Friday, June 23, 2017

Down on the Farm: 6/22/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Fresno Grizzlies 9-3:

Jarrett Parker RF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .375.
Justin Ruggiano CF/RF- 2 for 3, HR(3), BB.  BA= .271.
Ryder Jones 3B- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .295.
Mac Williamson DH- 2 for 4, HR(9), BB.  BA= .255.
Chris Shaw LF- 2 for 4, SF.  BA= .263.
Jae-Gyun Hwang 1B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .290.
Andrew Suarez LHP- 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.40.
Derek Law RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels blanked the Hartford Yard Goats 3-0:

Slade Heathcott CF- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .274.
CJ Hinojosa 3B- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .257.
Matt Gage LHP- 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, GO/AO= 15/4.  ERA= 2.95.

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High A  Visalia Rawhide whipped the San Jose Giants 7-5:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .333.
Ryan Howard SS- 1 for 5, HR(6).  BA= .322.
Bryan Reynolds RF- 3 for 5, 3B.  BA= .301.
Dillon Dobson 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .224.
Gio Brusa DH- 2 for 4, HR(11).  BA= .254.
Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .228.
Matt Krook LHP- 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 6.43.
David Owen RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.97.

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Low A  Hickory Crawdads outlasted the Augusta Greenjackets 5-4 in 10 innings:

Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 5.  BA= .246.
Garrett Williams LHP- 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.93.
Jose Morel RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 2.04.
Caleb Smith LHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.87.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Hillsboro Hops 8-6:

Ryan Kirby 1B- 2 for 4, BB, SB(3).  BA= .379.
Manuel Geraldo SS- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .308.
Richard Amion 3B- 2 for 4, 2 SB(5).  BA= .350.
Jose Marte RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 8.10.
Heath Slatton RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's. ERA= 0.00
Kendry Melo RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, Save(1).  ERA= 0.00.

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DSL  Blue Jays edged out the Giants 3-2:

Alexander Canario RF- 3 for 4, SB(6).  BA= .298.
Aneudy Acosta RHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 6.75.

-Canario(17 yo) seems to be a 5-tool talent.  He has 3 HR's and 6 SB in 17 games so far.

Game Wrap 6/22/2017: Braves 12 Giants 11

The Giants blew a lead when the Braves scored 8 runs in the 5'th inning, then mounted a comeback in the late innings only to fall short, once again.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik 2B- 2 for 4, HR(5), BB, SF.  BA= .275.  Panik's overall production is getting back to what you would project for him.  He's hitting .371 in June after a .301 in April but a .192 collapse in May.

Buster Posey 1B- 3 for 5, 2 2B, HR(10).  BA= .344.  Posey is having his best season since 2012.  That short porch is RF in the new Braves ballpark seems to be an inviting target for RH batters.  We saw 2 line drives carry over the short wall and the Buster hit a pop up down the line that stayed fair and easily found the seats.  Gonna be lots of dingers and runs scored in that stadium!

Austin Slater LF/CF- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .323.  Nice bounceback game after an 0 for 5 the night before.  Interesting he moved to CF when Belt entered the game in LF.

Brandon Belt LF- 1 for 2, HR(13), BB.  BA= .226.  Belt is on a pace to hit over 25 HR's which is way over his previous career high.

Matt Cain RHP- 4 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 6.43.  Cain pitched decently in Colorado but otherwise has allowed 17 R in 13.1 IP in his other 3 starts this month.  I think he's the answer to the question of who leaves the rotation to make room for Bumgarner.  Giants might even want to consider having another look at Chris Stratton or check out Joan Gregorio before Bum gets back.

Bryan Morris RHP- 0.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 6.43.  Morris came into the game with a 6-5 lead, runners at first and second, no outs.  He proceeded to allow 3 straight singles, a SF and a 3-run dinger.  Not sure what Bochy was thinking there, but Morris prior appearance was also a disaster.  Morris has allowed 8 ER in 2.2 IP over his last 3 Appearances.

Kyle Crick RHP- 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.00.  Cricky allowed a hit to the first batter he faced which drove in 1 of Morris' runners, but then he settled down and had success pitching to contact with a FB that averaged 94.8 MPH per Fangraphs.

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The Giants come home to face the Mets with Ty Blach facing Seth Lugo in Game 1.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Down on the Farm: 6/21/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats were idle.

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AA  Hartford Yard Goats defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 7-3:

Daniel Carbonell LF- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .500.
Jeff Arnold C- 1 for 2, 2B,  2 BB.  BA= .156.
Jerry Sands 1B- 3 for 4.  BA= .306.
Cory Taylor RHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 9/3.  ERA= 4.52.

-Carbonell had been playing in San Jose.  I think he's played some AA games in past seasons.  He's 26 yo.  Is there any hope for him to have a MLB career?

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High A  Cal League was on Day 3 of their All-Star Break.

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Low A  SAL was on Day 3 of their All-Star Break.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Hillsboro Hops 5-3 in 13 innings:

Malique "5-Tool" Zeigler CF- 2 for 5, 3B, 2 SB(6).  BA= .370.
Juan Rodriguez RF- 3 for 6, 3B.  BA= .333.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .360.
Steve Bono PH/DH- 2 for 2, SB(2).  BA= .429.
Stetson "Cowboy" Woods RHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.50.

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DSL Giants beat the Reds 5-4(game called after 6 innings):

Aynesber Sivira 3B- 0 for 2, BB, SB(7).  BA= .262.
Alexander Canario RF- 1 for 2, HR(3), HBP.  BA= .264.
Martin Doria 2B- 1 for 2, SB(4).  BA= .217.
Luis Moreno RHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 4.66.
Jerson Severino RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, Save(1).  ERA= 6.52.

Game Wrap 6/21/2017: Braves 5 Giants 3 in 11 Innings

Hunter Pence's laser shot HR in the top of the 9'th inning tied the game and rescued a QS by Jeff Samardzija, only to have Matt Kemp hit a walk-off opposite field HR in the 11'th inning to give the Braves the win.  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF-- 3 for 5, 3B.  BA= .274.  Span continues his hot June hitting .342.  His triple in the 8'th set up a run and got the Giants close enough for Pence to tie it in the 9'th.  Did you know that by Fangraphs metrics, Denard Span is the 11'th best defensive CF in MLB this season?

Hunter Pence RF- 2 for 4, HR(5), BB.  BA= .251.  Pence his hitting .351 over his last 10 games.

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 8 K, GO/AO= 9/1.  ERA= 4.74.  Shark continues to put up ace level peripherals and continues to get hurt by the longball.  He got a QS out of this one though.

Sam Dyson RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 9.43.  Since an unlucky first appearance with the Giants, Dyson has pitched 4.1 innings with 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  Giants may have found their setup man who also has closing experience.

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Matt Cain tries for a series tie tonight facing lefty Jaime Garcia who always seems to give the Giants fits.  Hmm….I guess all pitchers give the Giants fits these days?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Down on the Farm: 6/20/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes 4-1:

Jarrett Parker RF- 0 for 1, 2 BB.  BA= .250.
Justin Ruggiano CF- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .256.
Jae-Gyun Hwang 3B- 2 for 2, SF.  BA= .288.
Tim Fedorowicz C- 2 for 3.  BA= .317.
Chris Stratton RHP- 8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 5.37.
Steven Okert LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, Save(4).  ERA= 2.25.

-A Dominant Start by Stratton who now has put together 4 QS out of his last 6 Starts.  Is Stratton closer to a callup than Tyler Beede?

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels downed the Hartford Yard Goats 5-4:

Miguel Gomez 2B- 3 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .325.
Sam Coonrod RHP- 7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.67.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(8).  ERA= 1.78.

-I think Miguel Gomez can hit.

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High A  Cal League held their All-Star Game:  North 5  South 3

-Bryan Reynolds and Aramis Garcia had 1 hit each in 3 AB.
-Ryan Howard went 0 for 2.
-Conner Menez allowed 2 runs in 1 IP.
Mike Connolly pitched a scoreless inning.

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Low A  SAL held their All-Star Game:  Tied 3-3.  Game called after the top of the 8'th inning for some reason.

-Kelvin Beltre went 0 for 1.
-Dominic Mazza pitched a scoreless inning with 2 K's.

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Short Season  Hillsboro Hops outlasted the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 7-6 in 12 innings:

Malique Zeigler CF- 3 for 6, HR(2), SB(4).  BA= .364.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .368.
Byron Murray 3B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .333.
Alex Bostic LHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.60.
Matt Pope RHP- 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K, BS(1).  ERA= 6.75.
Logan Webb RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.50.

-Have I ever remarked at how much I like Malique Zeigler as a prospect?  5 tools!

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DSL  Giants edged out the Reds 3-2:

Andrew Carabello 3B- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .333.
Luis Alvarado C- 2 for 4. BA= .368.
Francis Pena RHP- 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 8/1.  ERA= 2.25.
Abel Adames RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 0.00.

-Carabello and Alvarado are both 17 yo.
-Pena is 21 yo but this is his first DSL season.
-Adames is 20 yo and stands 6'5".  This is his second DSL season but he pitched just 2 IP, last year.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Game Wrap 6/20/2017: Giants 6 Braves 3

Austin Slater ignited a cold Giants offense with a 3-run dinger in the 8'th inning and the Giants added on to rescue Matt Moore's Quality Start.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt 1B- 1 for 4, HR(12).  BA= .223.  Belt has been struggling at the plate, but he's on a pace to set a career high in HR's by a substantial margin.

Austin Slater LF- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .340.  Now THAT's what I'm talkin' about!  3-run dingers win ballgames and Slater supplied that in this game.  The league's pitchers will inevitably find the holes in his swing and he won't hit .340 over the long haul but so far Slater has given the Giants everything they need in LF.  I say the job is his until he proves it was all a fluke.

Kelby Tomlinson 3B- 2 for 3, SB(3).  BA= .294.  Stay hot, Kelby!

Matt Moore LHP- 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.82.  That's more like it!  It looked like Moore's bounceback start would go for naught until Slater hit his bomb in the 8'th.  Hopefully this is a game to build on.

Mark Melancon RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, GO/AO= 3/0, Save(11).  ERA= 4.82.  3 GB outs.  Hopefully this is a game for Melancon to build on too.

