Friday, April 6, 2018

Down on the Farm: 4/6/2018

AAA  Sacramento River Cats pounded the Tacoma Rainiers 8-2:

Steven Duggar CF- 0 for 3, 2 BB, SB(1).  BA= .143.
Austin Slater DH- 2 for 5, 2B. BA= .444.
Chris Shaw LF- 2 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .333.
Mac Williamson RF- 3 for 4, HR(1), HBP, Assist(2B).  BA= .571.
Kyle Jensen 1B- 2 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .250.
Chase d'Arnaud SS- 2 for 5.  BA= .400.
Casey Kelly RHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 4/1.  ERA= 0.00.
Steven Okert LHP- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. ERA= 0.00.
Derek Law RHP- 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. ERA= 0.00.

The Cats unleashed the toonder in their lineup with 3 dingers.  Mac gets HBP for the second game in a row. It looks like the River Cats will get all 4 OF full-time AB's by rotating them through the DH role.  I think Casey Kelly is a sleeper.

AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels quieted the Trenton Thunder 5-2:

Aramis Garcia C- 2 for 5, 3B.  BA= .444.
Dylan Davis LF- 1 for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .286.
Shaun Anderson RHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 1.80.
Ray Black RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 0.00.

Garcia and Davis are off to the best offensive starts for Richmond.  Shaun Anderson picks up where he left off last year in San Jose.  Dominant 5 innings for Shaun.  Ray Black is back from the abyss to be the Squirrels Closer?  Can he stay healthy long enough to get a call to the Giants?

A+  Inland Empire 66'ers edged out the San Jose Giants 3-2:

Brandon Van Horn SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .333.
Gio Brusa 1B- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .250.
Matt Winn C- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .667.
Logan Webb RHP- 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 9.00.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
DJ Myers RHP- 3 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.00.
Carlos Diaz LHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.
Andrew Heaney LHP(66'ers)- 6.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 11/1.  ERA= 1.42.

Giants lose by the same score as last night.  If Brandon Van Horn can hit even a little, he's a prospect due to his defense at SS.  Webb threw 35 pitches in the first inning which is probably why he came out.  He did manage to strike out the side in spite of a rough inning.  Andrew Heaney is rehabbing from an arm tweak he suffered while pitching against the Giants in spring training.

Low A  Columbia Fireflies downed the Augusta Greenjackets 7-2:

Heliot Ramos CF- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .111.
Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 2 for 4, SB(1).  BA= .286.
Garrett Cave RHP- 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 7/1.  ERA= 1.80.
Camilo Doval RHP- 0 IP, 0 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 0 K. ERA= Inf.
John Russell RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Ramos and Gonzalez got their first hits of the season.  Strong start for Garrett Cave who struggled to a 5.85 ERA in 20 IP for S-K last year.  Doval could not find the strike zone and Frank Rubio allowed all 4 of his inherited runners to score. Russell struck out 38 batters in 24.2 IP, for S-K last summer.


  1. I have been a Mac fan for awhile, really feel like he is going to light AAA up this year. Hope it transfers when he gets his call up !

    1. Yeah, something feels different about Mac this year. Excited, his ceiling is HIGH (and conversely his floor is low)! Let's go Mac.

  2. I was fortunate enough to attend the Tacoma game last night. Mac rocked it. Chris Shaw crushed a dinger to LF. Mac and Kyle Jensen hammered back-to-back homers as well! Steven Duggar's at bats improved as the game progressed... he is FAST on the bases. No hits, but 2 BB and 2 runs (and a SB) - a successful night for the leadoff!. Joan Gregario gave up a couple of runs including a long dinger to RF, but settled down after a 'interference' call against the RC SS or 3B. It was a legit call.

    I share your enthusiasm for Casey Kelly as a sleeper. In the bottom of the 1st, he walked the bases full after 2 quick outs, then clamped down and pitched very well over 4 shutout innings with 5 Ks. Radar sign in Cheney Stadium recorded Kelly as reaching 94-95.

    It had been about a decade since I visited Cheney Stadium. They have made some very significant improvements. Strongly recommend to any River Cats fans to come up and catch their series 21-23 April.

    Good times.


  3. I've been a Casey Kelly fan since he was a duo-threat in the draft, both hitter and pitcher. I was pleasantly surprised that he ended up in our system, though felt bad for him that his career never took off. But in today's MLB baseball, teams can use relievers who can be hitters as well, so maybe he can work on that aspect while also pitching well, and the Giants can use him in that duo-role.