Sunday, June 17, 2018

Game Wrap 6/17/2018: Giants 4 Dodgers 1

The Giants scored on a pair of 2-run HR's by Brandon Belt and Nick Hundley, and that was all Chris Stratton and the bullpen needed to salvage a Win out of the weekend series with the Bad Guys.  Key Lines:

Brandon Belt 1B- 1 for 3, HR(12), BB.  BA= .302.  The Big Guy needed 1 game to get warmed up and came out doing his thing:  Taking walks and hitting dingers.  Great to have him back in the lineup.

Nick Hundley C- 1 for 3, HR(8), BB.  BA= .257.  Seems to me Nick Hundley could be a starting catcher for several teams.  Since his BA hit a nadir of .067 on April 12, he has hit .287 with 8 HR's and a SLG% of .602.

Chris Stratton RHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.22.  Stratton seems to have found his groove again.  This was his 3'rd QS out of 4 in June.  He has a 2.35 ERA in that span.

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With the Win, the Giants pass the Rockies for 3'rd place in the NL West after the Rockies were outscored by the Rangers 13-12.  The leading D'Backs lost to the Mets 5-3 so the Dodgers remain 1.5 games behind the D'Backs while the Giants are 4.5 games back. The Rockies trail by 5 games and the Padres lost to the Braves 4-1 to remain 6.5 games back in last place.

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The Giants now return home to begin a return series with the Marlins tomorrow night with Andrew Suarez facing lefty Caleb Smith.

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Brandon Crawford is expected to take a paternity leave for the birth of his 4'th child this week.  Not sure which day that starts.

The Giants have signed Joey Bart with a signing bonus of slightly over $7 M.  It's the largest bonus ever for a position player draft pick.  Is that right?  The Giants have reportedly signed their top 16 draft picks and 23 of their top 25.  The highest unsigned pick is Ryan Olenek at #17.  Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs seems to be under the impression he is not likely to sign.  Overall, the Giants have signed 32 of their picks.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Down on the Farm: 6/16/2018

AAA  New Orleans Baby Cakes defeated the Sacramento River Cats 4-3:

Ryder Jones 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .289.
Orlando Calixte SS- 2 for 4, HR(9).  BA= .276.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.57.
Ray Black RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.61.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels beat the Harrisburg Senators 5-1:

Luigi Rodriguez RF- 2 for 5, HR(5).  BA= .367.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 1 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .293.
CJ Hinojosa SS- 1 for 4, BB, SB(1).  BA= .267.
Conner Menez LHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K's. ERA= 0.00.
Dillon McNamara RHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.88.
Caleb Simpson RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.82.

Luigi!  Conner Menez had a successful AA debut.  He had previously made 2 appearances for Sacramento River Cats.  I believe this is an official promotion and not just a spot start. He had 70 K's and 21 BB in 50 IP for San Jose prior to this promotion.

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A+  Visalia Rawhide whipped the San Jose Giants 8-0:

Johneshwy Fargas LF- 2 for 3, SB(17).  BA= .265.
Mac Marshall LHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.25.
Peter Lannoo RHP- 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.42.

This was Mac Marshall's first appearance since 5/14/2018.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets outscored the Asheville Tourists 7-6:

Heliot Ramos CF- 4 for 5, 2B, SB(3).  BA= .243.
Orlando Garcia 2B- 2 for 5.  BA= .242.
Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .258.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 1 for 4, HR(10).  BA= .230.
Shane Matheny 3B- 1 for 3, HR(3), BB.  BA= .221.
Caleb Baragar LHP- 3.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 6.97.
Frank Rubio RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(10).  ERA= 1.55.

Strong games for last year's top 2 draft picks, Ramos and Gonzalez.  Heliot Ramos has a 5 game hit streak.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes buried the Tri-City Dust Devils 9-8:

Kyle McPherson SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .500.
Trevor Abrams 3B- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .375.
Diego Rincones LF- 3 for 4.  BA= .750.
Gregory Santos RHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.50.
Norwith Gudino RHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 7.20.

In case you are wondering who Trevor Abrams is, he's listed as 6'4", 215 lbs. Signed as an undrafted FA last year out of Sonoma St.  He played 2 seasons in 2014 and 2015 for St Mary's then sat out 2016 before playing 2017 for Sonoma St.  He hit .293 for Sonoma St.  He also hit very well in collegiate summer leagues for the Santa Barbara Foresters and SD Force.  He could be a deep sleeper prospect with size to have some upside.

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DSL  Giants crushed Colorado 13-3:

Jean Pena SS- 3 for 6, 2B, HR(4).  BA= .324.
Enoc Watts 2B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .351.
Richgelon Juliana CF- 2 for 5, 2B, SB(3).  BA= .229.
Rodolfo Bone C- 1 for 2, 2 2B.  BA= .444.

Game Wrap 6/16/2018: Dodgers 3 Giants 1

A QS by Madison Bumgarner was not enough as the Giants offense continued to sputter, this time against Dodgers LHP Alex Wood.  Key Lines:

Mac Williamson LF- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .247.  Mac's hard single through the left side to start the 5'th inning keyed the only scoring rally of the game for the Giants.  He scored on a SF by Alen Hanson.

Madison Bumgarner LHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.67.  Bummy is still searching for his groove since the long DL stint as evidenced by the K/BB.  

Reyes Moronta RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.93.  Moronta was hitting 98 MPH on the gun with some consistency.

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The D'backs trail the Mets 5-1 in the 9'th inning at the time of this writing so current standings will change by 0.5 games when that game is complete.  Dodgers are in 2'nd place, 2 games behind.  3'rd place Rockies are 5.5 games back. The 4'th place Giants trail by 6 games and the Padres lost to the Braves 1-0 to trail by 7 games.

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Chris Stratton tries to end the series and road trip on a winning note against rookie LHP Caleb Ferguson tomorrow afternoon.

Down on the Farm: 6/15/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Round Rock Express 3-1:

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Matt Gage LHP- 4.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 6.10.

A fully healthy Shark would go a long way towards giving the Giants a shot at the postseason.  He may be just 1 more rehab start away.

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AA  Harrisburg Senators blanked the Richmond Flying Squirrels 3-0:

Luigi Rodriguez RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .366.
Jordan Johnson RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.76.

Luigi!  Jordan Johnson has allowed just 1 ER in 11 IP with 14 K's and 3 BB's over his last 2 starts.

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A+  Visalia Rawhide whipped the San Jose Giants 6-0:

Wander Franco(.291), Sandro Fabian(.232), Kelvin Beltre(.250)- 2 hits each.

The Giants had 11 hits and 3 BB's in the game and still failed to score.

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Low A Asheville Tourists outscored the Augusta Greenjackets 6-5:

Heliot Ramos CF- 1 for 5, 2B, Assist(2B).  BA= .231.
Manuel Geraldo SS- 2 for 3, BB, SB(16).  BA= .292.
Ryan Kirby DH- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .230.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Triple-City Dust Devils 4-3:

Jose Layer CF- 2 for 5, 2B, SB(1).  BA= .400.
Diego Rincones LF- 3 for 4.  BA= .750.
Robinson Medrano 1B- 2 for 3, HR(1), BB.  BA= .667.
Mikey Edie RF- 2 for 2, 2 BB, SB(1).  BA= 1.000.
Stetson Woods RHP- 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.86.
Sidney Duprey LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Jesus Tona RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 0.00.

Is the Jose Layer Project going to blossom this season?  What about Mikey Edie who seems like he's been around forever?  Layer is 21 yo and Edie is still just 20.  BTW, in case you were wondering.   Yes, Jose Layer is the brother of Abdiel Layer who was the Giants final pick in this year's draft.  Wasn't Jesus Tona a catcher last year?

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DSL  Giants beat the Royals2 4-1:

Samuel Jorge 1B- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .366.
Luigi Pichardo LF- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .167.
Richgelon Juliana CF- 1 for 3, BB, SB(2).  BA= .200.
Freddery Paulino RHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.86.
Josdeiker Marcano RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 1.42.

Game Wrap 6/15/2018: Dodgers 3 Giants 2

A 3-base error by CF Austin Jackson in the 4'th inning was ultimately the difference in this game as the Giants were never able to overcome an early 3-0 Dodger lead.  Key Lines:

Pablo Sandoval 1B- 2 for 3, HR(5).  BA= .281.  Pabs poked a 2-run dinger to LF in the 7'th inning to bring the Giants within 1 run, but the Giants were not able to get that tying run.  Pabs is hitting .304 over his last 7 games and .356 over his last l5.

Austin Jackson CF- 0 for 3, E(3).  BA= .246.  Oh boy!  Here come the boo birds, a whole flock of them!  Yeah, gotta say.  As much as I iike what Bobby Evans accomplished this offseason, I've never understood the Austin Jackson signing.  He was so anxious to get rid of Denard Span he gave away Christian Arroyo to pay the Rays to take him, but then turned around and signed Jackson, who statistically was a worse defensive OF and definitely a worse hitter, so his performance in this game is no surprise.  Not much else to say about it.  I guess Jackson was less of a hit against the CBT, but Evans could have done just was well dumpster diving for a minor league deal.  There were a couple of good defensive CF's available in the Rule 5 draft that he passed on too.

Derek Holland LHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.48.  Pretty much an average game for Holland.  You hope he'll keep the game close for 5 innings and give the bullpen a chance to win it.  If you get more, it's a windfall.  He did that in this game and the unearned runs was ultimately the difference.

Pierce Johnson RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 5.46.  The Giants needed an extra arm in the bullpen after Ty Blach's 6.2 IP Thursday.  Johnson took Evan Longoria's place on the roster and gave the Giants 2 scoreless innings.

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With the Loss, the Giants dropped into 4'th place 5.5 games behind the NL West leading D'Backs who beat the Mets 7-3.  The Dodgers remained 2.5 games back in 2'nd place.  The Rockies topped the Rangers 9-5 to remain 5 games behind the leaders and move in to 3'rd place.   The Pesky Padres pounded the Braves 9-3 to remain 6.5 games behind in last place.

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Madison Bumgarner tries to even the series tonight facing lefty Alex Wood.  Brandon Belt is expected to be activated from the DL for the game.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Scouting the Draft: Giants 2018 Draft Picks Rounds 31-40

OK, with the short season teams swinging into action tonight, let's get the draft reviews wrapped up.

