Thursday, August 3, 2017

Down on the Farm: 8/2/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats were idle.


AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels held off the Portland Sea Dogs 7-5:

KC Hobson 1B- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .248.
Hunter Cole RF- 1 for 3, 3B, 2 BB.  BA= .239.
Caleb Gindl CF- 2 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .255.
Brandon Bender 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .278.
Carlos Alvarado RHP- 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K.  ERA= 2.53.
Cody Hall RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.30.
Tyler Cyr RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(14).  ERA= 2.52.

-I generally defend the Giants farm system as underrated, but I can't defend the current Richmond roster which might have 1 or 2 legitimate prospects.


High A  San Jose Giants blanked the Visalia Rawhide 3-0:

Bryan Reynolds RF- 2 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .316.
Mark Melancon RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Garrett Williams LHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Dylan Rheault RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(17).  ERA= 2.55.

-Good to see Melancon rehabbing, but the big news here is Garrett Williams' dominating performance which has to give him serious helium in prospect rankings.


Low A  Rome Braves defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 5-0:

Melvin Adon RHP- 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K's. ERA= 3.71.


Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes were idle for the NWL All-Star break.


AZL  Giants outlasted the Dodgers 4-3 in 10 innings:

Ismael Munguia LF/CF- 3 for 3, HR(1), 2 BB.  BA= .339.
Ricardo Genoves C- 2 for 4.  BA= .259.
Nathanael Javier 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .259.
Jose Rivero SS- 2 for 2, BB.  BA= .333.
Heliot Ramos PH- 1 for 1.  BA= .380.
Seth Corry LHP- 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.35.
Frank Rubio RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. ERA= 0.00.

-With all the excitement around the Giants top 3 draft picks, it's easy for overlook several very promising international prospects.  Ismael Munguia, for one, seems like a dynamic player.
-4 perfect innings from Seth Corry who looks terrific so far.


DSL Giants whitewashed the Orioles 2-0:

Marco Gonzalez LHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.87.
Lylon Lopez RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.38.
Orleny Quiroz LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(6).  ERA= 3.20.

-Gonzalez is an interesting pitcher.  He's 19 yo but appeared in just 14 DSL innings last year and has really come on strong as a SP this season.


  1. Catcher Aramis Garcia is at Richmond now. That's something at least. Maybe Bryan Reynolds gets promoted soon. Its not like he is being blocked.

  2. The Richmond lineup is very weak, but aren't those 3 pitchers fair prospects?

  3. Yeah, it's a bit of a wasteland. The better were promoted out, but the better A+ guys weren't raised until Garcia moved up recently.

    There is CJ Hinojosa (Utility with possible contact-hitting 2B/3B potential) and Gomez is bouncing around, I'm not sure where he is going to land as he's been AA, AAA (but no ABs before being sent down to AA) and MLB so far this year. But if he's there, I've read that he's a solid prospect looking for a position.

    There are also three scuffling pitching prospects in Martinez, Coonrod and Johnson who and I don't know what to make of them.

    So I expect there will be a lot of A+ to AA promotions next year.

  4. We as fans want something (anything) done now, right now, yesterday, but that's not how to run something that has true annual cycles.
    And the commodity is people who are the lifeblood of decisions.
    Most everyone thought the Giants haven't moved fast enough (at any level) but when a guy moves up (or down) more is involved than shuffling a player card from one deck to another.
    There's no argument, as things turned out, that too many washed up players were cycled through San Francisco -- too many were signed, but that was before "El Foldo" when most of us thought the Giants were a contender. With a strong core, polishing the edges was OK, and it always seemed like the elusive turnaround was going to come around.
    Too many core guys failed.
    Look at LA: their key question marks had up years, ours had down years. And the up was really UP while the down was really DOWN.
    It's easy to point at management but it really is the players who succeed and fail, I'm pretty sure that 99% of us were surprised along with 100% of the FO.