Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Down on the Farm: 7/17/2017

AAA  El Paso Chihuahuas defeated the Sacramento River Cats 7-3:

Juniel Querecuto SS- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .253.


AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels blanked the Erie Seawolves 4-0:

Slade Heathcott CF- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .272.
CJ Hinojosa SS- 3 for 5.  BA= .307.
Cory Taylor RHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 9/2.  ERA= 4.70.
Cody Hall RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.16.

-This was Cory Taylor's strongest start of the season by a healthy margin.  It comes after a string of mediocre outings.


High A  Lake Elsinore Storm beat the San Jose Giants 4-2:

Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 4, HR(7).  BA= .327.
Bryan Reynolds DH- 2 for 3, 3B, BB, SB(2).  BA= .299.


Low A  Asheville Tourists overran the Augusta Greenjackets 12-3:

Sandro Fabian RF- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .246.


Short Season  Spokane Indians edged out the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 2-1:

Malique Ziegler CF- 1 for 5, 2B, SB(14).  BA= .339.
Logan Baldwin RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .320.
Orlando Garcia SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .320.
Robinson Medrano DH- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .342.
Matt Lujan LHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Logan Webb RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Jason Bahr RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.40.


AZL Giants outscored the Cubs 12-7:

Ismael Munguia CF- 2 for 5, Sac.  BA= .273.
Diego Rincones RF- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(2).  BA= .392.
Beicker Mendoza 1B- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .329.
Andres Angulo C- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .217.
Sidney Duprey LHP- 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.87.
Franklin Van Gurp RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.15.

-Q:  Who is the hottest Giants prospect right now?  A:  Diego Rincones!  Barely 18 yo(6/14).  He's doing what Sandro Fabian did last year in the AZL.


DSL  Giants vs Orioles suspended after 4 innings with the O's leading 2-1.


The Giants essentially bought themselves an extra 4'th round draft pick by signing Jack Conlon to a free agent contract.  It's complicated but Conlon submitted to a pre-draft MRI and made the results available to all MLB teams.  The Orioles, who are notoriously picky about their player physicals, drafted him in the 4'th round then pulled their contract offer after his physical.  According to the new rules, if a player submits to the pre-draft physical and the drafting team fails to offer a contract, the player becomes an unrestricted free agent and is not subject to draft bonus pool limitations.

I don't think any numbers are out there as to how much the Giants signed him for, but speculation was that he would command around $1 M.  Conlon has a FB that goes low-mid 90's.  It sounds like his secondary pitches need a lot of work.  Since we don't know what the Orioles did not like about his physical, it's hard to predict injury risk but players who have failed post-draft physicals in the past have had a high rate of TJ surgery.  Hey!  Its not my money and since the Giants did not have to bump another player from his draft slot, it's a great risk, IMO.  Christmas in July!


  1. BA scouting report has him touching 95 with good feel for a sharp slider and flashing feel for a change. Sounds solid.

  2. Reynolds and Howard going to get a taste of AA this year ? Wouldn't mind them getting a feel to setup a nice year there next season

    1. I think Howard's and Hinojosa's promotions are tied to each other. Both are having great seasons.

  3. Do you see any hitting BRIGHT spot coming from Augusta this year?
    In addition to Fabian's disappointing season at Augusta, mitigated by his age (you mentioned stable or slightly down when you asked opinions for #1 prospect), it seems that all the hitters have done poorly except Paulino and maybe Ewing (as a catcher) and Heyward's pop.
    Things are a little better on the pitching side, but that doesn't seem to be a very good team, or is that okay because it's not about winning in low A?

    1. First of all, you have to remember that Augusta is one of the most extreme hitter-unfriendly environments in all of baseball so stat lines that don't look so hot there may actually be quite good.

      I'm looking at 3 hitters there who I think are developing nicely there:

      1. Kelvin Beltre- He's 20 yo, but has very little game experience due to huge amounts of lost time to injuries. The biggest thing is he's stayed healthy and gotten his AB's in plus he's holding his own at the plate through a very long grind of a season that he's not used to.

      2. Sandro Fabian- The line does not look great but remember he's just 19 yo. Again, it's a long grind of a season for a kid that age in a brutal hitting environment.

      3. Brandon Van Horn- Rep was great glove, no stick SS when drafted and through the first 2 months of this season but he's really come on in June and July and is not just holding his own, but really thriving as a hitter, again in a tough hitting environment.

      After that, I have to admit the pickings get pretty slim this year.

  4. Wrenzie has a big write-up on him: http://giantprospective.blogspot.com/2017/07/oif-conlon-se-trade.html