Thursday, May 28, 2015

Down on the Farm: 5/27/2015

AAA  Nashville Sounds blasted the Sacramento River Cats 11-4:

Ronny Cedeno(SS)- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .276.
Jake Peavy(RHP)- 4.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 11.57.

Gotta wonder how healthy Peavy really is after a start like this, even in the PCL.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels crushed the Harrisburg Senators 12-0:

Kelby Tomlinson(2B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .325.
Mac Williamson(RF)- 2 for 5.  BA= .313.
Devin Harris(LF)- 3 for 5, 2B.  BA= .303.
Mitch Delfino(3B)- 2 for 4.  BA= .252.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .269.
Joe Biagini(RHP)- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 8/2.  ERA= 1.53.
Phil McCormick(LHP)- 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.38.

15 hit attack with 13 singles and 2 doubles helps pad the stat lines.  Biagini was effectively wild.

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High A  San Jose Giants pounded the High Desert Mavericks 10-5:

Seth Harrison(CF)- 2 for 5.  BA= .316.
Jesus Galindo(LF)- 2 for 5.  BA= .269.
Tyler Horan(RF)- 2 for 5.  BA= .224.
Dylan Davis(DH)- 2 for 4, HR(3), BB.  BA= .253.
Ben Turner(Catcher)- 2 for 5.  BA= .250.
Brandon Bednar(SS)- 2 for 5.  BA= .213.
Keury Mella(RHP)- 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.05.
Jason Forjet(RHP)- 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.51.

Davis' HR was the only XBH out of 15 hits.  Seems like the Giants must be teaching that keep the line moving thing at all levels!  Mella came out after 3 IP due to pitch count issues.  LHP Mason McVay has been placed on the voluntarily retired list.

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Low A Game 1  Augusta Greenjackets defeated the Greenville Drive 5-2:

Cristian Paulino(LF)- 1 for 2, 2B, BB.  BA= .316.
Sam Coonrod(RHP)- 5.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K's.  ERA= 3.24.

Best part of Coonrod's line is the 0 BB's.

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Low A Game 2  Greenville Drive beat the Augusta Greenjackets 3-1 in 8 innings:

Johneshwy Fargas(CF)- 1 for 3, 2B, SB(19).  BA= .309.
Cristian Paulino(LF- 2 for 3, SB(10).  BA= .329.
Mark Reyes(LHP)- 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.53.
Jake McCasland(RHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA=  0.00.
Yoan Moncada(DH, Drive)- 0 for 3, HBP.  BA= .286.
Michael Kopech(RHP, Drive)- 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 2.76.

This was Moncada's first game in several days due to a hammy.  Kopech was one of my favorite draft prospects last year.  I said it looked like he had tons of projection.  Boston drafted him #33 overall.  They made some adjustments in his delivery and he is not sitting in the high 90's with the FB and touching triple digits.  He has 38 K's against 11 BB's in 32 IP.  Of course, we now await the seemingly inevitable TJ surgery.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Game Wrap 5/27/2015: Giants 3 Brewers 1

Joe Panik hit a 2-run homer in the 5'th inning and that was all the offense Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants bullpen needed to secure a sweep of the BrewCrew and a happy flight home with a 5-2 road trip to brag about.  Key Lines:

Norichika Aoki- 2 for 5.  BA= .322.  Aoki went something like 9 for 13 for the series in his return to the city where he started his MLB career.  Was Aoki the most undervalued FA of this past offseason?

Joe Panik- 2 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .297.  Panik is showing flashes of power to go with his high contact approach.  And what a 1-2 punch of on-base goodness at the top of the Giants lineup with him and Aoki!

Angel Pagan- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .310.  Bochy shook up a lineup that didn't seem to need shaking up, moving Pence into the 3 spot and moving Pagan down to the 7-hole.  Personally I like the a 3-7 of Pagan, Posey, Belt, Pence, Crawford, but Boch seems to have the pulse of the team at his fingertips.

Ryan Vogelsong- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.24.  Another stellar start for Vogey.  He is now 4-1 with a 2.66 ERA over his last 7 starts.

The Giants return home trailing the NL West leading Dodgers by 1.5 games pending the outcome of tonight's Dodgers-Braves contest.  The Giants lead the Mets by 1 game in the race for the first Wild Card playoff spot.

Chris Heston goes up against a red hot Shelby Miller in the opening game of the homestand and opening game of a 4 gamer against the surprisingly strong Braves.