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Jeff Samardzija tries to guarantee the Giants at least a series tie tomorrow facing rookie lefty Sean Newcomb.

Down on the Farm: 6/19/2017

AAA  Albuquerque Isotopes outscored the Sacramento River Cats 11-6:

Conor Gillaspie 1B- 3 for 4, 2B, SB(1).  BA= .289.
Jarrett Parker CF- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .333.
Mac Williamson RF- 1 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .252.
Chris Shaw LF- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .253.
Tyler Beede RHP- 4.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.40.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, GO/AO= 6/1.  ERA= 2.36.
DJ Snelton LHP- 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.88.

-Again, Beede has good peripherals but gives up a lot of hits.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels were idle.

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High A  Cal League is on All-Star Break.

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Low A  SAL is on All-Star Break.

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Short Season  Tri-City Dust Devils defeated the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 7-4:

Richard Amion 3B- 2 for 5, SB(3).  BA= .385.
Manuel Geraldo SS- 0 for 2, BB, Sac, 4 SB(7).  BA= .333.
Alejandro De La Rosa RHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

-De La Rosa is a 22 yo RHP who spend the last two seasons in the DSL.

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DSL  D'Backs1 topped the Giants 5-3:

Luis Alvarado C- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .333.
Norwith Gudino RHP- 7.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 2.60.

-Gudino is 21 yo.  This is his 3'rd season in the DSL.
-Alvarado is 17 yo.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Game Wrap 6/19/2017: Braves 9 Giants 0

Another city, another ballpark, another series, another wretched game.  The Giants rolled into ATL and did a faceplant in the dirt of the new ballpark, losing by a forfeit score.  Key Lines:

Johnny Cueto RHP- 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K, GO/AO= 10/0.  ERA= 4.42.  Cueto showed up to pitch but the Giants gave him no run support that the bullpen blew a close game wide open.  If Cueto didn't want out before tonight, I bet he does now!  If he does, he'll try his darndest to put a few more of these together to generate some interest from a contending team at the trade deadline.

Derek Law RHP- 0.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 5.40.  Law has hit a wall.  After posting a 2.91 ERA in April and a 3.27 in May, he's ballooned to 13.50 in June. He has allowed 8 ER in just 2 IP, over his last 3 appearances.  Might be time to start asking questions about how his arm feels.

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Matt Moore tries to get his ship righted tomorrow facing Julio Tehran.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Down on the Farm: 6/18/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats cooled off the Albuquerque Isotopes 1-0:

Ryder Jones RF/3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .293.
Mac Williamson LF- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .252.
Joan Gregorio RHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.04.
Michael Roth LHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.12.

-Not a QS for Gregorio but it was 5 dominant innings.  Tyler Beede and Andrew Suarez might be the top 2 SP prospects in the system, but don't forget about Gregorio who just might have the highest ceiling of the 3.

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

Miguel Gomez 2B- 3 for 5, HR(7).  BA= .319.
CJ Hinojosa SS/3B- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .252.
Tyler Horan RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .208.
Jose Flores RHP- 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.45.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, Save(8).  ERA= 1.85.

-Gomez just keeps hitting.  He seems to have settled into a steady role playing 2B.  Any word on how he's doing defensively there?
-CJ Hinojosa is hitting .333 over his last 10 games including 9 for 17 over his last 4.

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

Gio Brusa DH- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .250.
Matt Winn C- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .202.

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Low A Asheville Tourists smothered the Augusta Greenjackets 3-0:

Skyler Ewing C- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .232.
Stephen Woods RHP- 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.49.

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Short Season  Tri City Dust Devils edged out the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 4-3:

Julio Benitez RHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Game Wrap 6/18/2017: Rockies 7 Giants 5

The Giants got a QS from Ty Blach and a go-ahead PH 2-run HR from Hunter Pence in the top of the 9'th.  Brandon Crawford doubled in an insurance run.  Then Mark Melancon not only allowed his 4'th Blown Save of the season, he gave up 4 runs, the last 3 on Nolan Arenado's 3-run walk-off blast, a crushing loss that put an exclamation point on a season already lost.  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF- 1 for 2, 3 BB, 2 SB(3).  BA= .266.  Span continues to set the table at the top of the order.  His teammates at the top of order have not always taken advantage.

Brandon Crawford- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(6).  BA= .258.  Nice game for Crawford out of the 3-hole.

Hunter Pence PH- 1 for 1, HR(4).  BA= .251.  When you go to analyze what went wrong this season, Hunter Pence's injuries and ineffectiveness would be a good place to start.  He came through big time here, though.

Ty Blach LHP- 6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.23.  Must have been a thrill for Blach to start a game in his hometown.  He delivered too.  If you can pitch in Coors Field, you can pitch anywhere.

Mark Melancon RHP- 0.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 5.09.  4'th Blown Save of the season with 2 weeks before the half-way mark.  That would be approximately the pace set by Santiago Casilla last year.  Are Blown Saves contagious?  Is Closing such a mental task that expecting to blow the save is transferrable from one closer in one season to a new closer in a new season?  Is Melancon healthy?  Is it ever a good idea to sign any closer to a big long term contract?

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The Giants move on to Atlanta where they try to shake off the 4-game sweep and the crushing loss today with Johnny Cueto facing RA Dickey.

Down on the Farm: 6/17/2017

AAA  Albuquerque Isotopes burned the Sacramento River Cats 8-4:

Orlando Calixte 1B/SS- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .304.
Mac Williamson RF- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .237.
Tim Fedorowicz C- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .319.
Andrew Suarez LHP- 5.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 8 K's. ERA= 7.94.
Heath Slatton RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 11.25.

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AA  Harrisburg Senators edged out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 2-1 in 10 innings:

Dan Slania RHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 0.69.

-Looks like Big Dan switched places with Andrew Suarez.  PCL is a tough league to pitch in.

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High A Visalia Rawhide whipped the San Jose Giants 8-2:

Ryan Howard SS- 3 for 5.  BA= .326.
Jonah Arenado 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .262.
Michael Cederoth RHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

-Not sure why Cederoth was available but he's a really interesting pickup for the Giants.

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets beat the Asheville Tourists 7-2:

Brandon Van Horn SS- 3 for 5, SB(7).  BA= .244.
Kelvin Beltre 2B- 3 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .288.
Skyler Ewing C- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .222.
Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .247.
Caleb Baragar LHP- 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.47.

-Van Horn's reputation is an excellent fielding/no stick SS.  If he's figuring it out at the plate, he could be an interesting prospect.
-After hitting a 3-game rough patch 5/20-6/4, Baragar recovered to allow just 2 ER in 15 IP over his next 2 starts.

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Short Season  Tri-City Dust Devils blew away the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 9-4:

Malique Zeigler CF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .417.
Robinson Medrano LF- 2 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .500.
Mikey Edie RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .500.
Vic Black RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

-Vic Black is not Ray Black.

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DSL  D'Backs bit topped the Giants 5-4:

Ghordy Santos 2B- 0 for 2, 3BB, SB(4).  BA= .088.
Omar Medina 1B- 2 for 4.  BA= .292.
Marco Gonzalez LHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.35.

-Gonzalez is 19 yo.  He has 18 K's in 13.1 IP.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

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

The Giants scored a total of 17 runs in the first two games of the series and lost both.  Today they held the Rockies to 5 runs…..and still lost!  The other story of this game was clutch hitting by the Rockies who scored all 5 of their runs on 2-out hits and the lack of clutch hitting by the Giants who were 1 for 7 with 2 outs and runners on base.  Key Lines:

Kelby Tomlinson SS- 0 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .261.
Joe Panik 2B- 3 for 5.  BA= .274.
Hunter Pence RF- 2 for 5.  BA= ..247.

Giants first 3 hitters went a combined 7 for 14 and did not figure into any of the scoring.  As Vin Scully would say, "go figure"!  The Giants lone run scored when Nick Hundley hit a 1-out double in the 4'th inning and Gorkys Hernandez drove him in with a 2-out single.  BTW, Gorkys is 7 for 14 in June so far after hitting .154 and .196 in April and May respectively.

Matt Cain RHP- 5 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.99.  This qualifies as a good start by Cainer these days.  What isn't different is the lack of run support.

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Ty Blach tries to stave off the 4 game sweep tomorrow facing a guy who shuts down the Giants, Tyler Chatwood.

Down on the Farm: 6/16/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Las Vegas 51's' 6-4:

Orlando Calixte 2B/SS- 4 for 5, 2B, 2 3B.  BA= .301.
Ryder Jones 3B- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(10), BB.  BA= .295.
Kyle Crick RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.76.
Steven Okert LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(3).  ERA= 2.45.

-Ryder Jones has hit .382 over his last 10 games.  He has hit in 17 of his last 19 games with a BA of .343 over that span.

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AA  Harrisburg Senators outscored the Richmond Flying Squirrels 9-6:

Slade Heathcott CF- 3 for 4, HR(11), BB.  BA= .286.
CJ Hinojosa SS- 4 for 5, 2B.  BA= .235.

-Heathcott has been a steady performer all season but has kicked it up a notch in June hitting .340 on the month, .348 in his last 10 games.

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High A  Visalia Rawhide whipped the San Jose Giants 4-3:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 1 for 3, SF, SB(3).  BA= .340.
Daniel Carbonell RF- 3 for 4, 2B, SB(3).  BA= .307.
Jake McCasland RHP- 7.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 5.61.
Carlos Diaz LHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.38.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets topped the Asheville Tourists 6-3:

Cristian Paulino 3B- 2 for 5.  BA= .283.
Jean Angomas CF- 2 for 4, 2 3B.  BA= .216.
Michael Bernal SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .293.
Raffi Vizcaino RHP- 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.24.

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SS  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes tamed the Tri-City Dust Devils 8-6:

Malique Zeigler CF- 3 for 4, 2B, HR(1), BB, SB(1).  BA= .375.
Robinson Medrano LF- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .500.
Jeffrey Parra C- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .500.
Ryan Kirby PH/1B- 2 for 2, 2 SB(4).  BA= .600.
Byron Murray 3B- 1 for 4, HR(1), BA= .375.
Hengerber Medina RHP- 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.45.
Cesar Yanez RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

-That is a busy line for Zeigler.  I love busy lines!
-High hopes for Jeffrey Parra who is 19 yo.

