Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Down on the Farm: 7/31/2017

AAA  Sacramento River Cats blanked the New Orleans Baby Cakes 3-0:

Mac Williamson LF- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .229.
Pablo Sandoval 3B- 0 for 2, BB, SF.  BA= .238.
Jose Flores RHP- 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K's.  ERA= 3.28.
Reyes Maronta RHP- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's. ERA= 4.50.
Derek Law RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's, Save(6).  ERA= 3.86.

-Really disappointing that Mac has not gained traction after his early season injury.  I really thought he could be the answer in LF.  Maybe he still can be, but I would say Austin Slater, Ryder Jones and Chris Shaw have moved ahead of him on the depth chart.
-Has anyone seen any reason to think Pablo has anything left in his tank?
-It seems like Flores, Maronta and Law could all help in the Giants bullpen right now.
-Saw on Covechatter that Slade Heathcott got promoted to Sacramento.


AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels were idle.


High A  San Jose Giants defeated the Visalia Rawhide 4-2:

Steven Duggar RF- l for 4, 2B, BB.  BA= .255.
"Not That" Ryan Howard SS- 2 for 5, 2B.  BA= .324.
Johnny Cueto RHP- 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 0.00.
Matt Solter RHP- 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.03.

Great looking rehab line for Cueto except he was supposed to go 4 innings and came out with "forearm tightness" which often a code term for possible UCL tear.


Low A  Rome Braves beat the Augusta Greenjackets 5-3:

Jose "Viz Jr" Vizcaino Jr.  1B- 2 for 4, SB(9).  BA= .249.
Jacob Heyward LF- 3 for 4.  BA= .220.
Michael Bernal 3B- 2 for 3.  BA= .259.
Raffi "RViz" Vizcaino RHP- 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 5.73.


SS  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes were idle.

I think the NWL is on their All-Star break.


AZL  Giants edged out the Angels 4-3:

Heliot Ramos CF- 2 for 4.  BA= .391.
Francisco Medina SS/3B- 2 for 2, 2B, Sac.  BA= .234.
Kyle McPherson 2B- 1 for 3, 2B.  BA= .200.
Camilo Doval RHP- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.52.
Rodolfo Martinez RHP- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.
Olbis Parra RHP- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, Save(5).  ERA= 2.38.


  1. I saw your report on Cueto, a few years back he missed a few weeks with the same forearm tightness, but came back with no surgery. Fingers crossed it's the same situation. The line doesn't look ugly like some will in their last appearances before TJ. Any word on how his stuff looked?

    Coach B

  2. Law: Glad to see Law keeps whittling down his ERA with a 2.84 ERA for the month of July after being send down in June and the 7.71 disaster. Hopefully he'll get another chance and hold on to it the second-go-around.

    Sandoval: Lord no! Baseball clubs don't lightly eat $50 million. Except maybe the Dodgers...

    Bull Pen: While people have complained about Melancon and his injuries and spotty effectiveness (and he's been pretty spotty at 11 for 15) we'd have not been any better if we kept Casilla who has blow 6 saves and has a 73% save rate along with losing 5 more games in hold situations. Dyson is hard to get a read on as he's 6 for 7 is save opportunities for the Giants.

    Anyway, like I said earlier, I'd like to see Law come back up. I don't know much about the other two beyond Maronata has a big-time FB and has struggled, at times, with his command & control. But at this point... May as well... I mean, it's not like blowing a save here-or-there is going to make any significant difference but possibly changing where we draft in the Top-5 by a spot or two which, as of today, is #1.

  3. The Giants shouldn't quit but they don't have to try too hard to maintain their bottom dweller status.
    Maybe it's bad luck, maybe it's converging down years, maybe it's getting top heavy in 30 and over, maybe it's no new blood from the team that tanked last year, maybe it's just stale bread, but this is a colossally bad group, as a performance team.
    They need to quit Bochy-ing the veterans who are enacting old glory, they need a deep infusion of high testosterone red blood.
    Don't give up entirely on Williamson, Parker, Gillaspie, Stratton, Okert, Al. Suarez, Hwang, Oshit, and Hundley (if he can be optioned), but bring up a new breed of hungry kids and let them play.
    DFA anyone on the 40-man roster who doesn't fit 2018 and can't be waiver-traded, reach down and promote players who are successful at AAA (or even AA for a couple pitchers), "rest" the vets who aren't ready to play everyday (Span and Pence come to mind), even get rid of Dave Flemming, Amy G, and Jon Miller if they're not helping!