Friday, July 28, 2017

Down on the Farm: 7/27/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats edged out the Round Rock Express 2-1:

Chris Shaw DH- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .281.
Andrew Suarez LHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K's.  ERA= 4.18.

-Strong line for Suarez who has been up and down in the very tough PCL.

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AA  Erie Seawolves downed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-3:

Slade Heathcott CF- 1 for 3, BB, SB(8).  BA= .262.
CJ Hinojosa SS- 0 for 2, 2 SF.  BA= .298.
Carlos Alvarado RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.49.

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High A  San Jose Giants grounded the Lancaster Jethawks 7-3:

Steven Duggar RF- 1 for 4, HR(2), BB.  BA= .237.
Jonah Arenado 3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .237.
Gio Brusa DH- 3 for 4, 2B, 3B.  BA= .241.
Jalen Miller 2B- 1 for 3, BB.  BA= .218.
Jake McCasland RHP- 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 4.67.
Dylan Rheault RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.72.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets outslugged the Columbia Fireflies 10-4:

Jean Angomas LF- 4 for 5, SB(8).  BA= .261.
Skyler Ewing 1B- 1 for 4, HR(9), BB.  BA= .254.
Jose Vizcaino Jr DH- 2 for 4, HR(2), SF.  BA= .235.
Sandro Fabian RF- 3 for 5, 2 HR(8).  BA= .256.
Melvin Adon RHP- 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 K's, GO/AO= 11/1.  ERA= 3.71.

-10 days ago, Sandro Fabian looked like he might do a late season fade, but he has now hit .316 over his last 10 games with 3 dingers.

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Short Season  Eugene Emeralds topped the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 8-5:

Ryan Calabrese C- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .212.

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AZL  Giants blanked the D'Backs 5-0:

Heliot Ramos CF- 2 for 4, SB(7).  BA= .403.
Nathanael Javier 3B- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .302.
Diego Rincones RF- 2 for 4.  BA= .333.
Mikey Edie LF- 2 for 4.  BA= .615.
Jeffrey Parra C- 2 for 4.  BA= .273.
Jake Greenwalt RHP- 5 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's. ERA= 4.75.

-A Mikey Edie sighting.

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DSL  Blue Jays defeated the Giants 6-4:

Raiber Gutierrez CF- 3 for 4, SB(10).  BA= .291.
Aynesber Sivira DH- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .234.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Down on the Farm: 7/26/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Round Rock Express 6-5:

Jarrett Parker CF/RF- 1 for 3, HR(3), 2 BB.  BA= .232.
Ryder Jones RF/3B- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .301.
Pablo Sandoval DH- 1 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .333.
Chris Shaw LF- 2 for 4, HR(10), BB.  BA= .280.
Jose Flores RHP- 7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 4.03.

-Second HR in as many days for Parker who is hitting .279 over his last 10 games.  Wasn't he the guy who started the season in LF?  Does he maybe deserve another chance now that he is apparently fully healed from his injury?

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AA  Harrisburg Senators downed the Richmond Flying Squirrels 7-3:

Brandon Bednar 3B- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .278.
Tyler Herb RHP- 6.2 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.18.

-Bednar has been around seemingly forever, but is still only 25 yo which means he might still have a window to be a utility prospect.  Most likely just an organizational player though.  Seemed like there was some upside when he was drafted but the frame never filled out and the power never came.

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High A  San Jose Giants outlasted the Modesto Nuts 4-3 in 13 innings:

Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 6, 2 2B.  BA= .322.
Jonah Arenado 3B- 2 for 6.  BA= .234.
Dillon Dobson 1B- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .232.
Gio Brusa LF- 2 for 6, 2B.  BA= .235.
Ronnie Jebavy CF- 3 for 6, 2B, SB(9).  BA= .270.
Matt Krook LHP- 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 6.11.
Matt Solter RHP- 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.13.