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DSL  Giants sank the Mariners 7-5:

Aynesber Sivira 2B- 1 for 4, 2B, BB, BA= .324.
Alexander Canario RF- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .279.
Ghordy Santos PH- 1 for 1, HR(1).  BA= .094.
Raiber Gutierrez CF/LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .124.
Aneudy Acosta RHP- 4.2 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 9.72.

-Sivira, Canario, Santos and Gutierrez are all 17 yo.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Game Wrap 6/16/2017: Rockies 10 Giants 8

It was another wild and frustrating Coors Field Special as the Giants and Jeff Samardzija built a 5-1 lead only to see it evaporate in an offensive onslaught by the Rockies.  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF- 2 for 5, 3B, HR(4).  BA= .265.  Span is slashing .333/.385/.500 so far in June.

Joe Panik 2B- 3 for 5, 2 2B, HR(4).  BA= .267.   Panik is 6 for 13 in 3 games since coming back from a thumb sprain.

Hunter Pence- 2 for 4.  BA= .242.  Pence's BA hit a nadir of .228 on June 10.  Since then he's gone 7 for 19.

Austin Slater LF- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .400.  Slater seems to have solved the LF problem, at least for the time being.  Now the Giants have to figure out the rest of the roster.

Jeff Samarzija RHP- 1 for 2, HR(1).  BA= .103.  Shark's blast was the longest HR of the statcast era by a pitcher.

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 6 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.81.  Shark's dinger gave him and the Giants a 5-1 lead in the top of the 5'th inning.  Maybe he was still thinking about the HR when he gave up a 5-spot in the bottom of the 5'th?

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Matt Cain tries to get the Giants on the wining side of the series ledger tomorrow facing Lefty Kyle Freeland.

Down on the Farm: 6/15/2017

AAA  Las Vegas 51's pounded the Sacramento River Cats 12-4:

Conor Gillaspie 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .222.
Ryder Jones 3B/1B- 2 for 3, HR(9), BB.  BA= .291.
Chris Shaw LF- 2 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .253.
Dusten Knight RHP- 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.00.

-So who gets called up if Nunez hits the DL?  Arroyo got hit on the hand.  Not sure where he is in recovering from that.  Gillaspie?  Ryder Jones?  Hwang?  Ruggy?  Mac?
-I believe this was Dusten Knight's first pro start.

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AA  Game 1  New Hampshire Fisher Cats defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels 4-1(7 innings):

Brandon Bednar 3B- 2 for 3, 2B, SB(1).  BA= .269.
Cory Taylor RHP- 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.45.

-I guess this is what you would call effectively wild for Taylor?

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AA  Game 2  New Hampshire Fisher Cats edged out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 4-3(7 innings):

Myles Schroder CF/LF- 2 for 3, 3B, BB, SB(1).  BA= .269.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .321.
Matt Gage LHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, GO/AO= 7/1.  ERA= 3.36.

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High A  Visalia Rawhide topped whipped the San Jose Giants 4-3:

Bryan Reynolds RF- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .306.
Aramis Garcia C- 2 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .279.
Daniel Carbonell DH- 2 for 3, BB, SB(2).  BA= .294.
Conner Kaden RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.03.

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets beat the Rome Braves 7-2:

Jean Angomas LF- 3 for 6, 4 SB(4).  BA= .182.
Kelvin Beltre 2B- 3 for 4, 2 BB, SB(5).  BA= .279.
Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 3, BB, Sac.  BA= .247.
FDLR 1B- 3 for 5.  BA= .248.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 4 for 5.  BA= .235.
Dominic Mazza LHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.84.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.27.

-Angomas is a guy who has shown flashes of being able to do it all, but has never found traction on his career.
-Van Horn is hitting .361 over his last 10 games and .354 in June after hitting .216 in April and .176 in May.

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SS  Tri-City Dust Devils outscored the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 10-4:

Robinson Medrano LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .500.
Manuel Geraldo SS- 2 for 2, BB, Sac, 2 SB(2).  BA= 1.000.
Byron Murray 3B- 2 for 4, 2B. BA= .500.
Stetson Woods RHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Logan Webb RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 9.00.

-Stetson Woods might have been my favorite draft pick from 2014.  He got off to a promising start that summer in Arizona, but after 2 awful seasons in 2015 and 2016, I wrote him off as a prospect. He returns this season as the Opening Day starter for S-K and throws down 6 shutout innings.  Gotta be a story here somewhere!  He is 22 yo now and from is bio pic, look…..a bit different.  Timmy hair!

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DSL  Giants topped the Mariners 8-3:

Alexander Canario CF/RF- 3 for 4, 2 2B, SB(5).  BA= .282.
Luis Moreno RHP- 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= .228.
Jerson Severino RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 7.27.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Game Wrap 6/15/2017: Rockies 10 Giants 9

This was a Coors Field special as the Giants rallied from a 9-1 deficit to tie the game in the top of the 9'th inning only to lose it in the bottom of the 9'th.  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF- 2 for 6, SB(1).  BA= .261.  Hard to believe this was Span's first SB of the season.

Buster Posey C- 3 for 4, 2B, HR(9).  BA= .356.  Buster's MVP caliber season continues.  He came up lame after hitting the dinger in the 7'th and left the game with a sore ankle.

Ty Blach PH- 1 for 1.  BA= .190.  Blach was brought in as a PH and singled to drive in a run and later scored.

Brandon Crawford SS- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(5).  BA= .254.  Crawford's 3-run dinger got the Giants to 9-8 in the 8'th inning.

Austin Slater LF/3B- 4 for 5.  BA= .405.  The Austin Slater hit machine keeps pounding them out.  He played 3B for the first time in his professional career after Nunez pulled up with a gimpy hammy.  Aaron Hill and Kelby had already been used as PH.

Matt Moore LHP- 3 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 6.00.  How can you have enough stuff to get 7 of 9 outs by K and still give up 11 hits?  Most of those hits were line drives too, so it wasn't all just BABIP luck.

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Jeff Samardzija tries to even the series tomorrow evening facing Antonio Senzatela.

Scouting the 2017 Draft: Day 3 Wrap

The Giants drafted a whole bunch of very large pitchers on Day 3 of the draft.  My mental picture of the war room is of scouts frantically combing through college rosters, circling any pitcher listed at 6'6" or above and calling their name the next round.  Here's the breakdown:

Round 11:  Doug Still LHP, College(Missouri St).  6'2", 205 lbs.

2017:  8-3, 2.88, 103 IP, 27 BB, 89 K.  3 pitch mix with a FB listed at 86-93 with tail and sink.

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Round 12:  Aaron Bond OF, JC(San Jacinto(TX)).  B-L, T-R.  6'4", 185 lbs.

2017:  .355/.471/.617, 10 2B, 9 HR, 23 SB, 22 BB, 33 K, 141 AB.  Love what I see here.  Great size, 5 tools.  Reminds me of Malique Zeigler one of my favorite picks from last year's draft.

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Round 13:  Tyler Schimpf RHP, College(Texas).  6'4", 207 lbs.

2017:  0-2, 1.56, 17.1 IP, 7 BB, 13 K.  Very Giantsy teen round pick.  Obviously a project, but it looks like there may be some upside here.

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Round 14:  Michael Sexton 3B, College(The Master's)(Sr).  B-L, T-R.  6'2", 225 lbs.

2017:  .394/.488/.812, 16 2B, 17 HR, 31 BB, 25 K, 165 AB.  Conner Menez and Brandon Van Horn seem to be working out pretty well so far, so the Giants go back to the well at The Master's College in Santa Clarita, CA.  Sexton looks more athletic in video than his listed size might lead you to believe.

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Round 15:  Orlando Garcia SS, College(Texas Tech).  B-R, T-R.  6'2", 190 lbs.

2017:  .305/.386/.550, 9 2B, 3 3B, 13 HR, 9 SB, 26 BB, 62 K, 220 AB.  Big SS with some power but a ton of K's.

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Round 16:  John Russell RHP, College(Connecticut).  6'3", 182 lbs.

2017:  3-2, 2.84, 38 IP, 19 BB, 66 K, 14 Saves.  College closer with a big K rate.  Big East is a fairly strong conference.

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Round 17:  Brac Warren RHP, Oregon.  6'4", 215 lbs.

2017:  1-0, 4.56, 23.2 IP, 20 BB, 28 K.  Another project for the Giants pitcher whisperers.

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Round 18:  Christopher Corbett C, College(Rollins)(Div II).  B-R, T-R.  6'1", 195 lbs.

2017:  .349/.410/.632, 10 2B, 3 3B, 9 HR, 5 SB, 17 BB, 19 K, 152 AB.  Nice numbers.  Do they translate to the pros?

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Round 19:  Frankie Tostado OF, JC(Oxnard, CA).  B-L, T-L.  6'2", 220 lbs.

I could not find any stats.  Batting practice video shows a nice swing with tremendous power potential. Looks like a 1B.  I can just imagine what the fans in AT&T Park would do with that name!

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Round 20:  Keaton Winn RHP, JC(Iowa Western).  6''4", ? lbs.

2017:  5-1, 2.47, 51 IP, 17 BB, 56 K.

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Round 21:  Logan Baldwin OF, Georgia Southern.  B-L, T-L.  6'0", 180 lbs.

2017:  .308/.370/.444, 13 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 13 SB, 16 BB, 50 K, 214 AB.  Made a highlight reel catch out of CF a couple of years ago.

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Round 22:  Greg Jacknewitz LHP, College(Xavier).  6'3", 210 lbs.

2017:  4-4, 5.03, 68 IP, 30 BB, 49 K.

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Round 23:  Shane Matheny 3B, College(Washington St).  B-R, T-R. 6'1", 205 lbs.

.309/.408/.471, 16 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 5 SB, 28 BB, 36 K, 191 AB.  Not the son of Mike Matheny.

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Round 24:  Nico Giarratano SS, College(San Francisco).  B-S, T-R.  6'0", 195 lbs.

2017:  .218/.295/.311, 22 BB, 51 K, 238 AB.  Defensive wizard with no stick.