Round 31, Pick #916.  Ryan Walker, RHP, College(Washington St).  6' 2", 200 lbs.  2018:  4-4, 5.24, 46.1 IP, 25 BB, 47 K, 5 Saves.  Again, no scouting report.  Closer for a Pac 12 program.

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Round 32, Pick #946.  Braden Frankfort, C, College(Fresno Pacific).  B-L, T-R.  6'0", 205 lbs.  2018: .347/.410/.528, 10 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 15 BB, 31 K, 176 AB.  Never heard of Fresno Pacific before, but that's a nice stat line, especially for a catcher.

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Round 33, Pick #976.  Austin Edgette, OF, College(Bloomsbury U(PA)).  B-L, T-L.  6'2", 185 lbs.  2018:  .449/.539/.703, 15 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 24 SB, 28 BB, 30 K, 158 AB.  Small college Sr.  Played CF.  Touching story of how he helped a kid with autism.

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Round 34, Pick #1006.  Lucas Krull, LHP, JC(MO).  6'3", 165 lbs.  2018:  2-1, 10.26, 16.2 IP, 38 BB, 27 K.  This is an almost comical pick.  The size numbers are what's listed on the Draft Tracker.  Krull is actually built like his name sounds:  6'7", 255 lbs.  He also plays TE and has a commitment to play football for Univ. of Florida.  Hint:  He's not signing with the Giants!

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Round 35, Pick #1036.  Chris Roberts, RHP, JC(TX).  6'0", 210 lbs.  I could not find a stat line but Kevin Cunningham of McCovey Chronicles dug up an 8.86 ERA, 19.2 IP, 22 K.  He reportedly has a 92-94 MPH FB and an 82 MPH slider.  Played for the fabled San Jacinto(TX) JC program for 3 seasons.  I could not find him listed on their roster.

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Round 36, Pick #1066.  Bryan Hoeing, RHP, College(Louisville).  6'5", 200 lbs.  2018:  7-2, 2.88, 68.2 IP, 25 BB, 51 K.  Listed as 6'6", 228 lbs in his college bio.  Found a scouting report that has him 88-95 on the FB with a fairly advanced breaking ball and changeup.  TJ survivor.  Mom played college basketball for Ball State.  Cousin is Alex Meyer, the big RHP out of Kentucky who is currently in the Twins organization.  Size may give him some upside. The Giants like to draft tall, big pitchers!

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Round 37, Pick #1096.  Ryan McDonald, RHP, JC(NV).  6'7", 220 lbs.  2018:  5-1, 1.62, 39 IP, 21 BB, 45 K's.  Another big, tall RHP with control issues but big upside.

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Round 38, Pick #1126.  Brett Hansen, LHP, HS.  6'3", 190 lbs.  #94 ranked draft prospect by MLB.  Committed to Vanderbilt.  In other words, he's not signing.

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Round 39, Pick #1156.  Trevor Horn, RHP, College(UNLV).  6'1", 200 lbs.  2018:  5-5, 5.96, 77 IP, 25 BB, 43 K.  Pretty generic college bio and pitching line.

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Round 40, Pick #1186.  Abdiel Layer, SS, JC(FL).  B-S, T-R, 6'2", 170 lbs.  2018:  .265/.335/.434, 9 2B, 8 HR, 20 BB, 45 K, 196 AB.  Tall, thin, athletic SS who came out of PR HS ranks.  Looks like he may have some upside.

Scouting the 2018 Draft: Giants Rounds 21-30 Picks

Round 21, Pick #616.  Angel Guzman, C, HS(PR).  B-R, T-R.  6'0", 155 lbs.  There is some video of Guzman on Perfect Game.  He looks bigger than 155 lbs and surprisingly athletic.  Has some wrap at the beginning of his swing, but does a good job of keeping his elbows in during the swing.  Athletic enough to move to 3B or even possibly the OF.  We'll see.  The Giants history with Puerto Rican HS draftees is the kids look great on video but never put it together in real games.

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Round 22, Pick #646.  Clay Helvey, RHP, College(Tampa).  6'3", 190 lbs.  2018:  5-2, 3.34, 70 IP, 30 BB, 56 K.  No scouting report.  Fairly generic looking college pitching line.

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Round 23, Pick #676.  Ben Strahm, RHP, College(Northeastern St(OK)).  6'5", 210 lbs.  2018:  2-5, 4.16, 62.2 IP, 22 BB, 64 K's.   Have I ever said the Giants like to draft tall pitchers?

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Round 24, Pick #706.  Preston White, OF, College(The Masters College(CA)).  B-R, T-R.  6'6", 200 lbs.  2018:  .326/.404/.484, 15 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 12 SB, 18 BB, 40 K, 190 AB.  4-8, 3.45, 44.1 IP, 29 BB, 42 K's, 6 Saves.  2-way player in college.  Program has produced Conner Menez and Brandon Van Horn, 2 prospects currently playing for San Jose Giants.  Looks like he has the speed and athleticism to play any OF position.  The challenge for guys this tall is always controlling the strike zone in the pros.

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Round 25, Pick #736.  Fabian Pena, C, College(Manhattan College(NY)).  B-R, T-R.  5'10", 190 lbs.  2018:  .255/.365/.411, 12 2B, 6 HR, 23 BB, 33 K, 192 AB.  Small program college catcher with some plate discipline and decent power.

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Round 26, Pick #766.  Jacob Lopez, LHP, JC(CA).  6'4", 220 lbs.  2018:  9-2, 1.62, 88.2 IP, 26 BB, 128 K's.  There is an extensive scouting report on Lopez in Baseball Census linked to the left.  Big lefty with a 4 pitch mix with excellent command.  4 seam FB goes 86-90.  Comment is he is strong enough to drive the ball down in the zone.  Bobby DeMuro who wrote up the report projects him as a left reliever at the MLB level.

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Round 27, Pick #796.  Dylan Dusek, LHP, College(Texas Tech).  6'2", 215 lbs.  2018:  3-0, 2.03, 31 IP, 11 BB, 30 K's.  College Senior lefty reliever from a major program with nice numbers.

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Round 28, Pick #826.  Travis Perry, RHP, JC(FL).  6'4", 190 lbs.  3-4, 4.02, 31.1 IP, 14 BB, 32 K.  Only scouting report is from 2013 when he was in HS on Perfect Game.  Tall RHP with a projectable frame.

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Round 29, Pick #856.  Marcos Campos, SS, College(Siena).  B-R, T-R.  5'10", 160 lbs.  2018:  .322/.355/.402, 17 2B, 3B, 9 SB, 6 BB, 26 K, 239 AB.  Solid HS scouting report on Perfect Game.  Sounds like he's always been able to handle the bat.  Does he want to turn pro now or go back to college for his senior season?

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Round 30, Pick #886.  Kwan Adkins, OF, College(Northwestern St(LA)).  B-L, T-L. 6'2", 195 lbs.  2018:  .321/.396/.404, 7 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 7 SB, 23 BB, 64 K, 240 AB.  College Senior.  Listed as 6'4" in his college bio.  2-sport athlete who played WR on the football team.  That's all I have but seems like an intriguing athlete.

Down on the Farm: 6/14/2018

AAA  Round Rock Express came from behind to top the Sacramento River Cats 6-5 in 10 innings:

Steven Duggar CF- 1 for 4, BB, SB(11).  BA= .289.
Chris Shaw LF- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(12), BB.  BA= .267.
Ryder Jones 3B- 2 for 5.  BA= .286
Casey Kelly RHP- 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K's, GO/AO= 9/2.  ERA= 4.77.

He's technically not a prospect but maybe Casey Kelly is the best the Giants have on the farm?  This was his 8'th QS out of 9 since 4/26/2018.

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Portland Sea Dogs downed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 4-2:

Shaun Anderson RHP- 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA- 3.07.

Shaun Anderson is a horse!

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A+  San Jose Giants defeated the Stockton Ports 6-4:

Jalen Miller 2B- 1 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .311.
Wander Franco DH- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .289.
Matt Winn(.263), John Riley(.385), Brandon Van Horn(.223), Johneshwy Fargas(.256)- 2 hits each.
Kelvin Beltre 3B- 1 for 2, 2 BB, SB(1).  BA= .188.
Carlos Sano RHP- 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.29.
Rodolfo Martinez RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.13.

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Low A  West Virginia Power beat the Augusta Greenjackets 6-3:

Heliot Ramos CF- 1 for 1, 2B, 3 BB, SB(2).  BA= .231.
Jeffry Parra C- 1 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .192.
Franklin Van Gurp RHP- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.59.
John Timmins RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.69.

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DSL  Giants pounded the Royals 7-2:

Ghordy Santos RHP- 0 for 3, 2 BB, SB(3).  BA= .222.
Luis Toribio 3B- 1 for 2, 2B, 3 BB.  BA= .375.
Richgelon Juliana CF- 2 for 5, SB(1).  BA= .185.
Keyberth Mejias C- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .222.
Juan Sanchez LHP- 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 1.06.

17 yo Juan Sanchez is pitching like a future ace with 20 K's against just 1 BB in 17 IP in 3 Starts so far in his pro career.

Game Wrap 6/14/2018: Giants 6 Marlins 3 in 16 innings

It wasn't easy, but in the end, the struggle was worth it as the Giants rallied for 3 runs in the top of the 16'th inning and hung on for the win.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik 2B- 0 for 6.  BA= .239.  Gotta wonder if Joe completely healthy as he is in a deep slump:  3 for 36 since going 6 for 11 in his first 3 games back from the DL.

Andrew McCutchen RF- 3 for 7, HR(8).  BA= .267.  Cutch hits his second first inning, 2-run dinger in as many games.  He is hitting .339 for the month of June.  Interestingly, he has not drawn a walk in June and sports a .339/.339/732 slash line.

Evan Longoria 3B- 0 for 1, HBP.  BA= .246.  The HBP in the. 4'th inning broke the 5'th metacarpal on his left hand.  Same injury as Madbum, so he'll be out awhile.

Alen Hanson 3B- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .338.  One big difference from last year's team is depth and Alen Hanson has been a huge part of the depth.  So much so, that some fans might be happy to see him playing 3B instead of Evan Longoria!