-With the wasteland of a roster in Richmond, I would think maybe Howard and Reynolds at least should get a month in August to tune up for their 2018 AA seasons.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets were idle.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Eugene Emeralds 6-1:

Logan Baldwin RF- 3 for 5.  BA= .314.
Ryan Kirby 1B- 1 for 3, HR(5), 2 BB.  BA= .310.
Julio Benitez RHP- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.62.
Garrett Cave RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 3.27.
Logan Webb RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 2.08.

- I still have pretty high hopes for Logan Webb who the Giants are bringing along slowly after TJ surgery.

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AZL  Giants outscored the Brewers 7-6:

Heliot Ramos CF- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .397.
Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 1 for 5, 2B.  BA= .339.
Ricardo Genoves C- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .261.
Nathanael Javier 1B- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .286.
Camilo Doval RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.38.
Keenan Bartlett RHP- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.96.
Franklin Van Gurp RHP- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.38.

-How exciting is it to have a tooled up kid like Ramos who seems to have a clue how to play the game in the Giants organization?

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DSL  Giants beat the Blue Jays 4-2:

Raiber Gutierrez LF- 2 for 4, BB, HBP,  3 SB(9).  BA= .267.
Alex Canario RF- 2 for 4, 2B, BB. BA= .303.
Franklin Labour DH- 2 for 5.  BA= .297.
Andrew Carabello 2B- 2 for 4.  BA= .245.
Norwith Gudino RHP- 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.26.

-Alex Canario seems like another tooled up kid who is sustaining his BA deep into the DSL season.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Game Wrap 7/26/2017: Giants 2 Pirates 1

A terrific pitching performance by Jeff Samardzija and the Giants bullpen was enough to pick up a still struggling Giants offense.  Key Lines:

Joe Panik 2B- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .265.  Panik's double led to the first Giants run in the first inning.

Brandon Belt 1B- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .328.

Buster Posey C- 1 for 1, 3 BB.  BA= .328.  Looks like Buster is starting to get the Barry Bonds treatment.

Conor Gillespie 3B- 0 for 4.  BA= .164.  Why oh why is Conor Gillespie still on the team, let alone starting at 3B?  Do the Giants think they can gin up some trade value by playing him?  Just baffling!

Gorkys Hernandez LF- 2 for 4, SB(8).  BA= .249.  Hernandez is having a nice season, but he's never going to give the power the Giants need out of LF.  Everyday he starts out there, is one less day the Giants have to identify their LF for next season.  It can't be Gorkys Hernandez!

Miguel Gomez PH- 1 for 1, 2B.  BA= .294.  Not sure what Gomez has to do to get a trial as a starter at some position.  The rest of this season needs to be about getting a good look at players like him and see if they can be part of the future.

Jeff Samardzija RHP- 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K.  ERA= 4.85.  Lots of trade rumors.  Samardzija says he would veto a trade if he could.  There are 8 teams he does not have veto power over.  Houston is not one of them.  IMO, the Giants should not trade Shark unless the return is huge.  He is well worth his salary and it would be extremely difficult to find a better replacement.

Sam Dyson RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(6).  ERA= 6.25.  Sell high on Dyson or keep him for next season?  Again, depends on the return.  It would have to be big for me to want him traded.

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The Giants get tomorrow off, then try to cool off the Dodgers in LA this weekend with Matt Moore facing Alex Wood in the opener on Friday night.

Down on the Farm: 7/25/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats defeated the Round Rock Express 4-3:

Jarrett Parker CF- 1 for 5, HR(2).  BA= .228.
Pablo Sandoval 3B- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .250.
Ryder Jones RF- 2 for 3, BB, SB(7).  BA= .299.
Jae-Gyun Hwang 1B/3B- 2 for 4.  BA= .293.
Roberto Gomez RHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 5.10.
Tyler Rogers RHP- 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 1.94.

-Sandoval starts the AAA phase of his rehab.  Anyone holding their breath until he gets called up?  Yeah, I didn't think so.

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AA. Richmond Flying Squirrels blanked the Harrisburg Senators 6-0:

Dan Slania RHP- 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.25.