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Round 25:  Franklin Van Gurp RHP.  College(Florida International).  6'1", 210 lbs.

0-1, 2.91, 21.2 IP, 17 BB, 32 K, 2 Saves.  Gotta love the name.

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Round 26:  Kyle McPherson SS, College(James Madison).  B-R, T-R.  5'11", 180 lbs.

2017:  330/.404/.520, 12 2B, 8 HR, 22 BB, 28 K, 200 AB.

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Round 27:  Matt Brown RHP.  College(San Jose St).  6'6", 220 lbs.

2017:  4-6, 5.95, 72.2 IP, 64 BB, 62 K.  This is where I picture the scouts in the war room starting to look for random pitchers 6'6" or above.

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Round 28:  Peter Lannoo RHP, College(Cornell).  6'6", 220 lbs.

0-0, 3.86, 21 IP, 6 BB, 16 K, 8 Saves.  Look!  Here's another one!

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Round 29:  Frank Rubio RHP, College(Florida).  5'11", 195 lbs.

1-1, 4.05, 26.2 IP, 5 BB, 19 K, 2 Saves.

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Round 30:  Sean Watkins OF, College(Cal St LA).  5'10", 180 lbs.

2017:  .368, 17 2B, 2 3B, 14 HR, 19 BB, 34 K, 124 AB.  Played in Cape Cod League. Not sure what his stats were there.

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Round 31:  Keenan Bartlett RHP, College(Richmond).  6'1", 170 lbs.

2017:  0-2, 8.90, 31.1 IP, 26 BB, 21 K.  Small pitcher with bad numbers.  What the……?

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Round 32:  Blake Rivera RHP, JC(Wallace St(AL)).  6'4", 220 lbs.

2017:  7-1, 1.94, 55.2 IP, 20 BB, 77 K.  Big pitcher with good numbers taken a round after a small pitcher with bad numbers.  As Vin Scully would say, "go figure!".  Hmm…Wallace St is in Alabama?  Wonder who THAT was named after?  They have a Senator named Luther Strange.  Maybe someday there will be a Strange St?

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Round 33:  Peyton Maddox C, College(VMI).  B-R, T-R.  6'3", 185 lbs.

2017:  .291/.368/.459, 16 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR, 21 BB, 69 K, 223 AB.  Not sure if there is a military commitment attached to VMI.  Current administration is going back to strict enforcement of commitments by Military Academy athletes.

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Round 34:  Conner Nurse RHP, HS.  6'6", 210 lbs.

No stats.  FB has been clocked at 92.  College commitment is to JC so should be signable.  Another name for the denizens of AT&T Park to have fun with.

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Round 35:  Dalton Combs OF, College(Huntington(Sr).  B-L, T-L.  6'3", 200 lbs.

2017:  .386/.448/.545, 7 2B, 3 HR, 7 BB, 20 K, 101 AB.

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Round 36:  Joey Marciano LHP, College(Southern Illinois).  6'5", 260 lbs.

2017:  3-3, 4.70, 46 IP, 24 BB, 43 K.  Jumbo pitcher.

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Round 37:  Andy Rohloff RHP, College(Central Florida).  6'3", 195 lbs.

0-0, 3.86, 9.1 IP, 3 BB, 10 K.  Hey!  The K/9!

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Round 38:  Antonio Saldana LHP, HS.  6'7", 230 lbs.

Big kid!  FB listed at 87 MPH.  Commitment is to JC and on Twitter it sounds like he plans to sign.

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Round 39:  Brad Dobzanski RHP, HS.  6'3", 195 lbs.

No stats.  FB listed at 91 MPH. Commitment to Kentucky.  Unlikely to sign.

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Round 40:  Liam Jenkins RHP, JC.  6'8", 250 lbs.

5-1, 2.28, 43.1 IP, 27 BB, 44 K.

Down on the Farm: 6/14/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats edged out the Las Vegas 51's 5-4:

Ryder Jones 3B/1B- 1 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .284.
Mac Williamson RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .242.
Justin Ruggiano CF- 1 for 3, HR(2), BB.  BA= .273.
Chris Stratton RHP- 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 9/1.  ERA= 6.02.

-Chris Stratton has had 3 QS out of his last 5.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels vs New Hampshire Fisher Cats postponed.

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High A  San Jose Giants topped the Modesto Nuts 4-2:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .372.
Bryan Reynolds RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .302.
Heath Quinn LF- 1 for 3, HR(8), BB.  BA= .297.
Matt Krook LHP- 5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 6.00.
Will LaMarche RHP- 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.25.
Dylan Rheault RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, Save(5).  ERA= 2.20.

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Low A  Rome Braves defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 4-2:

Garrett Williams LHP- 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.03.

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DSL  Giants pounded the Orioles 15-4:

Aynesber Sivira 2B- 4 for 6, 2B, 3 SB(5).  BA= .370.
Franklin Labour LF- 3 for 5, 2 2B, SB(2).  BA= .367.
Wascar De Leon DH- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .281.

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Salem-Keizer Volcanoes open their season today.  I'm a bit surprised to see Stetson Woods starting.  Other names on the roster to watch:  Jose Marte RHP, Logan Webb RHP(coming off TJ  surgery but listed as active), Malique Ziegler, Gustavo Cabrera, Manuel Geraldo and Kevin Rivera.

Game Wrap 6/14/2017: Royals 7 Giants 2

Right now the Giants are not fielding a competitive team.  On any given day, they cannot score runs against average MLB pitching and cannot shut down an average MLB lineup.  No bueno!  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF- 2 for 4, HBP.  BA= .259.  The first two batters in the lineup reached base 5 times out of 10 PA's.  The rest of the lineup reached 7 out of 29 PA's with 0 XBH's.

Eduardo Nunez 3B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .301.  Nunez had the only XBH in the game.

Joe Panik 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .259.  Panik missed a week with a sprained thumb.  2 hits in first game back.

Austin Slater LF- 1 for 4.  BA= .344.  Slater drove in the first Giants run with a single.

Johnny Cueto RHP- 5.2 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.57.  Right now, Cueto is not a lock to opt out of his contract and not a lock to be tradeable at the deadline.

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Giants hit the road to start a 4 game series in Coors Field which would seem unlikely to go well.  Matt Moore faces Jeff Hoffman in the series opener tonight.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Down on the Farm: 6/13/2017

AAA  Las Vegas 51's destroyed the Sacramento River Cats 13-2:

Justin Ruggiano CF- 1 for 3, HR(1).  BA= .270.
Tyler Beede RHP- 6 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 6 K's, 5 HR.  ERA= 4.86.

-Not sure what's up with Beede.  LV is a notorious hitter's park but theme a lot of dingers to give up.

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AA  New Hampshire Fisher Cats blanked the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-0:

Yordy Cabrera RHP- 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K.  ERA= 3.86.

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High A  San Jose Giants defeated the Modesto Nuts 8-3:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 2 for 4, HBP.  BA= .359.
Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .327.
Aramis Garcia C- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .275.
Gio Brusa DH- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .250.
Jonah Arenado 3B- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .262.
Mark Reyes LHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.70.

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Low A  Rome Braves crushed the Augusta Greenjackets 17-3:

Cristian Paulino CF- 3 for 4, HR(2), BB.  BA= .283.

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DSL Orioles outscored the Giants 13-12:

Alexander Canario CF/RF- 2 for 4, 2 BB.  BA= .219.
Omar Medina 1B- 3 for 5.  BA= .313.
Samuel Jorge 3B- 2 for 2, 2B, BB.  BA= .267.
Andrew Carabello 2B- 5 for 5.  BA= .455.
Luis Alvarado C- 2 for 5, 2B, 3B.  BA= .300.

-All 5 of the players who made the DSL Giants highlights here are 17 years old.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Game Wrap 6/13/2017: Royals 8 Giants 1

Much like this season, this game started out with the Giants fighting to keep it close before it completely unraveled in the 6'th inning.  Key Lines:

Buster Posey C- 2 for 3.  BA= .352.  Buster keeps hitting and keeps not getting support from his teammates.

Austin Slater LF- 2 for 3.  BA= .357.  The shining star at the end of the dark tunnel.  Slater has hit at every level and he's continuing to hit in the majors.

Ty Blach LHP- 5.2 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.24.  It's probably just part of the regression process, but Blach got the bad end of a raw deal from the BABIP gods, little run support and then Cory Gearrin allowed 3 inherited runners to score.

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Johnny Cueto tries to salvage a split of the 2 game series tomorrow facing Jason Hammel.

Scouting the 2017 Draft: Day 2 Wrap

The Giants made it a trifecta of HS talent and loaded up on pitching in Rounds 3-10 on Day 2 of the 2017 MLB amateur draft:

Round 3.  Seth Corry, LHP, HS.  6'2", 195 lbs.

Corry is from Utah.  A good sized lefty who can dial it up to 94 MPH with 1 report saying he has been known to get to 96 MPH.  He also has a nice curveball that he reportedly has better command of than his FB.  His changeup is a laggard in development.  He'll take some polishing up but looks like he could grow into a #3 SP role.

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Round 4.  Garrett Cave, RHP, College(Tampa U).  6'4", 205 lbs.

2017:  5-2, 4.23, 61.2 IP, 32 BB, 84 K, 4 Saves.

Cave is an ideal sized RHP who throws hard, reportedly 97-98 MPH. Complements it with a hard slider. He also throws a curveball.  His change up is way behind in the dust.   Dominated the CCL.  Got some buzz in BA despite playing for a Division II school.  Giants obviously bought into it.  He both started and relieved for Tampa.  As you can see from his stat line, he may need to work on reducing his walk rate.  I'm thinking he is a future reliever, possible Closer.

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Round 5.  Jason Bahr, RHP, College(Univ. of Central Florida).  6'5", 190 lbs.

2017:  0-2, 2.97, 60.2 IP, 15 BB, 98 K.  Swingman for Central Florida.  Look at those ratios!  Could be developed as either a SP or reliever.  Giants aren't afraid to try out different roles in the minors.

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Round 6.  Bryce Johnson, OF, College(Sam Houston St.)  B-S, T-R.  6'2", 180 lbs.

