Saturday, May 27, 2017

Down on the Farm: 5/26/2017

AAA  Memphis Redbirds crushed the Sacramento River Cats 13-3:

Kelby Tomlinson SS- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .286.
Orlando Calixte CF- 2 for 4, HR(7).  BA= .277.
Chris Stratton RHP- 5 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 6.88.
Dusten Knight RHP- 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.40.

Kelby is hitting .385 over his last 10 games with 4 SB's.  Calixte is hitting .333 with 3 dingers and 2 SB's over his last 10 games.  It looks like Kelby and Calixte are on the same utility track.  Can anyone think of a reason why one or both of them are not up instead of Aaron Hill, Ruggiano or Gorkys?  Maybe a little more seasoning in CF?  I really don't like to label prospects as busts, but I think we are close to that point with Chris Stratton.


AA  Harrisburg Senators downed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-2:

Ali Castillo 3B- 3 for 4.  BA= .317.
Hunter Cole RF- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .219.
Matt Gage LHP- 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.97.


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

Bryan Reynolds CF- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .290.


Low A Rome Braves defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 5-3:

Kelvin Beltre 2B- 2 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .262.
Jacob Heyward LF-  2 for 4.  BA= .233.
Garrett Williams LHP- 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.38.
Greg Brody RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Heyward is hitting .286 with 3 dingers over his last 10 games.  Williams seems to be coming along nicely.  He's one of several high-ceiling pitchers with command/control issues.  Brody was an 11'th round draft pick in 2014 who missed all of the next two seasons.


  1. Everyday I see the **** going on and I wonder why Kelby is down there and certain other, at-a-career-end players are up here... At 12-games out, I think it's time to cut the old-farts who aren't performing and get some young blood up here. Let's see if Tomlinson can be a Super-Utility guy at the MLB level.

    It's not like Ruggiano has been hitting or shown any range... Hill's defense has been 'okay' but he's not hitting. Hernandez did not turn out to be the next Blanco and he's not hitting.

    So bring Kelby back up. Bring Calixte back up. Bring Austin Slater up. I can't see how it could be any worse and, who knows, maybe they spark a turn-around.

  2. Aaron Hill @ .120 in 25 ABs is very unattractive for anything except Giants penchant for aging veterans. OTOH, he was .283/.359/.421 in 254 ABs for Milwaukee in 2016, and had some very good years for AZ in 2011/12/13. If he returned to that level, would he be worth anything at the trade deadline? If the answer to that is yes, why not give him 2 weeks to show it, if no, then the axe?
    Hundley is the same: no future as a Giant but maybe a backup for someone this year? There are 3 or 4 guys in the system who could back up Posey and smell the big leagues.
    Gillaspie and Morse, too, if they aren't worth anything on the block in July, thanks for the memories, guys.
    Ruggiano & Hernandez are using up roster spots that could go for guys with a potential future.
    Stratton on the 40-man roster has cost a couple guys lost in Rule 5 drafts.
    Even Hunter, heart and soul, what does he offer in a rebuild?
    Finally, Núñez should be played everyday at a position where he looks good, if there is one. It's not in the outfield, and he may hit even better if he's not fretting over his "D"! A July trade is his Giant future.