Pablo Sandoval 1B- 1 for 4, 3 BB.  BA= .271.  Pabs has transformed himself into a more patient hitter, but it was his bases loaded single in the 16'th that broke this one open and led the way to the win.

Mac Williamson LF- 1 for 3, HR(8).  BA= .250.  Mac homered in the 2'nd inning to give the Giants a 3-0 lead.  He was lifted in a double switch in the 7'th inning....for Hunter Pence, who went 0 for 4 the rest of the way.  True, the Giants had the lead at that point, but is Hunter Pence the guy you bring in as a defensive replacement?

Gorkys Hernandez CF- 2 for 6, SF.  BA= .289.  The Magic Wandu is back for Gorkys who is hitting .318 over his last 7 games.  His SF gave the Giants an insurance run in the 16'th inning.

Dereck Rodriguez RHP- 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.34.  DRod logs his 2'nd QS out of 3 which should be enough to keep him around awhile longer.

Ty Blach LHP- 6.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 10/1.  ERA= 4.22.  Blach may have found his true calling as a long reliever.  He's allowed just 1 ER in 14 IP in 5 Appearances, since moving to the bullpen.  This yeoman outing brings back memories of Yusmeiro Petit and the 2014 playoffs!

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The NL West leading D'Backs won as did the Dodgers so the Giant remain in 3'rd place, 4.5 games behind the leaders with the Dodgers 2.5 games back in 2'nd place.  The Rockies lost to the Phillies to fall 5 games off the pace which the Padres dropped to 6.5 games back in last place.

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The Giants move on to LA for the last leg of the road trip with Derek Holland facing Ross Stripling in game 1 tonight.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Down on the Farm: 6/13/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Round Rock Express 7-5:

Steven Duggar CF- 3 for 5, 2B, SB(10).  BA= .290.
Gregor Blanco LF- 3 for 5, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .357.
Ronnie Freeman C- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .254.
Ray Black RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.97.
Derek Law RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(5).  ERA= 5.63.

Steven Duggar's BA reached a nadir of .240 on May 13. Since then, he's gone 38 for 109= .349.  So, this is a 1 month hot streak now.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels blanked the Portland Seadogs 3-0:

Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .283.
Jerry Sands 1B- 1 for 3, HR(10), BB.  BA= .235.
Chase Johnson RHP- 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 1.74.
Mike Connolly RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.99.
Will LaMarche RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.86.
Dillon McNamara RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(4).   ERA= 2.08.

With Andrew Suarez essentially graduated and Tyler Beede having a terrible season, who is the Giants top pitching prospect right now?  Chase Johnson and Logan Webb are in the conversation and probably we should add Sean Hjelle as soon as we know he's signed.  Giants really need to get some pitching prospects out of this draft class.

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A+  Stockton Ports dominated the San Jose Giants 6-0:

Heath Quinn DH- 2 for 4.  BA= .333.
Jacob Heyward LF- 3 for 4.  BA= .251.
Melvin Adon RHP- 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.72.

Adon threw 62 pitches in 2.2 IP.

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Low A  West Virginia Power edged out the Augusta Greenjackets 3-2:

Heliot Ramos CF- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .228.
Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 1 for 3, HR(5) HBP.  BA= .251.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .229.
John Gavin LHP- 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.94.
Camilo Doval RHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.63.
Calvin Mitchell OF(Power)- 1 for 2, 2B, HBP, SF.  BA= .326.

I have a rooting interest in Calvin Mitchell, the Pirates 2'nd round draft pick from last year.  Turns out he's my cousin's wife's nephew, or something like that.  Close enough for a family rooting interest.  My cousin lives in Augusta and they went out to the game to support Calvin last night.  He's been tearing up the SAL and had a nice game for them.  I liked his bat coming into last year's draft.   I've read comps to former Angels OF Garrett Anderson.

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DSL  Pirates2 outscored the Giants 10-9:

Jean Pena SS- 0 for 1, 4 BB.  BA= .333.
Luigi Pichardo LF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .148.
Omar Medina C- 0 for 1, 4 BB.  BA= .385.

Giants drew 13 BB's in the game and had 5 hits.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Game Wrap 6/13/2018: Marlins 5 Giants 4

The Giants had 3 separate leads in this game, but in the end let another on get away.  Key Lines:

Buster Posey 1B- 3 for 4, 2B, BB, SB(3).  BA= .301.   Buster was in a bit of a mini-slump hitting just .246 in his previous 15 games.

Andrew McCutchen RF- 2 for 5, 2B, HR(7).  BA= .262.  Cutch is hitting .357 over his last 7 games and .339 over his last 15.

Andrew Suarez LHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.92.  Suarez was lifted for a PH(Hunter Pence) with 2 outs and 2 runners on base in the top of the 6'th inning.  At that point, the Giants had a 3-2 lead which did not grow when Pence grounded into a force play.  The rest of the game was a see-saw between the bullpens which the Giants ultimately lost.

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Despite the Loss, the Giants remain 4.5 games behind the NL West leading D'Backs who lost to the Pirates 5-4, but drop into 4'th place behind the Rockies who topped the Phillies 7-2 and are 4 games behind.  The Dodgers are still playing against the Rangers and sit 2.5 games out pending the outcome of their game.  The Pesky Padres beat the Cardinals 4-2 to remain just 5.5 games out in last place.

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Dereck Rodriguez tries to salvage the final game of the 4 game series tomorrow facing Dan Straily.

Scouting the 2018 Draft: Giants Picks Rounds 11-20

Round 11, Pick #316.  David Villar 3B, College(South Florida).  B-R, T-R, 6'0", 205 lbs.  2018:  .374/.463/.648, 24 2B, 12 HR, 28 BB, 58 K, 219 AB.  Teammate of Shane McClanahan.  Lots of BB's, lots of K's, impressive power, competitive program.  On paper doesn't look that much different than Joey Bart.

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Round 12, Pick #346.  Sean Roby, 3B, JC(Arizona).  B-R, T-R.  6'2", 215 lbs.  2018:  .356/.429/.739, 15 2B, 2 3B, 22 HR, 21 BB, 28 K, 254 PA.  Nice stat line, but we've learned to not trust JC stats.  The low K rate may be a good sign.

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Round 13, Pick #376.  George Bell Jr, OF, JC(OK).  B-R, T-R.  6'4", 210 lbs.  2018:  .344/.456/.500, 3 HR, 13 BB, 12 K, 79 PA.  Not much info except that he IS the son of THAT George Bell.  Not sure why he only had 79 PA's.  Injury?  Intriguing name and size.

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Round 14, Pick #406.  Bryce Tucker, LHP, College(Central Florida).  6'3", 205 lbs.  2018:  2-2, 2.03, 26.2 IP, 16 BB, 35 K, 6 Saves.  Big lefty who worked as a college closer.  FB 90-92 MPH, iffy command.  Profiles as a lefty specialist in the pros.

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Round 15, Pick #436.  Matt Frisbee, RHP, College(UNC Greensboro).  6'5", 215 lbs.  2018:  10-2, 3.45, 91.1 IP, 23 BB, 116 K's.  FB goes 90-94.  Could increase if a relief role.  Uses height well with an over-the-top delivery.  Should excel in lower levels of he minors.  Challenge for guys like this is always what happens when they hit San Jose and the PCL.

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Round 16, Pick #466.  Trenton Toplikar, RHP, College(UCR).  6'3", 210 lbs.  2018: 6-3, 4.07, 84 IP, 16 BB, 62 K's.  Not a lot of info.  Over-the-top delivery.  Stat line does not stand out.

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Round 17, Pick #496.  Ryan Olenek, OF/IF/RHP.  College(Mississippi).  6'5", 185 lbs.  2018:  .350/.388/.464, 18 2B, 3 HR, 10 BB, 17 K, 237 AB.  This guy is really confusing to me.  Tall, skinny kid who had a breakout season at the plate for Ole Miss playing all 3 OF positions, 3B and 2B, bur mostly CF.  Listed as a pitcher by the Giants draft list but only made 1 appearance in 2018 which lasted 0.2 IP.  Kylie McDaniel really, really likes him but "assumes" he is unsignable.  Says he profiles best at 2B(at 6'5"?).  Profile reminds me a bit of Brandon Bednar.  Hit .283 in the Cape Cod League which explains the Giants interest.  We'll see.

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Round 18, Pick #526.  Bryan Hernandez, RHP, HS(PR).  6'2", 178 lbs.  Pretty much no information available here.

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Round 19, Pick #556.  Randy Norris, OF, College(Winston-Salem State U).  B-R, T-R, 6'1", 190 lbs.  2018:  .437/.475/.574, 5 2B, 5 3B, 4 HR, 34 SB, 11 BB, 21 K's, 217 PA.  Speedy OF from a DII school.  Scout who signed him comps him to Cameron Maybin.

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Round 20, Pick #586.  Jett Manning, SS, College(Alabama).  B-S, T-R.  6'1", 180 lbs.  2018:  .251/..330/.302, 17 BB, 38 K, 179 AB.  Let's just say I don't think he was drafted for his bat!

Down on the Farm: 6/12/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats were idle.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels edged out the Portland Seawolves 2-1:

Matt Lipka RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .240.
Jerry Sands 1B- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .234.
Jeff Arnold C- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA=.225.
Garrett Williams LHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K's, 3 HBP.  ERA= 5.33.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.75.
Caleb Simpson RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.19.

Both Squirrels runs came in the bottom of the 9'th inning.  Still some wildness here, especially when you factor in the HBP's, but this was Garrett Williams' 2'nd QS in a row which has to be encouraging. He has allowed just 4 hits in 12 IP in those two starts. Patrick Ruotolo continues to dominate out of the bullpen at the AA level.

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A+ Stockton Ports downed the San Jose Giants 5-1:

Gio Brusa DH- 1 for 4, HR(11).  BA= .266.
Raffi Vizcaino RHP- 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.88.

Brusa has hit 6 HR's in his last 10 games in which he's also batted .333.  This was RViz' first QS since 5/11.