2017:  .350/.453/.433, 12 2B, 5 3B, 33 SB, 34 BB, 41 K, 263 AB.

Best tool is his speed.  Scouts as a true CF.  Not a lot of present power but has enough size that it could still develop.  Bio pic on the SHSU website looks a bit like Matt Duffy if you squint hard.  I'm thinking he's cut out of the Matt Duffy/Kelby Tomlinson mold and that's a good thing.

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Round 7.  Logan Harasta, RHP, College(Buffalo).  6'6", 235 lbs.

2017:  1-3, 3.63, 34.2 IP, 26 BB, 50 K, 6 Save.

Big College Closer.  Expect to see him on the reliever track.

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Round 8.  John Gavin LHP, College(CS Fullerton).  6'6", 245 lbs.

2017:  8-2, 2.67, 101 IP, 30 BB, 89 K.

Gavin was born in SF and grew up in the Bay Area.  He's a lifelong Giants fan and just had one of his dreams come true.  BIG lefty who has been unheralded but essential member of the CS Fullerton pitching staff. Turned in his best work in his last 2 starts in the college playoffs. Facing Stanford and Long Beach St he pitched a total of 16 innings allowing just 1 Run with 4 BB's and 15 K's.    I did not know he was a Giants fan but I was rooting for them to draft him based on his profile and stats.

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Round 9.  Aaron Phillips RHP, College(St Bonaventure).  6'4", 195 lbs.

2017:  9-2, 3.04, 100.2 IP, 45 BB, 90 K.  

Another pitchers with ideal size.  Not the greatest college competition and will likely need some development time but appears to have a pretty good ceiling.

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Round 10.  Rob Calabrese, C, College(Illinois, Chicago).  B-R, T-R.  6'1", 195 lbs.

2017:  BA= .353.  23 2B, 8 HR, 20 BB, 26 K, 204 AB.

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Of course the proof is in the pudding as they say, but I like the looks of this year's pitching draftees a lot better than last year's.  We'll see how they perform.

Scouting the 2017 Draft: DrB's Best Remaining Available Players

Let's take a look at what players from DrB's draft board are still available heading into Day 2 of the draft.  The top names are all HS kids which raises signability concerns.  The Giants may have a bit of room to play with from the top 2 picks which could raise the 3'rd round bonus allotment above the current $500+K, so if they want to go all in with a youth movement, they probably can but will have to pay attention to signability.  Also not sure how many of these will make it to the Giants who have the 19'th pick in Round 3.

17. Brady McConnell, SS, HS.  Would be a great value in the 3'rd round but probably not singable.

25.  Nick Allen, SS, HS.

32.  Blayne Enlow, RHP, HS.

38.  Alex Scherff, RHP, HS.

39.  Jacob Heatherly, LHP, HS.

40.  Garrett Mitchell, OF, HS.

50.  Ricardo De La Torre, SS, HS.  I really like him and he may be signable for round 3 money.

51.  Michael Gigliotti, OF, College(Lipscomb).  If he's still on the board, I would take him.  Had a rough junior season, but stock dropped too far and is now undervalued IMO.

52. Evan Skoug, C, College(TCU).  Another guy whose stock dropped too far, IMO.  Came back strong in the second half of the college season.  Giants are obviously looking for power and he has it.  Not a catcher though.

53.  Colton Hock, RHP, College(Stanford).  Could be solid value in round 3.

59.  Wil Zirzow RHP, College(Florida St).  My Sleeper Pick.

60. Quinn Brodey, OF, College(Stanford).

Here are some other college names from BA's Best Available list:

68.  KJ Harrison C/1B, Oregon St.
72.  Riley Adams C, San Diego.
77.  Conner Wong C, Houston.
79.  Kevin Smith SS, Maryland.
83. Jake Thompson RHP, Oregon St.
86.  Luis Gonzalez OF, New Mexico.  Hey!  Maybe the Giants draft both Gonzalez boys B2B?

Down on the Farm: 6/12/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats were idle.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels were idle.

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High A  San Jose Giants topped the Modesto Nuts 6-4:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 3 for 5, 2B, 3B.  BA= .343.
Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .325.
Dillon Dobson 1B- 2 for 4.  BA= .235.
Matt Pare DH- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .250.
Carlos Diaz LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.45.
Dylan Rheault RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(4).  ERA= 2.28.

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Low A Greenville Drive defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 6-4:

Nothing to see here.

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DSL  Padres beat the Giants 6-2:

Keyberth Mejias C- 2 for 3.  BA= .429.
Marco Gonzalez LHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 2.45.
Oliver Pinto LHP- 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.00.

Keyberth is 17 yo.  Gonzalez is 19 and Pinto is 20.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Scouting the 2017 Draft: Giants Take Two High School Hitters

The Giants don't hit a lot of home runs, but they swung for the fences in the first two rounds of the 2017 draft taking the 5-tool stud, Heliot Ramos, at #19 overall and the power hitting son of Luis Gonzalez at #58.  Personally, I would have taken pitching in this draft, but you sure can't argue with the ceilings of the two hitters here and the Giants sent a strong signal that they were not thinking of the short term future with this draft.  Let's break it down:

Round 1, #19:  Heliot Ramos, OF, HS(P.R.).  B-R, T-R.  6'2", 185 lbs(PG measurement)  I've also seen 6'1", 188 lbs which might be closer to his real size.

PG Metrics:  88 MPH OF throw.  6.55 60 yd dash.  1.32 Time to Impact(a bit long, but I'm not sure this metric means anything).  I'll add that I believe in John Barr's ability to scout bats and in the Giants ability to develop them.

Video:  This kid packs an impressive amount of muscle onto that frame.  Big broad shoulders.  Physically looks a whole lot like Gustavo Cabrera and we can only dream about where Cabrera would be without all the injuries.  Plus power potential.  A SS in HS, will almost certainly move to the OF and could stick in CF although scouting reports I've seen project him as a corner OF.

I had Ramos at #14 on my draft board, so obviously I think this is a good pick.  There were other players available who were higher on my board, but but I'm not going to argue with the ceiling.  He'll be fun to watch develop.  Be prepared to be patient.  Added bonus:  He does not turn 18 until September.

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Round 2, #58:  Jacob Gonzalez, 3B, HS.  B-R, T-R.  6'4", 210 lbs.

PG Metrics:  84 MPH IF.  7.10 60 yd dash.  1.04 Time to Impact(very good).

Video:  OMG! Does this kid look good in a baseball uniform?  A tall kid but very well proportioned.  Imagine Wil Myers but an inch taller.  He has a simple looking swing with minimal pre-swing movement and minimal load.  He has a pretty good leg kick in which he brings his front foot back to even with the plate rather than lifting it high off the ground.  He uncoils in a powerful stroke with more of a downward chop designed to backspin the ball.

I knew Luis Gonzalez had a son in the draft, Luis Gonzalez who plays college ball for New Mexico.  I did not know he had a son coming out of HS who is much bigger than his older brother.  I did not profile him as I had not heard of him prior to tonight.  Apparently Eric Longerhagen of Fangraphs sniffed out that the Giants were in on him, but seemed to think it would be an underslot deal in Round 1.  Fits a very similar profile as Jonah Arenado but seems to be a better prospect coming out of HS.  Again, love the upside of the pick and the Giants seem to be drafting for the post-Posey era which is OK by me.

Scouting the 2017 Draft: DrB's Final Draft Board

A couple of housekeeping items before we get started.  LHP Seth Romero remains off my board due to a history of multiple discipline issues at Univ of Houston including being kicked completely off the team midseason this year.  LHP Luke Heimlich, Oregon St. is off due to a devastating legal situation.  That's all I'm going to say about that!  I am also not ranking Griffin Canning, UCLA.  I have never been a big fan and there are now rumors of a bad MRI.  Who knows if those rumors are true or the result of some malevolent misinformation campaign, but almost every time a player has turned up with a MRI issues TJ has followed within 1 year.

This is my final draft board.  This is how I rank the prospects, NOT a mock draft.  There are lots of Mock Drafts out there and they all pretty much look alike.  I thought it would be fun to do my own ranking, almost like a shadow draft, and then look back in a couple of years and see how my rankings stack up against actual draft slots.

This was actually way more difficult than I thought it would be as there is no clear cut top tier of prospects as has been the case for several drafts now.  IMO, the Giants drafting at #19 have approximately the same chance of getting a star player as the Twins drafting at #1.  My rankings are based on my readings of scouting reports, statistical analysis of college players, Perfect Game metrics such as throwing velocity, 60 yd dash times, exit velocities and Time to Impact as well as my own analysis of videos on as many players as I could find.  I weigh ceiling vs risk with college players generally carrying less risk than HS players.

1.  Kyle Wright, RHP, College(Vanderbilt).  Top combination of ceiling vs Risk here.  He's got the size, athleticism and pitches to have a ceiling of #1 SP while bringing the polish of a college pitcher from an elite program and conference.  I have to admit a disaster start yesterday in the College Super Regionals made me think twice about this one but you should never base your draft rankings on a single game performance and Wright has been stellar through the second half of the college season.

2.  Adam Haseley, OF, College(Virginia).  An Andrew Benintendi clone.  Before you jump all over me, let me ask you this.  If the BoSox could do the 2015 draft over except with the #1 overall pick, do you think they would still take Benintendi?  You bet they would!

3.  Hunter Greene, RHP/SS, HS.  I'm not sure if it's that he can't seem to decide if he's a pitcher or hitter or if he'll likely be drafted as a pitcher which means there is a high probability of TJ in his future, but there  is something that makes me a bit uneasy about Greene.  On raw talent alone, he has one of the 2 highest ceilings in the draft(Jordan Adell being the other).  Just an incredible physical specimen who also seems to have a clue about how to play the game.  I'm ranking him ahead of Adell because I think he'll be drafted as a pitcher and HS pitchers tend to move faster than HS hitters. Even if he eventually tears his UCL, there's at least a 50% chance he'll still have ace potential as a pitcher.  Plus he can convert to hitting if he blows out his arm.

