Rags have been excellent at fixing struggling pitchers over the years.  Barring a hidden injury, there's a great chance Moore will find a groove, but man, this is not good!

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With the Loss, the Giants remain in last place in the NL West, 7 games behind the Dangerous D'Backs who again jumped over the Rockies by 0.5 games with a 6-3 win over the Nationals.  The Rockies lost to the Pesky Padres 6-2 so the Padres are 2 games ahead of the Giants in 4'th place, 5 game behind the D'Backs.  The Dodgers are in 3'rd place, 2 games off the pace.

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Jeff Samardzija, who is known to run hot and cold himself, faces Julio Urias tonight.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Down on the Farm: 5/1/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats outscored the Tacoma Rainiers 6-5:

Orlando Calixte SS- 2 for 5.  BA= .259.
Jae-Gyun Hwang 3B- 2 for 5.  BA= .318.
Ryder Jones LF/1B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .286.
Chris Marrero 1B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .364.
Austin Slater CF/LF- 2 for 4, HBP, SB(3). BA= .291.
Carlos Moncrief RF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .348.
Joan Gregorio RHP- 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 1.95.
Kraig Sitton LHP- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.20.

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AA Richmond Flying Squirrels vs  Altoona Curve postponed.

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High A  Modesto Nuts topped the San Jose Giants 7-3:

Ryan Howard SS- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .320.
Dillon Dobson DH- 2 for 4.  BA= .339.
Gio Brusa LF- 2 for 4.  BA- .192.
Johneshwy Fargas CF- 2 for 4, SB(4).  BA= .176.

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Augusta Greenjackets were idle.

Game Wrap 5/1/2017: Giants 4 Dodgers 3

Well, maybe there is something to this new month theory.  One day after hitting what we all have to hope was rock bottom, the Giants opened a new month with what might have been their best game of the season against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.  On any day in April, this would have ended as a another lead that got away.  Last night, they held on for the win helped by some nifty managing decisions by Bruce Bochy in the 9'th inning.  Key Lines:

Christian Arroyo 3B- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .250.  Arroyo continues to be a spark for the offense as he singled and scored ahead of Hunter Pence's first inning HR and then drove in Gorkys Hernandez with what proved to be the winning run after Hernandez reached on a bunt single and took 2B on a Kershaw throwing error.

Hunter Pence RF- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .265.   Pence has been flailing a bit at the plate, so the first inning dinger was a welcome site.  That it came against Kershaw was even more welcome!

Buster Posey C- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .348.  Buster hit the ball hard 3 times in Sunday's game and this time he got enough elevation to get it out of Dodger Stadium on an offshore flow day.

Johnny Cueto RHP- 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.86.  Offshore flow days can be tough on pitchers in Chavez Ravine but Cueto hung in there against the Mighty Kershaw and got himself another W and QS.

Steven Okert LHP- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.14.  Here's where it gets interesting.  Okert pitched the scoreless 8'th inning.  Then, with 2 LH batters due up to start the 9'th for the Dodgers, Bochy left him in there to face Adrian Gonzalez and Cody Bellinger.  He retired both of them on soft contact.  With 2 outs and Yasiel Puig coming up, Bochy lifted him for……Derek Law!

Derek Law RHP- 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.84.  Law came in and dispatched Puig on 3 pitches.  Game over!

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The rest of the NL West was idle so the Giants Win gained them 0.5 games on the first place Rockies but they remained in the division cellar at 6.5 back.  The 3'rd place Dodgers slipped 0.5 games to 2.5 back.  The D'Backs are in 2'nd place, 0.5 games behind the Rockies and the Padres are in 4'th, 5.5 games off the pace.

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Hopefully the Dodgers struggles against LHP's will continue tonight as Matt Moore faces another lefty, Alex Wood.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Scouting the 2017 Draft: MJ Melendez and Bubba Thompson

MJ Melendez, C, HS.  B-L, T-R.  6'0", 190 lbs.

Melendez looks too lean and athletic to be a catcher, but with the new contact rules at home plate, more athletic and mobile catchers may be the wave of the future.  Has 5 tools including 89 MPH on throws, and a 6.85 60 yard dash.  His time to contact is an excellent .102 sec. and the ball jumps off his bat at 96 MPH.  His PG scouting report notes that he could play anywhere on the field.  My comp is Craig Biggio.  Melendez is the son of the baseball coach at Florida International where he is committed to college which means he could be a tougher sign than some HS prospects.  I see him as more of a supplemental first or 2'nd round talent but with a lot of upside.