Down on the Farm: 5/26/2015

AAA  Nashville Sounds blanked the Sacramento River Cats 3-0:

Ehire Adrianza(SS)- 2 for 3, BB, SB(2).  BA= .352.
Robert Coello(RHP)- 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 6 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 3.45.
Barry Zito(LHP, Sounds)- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.72.

6 BB's in 5 IP is not going to get Coello back to the majors.  Maybe he needs to try to the two-seam/cutter approach that seems to be working for Tyler Beede?  Gotta respect Barry Zito laboring in the minors to try to get back to the majors.  This was a good game, but that ERA doesn't look too promising.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Harrisburg Senators 6-3:

Devin Harris(LF)- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .291.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 2 for 3, BB.  BA= .268.
Daniel Carbonell(CF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .170.
Matt Lujan(LHP)- 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 5.10.
Josh Osich(LHP)- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's, Save(9).  ERA= 1.71.

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High A  San Jose Giants were idle.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets vs Greenville Drive postponed.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Game Wrap 5/26/2015: Giants 6 Brewers 3

Madison Bumgarner was not at his best, but he can be pretty far off his best and still be quite good.  He was good enough tonight and the Giants offense backed him with 3 homers and typically solid relief pitching.  Key Lines:

Norichika Aoki- 3 for 5.  BA= .320.  Aoki now has 7 hits in 9 AB on the series.   In the process he is exhibiting tremendous bat control, basically serving the ball to wherever the defense isn't.  Amazingly, his 3 hits from the top of the batting order resulted in no Runs or RBI's.  

Hunter Pence- 1 for 5, HR(2).  BA= .326.  This was one of Pence's monster shots to an elevated walkway above the left-centerfield wall.  It was estimated to travel over 430 ft.

Brandon Belt- 1 for 4, HR(5).  BA= .301.  Belt looked bad in 3 AB's against Brewers SP Matt Garza with 2 K's and a pop up.  He apparently was able to pick up reliever Cory Knebel's pitches better and took him deep in the 7'th for an insurance run.

Brandon Crawford- 1 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .299.  Crawford had a fine day at the plate, but his biggest contribution was on a leaping, diving catch of a Hector Gomez line drive into the hole which would have driven in the Brewers 4'th run.  Be sure to look up the videos of that play!

Matt Duffy- 1 for 4, HR(3).  BA= .300.  Duffy took Garza deep with a runner on base to dead CF.  I mean, now we are talking Buster Posey power!  The best part of it was the dinger capped a frustrating series of events for Carlos Gomez who had flied out in the bottom of the previous inning after he and Bummy got into some extra-curricular activity.  After Duffy's dinger, the TV camera close up on Gomez who was visibly working his jaw muscles while grinding his teeth.  He was not a happy dude!

Madison Bumgarner- 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.00.  Bummy didn't have his best stuff.  I was not counting, but it seemed like he would get 2 strikes OK, but then start nibbling for the K and next thing you knew it was a 3-2 count which cost him his count leverage.  

The sequence with Gomez was Gomez swung and missed a pitch and let out some sort of yell that Bummy and presumably Buster Posey did not appreciate.  Next pitch grazed Gomez' hands and Bummy stepped forward to give him a stank eye which prompted Gomez to throw up his hands and say whattheheck, or something similar to that.  Next pitch, he almost came out of his shoes but got under the ball for a harmless flyout to LF.  Gomez flipped his bat, but in disgust.

Sergio Romo- 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 3.94.  The K was a huge one of Gomez to get out of the 7'th inning without any further damage done.

Santiago Casilla- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's, Save(13).  ERA= 1.37.  Casilla caused some anxiety by allowing the two baserunners.  The second hit was a blooper, so hardly Casilla's fault.   That brought the revenge-minded Carlos Gomez to the plate representing the tying run.  He hit the ball hard, but lined it right to Hunter Pence in RF for the final out.  As Vin Scully would say, "go figure!"

The Win enables the Giants to remain 2 games behind the NL West leading Dodgers who blanked the Braves 8-0 behind Clayton Kershaw.  The Giants also remain 1 game up in the race for the first Wild Card playoff slot.

Ryan Vogelsong tries for a series sweep tomorrow in a day game facing Brewers RHP Mike Fiers.

This is a bit convoluted, but apparently Casey McGehee still has an option, but as a 5 years MLB player, he can decline it, but apparently he has 10 days to decide whether to accept or decline it, and he is allowed to play in the minors during that 10 day waiting period.  So, Casey McGehee is reporting to Sacramento where he will remain on the 40 man roster and play until June 4, when the Giants might not need to carry 13 pitchers anymore.  Got that?  Seems like maybe Bobby Evans is a wizard at roster rules.  He also seems to have some powers of persuasion.

