Friday, May 18, 2018

Down on the Farm: 5/17/2018

AAA  Salt Lake City Bees outscored the Sacramento River Cats 12-11:

Steven Duggar CF- 1 for 5, 2B.  BA= .245.
Chase d'Arnaud 2B-2 for 5, 3B, HR(5).  BA= .282.
Austin Slater RF- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .391.
Hunter Pence LF- 1 for 5.  BA= .298.
Ryder Jones 3B- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .284.
Eury Perez DH- 2 for 5, 3B, BA= .324.
Josh Osich LHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Jordan Schafer LHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Ray Black RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 13.50.

Nice day for the lineup to pad their stat lines.  Hunter Pence might be unrecognizable at the plate when and if he gets back to the Giants.  He has adopted the Mac Stance. Plenty of videos online. Inneresting to see how that works out.  Have to say, the stance is different but the swing looks he same, at least to me.  Bochy says he needs more AB's in AAA to get it perfected.  Yup, it's THAT Jordan Schafer, now 31 yo and trying to get back to MLB as a LHP.  Can we PLEASE have at least an inning or two of Ray Black pitching for the Giants this year?  This may be his last, best chance to make the majors.


AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels vs Harrisburg Senators Postponed due to rain.


A+  Modesto Nuts topped the San Jose Giants 6-3:

Jalen Miller 2B- 1 for 3, 2B, SF.  BA= .295.
Jacob Heyward LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .272.
Melvin Adon RHP- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 4.89.
Nolan Riggs RHP- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 3.10.

This was statistically Melvin Adon's best start of the season although 3 others came close.


Low A  Augusta Greenjackets edged out the Greenville Drive 2-1:

Shane Matheny 3B- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .300.
Orlando Garcia SS- 2 for 4, SB(3).  BA= .250.
TJ Bennett LF- 2 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .357.
Aaron Phillips RHP- 5 IP,  5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K.  ERA= 3.15.
Carlos Sano RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Camilo Doval RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 7.62.
Frank Rubio RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(8).  ERA= 1.37.

Camilo Doval has a 2.31 ERA over his last 10 appearances.  He has a 16/3 K/BB in 11.2 IP in that span.  The difference between that and his season ERA is in his first 3 appearances of the season.


  1. 'Cats have a lot of pitchers but can any of them help the Giants?
    Might as well try Ray Black or a couple others (names don't begin with "O") who are getting (AAA) guys out better than Gearrin is doing.
    After Bud Black extended Ottavino and McGee to 2 innings each, Bochy tried it with Johnson but it blew up -- thanks to Gearrin, anyway. By the top of the 12th, it looked like SF was going to run out of pitchers long before CO, and boom!
    Blunder using Smith for one batter then pinch hitting with a rookie who is so clearly overmatched -- wasted Smith and might have given the Giants another inning at the end.
    Dyson and Strickland only faced 3 batters each (12 & 13 pitches respectively) when it was all to clear the Giants were going to have trouble scoring.
    The Bochy magic of the past seems to be eluding him this year.
    Pence in a very SSS is hitting as well with Sacramento as he ever did in the minors (at a much younger age). He and Slater are ready! Duggar not so much.

    1. Austin Slater really has earned playing time at the MLB level. He's performed at every minor league level, and is destroying AAA right now. And we're starting to get out of SSS territory. He's had modest success at the MLB level last year as well as this year. (Remember, he got hurt last year while doing decently).

      It's a reasonable bet that his MLB floor OPS is .750. But I'm beginning to think he might be capable of .800+. He's not going to hit HRs. His defense is going to be just OK. Still, I'd like to see what he'd do with a couple of months in LF.