-Sorry, but I just can't get excited about posting game lines for non-prospects which is the majority of the Richmond lineup right now.

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High A San Jose Giants edged out the Modesto Nuts 3-2:

Bryan Reynolds RF- 3 for 4.  BA= .314.
Jalen Miller 2B- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .218.
Grant Watson LHP- 6.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 8/2.  ERA= 3.48.
Will LaMarche RHP- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.86.

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Low A Hagerstown Suns topped the Augusta Greenjackets 6-4:

Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .251.
Michael Bernal 2B- 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB.  BA= .265.
Garrett Williams LHP- 7 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 2.25.

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Short Season  Eugene Emeralds outscored the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 7-6:

Bryce Johnson LF- 2 for 3, 2B, BB, HBP, 2 SB(11).  BA= .329.
Robinson Medrano DH- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .293.

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AZL  Giants beat the Cubs 6-2:

Heliot Ramos CF- 2 for 5, SB(6).  BA= .397.
Jacob Gonzalez 3B- 0 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .351.
Ricardo Genoves DH- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .246.
Aaron Bond LF- 3 for 4.  BA= .370.
Angeddy Almanzar 1B- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .263.
Jose Rivero 2B- 2 for 3, 2B.  BA= .311.
Andres Angulo C- 2 for 2.  BA= .280.
Sidney Duprey LHP- 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.57.
Michael Figueroa RHP- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.74.

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DSL  Giants pounded the Reds 9-7:

Andrew Carabello 2B- 2 for 2, 2 2B, 2 BB, HBP.  BA= .233.
Alex Canario DH- 1 for 3, BB, HBP, 2 SB(15).  BA= .297.
Marco Gonzalez LHP- 5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 8/2.  ERA= 2.11.

Game Wrap 7/25/2017: Giants 11 Pirates 3

The Giants scored early and often with the sustained gap power approach the team was designed for.  Improvement or SSS BABIP luck?  Oh, and Eduardo Nunez was traded in the middle of the game.  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF- 2 for 4, SB(5).  BA= .285.  Span is making a case for himself if there are any contenders who need an OF for the stretch run who comes with an extra year at a reasonable cost.  Or the Giants may decide they need him for a re-tooled team next year.

Eduardo Nunez 3B- 1 for 2, 2B, HBP, SB(18).  BA= .308.  The shiny BA must have been too much for Boston to resist.  They traded 2 high ceiling pitching prospects for Nunez in the middle of the game.  More on that later.

Brandon Belt 1B- 2 for 5, 2 2B.  BA= .237.  Despite his anemic BA, Belt's OBP is .351 and he's OPSing .804.  He's the #14 MLB 1B by fWAR which is not that easy to replace.

Buster Posey C- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .326.  Buster just keeps grinding out another great season.

Brandon Crawford SS- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .235.  Crawford is hitting .308 since July 7 when his BA reached a nadir of .221.

Hunter Pence RF- 2 for 5, 2B, SB(2).  BA= .248.  Pence is hitting just .188 for the month of July.

Joe Panik 2B- 1 for 4, 3B, BB.  BA= .265.  Panik's bases-loaded triple in the 3'rd inning was the big blow that broke this one open.  Overall, Panik is hitting just .211 in July.  Q:  Is Joe Panik the Giants 2B of the future?

Madison Bumgarner LHP- 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.38. No indication that Bummy left the game after 5 innings for any other reason than to spare his arm in a blowout win.

Chris Stratton RHP- 4 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 4/1.  ERA= 7.71.  Stratton was called up before the game to give the bullpen another arm with Orlando Calixte getting sent back to Sacramento.  This was a strong 4 inning effort.  Stratton and Suarez give the Giants 2 bullpen arms who can eat a lot of innings.

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Jeff Samardzija tries for a series win today facing Trevor Williams.