Down on the Farm: 5/25/2015

AAA  Nashville Sounds blanked the Sacramento River Cats 5-0:

Clayton Blackburn(RHP)- 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 6/3.  ERA= 5.06.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels defeated the Bowie Baysox 6-1:

Kelby Tomlinson(2B)- 2 for 4, BB, SB(10).  BA= .321.
Rando Moreno(SS)- 3 for 5, SB(3).  BA= .337.
Mac Williamson(RF)- 2 for 3, 2B, HBP.  BA= .316.
Devin Harris(DH)- 2 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .293.
Ricky Oropesa(1B)- 1 for 4, HR(6).  BA= .259.
Kyle Crick(RHP)- 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 2.10.

This was Ricky's 5'th dinger in the month of May so far.  Cricky had his deepest start since 8/29/2013 which was his only other start since 2012 longer than 6.0 innings.

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High A  San Jose Giants beat the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 6-2:

Hunter Cole(DH)- 2 for 4.  BA= .350.
Austin Slater(2B)- 3 for 4.  BA= .323.
Ryder Jones(3B)- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .289.
Dylan Davis(RF)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .241.
Nik Turley(LHP)- 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 1.50.
Dan Slania(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, Save(10).  ERA= 2.14.

Nik Turley was a spring training invitee on a minor league deal.  He had one start early April for Sacramento before an extended stay on the DL.  He was plagued by arm stiffness last year in the Yankees organization.

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Low A  Greenville Drive topped the Augusta Greenjackets 5-3:

Johneshwy Fargas(CF)- 2 for 5, SB(17.  BA= .313.
Cristian Paulino(RF)- 1 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .312.
Rodolfo Martinez(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 4.26.

Thanks to David Lee via Covechatter for reporting that Martinez hit 101 MPH on the radar gun.  Martinez also seems to be slowly getting his walk rate down.  This was his 3'rd consecutive appearance without a BB.  He has 2 BB's against 8 K's in 7 IP over his last 6 appearances.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Game Wrap 5/25/2015: Giants 8 Brewers 4

The Giants looked like they were headed for another the snooze game you might expect in a day game after an early morning arrival after a brutal 4 games in Denver until a 7-run 6'th inning overcame a ragged performance by Tim Lincecum and 3 dingers by the BrewCrew.  Key Lines:

Norichika Aoki- 4 for 4, HR(2), BB, SB(11).  BA= .312.  Wow!  5 times on base in 5 PA's!  This is what a lot of people were expecting of Aoki after his first season in the USA with these same Brewers. Not just an on-base machine but a do everything player.  Is he the best Giants leadoff hitter since Brett Butler?  I'm thinking yes!  It's probably too early to be thinking about this, but Aoki has a team option for $5.5 M for next year that becomes a mutual option with 550 PA's, which he is way ahead of the pace to make.  Do the Giants try to sign him to a long-term deal?  Do they just let him go?  Would he be worth a 1 year Qualifying Offer?  I'm thinking even if he ends up being a 1 year rental, it's a heckuva rental!  Historically, the Giants would be better off letting players who have breakout seasons on 1 year deals go when the contract is up.

Hunter Pence- 3 for 4, 2B, BB, SB(1).  BA= .342.  Giants don't have to worry about Pence's contract status for several years.  So far, he's been well worth the investment despite starting this season with a fractured arm, which was in no way his fault or at all predictable.

Matt Duffy- 2 for 5.  BA= .302.  Duffman had a key hit in the 7-run 6'th, a first- pitch single up the middle that drove in a run and led to another run scoring on an error when Carlos Gomez bobbled the ball in CF.   Duffy later came around to score his own run in the inning.

Andrew Susac- 2 for 4.  BA= .227.  Susac also contributed an RBI and Run scored in the big 6'th.  The 2-hit game has to feel good for him and hopefully gets some confidence at the plate back.

Tim Lincecum- 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 4 K's, 3 HR's.  ERA= 2.56.  A letdown start after his gem against the Dodgers.  Timmy is at a stage of his career where he has little margin for error.  2 solo dingers to Khris Davis and a enormous 2-run shot to Ryan Braun.  The first inning HR to Davis was interesting in that both Susac and the home plate ump though Davis missed home plate when he showboated a skip step a across it.  This led to a prolonged discussion between Bochy and the entire umpire crew, an appeal in which Davis was called out, and then a prolonged video review in New York.  The out call was eventually overturned and Davis was credited with a HR.  That was disappointing, not so much because the 1 run made such a huge difference at that point, but how much fun would it have been if the out call stood?

