Thursday, June 1, 2017

Down on the Farm: 5/31/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats were idle.


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

Slade Heathcott CF- 1 for 3, HR(7), BB.  BA= .271.
Ali Castillo LF- 2 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .296.
Cory Taylor RHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.84.
Colin Balester RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.32.

I guess the Giants are going to try every player in the organization in LF!  Colin Balester has yo-yo'd between AAA and MLB since 2008.


High A  San Jose Giants quieted the Lake Elsinore Storm 6-1:

Bryan Reynolds CF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .299.
Hunter Pence RF- 1 for 2, BB. BA= .500.
Aramis Garcia C- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(7).  BA= .277.
Heath Quinn DH- 1 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .293.
Jonah Arenado 3B- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .241.
Matt Solter RHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.89.
Will LaMarch RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.70.

Hunter Pence survived his encounter with Hunter Strickland and starts his rehab assignment.  Jonah Arenado is hitting .359 over his last 10 games.


Low A  Columbia Fireflies defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 4-3:

Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 5.  BA= .239.
Jose Vizcaino Jr 1B- 3 for 4, 3B.  BA= .292.
Cristian Paulino 3B- 2 for 4, 2B, 3B.  BA= .208.
Melvin Adon RHP- 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.79.
Jose Morel RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 2.31.
Sandro Cabrera LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.80.

Despite flashes of brilliance, Cristian Paulino just can't seem to get traction on his career.  Viz Jr has had problems with injuries so far in his career.  Maybe he's playing 1B to try to keep him on the field?


  1. Hate to be a pest, but how about a 'seller' post? I see all this minor league movement and promotion and what-not and I think the Giants are getting ready to do some rebuilding/reloading and may sell off some pieces. And I just don't think of game recaps and minor league results being the best place for talking about what may become an inevitable discussion. Though it could 'too early' as it were.

    Anyway, it's your blog. Do as you will.

    1. Giants beats seem to think Crawford and Posey may be the only untouchables on the team. Problem is some of the contracts may be hard to move.

  2. Matt Solter is starting to become one of my favorite prospects. Wonder why he wasn't drafted? Heath Quinn has started his season better than I had hoped he would coming back from an injury. Dude is a beast. I wonder if the Giants are having Reynolds work on hitting for contact instead of power?

  3. Wondering if you read that article by Bags about why all the Giants minor league teams are in last place, and what your take on this is?


    1. Not yet, but I'll look it up. Sounds interesting and like I might not agree with him.

    2. OK, found it. I agree with Bobby Evans that most of the struggles at the minor league level are due to more aggressive promotion than in past years, a lack of recent top 10 or even 15 overall draft picks, and they are woefully thin in pitching prospects. Hitting prospects are good, but pitching is what as won for the Giants at the minor league level in the past.

      I am not sure Baggs comments about lack of draft graduates from 2013 and 2014 are fair. I would have to do some research and see how many draft prospects from those years have graduated throughout baseball. I don't think very many.

      As for the criticism about lack of Latin players: This may be a touchy subject that I have hinted at in the past. I think Covechatter has noticed it too. The Giants have traded away more latin prospects at the trade deadlines the past few years than non-latin prospects. by a fair margin. Whether this reflects a lack of value on the part of the Giants or what other teams are asking for or just a coincidence, we may never know.

    3. The organizational need for pitching in the pipeline is why I believe that all things being equal, the Giants need to favor pitching in this draft. Fortunately this draft is stronger in pitching than hitting so that should be a fit.

    4. I am also encouraged by the recent fairly dramatic improvement we've seen from Matt Krook and Garrett Williams. To have those two emerge as high-ceiling prospects would be a huge shot in the arm to the system.

  4. Thanks for your take Doc! The article made me wonder what's going on down on the farm!