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Low A  West Virginia Power outscored the Augusta Greenjackets 7-5:

Shane Matheny 3B- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .233.
Jacob Gonzalez DH- 2 for 4.  BA= .250.
Orlando Garcia 2B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .248.
Logan Baldwin CF- 1 for 4, 3B.  BA= .264.
Garrett Cave RHP- 1.1 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 3.99.
Tyler Schimpf RHP- 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.63.
Olbis Parra RHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.27.
John Russell RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.12.

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DSL  Giants pounded the Pirates2 13-4:

Robinson Batista LF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .278.
Luis Toribio 3B- 3 for 4, 2B, HR(4), BB.  BA= .385.
Samuel Jorge 1B- 2 for 4, 2B, HBP.  BA= .394.
Ghordy Santos SS- 2 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .267.
Omar Medina C- 4 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .417.
Ivan Armstrong RHP- 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 5.63.
Jesus Gomez LHP- 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.06.

Luis Toribio is a 17 yo who looks like the real deal at the plate.  Batista, Jorge, Santos and Medina are holdovers from last season.  Ivan Armstrong is 17 yo who and listed at 6'5", 247 lbs.  Jesus Gomez is another 17 yo listed at 6'2", 180 lbs.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Game Wrap 6/12/2018: Marlins 3 Giants 1

Mike Krukow tells a story, true or apocryphal, about someone asking Willie Mays who was the toughest pitcher he ever faced.   Willie's answer:  "The guy I never saw before!"  The Giants must believe it is a true story because they almost inevitably stumble offensively against average rookie pitchers they've never faced before.  Tonight was no exception as the offense failed to capitalize on a Quality Start by Chris Stratton.  Key Lines:

Chris Stratton RHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.56.  Stratton gave up a 3-spot in the 3'rd inning but got out of it by turning a comebacker into a DP.  He gave up 3 of his 4 hits and 1 walk in the inning.  Aside from that blemish, he threw 6 innings of 1-hit ball.

Trevor Richards RHP(Marlins)- 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.41.  Richards was the rook who the Giants had never seen before.  He was pretty much of an unknown before this season but has put up very good numbers in the minors averaging more than a K/IP for his minor league career.

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The Loss drops the Giants 4 games behind the D'Backs pending the outcome of the Snakes vs Bucs game.  The Dodgers are 3 games back and still playing the Rangers.  The Rockies lost to the Phillies to drop 4.5 games behind the leaders while the Pesky Padres topped the Cardinals and sit 6 games back.

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Andrew Suarez tries to avoid a sweep tomorrow facing lefty Caleb Smith.  I think the Giants had a Caleb Smith in their organization recently, but this appears to be a different Caleb Smith who came up in the Yankees organization.

Down on the Farm: 6/11/2018

AAA  Colorado Springs Sky Sox pounded the Sacramento River Cats 7-1:

Chris Shaw LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .268.
Ryder Jones 3B- 1 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .284.
Tyler Beede RHP- 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 2 BB, HBP.  ERA= 6.71.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.67.
Derek Law RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 6.43.
Steven Okert LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.40.
Josh Osich LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.36.

Beede's night went HBP, SB, BB, FO, Double Steal, BB, SF(highlight reel catch by Duggar), Throwing Error(Duggar(10)), Triple, Ground Rule Double, Hit the Showers(35 Pitches).  I think we can all agree something's not right with Tyler Beede, mechanical, mental, physical, something.  Gotta remember that Chris Stratton looked just as hopeless last year about this time.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels were idle.

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A+  Stockton Ports defeated the San Jose Giants 5-4:

Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 5.  BA= .313.
Heath Quinn DH- 2 for 4.  BA= .328.
Matt Winn C- 1 for 4, HR(7).  BA= .264.
Rodolfo Martinez RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.28.

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Low A  West Virginia Power topped the Augusta Greenjackets 5-4:

Rob Calabrese C- 1 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .239.
Jason Bahr RHP- 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.57.
Camilo Doval RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's,  ERA= 4.91.

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DSL  Mariners beat the Giants 5-3:

Lylon Lopez RHP-  5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.23.
Yhonson Rojas LHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Game Wrap 6/11/2018: Marlins 7 Giants 5

Tell me if you've seen this movie before.  The Giants, coming off an exhilarating series win over a top team on the road, start a series against one of the worst teams in MLB.....and do a faceplant!   Key Lines:

Gorkys Hernandez CF- 2 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .293.  The Magic Wandu is back.  Can't do much more a the leadoff guy than get on base 4 times.

Andrew McCutchen RF- 2 for 4, 2B, HBP.  BA= .264.  Cutch's double was the key hit in the Giants 3-run 5'th inning driving in a run.  He eventually came around to score himself after an intentional walk, balk, intentional walk and unintentional walk.  He is hitting .350 for the month of June.

Evan Longoria 3B- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .247.  Longoria reached base 3 times and committed his 11'th error.

Madison Bumgarner LHP- 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.76.  Bum seemed to be cruising through 3 innings.  Even after giving up 2 runs on a homer and RBI triple by Lewis Brinson in the 4'th inning, he seemed to have the game in hand, especially after the Giants took a 4-2 lead in the 5'th.  The 6'th inning got rocky in a hurry and Bum was not happy with the home plate ump.  After Bochy came out and replaced him, Bum strode down on an angle that put him closer to home plate and was clearly jawing at the ump who gave him the heave-ho sign, which didn't mean a think except a fine for Bum, which I am sure he will consider a small price to pay for getting it off  his chest.

After all that, Bum was still in line to get the W after the Giants scored their 5'th run in the top of the 7'th, only to see their usually reliable bullpen break down and give up the 3-spot in the bottom of the inning to set the final score.

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The Loss put the Giants at 3 games behind the NL West leading D'backs pending the outcome of the D'Backs vs Pirates which the D'Backs are losing 5-1 in the 7'th inning.  The Dodgers gained sole possession of 2'nd place by not playing.  They are 2.5 games out pending the D'Back final.  The idle Rockies sit at 3.5 games back in 4'th place while the Padres lost and drop 6 games off the pace, at least for now.

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Chris Stratton tries to even the series tomorrow evening facing Trevor Richards.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Down on the Farm: 6/10/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats edge out the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 3-2:

Steven Duggar CF- 4 for 5, 3 2B.  BA= .288.
Daniel Camarena RHP- 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 0.78.
Manny Parra LHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.47.
Ray Black RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.40.

Duggar is hitting .432 over his last 10 games. Free Steven Duggar!  Free Ray Black!  I guess the plan now is to try to get Gearrin going well enough for someone to claim him off waivers?

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AA  Harrisburg Senators outscored the Richmond Flying Squirrels 7-6:

Luigi Rodriguez RF- 2 for 4, 2B, BB, SB(7).  BA= .375.
Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .297.
Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 4, BB, SB(4).  BA= .281.
Jordan Johnson RHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.98.
Franklin Van Gurp RHP- 3 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 12.00.

Giants are bringing up the Augusta relievers and plugging them in where needed.  Van Gurp might have had some promotion jitters as he gave up all 4 runs in his first inning of work, the 6'th.

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A+  San Jose Giants smashed the Modesto Nuts 16-5:

Bryce Johnson CF- 2 for 6, 3B, SB(11).  BA= .256.
Jalen Miller 2B- 4 for 6, BA= .311.
Gio Brusa 1B- 3 for 5, 3 HR(10), SB(2).  BA= .272.
Sandro Fabian RF- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .228.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's, Save(2).  ERA= 3.03.

Great day for padding the stat line but have a day, Gio Brusa!  3 dingers in 1 day!  Great day for the kids, Jalen Miller and Sandro Fabian too!

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Low A  Columbia Fireflies blanked the Augusta Greenjackets 4-0:

Manuel Geraldo SS- 2 for 4, SB(15).  BA= .303.
Orlando Garcia 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .241.
Joey Marciano LHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.93.

Game Wrap 6/10/2018: Giants 2 Nationals 0

Brandon Crawford drove in both of the Giants runs with a 2-run homer in the 4'th inning of Nationals ace Max Scherzer while Derek Holland held the Nats scoreless for 5 innings and 4 out of the Fabulous Five bullpen members slammed the door the rest of the way.  Key Lines:

Pablo Sandoval 1B- 0 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .282.  Interesting article in Fangraphs by Jeff Sullivan who noticed that Pabs has suddenly stopped swinging at first pitches.  Up to this season, Pabs swing % on first pitches was right around 50% and very stable and about the same as the percentage he swings at all pitches.  This year, he has swing at about 3%.  Yes, you read that right.  Not 30% but 3%.  He's maintained his swing percentage at Not First Pitches at right about his career average.  Whether that first pitch strategy helped him draw the 2 walks in this game, who knows?  I'm not even sure if he swing at the first pitch in those two PA's or not since I was cooling my heals in the Salt Lake City Airport which would be the worst $%@&hole in the entire country if it weren't for LAX.  But I digress.  The point I am getting to is Pablo drew 2 walks and scored 1 of the Giants 2 runs on Brandon Crawford's bomb.

Brandon Crawford SS- 4 for 4, 2 2B, HR(8).  BA- .338.  1 Base short of a cycle.  I gotta say, I am running out of things to day about the stupendous season Crawford is having, at least since May 1.  He's hitting cleanup in the Giants lineup for a reason and may be on his way to MVP contention.  I mean for the National League!  .533 over the 10 games in the month of June after hitting .412 on May.

Derek Holland LHP-  5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.54.  This is what the Giants hired Holland to do.  Keep it close for 5 innings and let the bullpen take it from there.  Holland has pitched at least 5 innings in 10 of his starts and at least 6 IP in 5.  He's not allowed more than 4 ER in any game he has started.  This was his second start of the season in which he did not allow a run.

Bullpen- 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  Mark Melancon, Sam Dyson, Tony Watson, Hunter Strickland.  1 shutout innings each with Strick earning his 13'th Save.  Hey!  The Core Four is no more, but now we have the Fab Five:  The 4 we saw today plus Will Smith.

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The Win allowed the Giants to keep pace with the NL West leading D'Backs who lead the Giants and Dodgers by 2.5 games after sweeping the Rockies over the weekend.  The Rockies, who started the weekend in 2'nd place, 0.5 games out of the lead are now in 4'th place, 3.5 games behind.  The Pesky Padres topped the Marlins 3-1 to remain 5.5 games behind in the cellar.