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The Giants did what they had to do and pulled the trigger on a Eduardo Nunez trade.  Nunez is an impending free agent who won't get a QO, so he had to be traded for the Giants to get anything for him.  The return from Boston is a couple of interesting pitching prospects:

Shaun Anderson RHP.  Anderson was Boston's 3'rd round draft pick last year.  College reliever from Florida with a starter's mix of pitches.  He's been pitching successfully as a starter for Boston's High A team.  Anderson is big at 6'4", 225 lbs.  Scouting report says he has a FB that runs low-mid 90's with a cutter, slider and seldom used changeup.

Gregory Santos is a 17 yo RHP in his second DSL season.  He's still obviously very young but is reported to have a live arm and a lot of upside.

The Giants desperately need more pitching depth in the farm system.  They got that out of this trade.  Nice job, Bobby Evans.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Down on the Farm: 7/24/2017

AAA  Tacoma Rainiers defeated the Sacramento River Cats 4-3:

Justin Ruggiano RF- 3 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .280.

-The big news here is Tyler Beede getting scratched late due to a groin strain suffered in warmups.  Injuries have decimated the Giants upper level prospects this season.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels edged out the Harrisburg Senators 5-4:

NTSH.

-Squirrels current roster is an embarrassment.

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High A  Modesto Nuts pounded the San Jose Giants 7-1:

Pablo Sandoval 3B- 1 for 2, BB.  BA= .222.

-Pretty pathetic when the only highlight is a rehab start for Pabs.  So far, he's not exactly knocking down the door to the Giants clubhouse.

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Low A Hagerstown Suns outscored the Augusta Greenjackets 7-6:

Cristian Paulino 3B- 1 for 3, 2 BB, 2 SB(21).  BA= .292.
Jean Angomas 2B- 2 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .242.
Skyler Ewing C- 1 for 5, HR(8).  BA= .254.
Jose Vizcaino Jr. 1B- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .235.
Sandro Fabian RF- 2 for 5.  BA= .248.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes beat the Vancouver Canadians 4-3:

Jose Marte RHP- 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, GO/AO= 6/1.  ERA= 5.06.
Aaron Phillips RHP- 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.82.
Andy Rohloff RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(1).  ERA= 9.00.

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AZL  Giants were idle.

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DSL Reds smacked down the Giants 12-4:

NTSH.

Game Wrap 7/24/2017: Pirates 10 Giants 3

A key throwing fielding error by Eduardo Nunez led to a 4-run second inning by the Pirates and the Giants offense was never able to catch up despite getting 15 batters on base.  Key Lines:

Denard Span CF- 0 for 2, 3 BB.  BA= .282.  Span's career BB% is 8.5.  It's 6.5 this year.

Eduardo Nunez 3B- 2 for 5.  BA= .307.  The BA keeps climbing, but the other parts of Nunez' game remain shaky at best.  He could not get a handle on a 2-out groundball that should have ended the second inning.  A couple of batters later, Andrew McCutchen took Matt Cain deep to cap a 4-run inning with a 3-run dinger.

Buster Posey C- 2 for 5.  BA= .321.  Posey's great season continues.

Brandon Crawford SS- 2 for 4.  BA= .232.  Arbitrary Starting Point:  Crawford is hitting .292 since July 7.

Matt Cain RHP- 4 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 9/0.  ERA= 5.45.  Cainer probably deserved better than giving up 6 runs and probably not as much credit as 2 ER would indicate.  In addition to Nunez' error, Manager Bruce Bochy got the thumb for arguing that the ump was squeezing Cain.  Kruk and Kuip seemed to agree.

Albert Suarez RHP- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  2 more strong innings from Suarez who has spared an exhausted bullpen.

Josh Osich LHP- 0.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 4.83.  Just when you think Osich is getting on a roll, he lets out a stinker like this.

Kyle Crick RHP- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.03.  Crick seems to be establishing himself as a guy who can reliably go more than 1 inning out of the bullpen.  Those guys are becoming user-valuable in today's game.

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Madison Bumgarner tries to get the Giants back in the Win column tonight facing Jameson Taillon.

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The Padres shipped their bullpen off to the Royals.  Mighty neighborly of them to wait until after the Giants series....not.  Gotta say, the return the Padres received seems a bit light to me.