Bubba Thompson, OF, HS.  B-R, T-R.  6'1", 180 lbs.

When I saw the name Bubba Thompson from Alabama on BA's Top 100 Draft Prospects list, I immediately imaging a chubby cheeked white kid about 6'2", 220 lbs.  Another lesson learned about stereotyping.  Thompson is a lean, wiry African-American kid who is super-athletic with a 6.35 60 yard dash under his belt and an 88 MPH arm.  Again, I might not want to risk a first rounder on this type of player, but he could be a home run anywhere from the supplemental first round on.

Down on the Farm: 4/30/2017

AAA Tacoma Rainiers blanked the Sacramento River Cats 2-0:

Jae-Gyun Hwang 3B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .313.
Tyler Beede RHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K, GO/AO= 11/2.  ERA= 3.67.

Hwang is hitting .359 over his last 10 games including 6 2-hit games.  Beede has just 16 K's against 11 BB's in 27 IP so far but with a GO/AO= 1.77.  Chris Heston was the starter for Tacoma and pitched 5.2 shutout innings.

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AA Richmond Flying Squirrels edged out the Hartford Yard Goats 2-1:

Hunter Cole RF- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .229.
Cory Taylor RHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K, GO/AO= 10/2.  BA= 5.12.
Carlos Alvarado RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K'S.  ERA= 0.93.

Cole has a 9 game hit streak and is batting .361 over that span.  In his last 2 starts, Cory Taylor has a composite line of 1-1, 1.64, 11 IP, 5 BB, 13 K's.

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High A  Stockton Ports defeated the San Jose Giants 3-0:

Johneshwy Fargas RF- 2 for 3, SB(3).  BA= .156.
Matt Krook LHP- 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 12.34.
Conner Kaden RHP- 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.00.
Caleb Smith RHP- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.73.
Ryan Halstead RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.73.

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Low A Greenville Drive beat the Augusta Greenjackets 8-3:

Sandro Fabian RF- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .261.
Kelvin Beltre 2B- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .284.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Game Wrap 4/30/2017: Padres 5 Giants 2

An error by SS Eduardo Nunez allowing the leadoff batter in the 9'th inning to reach base set up Mark Melancon's second Blown Save of the season to ruin a splendid start by Ty Blach.  Key Lines:

Buster Posey C- 3 for 5.  BA= .354.  Still no power from Posey.  The first 3 batters in the Giants lineup reached base a total of just twice in 15 PA's so there was nobody for Buster's basehits to drive in. Just not gonna score many runs when your 1-3 reach base just 2 out of 15 times.

Michael Morse 1B- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .200.  Morse doubled in Hunter Pence for the Giants second run of the game, which should have been enough.

Ty Blach LHP- 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.53.  Blach has never been a big strikeout pitcher, even in the minor leagues.  His game is keeping hitters off balance and inducing weak contact.  Whether that will hold up after  the league has seen him a couple of times remains to be seen, but he's been wonderful so far.  Oh, and he can swing the bat too.  He drove in the first run with a SF.

Derek Law RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.92.  Law did his usual tightrope act allowing two hits but striking out the side.

Mark Melancon RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, BS(2).  ERA= 2.79.  The leadoff error by Nunez was not Melancon's fault, but you expect more out of a $60 M closer.  Wouldn't you know it would be Hector Sanchez who drove in the run that reached on an error and himself with the tying run!

Hunter Strickland RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  Is it just me or has Boch kind of forgotten about Strickland?  He's been lights out!

George Kontos RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 6.30.  Kontos gave up the 3 run blast by Myers to put the game away for all practical purposes.

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The Giants conclude their Monthus Horribilis with another improbable loss.  If the same thing goes wrong every game, it's not hard to pinpoint the cause and fix it.  In the Giants case, they have found a new way to lose almost every game which makes it more difficult.  You can't change out the entire team!  The Giants finish April 7 games behind the Raging Rockies who lost to the Dangerous D'Backs who are just 0.5 games behind in 2'nd place.  The Bad Guys beat the Phillies 5-3 and are 2 games behind in 3'rd place while the Pesky Padres are in 4'th place, 5.5 games off the pace.

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I am sure the Giants are thrilled to be starting a new month but start it in Los Angeles with Johnny Cueto facing Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the series.