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The Giants take their roadshow to Miami to face the Marlins with Madison Bumgarner starting the first game of the series against Wei-Yin Chen.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Blogger's Note

Gotta leave early tomorrow morning to go to a 2 day conference in Salt Lake City.  Back Sunday evening when I will try to put in a post or two.

Feel free to post comments about the games for today and tomorrow and for standout performances in the minors.  I can still moderate comments from my phone and post them throughout the day.

Down on the Farm: 6/8/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats beat the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 4-1:

Gregor Blanco CF- 1 for 3, 3B, BB.  BA= .333.
Austin Slater 1B- 2 for 4.  BA= .363.
Casey Kelly RHP- 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.12.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.84.
Derek Law RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(4).  ERA= 6.92.

Wait, what?  What happened to Gregor Blanco?  I missed whatever it was.  Man, I can't keep up with al these moves!  Casey Kelly pitches his 4'th QS in a row and 7'th in his last 8 total starts.  Is he the next callup if the Giants need more pitching help?
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AA  Harrisburg Senators outscored the Richmond Flying Squirrels 8-7:

Matt Lipka RF- 3 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .225.
Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .277.
Aramis Garcia C- 2 for 5.  BA= .198.
John Polonius 2B- 2 for 4, 2B, SB(1).  BA= .444.
Will LaMarche RHP- 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.32.
Carlos Diaz LHP- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 6.00.

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A+  San Jose Giants cracked the Modesto Nuts 6-4:

Gio Brusa 1B- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(7), BB.  BA= .263.
Johneshwy Fargas RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .255.
Melvin Adon RHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.77.
Keenan Bartlett RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 9.00.
Doug Still LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Connor Overton RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R 0 BB, 1 K.  Save(1).  ERA= 0.90.

Lots of movement in the reliever ranks.  Keenan Bartlett makes his 2018 debut in San Jose after pitching exclusively in Arizona after last year's draft.  This was Doug Still's 2'nd appearance of the season.  His first was on 6/5 for Augusta.

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Low A  Columbia Fireflies defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 4-1:

Orlando Garcia 2B- 1 for 3, HR(3), BB.  BA= .241.
John Gavin LHP- 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.98.

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DSL  Tigers2 edged out the Giants 2-1:

Juan Sanchez LHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 0.90.
Sonny Vargas LHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 11.57.

Juan Sanchez is looking like the early ace of the Giants 2017 international class.  The 17 yo Lefty has 12 K's and 1 BB in 10 IP in his first 2 pro starts.

Game Wrap 6/8/2018: Giants 9 Nationals 5

The Giants offense unloaded on Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals to pick up rookie Andrew Suarez to take game one of the weekend series in Washington and I'm bursting with excitement!  Key Lines:

Andrew McCutchen RF- 2 for 5, HR(6).   BA= .257.  Cutch has found his gear.  After hitting .281 for the month of May, he's hitting .323 in the 7 games of June so far with a .774 SLG%.  He's hit 3 HR's in 5 games and is 9 for 24 on that span with 6 XBH's.  If the Giants stay in contention, it's great to have him around for the season.  If not, he should make a heckuva trade piece at the deadline.

Brandon Crawford SS- 2 for 4, 2 2B, HBP, SB(2).  BA= .327.  Talk about finding your gear!  Brandon Crawford can't stop, won't stop hitting the darn cover off the ball.  12 for 25 with 5 doubles and a dinger.  .480/.567/.800.  That comes after this line for the entire month of May:  .412/.446/.618.  As Bill King would say, "Holy Toledo!"

Pablo Sandoval 1B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .287.  And Pabs is as hot as he's been in his career.   .357 over his last 7 games with a SLG% of .643.  .318 over his last 15 and .304 over his last 30.  Now, look at me with a straight face and tell me you are not happy for Pablo and what he's doing for the Giants right now!  Talk about redemption!

Alen Hanson 3B- 2 for 3, 3B.  BA= .364.  Alen Hanson says to Cutch, Crawford and Pabs, "you guys are chumps!  I'm 8 for 11 over my last 7 games with 2 doubles, a triple and 2 HR's."  Now, how insane is that?

Hunter Pence LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .209.  OK, I didn't see the game and I'm sure Pence had his adventures in LF, but I ain't havin' any negativity here.  Not tonight!  I do think Mac should have been starting though.

Gorkys Hernandez CF- 2 for 4, HR(7).  BA= .289.  Just when I thought the Magic Wandu had left Gorkys, it shows up again with another big night.

Mac Williamson PH- 1 for 1.  BA- .276.  Mac went 0 for 4 in his first game off the DL on 5/25. Since then he is 10 for 35, .286.  He should be playing LF every single day.

Andrew Suarez LHP- 4.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 5.06.  On any other night, this might have been a bad start for the rook, but tonight it was fantastic.  Got 'em into the 5'th inning with the lead.  Yep, I'll take it.  No questions asked!

Mark Melancon RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 3.00.  This probably bears some watching.  Not convinced Melancon is completely healthy and not ready to trust him in any high leverage situation yet.

Watson/Dyson/Smith- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  The Tremendous Trio nails down another one.  Highest ERA of the 3 is Dyson at 2.22.

Stephen Strasburg RHP(Nationals)- 2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.46.  Strasburg left the game with a bum shoulder and is expected to get an MRI.  The last time he made more than 28 starts in a season is 2014.

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The D'Backs beat the Rockies 9-4 to extend their lead in the NL West to 1.5 games over the Rockies. The Giants kept pace with the D'Backs and are now tied for 2'nd place with the Rocks.  The Giants Win puts them 1 game over .500 on the season at 32-31.  The Dodgers are sitting 2 games out of first place pending the outcome of their game with the Braves.  Walker Buehler abruptly left his start in the 6'th inning after a 10 pitch AB by John Camargo in which he threw 2 fastballs under 92 MPH.  The Pesky Padres lost to the Marlins 4-0 to remain 5.5 games behind the D'Backs in last place.

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Dereck Rodriguez gets a chance to prove his first MLB start was not a fluke tomorrow facing lefty Gio Gonzalez.

Scouting the 2018 Draft: Giants Picks Rounds 3-10

We posted full profiles for Joey Bart and Sean Hjelle after Day 1.  The Giants are generally getting positive reviews for their draft.  Even Keith Law, who usually hate just about everything the Giants do, had some positive things to say in his Klawchat on his blog.  Here's the exchange:

Chris:  As a Giants fan, is my overall attitude of "meh" justified?  While they got two players who will contribute(and Bart will likely contribute a lot), it just doesn't feel like much upside considering they had the number 2 overall pick and a high second round pick.

Keith Law:  It feels very safe, and they have taken four players so far who should contribute sooner rather than later, but you are right that they forewent upside in favor of probability and proximity.

I would argue that there wasn't that much upside to be had in this draft, and Joey Bart just might have the most!  I mean, the big question about Bart is whether he will make enough contact.  If he does, wow!  We have a Hall of Fame catcher! As for Hjelle, it's not like a 6'11" pitcher is devoid of upside.  He fills out that frame at all and boom!  Dominance!  Upside is generally a code word for high school prospect.  While this year's HS class ran fairly deep, there were no standout prep prospects which is why teams went college so heavy in the top 10.  High school prospects also come with risk.  Covechatter showed that if you want to get an elite player in the top 5 picks, you best take a college hitter.  Of the college hitters, Bart has the biggest upside and highest ceiling, IMO.  I would say the same about Hjelle out of available players in Round 2.  Some might argue for Kumar Rocker or Cole Wilcox, who were available, but if teams didn't think they would sign for first round money, why would they sign for second round money?  While Bart may sign for slightly under slot, he would not accept a big enough discount to sign Rocker or Wilcox in Round 2.  It also makes little sense to skimp on a high first round pick to try to upgrade your later round picks based on probabilities as ocg has pointed out numerous times.


OK, with that out of my system, let's move on!

Round 3, Pick #80.  Jake Wong, RHP, College(Grand Canyon University).  6'2", 215 lbs.  2016:  2-3, 4.28, 54.2 IP, 29 BB, 28 K.  2017:  5-3, 4.00, 78.2 IP, 25 BB, 51 K.  2018:  9-3, 2.81, 89.2 IP, 29 BB, 89 K.  Grand Canyon U is an emerging D1 program.  Wong is their highest draftee.  Solid build which should play as a SP.  He has a solid 3-pitch mix fronted by a FB that sits 92-94 MPH and touches 96.  According to his MLB scouting report, his changeup might be his best secondary pitch, something Mike Krukow will approve of.  He pitched in relief in the Cape Cod League with an uptick in velocity.  While I had not heard of Jake Wong before the draft, MLB had him ranked #72, so he was not a reach at #80.

Round 4, Pick #106.  Blake Rivera, RHP, JC(Alabama).  6'4", 2015 lbs.  7-1, 1.94, 55.2 IP, 72 K's. The Giants drafted Rivera in round 32 last year after his freshman JC season, but he returned to school and bumped his stock to the 4'th round.  MLB had him ranked at #111.  Same school as Craig Kimbrel.  FB sits at 90-93 and touches 96.  Curveball is a "legitimate out pitch" with "sharp bite."  Scouts are divided re. whether he best profiles as a SP or RP.  Giants will likely give him a chance to start, at least in the minors.

Round 5, Pick #136.  Keaton Winn, RHP, JC(Iowa).  6'4", 2015 lbs.  4-1, 2.23, 36.1 IP, 59 K, 5 Saves.  Winn was drafted by the Giants in round 20 last year and moves up to round 5 this year.  Have I ever said the Giants like to redraft players they have previously drafted?  MLB scouting report has his FB 89-94 with a good slider.  Pitched mostly in relief for his JC team but started 2 games.  Giants will probably try to develop him as a SP.  He is quite athletic winning a state championship in track and also playing football and basketball in HS.

Round 6, Pick #166.  Patrick Hilson, OF, HS(Arkansas).  5'10", 165 lbs.  B-S, T-R.  Here is the Giants upside play.  Hilson is a smallish but muscular HS 2-way player with a 94 MPH fastball on the mound and can fly as a runner.  Giants drafted him as an OF and you don't get much more tooled up than Hilson.  As always, the question is whether he will hit.  On video he has a deep hand dip at the start of his swing that reminds me of a beer league slow-pitch softball swing.  One he gets it going, though, theres a lot of whippiness and wrist action which could generate a lot of power.  The swing will be a project, though.  Does not turn 18 until 8/25.