4.  Evan White, 1B/OF, College(Kentucky).  Despite being a 1B in college, White is a tremendous athlete who has been clocked at 4.2 down to 1B from the RH batters box.  Some scouts even think he could play CF!  He's actually more of a line-drive/gap power hitter with enough strength to hit a lot of HR's anyway.  Has a lean body on a strong frame that should have a ton of room to fill out.  He is the rare player who B-R, T-L so he's limited to 1B or OF.  I'll use Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers organization as a comp.

5.  Brent Rooker, 1B/OF, College(Mississipi St).  To me, Rooker is the best hitter in the draft, period.  He's numbers this year are elite in what might be the strongest conference in college baseball, the SEC.  .385 BA, 30 doubles, 23 HR.  He's played 1B this year but played RF last year and has enough speed to steal 18 bases.  He has also hit well in wood bat league including the Cape Cod League.  Weakest tool is his arm which might limit him to 1B or LF.  Love the bat, though.  To me, its the bat in this draft most likely to impact within 2 years.  He redshirted his freshman season so is a year older than most college juniors but to me the bat should move fast enough that his age won't matter.

6.  JB Bakauskas, RHP, College(North Carolina).  Physically smaller than Kyle Wright, which may limit his ceiling but has had a tremendous junior season and should move very fast for whatever team drafts him.  Possibly the closest to the majors of any player in the draft.  Ceiling is #2 SP.

7.  David Peterson, LHP, College(Oregon).  Big lefty who has put up tremendous numbers.  Another guy who should move very fast with a ceiling of #2 SP.

8.  Jordan Adell, OF, HS.  His physicality rivals Hunter Greene's.  Recorded a 6.2 60 yd dash.  Arm is good enough to pitch but will be drafted as a hitter.  Tremendous power potential. Some questions about the hit tool but if Time to Impact means anything, his is very good.

9.  Shane Baz, RHP, HS.  Love his size, stuff and projectability.  I've seen some some nit-picking that the package may be less than the sum of it's parts, but it seems to me you can teach the stuff that might be lacking.  Top HS pitcher not named Hunter Greene for me.

10.  DL Hall, LHP, HS.  Not a big kid but not small either.  Has hit mid-90's with the FB. I'll take his present velocity over Mackenzie Gore's secondary stuff and Trevor Rogers' projectablity.

11.  Brendan McKay, LHP/1B, College(Louisville).  Again, you have my bias against 2-way prospects.  McKay is a top notch college pitcher and hitter, but I'm not sure he's even a first round prospect in either one alone.  His best bet for making it to the majors is probably as a polished college SP who should move fast.  I would rate his ceiling as a future #3.  He may be a slightly better hitter than pitcher but he's strictly a 1B.

12.  Trevor Rogers, LHP, HS.  I may be all wet here, but I love Rogers' 6'6" height on a projectable frame.  He may be more of a project than Mackenzie Gore, but I'll take my chances with Rogers' ceiling.

13.  Alex Faedo, RHP, College(Florida).  Big, strong RHP. I see him more as an innings eater than an ace, but he has turned in some dominating performances and seems to have gotten stronger as the season has progressed.  Struck out 9 in 4 IP, yesterday in the College playoffs.  FB goes mid 90's but his best pitch is a wipeout slider.  Could turn into an ace with the right development.

14.  Heliot Ramos, OF, HS(P.R.).  5-tool OF whose stock seems to be rising.  Swing can get long but should be developable.

15.  Bubba Thompson, OF, HS.  Another 5-tool OF whose stock is rising.  Lean, projectable body with solid present skills.

16.  Mark Vientos, SS, HS.  Love his size and athleticism.  Has enough arm strength to stick at SS if he can maintain his lateral movement.  Bonus:  He's one of the youngest players in the draft.  I have him ranked higher than most lists.

17.  Brady McConnell, SS, HS.  Not sure why is stock has dropped.  I see a young Troy Tulowitzki here.  I'm sticking with what I see on video.

18.  Royce Lewis, SS/OF, HS.  Tremendous athlete but I am afraid the hit tool won't develop, so I rank him lower than most.

19.  Keston Hiura, DH/2B?, College(UC Irvine).  Possibly the best hitter in the draft, but right now is a DH due to a UCL tear he is trying to heal without surgery.  Arm was not great before the injury.  Swing is different.  Looks like he's sweeping at the ball with a broom but when you see it on video, you can see why it works.  Very short and quick to the ball without extraneous movement, yet with power behind it.

20.  Sam Carlson, RHP, HS.  Perfect size for a pitcher with projectablity.

21.  Matt Sauer, RHP, HS.  Could easily interchange Carlson and Sauer.  I like them both.

22.  Austin Beck, OF, HS.  Caught helium a few weeks ago and has now slipped back on most lists. This is a deep draft for HS OF's and Beck is probably as good as any not named Jordan Adell.

23.  Nate Pearson, RHP, JC.  Huge body at 6'6", 240 lbs.  FB has hit triple digits.  Secondary stuff is lacking but a great base to build on…..except for the future TJ part.

24.  Pavin Smith, 1B, College(Virginia).  Tremendously disciplined hitter with power but limited to 1B.    That demographic has not fared well as far as draft outcomes go, but could become Joey Votto.

25.  Nick Allen, SS, HS.  Diminutive stature but what a motor!  Might be the top defensive SS in the draft already and at least Keith Law thinks the bat will play albeit with very limited power potential.

26.  Logan Warmoth, SS, College(North Carolina).  A slightly faster and RH hitting version of Joe Panik.  Fits a certain profile the Giants seem to like but they already have Christian Arroyo and Ryan Howard in the system that fits the description.

27.  Jake Burger, 3B, College(Missouri St).  Good bat, bad body, but with enough athleticism that he should stick at 3B or even be able to play LF.

28.  Stuart Fairchild, OF, College(Wake Forest).  High floor college hitter with average, power and some speed.

29.  Brendon Little, LHP, JC.  Big lefty with a low-mid 90's FB who the Giants have drafted before.

30.  Jeren Kendall, OF, College(Vanderbilt).  Kendall's stock seems to be in free-fall due to a very worrisome K rate.  You might want to take that risk late first round but not in the top half.  Tremendously toolsy athlete, though.

31.  Drew Waters, OF, HS.  Looks a lot like other HS OF's this year

32.  Blayne Enlow, RHP, HS.  Projectable HS pitcher.

33.  Hans Crouse, RHP, HS.  Love the height and projectable body.  Hate the delivery that includes what appears to be enormous effort.  Don't see how he pitch deep into a MLB game with that kind of effort on every pitch which makes me think he's a reliever.

34.  Kevin Merrill, SS, College(Univ of South Florida).  Late riser.  John Sickels at Minor League Ball reports he may be the fastest college player in the draft.  Also bats LH.  Only thing keeping me from ranking him ahead of Logan Warmoth is strength of competition.

35.  Jeter Downs, SS, HS.  Intriguing toolsy HS SS who should easily stick at the position.  Yes, he was named after Derek Jeter.

36. Drew Rasmussen, RHP, College(Oregon St.).  Big, hard throwing college RHP who started the season late due to injury but has been lights out.

37.  Corbin Martin, RHP, College(Texas A&M).  Hard thrower who actually had better results when he moved from the bullpen to starting.

38.  Alex Scherff, RHP, HS.  Classic big, hard throwing kid from Texas.

39.  Jacob Heatherly, LHP, HS.  Nice mix of pitches with some projection.

40.  Garrett Mitchell, OF, HS.  Very toolsy.  A bit of a funky swing.  Type 1 Diabetes.  If he knows how to manage it, should not be a problem.

41.  Calvin Mitchell, OF, HS.  Sweet swinging HS OF who has been comped to Garrett Anderson.  Doubters think he may end up at 1B.

42.  Cole Brannen, OF, HS.  Another sweet swinging HS OF.

43.  Wil Crowe, RHP, College(South Carolina).  TJ is in his rearview mirror but pitched well this season.

44.  Hagen Danner, RHP/C.  Nice athlete who can probably play almost anywhere on the field.  May be a tweener who is not quite there at any one position.

45.  Nick Pratto, 1B, HS.  Some scouts really like him due to a very sweet swing that has been comped to Will Clark.  Has a strong arm but lack of speed limits him to 1B and I don't see much power potential.

46.  MJ Melendez, C, HS.  Athletic enough to play anywhere on the field.  Not a classic catcher's build but the new rules favor smaller, more mobile catchers.

47.  Brian Miller, OF, College(North Carolina).  Can play CF in the pros and hit for average, with some power.

48.  Quentin Holmes, OF, HS.  Could be the fastest player in the draft although Jordan Adell might beg to differ.  Bat is a project.

49.  Conner Uselton, OF, HS.  I really like Uselton's bat but probably a corner OF.

50.  Ricardo De La Torre, SS, HS(P.R.).  Not highly ranked on most lists.  I really like what I see on video.  I see tremendous size with projectability and a chance to stick at SS.

51.  Michael Gigliotti, OF, College(Lipscomb).  Couldn't hit his way out of a paper bag early in the season but improved in the second half and still maintained on OBP of over .400.  Stock dropped but may be undervalued now.

52.  Evan Skoug, C, College(TCU).  Another guy whose stock dropped precipitously after a disastrous start to the season.  Hit much better late an finished with close to 20 HR's.  Another rap is he probably won't stick at catcher, so you have to believe in the bat.

53.  Colton Hock, RHP, College(Stanford).  Successful closer for an elite program.  Great size and velocity but K rate was unexciting.

54.  Luis Campusano, C, HS.  Giants fan via the Augusta Greenjackets whose ballpark he lives near.  Giants reportedly love him.  Looks like a Molina.  Projects as a plus defensive catcher.  Also has plus power but the swing is very long and the hit tool is a project.  I would be A-OK if the Giants drafted him at #58, but he may not last that long and they may be tempted to make a big time reach at #19 to make sure they get him.

55.  Alex Lange, RHP, College(LSU).  I actually forgot about him.  Big, hard throwing but with a lot of effort.  Probably a reliever in the pros so I'll put him here.

56.  Tanner Houck, RHP, College(Missouri).  Forgot him too.  Not sure where to put him.  Top 10 draft prospect at the beginning of the season.  Struggled with a reported loss of velocity.

57.  Zac Lowther, LHP, College(Xavier).  Big strong lefty.  Had a great Cape Cod League and lots of K's for Xavier this year.

