Sunday, July 2, 2017

Down on the Farm: 7/2/2017

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

Chris Shaw LF- 1 for 4, HR(8).  BA= .301.
Matt Gage LHP- 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.40.
Kraig Sitton LHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.05.
Derek Law RHP- 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 7.94.

-Shaw is red hot.  .395 over his last 10 game and 5 HR's in his last 5 games.  Slater seems to have a lock on LF for the time being but that could change with a slump or injury.  Shaw seems to have put himself in a position to be next to help out if necessary.
-Not sure why Derek Law collapsed so suddenly but if he is physically OK, it might be time to get him out of the line of fire for a few days.  Maybe work on some things in camp and get his head clear?


AA  Reading Fightin' Phils outlasted the Richmond Flying Squirrels 4-3 in 10 innings:

CJ Hinojosa SS- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .282.
Jeff Arnold C- 2 for 4, HR(5), BB.  BA= .156.
Dylan Davis PH- 1 for 1, 2B.  BA= .216.
Sam Coonrad RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K's. ERA= 4.42.


High A Modesto Nuts topped the San Jose Giants 5-3:

TJ Bennett RF- 3 for 4.  BA= .163.
Dillon Dobson 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .240.


Low A Augusta Greenjackets swarmed over the Charleston River Dogs 11-0:

Ashford Fulmer CF- 4 for 5, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .245.
Skyler Ewing C- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .241.
Jose Vizcaino Jr 1B- 2 for 4, BB, SB(5).  BA= .243.
Michael Bernal 3B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .256.
Johneshwy Fargas DH- 2 for 5.  BA= .179.
Dominic Mazza LHP- 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's. ERA= 3.11.

-Seems like Mazza needs to be promoted.  He was inconsistent early in the season but has now run off a string of 7 consecutive Quality Starts with a composite line of 4-2, 1.41, 51 IP, 6 BB, 40 K.  I'm not convinced he has the stuff to succeed at higher levels but it's time to give him the opportunity at the next level.


Short Season. Tri-City Dust Devils beat the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 4-2:

Michael Sexton 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .500.
Gustavo Cabrera DH- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .231.
Bryce Johnson CF- 1 for 4, 2 SB(2).  BA= .250.
Stetson Woods RHP- 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 1.57.
Aaron Phillips RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

-Some draftee debuts.
-My man Malique Zeigler appeared as a PH.  He probably needed a day off but I hope he does not get squeezed out of playing time by the new draftees.
-I don't know what Stetson Woods did since last summer, but he's suddenly performing like I dreamed he would way back in 2014 when he was drafted and it's been sustained success so far.


AZL Indians edged out the Giants 3-2:

Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 3 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .636.
Chris Corbett C- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .500.
Sidney Duprey LHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.32.
Deiyerbert Bolivar LHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERa= 0.00.

-All good things come to an end, I guess.  Heliot Ramos went 0 for 5 but stole a base.
-The good games continued for Jacob Gonzalez.  He's not going to hit .636 forever either.


The Giants made 6 international FA signings today according to BA's IFA Tracker.  I don't recognized any of the names but 3 got the maximum bonus allowed to the Giants of $300 K and another got $160 K.  Here are the names, positions, country and bonus if listed:

Jean Pena SS, DR, $300 K.
Robert Gomez, OF, DR, $160 K.
Ivan Armstrong, RHP, DR, No bonus listed.
Luis Torribio, SS, DR, $300 K.
Yohan Polanco, OF, DR, $300 K.
Jesus Gomez, RHP, Venezuela, No bonus listed.


  1. Law's collapse is certainly perplexing. But for the year back from TOmmy John (2015) he was really, really good coming up. He was really good in 2016 with the Giants. And now... It's like he's just learning to throw a baseball...

    While San Jose didn't play yesterday, Duggar is there and has hit .286 with a .571 SLG over his enormous sample size of 7 ABS... ;) Of course, the sample size may not be expanding much anytime soon: "June 30, 2017 San Jose Giants placed CF Steven Duggar on the 7-day disabled list." Sigh. I, for whatever mysterious, emotional reason something makes me like a prospect, I like him. I would have really liked to have seen him in AAA this year considering he hit .321 in Richmond last year with a .432 SLG and .823 OPS.

    1. Duggar is an interesting prospect. Very nice tool set. The big question was whether he could hit for a high enough BA, but the .321 in Richmond definitely seemed to answer that question. Very unfortunate he seems to be losing the better part of this season which should have been used to get polished up for the majors. In fact, I'd bet that if he had not been injured coming out of spring training, it would be him out in LF rather than Slater right now.

  2. CJ Hinojosa (22 yo) is coming along after starting on the DL for a month, was hitting below .210 in mid June, now up to .282, SS mostly, some 3B and a little 2B

  3. Drafted as a 1B (couple rounds ahead of Austin Slater), Skyler Ewing has become Augusta's C. It would be a good move for him, not enough pop for a 1Bman and a few ahead of him there.

  4. Ziegler got hit in the hand by a pitch 2 days ago. Seems to be fine now.

  5. Belt got some love today. This is from ESPN's 'Defensive 'All-Star' Team.'

    First base: Brandon Belt
    San Francisco Giants | 8 DRS

    So far this season, the Giants have been the second-worst defensive team in baseball. [From DRS] That's a far cry from their third-place finish in DRS from a year ago and one of the biggest reasons why they've tumbled to the second-worst record this season at 31-51. But Brandon Belt's inclusion among the defensive all-stars is not a case of every team needing a representative. Thanks to his exceptional range, Belt leads all first basemen in DRS.

    Add in his power (30 HR power on the road) and, until this year, exceptional BABIP I still don't understand why so many Giants fans just crap on him like it's a religion.

    1. BB had a GREAT interview after the game, said humorously if he had gone to Notre Dame no one would have heard of Jeff Samardzija (after his great running catch in right field).
      Why is he not loved more? Maybe the slumps, maybe the gumpy shoulders, maybe stubbornness, maybe he was expected to do more.
      His play at 1st base makes Buster really look like a catcher!
      Ah, Buster, leads the majors in batting! This time without an assist from Melky.
      He's 115th in RBIs tied with a bunch of guys batting up to 100 points behind him including a leadoff batter named Dexter Fowler!