Round 7, Pick #199.  Edison Mora, SS, HS(Puerto Rico).  6'2", 165 lbs.  B-R, T-R.  Another upside play.  About all we have on this kid is a scouting video for college which shows him running a 6.7 60.  He's on the tall side for a SS with a thin, wiry frame and some lankiness with long arms and legs.  The frame looks like it can fill out.  I'm always annoyed in scouting videos when I see players on defense double clutch and crow hop, and they always do. Kid!  I don't want to know what you are going to do when Buster Posey hits a medium-hard grounder right at you.  I want to know what you are going to do with a chopper hit by Billy Hamilton or a grounder into the hole by, say, Hunter Pence!  Double clutches and crow hops are not going to do it.  In fairness to Mora, some later plays show him hustling and unloading a lot more quickly, but no throws from deep in the hole.  Mora does not turn 18 yo until 8/13.

Round 8, Pick #226.  Solomon Bates, RHP, College(USC).  6'2", 210 lbs.  2018:  6-3, 3.14, 77.1 IP, 21 BB, 79 K's.  USC's top pitcher in 2018.  I don't have much of a scouting report. He had 18 appearances for USC in 2018 with 9 starts.  A video from his Santa Barbara Foresters summer league team shows a very big body with a huge, muscular lower half reminiscent of Bartolo Colon.  Another video from 3/9/2018 during the college season shows him slimmed down considerably.  As you know, though, I don't mind seeing some bulk in pitchers.

Round 9, Pick #256.  Ben Madison, RHP, College(Central Baptist(AR)).  6'3", 205 lbs.  6-6, 2.70, 96.2 IP, 172 K's.  NAIA First Team All American.  Not much info here.  Can reportedly dial it up to 96 MPH.  Obviously a strikeout machine but you have to consider the competition.  Let's just say the Giants started drafted lottery tickets in round 6 with Hilson, and Madison looks to have as much upside as any of them.  2 more things.  We now have a pitcher with the last name of Madison to go with a pitcher with the first name of Madison.  This Madison has the Johnny Cueto hair and smile going on!

Round 10, Pick #286.  Alex Dubord, RHP.  College(Faulkner University(AL).  6'5", 225 lbs.  7-1, 4.01, 51.2 IP, 14 BB, 55 K.  Another NAIA pitcher with the size the Giants look for.  Have I ever said the Giants like to draft big pitchers?  Reportedly had hit 94 MPH with the FB.  Not much more info out there.  I'll take a stab and comp him to Joe Biagini.

Down on the Farm: 6/7/2018

AAA  Oklahoma City Dodgers outscored the Sacramento River Cats 10-6:

Steven Duggar CF- 2 for 4, 2 2B, BB, SB(9).  BA= .277.
Austin Slater 1B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .359.
Chris Shaw LF- 2 for 5, HR(11).  BA= .269.
Myles Schroder RF- 3 for 5, HR(4).  BA= .274.
Ray Black RHP- 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 5.91.
Pierce Johnson RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Steven Duggar is hitting .316 since May 13 when his BA reached a nadir of .240.  He is hitting .390 over his last 10 games.  Duggar also had a couple of highlight reel defensive plays in this game with a a rocket throw for an assist and home plate and a diving catch in CF(thanks to Covechatter's Twitter feed for the videos).  Chris Shaw homered in his second game back after missing 18 games with a muscle strain.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Trenton Thunder 6-3:

Chase Johnson RHP- 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K's, GO/AO= 7/2.  ERA= 2.16.
Frank Rubio RHP- 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.50.
Caleb Simpson RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.27.

Frank Rubio comes up from Augusta to make his AA debut with mixed results.

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A+  Stockton Ports scored 3 runs in the 9'th to tie and 2 more in the 10'th then hung on for the Win 11-10:

Bryce Johnson CF- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .260.
Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .307.
CJ Hinojosa SS- 3 for 5.  BA= .364.
Dylan Rheault RHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.30.

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Low A  Greenville Drive topped the Augusta Greenjackets 5-4:

Heliot Ramos CF- 1 for 3, HR(5), 2 BB.  BA= .236.
Logan Baldwin RF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .269.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 3 for 4, 2B, 3B, HR(9).  BA= .233.
Garrett Cave RHP- 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K's GO/AO- 8/2.  ERA= 3.17.
Camilo Doval RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.14.

Ryan Kirby just needed a single to complete a cycle.

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DSL  Giants tamed the Tigers2 9-5:

Ghordy Santos SS- 1 for 3, 2 BB, SB(2).  BA- .143.
Luis Toribio 3B- 2 for 4, HR(3), BB.  BA= .400.
Samuel Jorge 1B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .391.
Richgelon Juliana CF- 2 for 5, 2B,  3B.  BA= .176.
Yohan Polanco RF- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .500.
Rodolfo Bone C- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .500.

Toribio, Juliana, Polanco and Bone are all in their first pro seasons.  Toribio and Polanco are 17 yo.  Juliana and Bone are 18.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Down on the Farm: 6/6/2018

AAA  Oklahoma City Dodgers pounded the Sacramento River Cats 9-3:

Steven Duggar CF- 1 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .273.
Kelby Tomlinson SS- 1 for 4, BB, SB(1).  BA= .222.
Tyler Beede RHP- 5.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 6 BB, 4 K.  ERA= 6.08.
Ray Black RHP- 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.35.

All I can do is look at Tyler Beede's line and sigh.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels quieted the Trenton Thunder 5-1:

Miguel Gomez 2B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .305.
Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .279.
Dylan Davis DH- 3 for 5, 2B, BB, SB(3).  BA= .260.
Garrett Williams LHP- 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.84.
Dillon McNamara RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.90.

This was Garrett Williams' most effective game in quite awhile but the peripherals are still ugly.  He's got 36 BB's in 44.2 IP on the season.

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A+  Stockton Ports crushed the San Jose Giants 11-1:

Jalen Miller 2B- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .305.
Orleny Quiroz LHP- 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.

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Low A  Greenville Drive blanked the Augusta Greenjackets 2-0:

Jason Bahr RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.34.
Ryan Koziol RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.21.
John Timmins RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 6.75.

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DSL  Giants outscored Colorado 15-6:

Jean Pena 3B- 2 for 5, HR(1), BB.  BA= .333.
Luis Toribio DH- 1 for 4, HR(2), 2 BB.  BA= .300.
Samuel Jorge 1B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .389.
Enoch Watts SS- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .333.
Robert Gomez RF- 1 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .143.
Jesus Gomez LHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.00.
Josdeiker Marcano RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Pena, Toribio, Gomez and Gomez are all 17 yo and in their first pro season.  Marcano is 18 yo and in his first pro season.

Game Wrap 6/6/2018: Giants 5 D'Backs 4 in 10 innings

The Giants were 1 out away from losing the series to the D'Backs when Alen Hanson stepped up to the plate to PH for Austin Jackson and tied it on a 2 run HR into the RF arcade.  They went on to win it on a walk-off single by Brandon Crawford.  Key Lines:

Pablo Sandoval 1B- 2 for 5.  BA= .282.  Batting second in the order is a bit of an odd place to find Pabs, but. there wasn't anything wrong with the results in this game.  He is hitting .360 over his last 7 games, .300 over his last 15 and .308 over his last 30.

Andrew McCutchen RF- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .253.  Cutch hit .230 in April, .283 in May and he's at .308 so far in June.  He's hitting .323 over his last 7 games, 10 for 31 with 4 doubles, a triple and 2 HR's.

Brandon Crawford SS- 2 for 5.  BA= .324.  Is Brandon Crawford heading toward MVP contention?  After hitting .190 in April, he hit .412 in May and is now at .476 in June.  His walk-off single in the 10'th drove in Cutch from 2B after Cutch's 2 out double.

Alen Hanson PH- 1 for 1, HR(5).  BA= .346.  OK, Alen Hanson had 3 AB's this series, all PH's.  He hit 2 doubles and this game-saving dinger.  He scored 3 runs and drove in 4.  How crazy is that?  Where would the Giants be without Alen Hanson in the organization?  He can play CF, right?  Maybe with Joe Panik back at 2B and Gorky's Hernandez Magic Wandu gone missing, it's time to start Hanson in CF?  Or maybe just keep letting him PH at the key point in every game?

Chris Stratton RHP- 4 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.63.  I guess we're back to 4-inning starts.  It looked like Stratton was settling down in the 4'th inning, but he went single, double, walk to start the 4'th and Boch had seen enough.

Will Smith LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.29.  Smith inherited Stratton's mess in the 5'th inning.  Runners on 1'st and 2'nd, a run in and no outs.  A long flyball out advanced the runners.  Smith then got the key strikeout, intentionally walked Chris Owings and then struck out Alex Avila to get out of it without further damage.  In the end, this was a big turning point in the game.

Ty Blach LHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.73.  Blach has always been best the first time through a lineup.  If he's comfortable coming out of the bullpen, long relief where he is expected to go 2 or 3 innings tops may be a nice fit for him.

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The Win gave the Giants a series win dropping the NL West leading D'Backs into a tie for first place with the Rockies who topped the Reds 6-3.  The Giants remain in 3'rd place but just 1.5 games behind the co-leaders.  The Dodgers lost to the Pirates 11-9 to drop 2 games back in 4'th place.  The Pesky Padres beat ATL 3-1 and are just 4.5 games off the pace in last place.

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The Giants have a travel day heading out to Washington DC to face the Nationals with Andrew Suarez taking on Stephen Strasburg in game 1 tomorrow evening.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Scouting the 2018 Giants Draft Review: Day 3 Review

The Giants completed Day 3 of the 2018 amateur, or Rule 4, draft with 30 picks starting with the #2 pick in Round 11 and ending with Round 40.  I will post a longer analysis including stats and a profile of each pick as some point in the future.  Unfortunately I am currently pressed for time and will make do with a brief summary.