58.  John Gavin, LHP, College(Cal St. Fullerton).  Big lefty at 6'7". Has been throwing down in the College playoffs.

59.  Wil Zirzow, RHP, College(Florida St.).  DrB's Sleeper Pick!  Great size at 6'5", 220 lbs.  Has only pitched 45 innings with with 52 K's against 19 BB's.  Threw down a 12 K game in the college playoffs.

60.  Quinn Brodey, OF, College(Stanford).  Great size and across the board numbers.  Reminds me of Austin Slater and that seems to be working out A-OK.

That's all I have folks. Anybody who wants to add their favorite draft targets, let me know in the comments.

I should be home from work before the Giants make their pick at #19.  I will try to do some live blogging.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Down on the Farm: 6/11/2017

AAA  Reno Aces downed the Sacramento River Cats 7-5:

Ryder Jones 3B- 1 for 1, BB.  BA= .292.
Ali Castillo 2B- 3 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .220.
Jae-Gyun Hwang 1B/3B- 1 for 1, BB.  BA= .291.

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AA  Altoona Curve wiped out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 9-3:

Slade Heathcott CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .277.
Jerry Sands 1B- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .387.

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High A  San Jose Giants whipped the Visalia Rawhide 8-4:

Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 5.  BA= .322.
Heath Quinn RF- 1 for 5, HR(7).  BA= .309.
Jonah Arenado 3B- 3 for 4 HR(5).  BA= .254.
Matt Pare DH- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .250.
Conner Menez LHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, GO/AO= 10/3.  ERA= 3.19.
Will LaMarche RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 1.98.
Michael Cederoth RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

-Jonah Arenado is on an extended hot streak hitting .352 since May 19.
-Not sure how or when the Giants acquired Michael Cederoth, but he was the 3'rd round draft pick of the Twins in 2014 out of San Diego St.  He's 6'6" and has been known to hit triple digits with the FB.  He last pitched in the Twins organization last year for Cedar Rapids in the MWL.  His big problem has always been command although he found success as a closer his junior season in college.  I am not sure what role he had last year but at one point the Twins tried him as a SP.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets edged out the Greenville Drive 2-1:

Cristian Paulino 3B- 2 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .259.
Sandro Fabian RF- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .241.
Jacob Heyward LF- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .234.
Caleb Baragar LHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.03.
Jose Morel RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.40.

-Paulino's dinger was a walk-off leading off the 9'th inning.  He is hitting .341 over his last 10 games.

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DSL Giants were idle.

Game Wrap 6/11/2017: Giants 13 Twins 8

The Giants erupted for 9 runs in the 7'th and 8'th innings to blow open a game they were trailing 5-4 then held on for a W in a game that seemed closer than the final score would indicate.  Key Lines:

Kelby Tomlinson SS- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .308.  How can you not love Kelby Tomlinson?  His career BA was .298 with an OBP of .356 coming into this game, mostly in a utility/complementary role.  Shame on the Giants if they ever send him down to the minors again!

Eduardo Nunez 3B- 3 for 5, 2 2B, SB(17).  BA= .300.  Unless the Giants have designs on extending him before he hits free agency, Nunez is shaping up to be their most valuable trade chip at the deadline.

Buster Posey 1B- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .347.  Buster played 1B against as the Giants fielded an all-RH hitting lineup.  Buster continues to be on pace for his best season since 2012.  His GO/AO is currently 1.04, the lowest of his career.

Hunter Pence RF- 3 for 5, 3 2B.  BA= .239.  Pence has always been streaky even when he was putting up remarkably consistent season stats from year to year.  Giants need to get the big guy going.  Maybe this game is his breakout?  Now, just stay healthy!

Austin Slater LF- 3 for 5, 2B, 3B.  BA= .320.  Slater moves up to #7 in the lineup.  Woo hoo!  Look who is suddenly hitting .320!  Slater looks like he's been gaining confidence game by game and this should be a huge confidence booster.  It is critical that the Giants identify their LF of the future this season so they do not feel pressure to go outside the organization for one this offseason.  Maybe it will be Slater?

Matt Cain RHP- 4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.22.  Cainer is looking more and more done.  Not much the Giants can do but keep running him out there at least until Bummy gets back.  Tyler Beede does not seem quite ready to move up.

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Giants get a day off at home on Draft Day before starting a 2-game interleague series against their 2014 WS rivals the KC Royals.

Down on the Farm: 6/10/2017

AAA  Sacramemento River Cats downed the Reno Aces 5-2:

Orlando Calixte 2B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .292.

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AA Game 1  Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Altoona Curve 6-2(7 innings):

Myles Schroder RF- 2 for 3,  3B, BB.  BA= .290.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .324.
Jeff Arnold C- 1 for 3, HR(3).  BA= .170.
Andrew Suarez LHP- 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K.  ERA= 2.96.

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AA Game 2  Richmond Flying Squirrels edged out the Altoona Curve 3-2(7 innings):

Jerry Sands 1B- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .357.

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High A  Visalia Rawhide whipped the San Jose Giants 3-2:

Ryan Howard SS- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .321.
Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 3, 2B, 3B.  BA= .231.
Jake McCasland RHP- 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 5.75.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets defeated the Greenville Drive 7-1:

Skyler Ewing C- 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .216.
Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 4, 2B, SB(3).  BA= .239.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .226.
Raffi Vizcaino RHP- 6 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 3.27.

-6 inning no-no from RViz.  The 9 K's point to a truly dominant performance.
-BTW, Caleb Smith pitched 2 more no-hit innings.  The Drive did not get their only hit in the game until the 9'th inning.

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DSL  Padres topped the Giants 5-1
Aynesber Sivira DH- 1 for 3, BB, SB)2).  BA= .357.
Omar Medina 1B- 2 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .304.

-Both Sivira and Medina are 17 yo.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Game Wrap 6/10/2017: Twins 3 Giants 2

The Giants followed a familiar script for today's game as the offense squandered at least 2 scoring opportunities and failed to support another QS by Jeff Samardzija.  At the same time, Samardzija's penchant for giving up the longball hurt him as Brian Dozier's 2-run dinger was the difference in the game.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt 1B- 2 for 3, HR(11), BB.  BA= .237.  Belt's dinger was a splash hit tying him with Pablo Sandoval for second on the all-time list with 7.  That is  28 behind Barry Bonds.

Austin Slater LF- 2 for 3.  BA= .250.  One was an infield hit that Slater beat out and another was a groundball that found a hole, but Slater is starting to look more comfortable out there, both at the plate and in LF.

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 6 K'.  ERA= 4.31.  Not as sharp as his recent starts but still a QS.  Shark allowed just 5 baserunners in 6 IP while Berrios allowed 9 baserunners in 5.1 IP.  The dinger by Dozier was the difference as it so often is with Shark.

Jose Berrios RHP(Twins)- 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 2.84.  Berrios command kind of came and went and the Giants had their opportunities against him.  3'rd inning they had runners at first and third, not outs and came away with just 1 run.  In the 5'th they had the bases loaded with 1 out and ended up not scoring.  When his back was to the wall, Berrios seemed to find a tight frisbee slider that the Giants hitters acted like they had never seen before. The slider sped up his FB which he blew past a couple of batters.  With the Giants it's sometimes hard to know if it's good pitching or bad hitting that kills their rallies.

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Matt Cain tries to salvage 1 win out of the series facing Nik Turley who pitched in the Giants minor league system for a season or 2 recently.  He's finally getting his shot with the Twins.

Down on the Farm: 6/9/2017

AAA  Reno Aces outlasted the Sacramento River Cats 6-4 in 17 innings:

Jae-Gyun Hwang 1B/3B- 2 for 7, BB.  BA= .289.
Ryder Jones 3B/RF- 2 for 6, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .287.
Joan Gregorio RHP= 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.26.
Kyle Crick RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K.  ERA= 3.04.
Dusten Knight RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.38.
DJ Snelton LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.70.

-Carlos Moncrief ended up pitching the final 2 innings and it caught up with him in the second frame.
-Kyle Crick seems to be much better at bouncing back from a bad appearance this year.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels dominated the Altoona Curve 10-1:

Slade Heathcott CF- 2 for 6, 2 3B.  BA= .279.
CJ Hinojosa 3B- 2 for 4, SF.  BA= .235.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .326.
Brandon Bednar 1B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .272.
Dylan Davis LF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .205.
Jordan Johnson RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 2.76.

-Nice game for padding the stat line.
-Heathcott has 2 HR's and 2 3B in 2 games.

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High A  Visalia Rawhide defeated the San Jose Giants 4-3:

Bryan Reynolds RF- 2 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .308.
Gio Brusa LF- 1 for 4, HR(10).  BA= .250.

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Low A  Greenville Drive blanked the Augusta Greenjackets 5-0:

Cristian Paulino CF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .250.
Dominic Mazza LHP- 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K.  ERA= 3.98.

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DSL Giants edged out the White Sox 4-3:

Aynesber Sivira DH- 1 for 2, 2 BB, SB(1).  BA= .364.
Franklin Labour LF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .313.
Orleny Quiroz LHP- 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.80.

-Quiroz is 23 yo and this is his 3'rd DSL season.

Game Wrap 6/9/2017: Twins 4 Giants 0

The Giants returned from their road trip on an up note…..and did a faceplant in AT&T Park as matt Moore again struggled with his command and Ervin Santana cut through the Giants lineup like a hot knife through butter.  Oh, and Santana added a 3-run double adding on runs he ultimately did not need. Key Lines:

Matt Moore LHP- 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 3 K.  ERA= 5.28.   Moore was victimized by some bad BABIP luck, sequencing and what was probably a fluke hit by Santana, but he also had poor command of his pitches which is something that bites him way too often.  And is it just me, or should a good CF have caught the ball Santana hit for a bases-clearling game-busting open double?

Ervin Santana RHP- 9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 14/5.  ERA= 2.20.  I have both Santana and Matt Moore on my fantasy team, the Savvy Vets, and Santana is having a terrific season.   He basically had two pitches in this game but they were both plus-plus, a FB that touched 95 MPH with good command and a tight slider that the Giants hitters were not picking up.  While Matt Moore's signature moment in the game was allowing Santana's double after pitching around the 8'th batter, Santana's came after Aaron Hill's leadoff triple in the 3'rd inning.  Slater hit a check swing grounder right to the 1B bag with no chance for Hill to score followed by a swinging bunt by Moore that got back to Santana in time for an easy assist at 1B and again no chance for Hill to score.  Span then grounded out ending the Giants only scoring threat of the day.