Jeremy Affeldt- 1.2 IP, 0 H 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 5.65.  The Giants needed a shutdown inning after their 7 run uprising and Affeldt came through with that an more.  No K's, but he got 5 GB outs.  Hopefully the disaster appearance in Coors Field was his nadir for the season.

Hunter Strickland- 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.  Strickland brought it home with a dominant performance over multiple innings including a huge K of Ryan Braun.  Bobby Evans has his work cut out for him when Jake Peavy is ready to come back and the Giants don't need 13 pitchers anymore.

The Win cut the Dodgers lead in the NL West to 1.5 games pending the outcome of their game against the Braves tonight.  The Giants also sit 1 game up in the race for the first Wild Card playoff spot.

The Giants now get a bit of a break as tomorrows game is a night game with Madison Bumgarner taking the mound against Matt Garza.

Scouting the 2015 Draft: Big West Conference

Cal State Fullerton:

David Olmedo-Barrera, 1B/OF, Jr.  B-L, T-R.  6'1", 205 lbs.  .310/.414/.540, 8 HR, 12 SB, 22 BB, 51 K, 174 AB.  A bit of power, a bit of speed, quite a few walks, lots of K's.

Thomas Eshelman, RHP, Jr. 6'3", 210 lbs.  8-5, 1.57, 114.1 IP, 6 BB, 111 K's.  Great college pitcher.  Does he have enough stuff for the pros?  Could be a nice pick for somebody starting in round 2.

Justin Garza, RHP.  5'11", 170 lbs, Jr.   4-3, 3.05, 65 IP, 14 BB, 53 K.  Obvious rap on Garza is his size.

Tyler Peitzmeier, LHP, Sr.  6'2", 210 lbs.  2-3, 2.44, 44.1 IP, 8 BB, 48 K, 16 Saves.  Lefty specialist who was promoted to closer for this season and performed well in the role. The Giants love their lefty specialists.

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UC Santa Barbara:

Dillon Tate RHP, Jr.  6'2", 200 lbs.  8-4, 2.08, 95.1 IP, 27 BB, 100 K.  Hard throwing RHP.  Possible #1 overall pick.  Stock seems to have slipped a bit late in the season due to durability concerns.

Justin Jacome, LHP, Jr.  6'6", 230 lbs.  7-4, 2.53, 110.1 IP, 24 BB, 91 K.  Big lefty overshadowed by Teammate Tate, but has put up good numbers himself.  I'm thinking rounds 4-10?

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Cal Poly SLO:

Mark Mathias, INF, Jr.  B-R, T-R.  6'0", 200 lbs.  .356/.424/.436, 9 SB, 23 BB,  19 K, 202 AB.  Quite a few high contact college infielders in this draft.  Mathias might give you the same value later in the draft.

Casey Bloomquist, RHP, Jr.  6'3", 185 lbs.  8-2, 2.85, 98 IP, 29 BB, 78 K's.

Danny Zandora, RHP, Sr. 6'1", 195 lbs.  1-4, 2.95, 39.2 IP, 17 BB, 63 K's, 7 Saves.  Look at those K's!

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Hawaii:

Tyler Brashears, RHP, Jr.  6'2", 170 lbs.  8-5, 1.86, 101.2 IP, 19 BB, 68 K's.  Thin build might make him a long reliever in the pros.

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Long Beach State:

Kyle Friedrichs, RHP, Sr.  6'1", 190 lbs.  6-4, 2.79, 100 IP, 12 BB, 109 K's.  Great college numbers.  Does he have enough stuff for the pros?

Tanner Brown, RHP, Jr.  6'4", 181 lbs.  4-3, 3.45, 73 IP, 14 BB, 52 K's.  JC transfer.  Started out hot.  Apparently faded a bit later in the season?

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Cal State Northridge:

Calvin Copping, RHP, Sr.  6'3", 180 lbs.  6-7, 3.05, 88.2 IP, 29 BB, 86 K's.  Good size, nice K rate.

Jerry Keel, LHP, Sr.  6'6", 240 lbs.  5-7, 2.66, 91.1 IP, 22 BB, 80 K's.  Jumbo sized LHP.

Rayne Raven, RHP, Jr.  6'2", 200 lbs.  7-4, 2.18, 86.2 IP, 28 BB, 73 K.