First of all, I do not recognize by name any of the 30 players the Giants drafted today.  As for trends, they continued to draft a lot of pitchers, generally tall and/or big bodied, mostly RHP's.  They drew heavily from 4 years colleges I have never heard of and many more JC players than I recall seeing in historical Giants drafts.  There was a smattering of position players and a few HS kids who look like they might have some upside and are signable and one in Round 38 who is probably not signable.

Again, this is a test of the scouting staff to see whether scouting, drafting and signing players from the nook, crannies and far corners of the amateur baseball world are undervalued assets and hidden gems or the scouting equivalent of a gold mine in Alaska.

Down on the Farm: 6/5/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Oklahoma City Dodgers 7-4:

Steven Duggar CF- 1 for 5, HR(3).  BA= .274.
Kelby Tomlinson 2B- 1 for 5.  BA= .200.
Ryder Jones 3B- 1 for 2, 2B, 3 BB.  BA= .287.
Chase d'Arnaud 1B- 1 for 2, 3 BB.  BA= .287.
Daniel Camarena RHP- 5.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.51.
Steven Okert LHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 7.11.

Kelby moves up to AAA.  I think he landed in SJ after being optioned so he wouldn't have to travel a long way to join his team.  DJ Snelton is now a member of he Orioles organization after they claimed him off waivers.  Would you have DFA'd Snelton or Osich or Okert?

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AA  Trenton Thunder rolled over the Richmond Flying Squirrels 8-1:

Dylan Davis LF- 1 for 4, HR(7).  BA= .250.
Dan Slania RHP- 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.
Jake McCasland RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's. ERA= 3.77.

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A+ Stockton Ports topped the San Jose Giants 3-1:

Bryce Johnson CF- 2 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .261.
Jalen Miller 2B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .306.
Brandon Van Horn SS- 2 for 4, SB(4).  BA= .209.
Sandro Cabrera LHP- 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.05.

3'rd QS in a row for Sandro Cabrera.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets blanked the Greenville Drive 2-0(First Game of DH, 7 innings):

Logan Baldwin RF- 2 for 3, 2B, HR(3).  BA= .265.
Joey Marciano LHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.94.
Franklin Van Gurp RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.65.

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Low A  Greenville Drive beat the Augusta Greenjackets 5-2(Game 2 of DH, 7 innings):

Logan Baldwin RF- 2 for 3, 3B, SB(15).  BA= .272.
Heliot Ramos CF- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .239.
Doug Still LHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Doug Still makes his pro debut after being drafted by the Giants in round 11 last year.

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DSL Colorado outlasted the Giants 7-6 in 10 innings:

Robinson Batista LF- 2 for 5.  BA= .267.
Ismael Alcantara DH- 0 for 2, 3 BB, SB(1).  BA= .273.
Martin Doria 2B- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .750.
Lylon Lopez RHP- 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 5.06.

Game Wrap 6/5/2018: D'Backs 3 Giants 2

Madison Bumgarner threw a Quality Start but the offense scuffled against Patrick Corbin to spoil Bummy's return from the DL.  Key Lines:

Gorkys Hernandez- 0 for 4.  BA= .285.  The magic wandu may have run out for Gorkys as he is just 3 for 25 over his 7 games.

Brandon Crawford SS- 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .322.  Mac Williamson and Brandon Crawford hit B2B doubles in the 5'th inning with Crawford driving in the first Giants run of the game.

Alen Hanson PH- 1 for 1, 2B.  BA= .333.  Hanson hit is second PH double in as many nights with 1 out in the 9'th inning and scored on Buster Posey's 2-out single, but it was too little, too late.

Madison Bumgarner LHP- 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.00.  I only saw a couple of innings, but Bummy did not look too sharp.  Still, a subpar game by Bummy is usually better than the alternative.

Hunter Strickland RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 2.33.  The unearned run Strick gave up to extend the D'Backs lead to 3-1 eventually proved to be the difference in the game.

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The D'Backs, Rockies and Dodgers all won while the Giants and Padres lost.  The D'Backs lead the NL West by 1 game over the Rockies, 2 games over the Dodgers, 2.5 games over the Giants and 5.5 games over the Padres.

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Chris Stratton tries for a series win today in the finale, facing Clay Buchholz.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

2018 Draft Day 2 Review and Day 3 Preview

As Covechatter and I hoped, the Giants loaded up on pitching on Day 2 of the 2018 draft.  I wlll post a more complete rundown of the draft at a later date as I simply don't have time now.  Rounds 3-5 produced 3 RHP's with very similar profiles, 1 from a 4 year college and 2 from JC ball:  Big bodies, Low-mid 90's FB's with strong K rates.

Round 3:  Jake Wong, Grand Canyon University.  Wong threw 6 shutout innings with 9 K's in the season opener against TCU.  He also K'd 10 in 6 IP against Penn St later in the season.  He starred in the Cape Cod League which is probably where he caught the Giants attention.  As a reliever he retired 34 of 36 batters at one point.

Round 4:  Blake Rivera JC(Alabama).  Wallace St is Craig Kimbrel's old school. The Giants drafted him in round 32 last year.  He returned to school and as they often do, the Giants re-drafted him in round 4.  Big kid at 6'4", He posted a 17-1 record with 170 K's in 122.2 IP over the past 2 seasons.

Round 5.  Keaton Winn, JC(Iowa).  Another JC pitcher who was drafted last year by the Giants, 20'th round who went back to school and moved up in the draft to Round 5.  Worked as a Closer in 2018 with 59 K's and 9 BB's in 36.1 IP.

Rounds 6 and 7 saw the Giants dip into the HS ranks for a couple of up-the-middle prospects:

Round 6:  PJ Hilson(Alabama).  Switch-hitting OF who can fly(speed tool rated a 70).  He stole 45 bases in 73 games.  He walked 42 times against 27 K's.  FB has hit 93 MPH.  Committed to Alabama where he could pitch and play OF, but the Giants generally sign HS prospects they draft in the top 10.

Round 7.  Edison Mora(Puerto Rico).  Skinny at 6'2", 165 lbs, but the frame looks like he can grow into it.  Nice looking kid with athletic movements.

The Giants finished the day with 3 more college pitchers:

Round 8:  Solomon Bates, USC.  Had 79 K's in 77.1 IP with a 3.14 ERA to lead USC pitchers in 2018.

Round 9.  Ben Madison, Central Baptist College(Alabama).  NAIA school.  FB touches 96 MPH.  172 K's in 96. 2 IP.

Round 10.  Alex Dubord, Faulkner(Alabama).  6'5", 3-sport athlete went 7-1 with 4.01 ERA, 55 K, 14 BB in 51.2 IP.

Giants passed on some names that were much better known from much bigger college programs.  This will be a test of their scouting acumen.

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Day 3 is rounds 11-40.  Wow!  We're already deep into names I'd never heard of before, so there should be some interesting names and places posted in the draft results.  I would not venture a guess as to who they might be.

Scouting the Draft: Day 2 Preview

The Giants made 2 fine picks on Day 1 taking C Joey Bart at #2 overall and RHP Sean Hjelle in Round 2 at #45 overall.  We head into Day 2 with the Giants again holding the second pick, #80, in Round 3.  Glancing at the Top Available board on mlb.com, several big HS names stand out including RHP Cole Wilcox, RHP Kumar Rocker, OF Mike Siani, RHP Adam Kloffenstein and SS Nander De Sedas.  While I would love for the Giants to draft any of those players, I think those birds have likely flown and they are all going to school or to some team that has figured out a way to drop a huge over-slot deal on them, which is getting less and less likely down in Round 3.

4 college pitchers look like  possibilities to me:

RHP Tristan Beck, Stanford(MLB Rank #35).  6'4", 165 lbs.  2016:  6-5, 2.48, 83 IP, 26 BB, 76 K.  2017:  DNP.  2018:  8-4, 2.99, 84 IP, 29 BB, 66 K.  Stock has slipped a lot since he was ranked as a high first round pick early in the 2017 cycle.  He missed the 2017 college season with a back injury.  He competed in 2018 putting up respectable but disappointing numbers.  Has filled out his frame in college and likely weighs more than 165 lbs now.

RHP Blaine Knight, Arkansas(MLB Rank #48).  6'3", 165 lbs.  2016:  2-1, 2.98, 48 IP, 14 BB, 46 K.  2017:  8-4, 3.28, 90.2 IP, 20 BB, 96 K.  2018:  10-0, 2.78, 87 IP, 21 BB, 86 K.  Skinny RHP who way more than held his own in the very tough SEC.  Knight's FB sits 90-94 MPH but has hit 97.  His slider/cutter is a plus pitch and he can also throw a curve and changeup.

LHP Konnor Pilkington, Mississippi St(MLB Rank #60.  6'3", 225 lbs.  2016:  3-1, 2.08, 43 IP, 15 BB, 42 K.  2017:  8-5, 3.08, 108 IP, 47 BB, 111 K.  2018:  2-6, 4.28, 88 IP, 26 BB, 92 K's.  More of a classic pitcher's body than Beck or Knight, his velocity backed up a bit his junior season but he maintained strong K and BB numbers.

LHP Steven Gingery, Texas Tech(MLB Rank #69).  6'1", 210 lbs.  2016:  4-2, 3.18, 68 IP, 31 BB, 63 K.  2017:  10-1, 1.58, 91 IP, 29 BB, 107 K.  2018:  0-0, 0.00, 2 IP, 0 BB, 3 K's.  Gingery is a pitchability college lefty with a great sounding changeup.  He missed most of 2018 with a torn UCL/Tommy John surgery.  One question is how much he thinks he could improve his stock if he went back to school next season.

The Giants may not necessarily go pitcher in Round 3:

OF Kyle Isbel, UNLV.  5'11", 190 lbs, B-L, T-R.  2016:  .319/.376/.444, 10 2B, 8 3B, HR, 7 SB, 17 BB, 42 K, 232 AB.  2017:  .290/.349/.446, 12 2B, 3 3B, 6 HR, 5 SB, 18 BB, 39 K, 231 AB.  2018:  .357/.441/.643, 18 2B, 4 3B, 14 HR, 6 SB, 34 BB, 43 K, 238 AB.  I'm leery of Mountain West batting stats, but Isbel was also an all-star performer in the Cape Cod League which the Giants are well known to scout heavily and put a lot of stock in- .265/.325/.358, 6 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 13 SB, 151 AB.  Isbel is an athlete who has enough wheels to play CF.  Checks a lot of boxes for a classic Giantsy draft pick.