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Jeff Samardzija tries to keep his string of dominant starts going today against a resurgent Jose Berrios.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Scouting the 2017 Draft: SEC

The Southeastern Conference is a powerhouse college baseball conference headed by the mighty Vanderbilt.  Again, this is a situation where you may be better off drafting a complementary player from an SEC team than a star from a weaker conference.  Again, we exclude players we've already profiled.

LSU:

Greg Deichmann, IF.  6'2", 209 lbs.  .322/.430/.614, 19 HR, 47 BB, 51 K, 253 AB.

Arkansas:

Chad Spanberger, 6'3", 235 lbs.  .305/.389/.619, 20 HR, 26 BB, 65 K, 239 AB.
Trevor Stephen P, 6'5", 225 lbs.  6-3, 2.87, 91 IP, 20 BB, 120 K.  Love the size, love the K's and K/BB.

Auburn:

Jonah Todd.  .376/.471/.471, 9 SB, 37 BB, 28 K, 242 AB.
Keegan Thompson P.  6'2", 209 lbs.  7-4, 2.91, 93.1 IP, 17  BB, 75 K.

Texas A&M:

Brigham Hill P.  6'0", 185 lbs.  8-3, 3.29, 90.1 IP, 28 BB, 101 K.

Mississippi:

Tate Blackman, IF, 6'0", 195 lbs.  .302/.420/.525, 9 HR, 9 SB, 34 BB, 46 K, 202 AB.
David Parkinson, P, 6'2", 210 lbs.  6-3, 3.39, 77 IP, 24 BB, 76 K.

Kentucky:

Riley Mahan IF.  .340/.396/.632, 15 HR, 9 SB, 21 BB, 51 K, 250 AB.

Vanderbilt:

Will Toffey IF, 6'2", 205 lbs.  .349/.478/.568, 9 HR, 5 SB, 48 BB, 28 K, 192 AB.
Jason DeLay C(Sr).  .301/.378/.439.(drafted last year by the Giants, did not sign).

Missouri:

Bryce Montes De Oca RHP.  6'7", 260 lbs.  4-5, 4.28, 61 IP, 42 BB, 61 K.  Of interest mainly for his massive size.

Scouting the 2017 Draft: ACC

Before I get to the ACC, I'm going to profile a late riser from University of South Florida:

Kevin Merrill, SS, Collge(University of South Florida).  B-L, T-R.  6'1", 180 lbs.

2015:  .346/.403/.375, 21 SB.
2016:  .320/.418/.401, 16 SB.
2017:  .384/.466/.569, 7 HR, 19 SB, 29 BB, 31 K, 216 AB.
2016(CCL):  .305/.359/.322.

I first heard of Merrill from reading Minor League Ball where he was recently profiled.  He is touted to possibly be the fastest college player in the draft.  He started out playing 2B in college but moved to SS this year and has handled the position adequately.  He is most likely a 2B in the pros, but a team that wants to dream may see him as a CF.  He's starting to get some late first round buzz although most rankings I've seen have him more in the second round range.  He profiles similarly to Logan Warmoth but is apparently faster and bats LH.  Warmoth has an advantage in strength of competition.  If it was a choice of Warmoth in round 1 and Merrill in round 2, I'd prefer a power hitter or pitcher in round 1 and Merrill in round 2.

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Here are some random names and stats from around the ACC(not including players I've already profiled earlier):

Florida St:

Dylan Busby IF, 6'3", 190 lbs.  .317/.401/.608, 14 HR, 9 SB, 22 BB, 56 K, 227 AB.
Tyler Holton LHP, 6'2", 200 lbs.  10-2, 2.22, 105.1 IP, 25 BB, 132 K.
Will Zirchow, RHP, 6'5", 220 lbs.  3-1, 2.60, 45 IP, 19 BB, 52 K.  Zirchow is one of my big sleeper picks from these perusings.  Not sure why the low workload, but love the size and K/IP.  He recently had a 12 K performance in the first round of the College World Series.

NC State:

Joe Dunand, IF, 6'2", 205 lbs.  .290/.366/.638, 18 HR, 17 BB, 43 K, 207 AB.  Dunand has gotten some attention for being related to Alex Rodriguez.
Josh McLain, CF.  .313/.354/.471, 6 HR, 11 SB, 17 BB, 35 K, 240 AB.

Clemson:

Chase Pinder, OF, 5'10", 180 lbs.  .305/.419/.464, 7 HR, 13 SB, 37 BB, 41 K, 233 AB.
Charlie Barnes, P, 6'0", 175 lbs.  5-5, 3.20, 101.1 IP, 22 BB, 113 K.

Wake Forest:

Gavin Sheets IF, 6'5", 235 lbs.  .322/.429/.634, 20 HR, 44 BB, 33 K, 227 AB.
Parker Dunshee, P.  6'2", 215 lbs.  9-1, 4.14, 95.2 IP, 27 BB, 103 K.

Louisville:

Drew Ellis, 6'3", 210 lbs.  .362/.453, 695, 17 HR, 6 SB, 37 BB, 37 K, 213 AB.
Kade McClure P 6'7", 230 lbs.  7-3, 3.63, 91.2 IP, 34 BB, 96 K.

Pitt:

Isaac Mattson P, 6'3", 205 lbs.  1-0, 2.87, 31.1 IP, 9 BB, 41 K, 4 Saves.

Down on the Farm: 6/8/2017

AAA  Fresno Grizzlies mauled the Sacramento River Cats 9-2:

Ryder Jones 3B- 1 for 3, HR(7), BB.  BA= .285.
Chris Stratton RHP- 4.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 3 K.  ERA= 6.35.

-Stratton regresses from his last dominant start.  Yup, I think he's done as a prospect.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Binghampton Rumble Ponies 6-3:

Slade Heathcott CF- 1 for 5, HR(10).  BA= .277.
Jerry Sands RF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .333.
Jeff Arnold C- 1 for 2, HR(2), 2 BB.  BA= .140.
Matt Gage LHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 7 K's, GO/AO= 10/3.  ERA= 3.70.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(6).  ERA= 1.66.

-A QS for Gage with dominant peripherals.  Will it play at higher levels?

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High A San Jose Giants pounded the Visalia Rawhide 7-3:

Ronnie Jebavy CF- 3 for 6, 2 SB(2).  BA= .375.
Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 5, HR(5).  BA= .319.
Bryan Reynolds RF- 2 for 4, HBP.  BA= .305.
Aramis Garcia DH- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .277.
Heath Quinn LF- 2 for 3, HR(6), 2 BB.  BA= .321.
Jonah Arenado 3B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .246.
Matt Krook LHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 6.64.
Carlos Diaz LHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.58.

-Heath Quinn has hit 6 dingers in 88 PA which projects to 40 in 600 PA's.  That is impressive power no matter what league you play in.
-Some regression from Krook but not a meltdown.  Progress!

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets outscored the Rome Braves 7-6:

Cristian Paulino CF- 2 for 4, BB, SB(9).  BA= .222.
Kelvin Beltre 2B- 0 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .283.
Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .233.
Garrett Williams LHP- 3.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 4 K.  ERA= 1.59.
Jose Morel RHP- 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.57.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.18.

-Regression from Williams, but not a complete meltdown.  Bounceback next start?
-Riggs blew the save before striking out the next 4 batters he faced.

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DSL  Giants topped the White Sox 6-5:

Aynesber Sivira DH- 2 for 4.  BA= .313.
Alex Canario RF- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .188.
Wascar DeLeon 2B- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .267.
Francis Pena RHP- 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K's, 0.00.

Siviria and Canario are 17 yo.  De Leon is 19 yo and repeating the DSL.  Pena is 20 yo but in his first DSL season.  He is listed at 6'3", 175 lbs.

Game Wrap 6/8/2017: Giants 9 Brewer 5

Mark Melancon blew a Save for the 3'rd time this season giving up a 2 run Giants lead in the 9'th inning, but his teammates picked him up with a 4-run 10'th to give the Giants a split of the 4-game series in Milwaukee.  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .270.  Span hit .200 in April, .254 in May and .419 so far in June(7 games).

Eduardo Nunez 3B- 2 for 6, 2 SB(16).  BA= .298.  Nunez hit .250 in April, .307 in May and .406 so far in June.

Joe Panik 2B- 2 for 4, HR(3), SF.  BA= Panik hit .301 in April, slumped badly to .192 in May and is at .346 so far in June.

Nick Hundley C- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .235.  12 of his 23 hits have been XBH's.

Austin Slater LF- 1 for 2, HR(1), BB, HBP.  BA- .214.  Slater's bomb had the longest estimated distance of any HR by a rookie this year, and had an exit velocity of 111 MPH.  Nice game for Slater who says he felt more comfortable the last 2 games than his first 2 in Philly.  I honestly don't care if it's him or Mac or someone else.  The Giants need a LF who can give them some offensive production.  Of course they need that in RF too, but a healthy Hunter Pence should deliver it, at least for now.

Kelby Tomlinson, Aaron Hill and Hunter Pence all delivered pinch hits.  Hill's was a double, his second PH double in a row.  Tomlinson and Pence contributed their PH's to the 4 run rally in the 10'th inning.

Johnny Cueto RHP- 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K.  ERA= 4.33.  A less than QS for Cueto who has scuffled this year by his standards.  Is he still a lock to opt out of his current contract at the end of the season?  I know I wouldn't offer him more than he is currently scheduled to get over the remainder of this contract, probably not even as much as he will be 2 years older than when he signed the current contract.

Mark Melancon RHP- 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, BS(3).  ERA= 3.12.  This was Melancon's 3'rd BS of the season and with a 2-run lead.  That projects to 8 BS on the season which is not what you pay a closer $60 M for.  Gotta wonder if Melancon is completely healthy physically.

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The Giants return home to start an interleague series against the Twins with Matt Moore facing Ervin Santana.