SS Jonathan Ornelas, HS.  6'0", 155 lbs.  B-R, T-R.  Skinny HS SS who can stick and can hit.  Room to grow.  May be signable for close to 3'rd round slot bonus.

Blaine Knight seems to be the safest bet among the pitchers.  I like taking a chance on Gingery's recovery from TJ better than Beck or Pilkington.  There is something that seems not quite right with Tristan Beck and I am very concerned about Pilkington's loss of velocity.

I think Isbel is the best signable player available although I would not mind seeing the Giants make a play for Ornelas' upside.

Prediction:  Kyle Isbel if the Tigers don't take him at #79.

I am pretty much tapped out as far as recognizing any names beyond 3'rd round range although I would love to see them draft OF Bren Spillane(MLB #130) just to see if the bat is for reals.

Down on the Farm: 6/4/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats were idle.

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AA  Reading Fightin' Phils edged out the Richmond Flying Squirrels 6-5:

Jerry Sands 1B- 2 for 3, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .222.
Dylan Davis LF- 2 for 5.  BA= .250.
John Polonius SS- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .400.
Shaun Anderson RHP- 6 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 3.38.

Shaun Anderson was hittable despite a terrific K/BB.

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A+  San Jose Giants were idle.

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets were idle.

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DSL  Giants outscored the Royals2 8-7:

Robinson Batista RF/LF- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .200.
Samuel Jorge DH- 2 for 4, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .444.
Andrew Carabello 2B- 1 for 2, 3B, 3 BB, HBP.  BA= .200.
Keyberth Mejias C- 1 for 3, SB(1).  BA= .250.
Freddery Paulino RHP- 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.25.
Jesus Gomez LHP- 7 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 5.14.

Most of the lineup the first 2 games has been holdovers from last year's team.  Most of the pitchers, including the 2 in this game, are 17 yo and in their first pro season.

Game Wrap 6/4/2018: Giants 10 D'Backs 3

The Giants offense erupted for 7 runs in the 4'th inning and the Giants coasted to a big win over their division rivals.  Key Lines:

Buster Posey C- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .306.  The double was a gargantuan shot into Triples Alley that drove in 2 runs and capped off the 4'th inning rally.

Andrew McCutchen RF- 1 for 5, HR(5).  BA= .246.  2'nd dinger in 2 games for Cutch.  It led off the big inning in the 4'th.

Brandon Crawford SS- 2 for 2, 2B, HR(7), BB, HBP.  BA= .320.  The dinger was B2B with McCutchen.  Crawford stays hot in June, 7 for 14, after hitting .412 in May.

Pablo Sandoval 1B- 3 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .277.  What was that about Pablo playing too much?

Hunter Pence LF- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .177.  ...and it took exactly 2 games for Mac to lose his starting LF job which was supposedly his for the rest of the season after Pence came back.

Alen Hanson PH- 1 for 1, 2B.  BA= .320.  The key blow of the 7 run rally was Bochy PH for Holland in the 4'th inning with the bases loaded and 1 out.  Hanson delivered with a double down the LF line to drive in 2 and put runners at 2'nd and 3'rd.

Nick Hundley PH/C- 1 for 1, HR(6).  BA= .267.  Nice game for padding the stat line and Hundley got into the mix.

Derek Holland LHP- 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.91.  Holland pitched pretty well but gave up 2 runs in the top of the 4'th inning.  Bochy made a bold move to PH for him in the bottom of the inning when he had a chance to break the game open.  It worked to perfection.

Bullpen- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K's. Pierce Johnson went 2 scoreless innings. Cory Gearrin gave up the run.  Ty Blach made a relief appearance to mop up in the 9'th.

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The Win got the Giants to .500 on the season and closed them to 1.5 games behind the NL West leading D'Backs.  The idle Rockies are in 2'nd place, 1 game behind.  The Dodgers were also idle and are 2 games behind in 4'th place.  The Pesky Padres pounded the Braves 11-4 and are just 4.5 games back in last place.

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Madison Bumgarner makes his long awaited season debut in Game 2 facing lefty Patrick Corbin.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Giants 2018 Draft Review: Day 1

The Giants somewhat uncharacteristically telegraphed their top 2 picks in the draft and landed their targets in a drama free Day 1.

Round 1, Pick 2:  Joey Bart C, College(Georgia Tech).  6'2", 220 lbs., B-R, T-R.  2016:  .299/.351/.382, 10 2B, HR, 8 BB, 34 K, 157 AB.  2017:  .296/.370/.575, 13 2B, 13 HR, 16 BB, 50 K, 186 AB.  2018:  .359/.471/.632, 12 2B, 16 HR, 41 BB, 56 K, 220 AB.  Bart came into his junior season looking like a fair defensive catcher with some power, but a guy who would strike out a lot and hit for a low BA.  He showed substantial improvement on both defense and walk rate although the K rate is still up there.  He caught serious helium from about the midpoint of the college season on and the Giants showed their interest early with a heavy scouting regimen.  What finally convince me Bart was the guy was a short video posted by Covechatter showing a batting stance that looks a lot like Justin Turner and Mac Williamson.  It's probably just a fad but it sure seems to be working!  Love the pick.  The top of this draft lacked a true slam-dunk talent.  Bart was the safest bet with the highest ceiling.  Nice pick.

Round 2, Pick 45:  Sean Hjelle, RHP, College(Kentucky).  6'11", 200 lbs.  2016:  4-1, 3.74, 21.2 IP 11 BB, 29 K.  2017:  11-4, 3.89, 108.2 IP, 33 BB, 102 K.   2018:  7-5, 3.44, 99 IP, 22 BB, 91 K.  Well, the Giants like tall pitchers and they sure got a tall one with their 2'nd round draft pick.  Sean Hjelle is a beanpole of a pitcher.  If he makes it to the majors he'll be tied with Jon Rauch for tallest player in MLB history.  Hjelle has pitched well for Kentucky in a tough conference.  He is quite athletic and able to repeat his delivery better than most tall pitchers.  He sports a low 90's FB that plays up due to his ability to extend toward the plate and steep downward plane.  He mixes in 3 other solid pitches with command of all.  I am not sure how much he can add to his frame, which is very thin.  If he can, he could get stronger and gain velocity.  As is, he is likely to be a 4/5 SP in the majors.  Again, nice pick with combination of upside and high floor.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Down on the Farm: 6/3/2018

AAA  El Paso Chihuahuas blanked the Sacramento River Cats 5-0:

Eury Perez CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .341.
Casey Kelly RHP- 6 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 5.54.
Ray Black RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.66.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 1.93.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels edged out the Reading Fightin' Phils 4-3:

Aramis Garcia C= 2 for 4.  BA= .200.
Jerry Sands 1B- 2 for 2, 2B, HR(8), 2 BB.  BA= .213.
Cory Taylor RHP- 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.95.
Patrick Ruotolo RHP- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Dillon McNamara RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(3).  ERA= 1.13.

Patrick Ruotolo has pitched 7.1 scoreless innings in 5 appearances since his promo to AA.

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A+ Modesto Nuts topped the San Jose Giants 6-5:

Bryce Johnson CF- 1 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .255.
Kelby Tomlinson SS- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .444.
Gio Brusa 1B- 3 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .261.
Matt Winn C- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .256.
Logan Webb RHP- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.46.

Gotta feel for Kelby who goes from MLB to A ball overnight.

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Low A Lexington Legends outscored the Augusta Greenjackets 6-5:

Heliot Ramos CF- 2 for 5.  BA= .242.
Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 2 for 5.  BA= .250.
Aaron Bond RF- 2 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .323.
John Riley 1B- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(4).  BA= .327.
Jose Marte RHP- 6.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 10 K's.  ERA= 2.82.

Heliot Ramos is hitting .306 over his last 10 games.  Dominant K/BB from Jose Marte.

Game Wrap 6/3/2018: Giants 6 Phillies 1

The Giants broke through with a 5-spot in the 6'th inning to break open a pitching duel between Rookie Dereck Rodriguez for the Giants and veteran Jake Arrieta for the Phillies to give Dereck his first MLB Win and the Giants a sweep of the weekend series.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .297.  Panik was 6 for 11 with 2 BB's out of the leadoff spot for the series and was really the offensive story of the series.

Buster Posey C- 2 for 4, HR(4).  BA= .303.  Buster's HR in the 8'th may have been hit in a bit of anger as Phillies reliever Hector Neris threw 2 fastballs waaaay inside that had Buster staring into the Phillies dugout.

Andrew McCutchen RF- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(4).  BA= .248. Cutch is hitting .308 over his last 7 games.  His 3-run dinger capped the 5 run rally in the 6'th.  Maybe he is finally heating up with the weather.

Brandon Crawford SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .314.  The first 4 batters in the lineup were a combined 8 for 16 with a 2B and 2 HR.  Crawford also made his usual fantastic play at SS while making it look easy. He dived to his right to grab a grounder out on the grass, stood up and fired a rocket to Pabs to nab Jorge Alfaro who couldn't believe Crawford made the play.

Dereck Rodriguez RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 7/3.  ERA= 1.93.  Wow!  The story of this series was young starting pitchers and Dereck Rodriguez(D'Rod?  Definitely do not call him Pudge's kid or his mom will have a word with you!) put an exclamation point on it today.  He pounded both sides of the plate with 93 MPH heat and broke out a sharp diving breaking ball.  He even showed a few diving, fading changeups that I am sure Buster Posey will encourage him to throw more to LH batters.  First MLB Start and W.  Definitely earned himself another look.

Mark Melancon RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  Encouraging line for the Giants highly paid former Closer.

Will Smith and Reyes Moronta pitched scoreless innings to wrap it up.

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The Win left the Giants tied with the Dodgers for 3'rd place in the NL West, 2.5 games behind the D'Backs.  The Rockies lost so are 1.5 games back in 2'nd place.  The Padres bring up the rear at 5.5 games back.

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The Giants start a 3 game home series against the D'Backs tomorrow evening on Draft Day with Derek Holland facing Zack Godley.