Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Game Wrap 6/30/2015: Marlins 5 Giants 3

Maybe Buster Posey has figured out how to beat jet lag as he was the only Giant to not look like he was sleepwalking through a game that seemed to be frustratingly winnable.  Key Lines:

Buster Posey- 2 for 4, 2B, HR(1).  BA= .303.  When Buster gets hot, he can carry a team for awhile.  The load was a bit too heavy in this one.

Ryan Vogelsong- 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.19.  Vogey's command was off through the first 3 innings and he appeared to be really angry at something through much of that time, whether that was himself or the umpire or something else was not clear.  The big blow came in the second inning when Dee Gordon split the OF's for a 3 run, inside-the-park HR that I have to admit was kind of fun to watch.  At least it would have been if you were a Marlins fan.  Vogey did settle down and get the game to the bullpen in the 7'th with a chance to win.  The bullpen allowed an insurance run and the Giants offense was not able to mount another significant rally.

The Loss left the Giants 1.5 games behind the NL West leading Dodgers who beat the D'Backs 6-4.  The Giants lead in the race for the second Wild Card playoff slot by 0.5 games over the Cubs.  If the season ended yesterday, the NL playoff configuration would be identical to last season.

Chris Heston tries to square the series tonight facing Dan Haren.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Scouting the Draft: 2014 Draft Review

There is always a lot of talk about winners and losers in the amateur draft immediately after, but we seldom look back at past drafts to see how those declarations actually worked out on the field.  Part of the problem is how far do you look back?  It probably takes a minimum of 5 years for a draft to play out and really see who was successful in finding good major league talent and who didn't.  We'll try to do one of those in the near future, but with several players from last year's draft class already in the majors or getting close, and with that draft still fresh enough in our minds to remember the excitement we had for certain players, I thought it might be fun to look back just one year to the 2014 draft and see who is looking good.

Just remember that it takes HS talent longer to reach the majors, but some of those HS players may have higher ceilings than college draftees who arrive sooner.  We'll assign current grades based on current performance knowing they may not reflect the ultimate grade of the pick.  With that said, here's the rundown(We'll just do Round 1):

1.  Astros.    Brady Aiken, LHP, HS.  Did not sign.  Underwent TJ surgery in the spring.  Drafted at #17 overall by the Cleveland Indians in 2015.  Astros got a compensatory pick in 2015 for not signing Aiken and used it on Alex Bregman, so the pick was not a total loss and may end up being a plus in the end and the Astros may well be better off not signing Aiken at all than signing him for a reduced bonus.  Grade B.

2.  Marlins.  Tyler Kolek, RHP, HS.  2014 Rookie GCL:  0-3, 4.80, 22 IP, 13 BB, 18 K, GO/AO= 1.32.  Low A:  4-3, 4.74, 57 IP, 22 BB, 37 K, GO/AO= 1.22.  One of the biggest, hardest throwers in the draft.  I don't have a current scouting report, but these are not dominant numbers at age appropriate levels.  Grade C-

3.  White Sox.  Carlos Rodon, LHP, College.  MLB:  3-1, 4.07, 55.1 IP, 31 BB, 55 K, GO/AO= 1.19. Pitchers who rely heavily on the slider tend to have command/control issues when they first arrive in the majors.  Rodon is no exception.  Impressive that he is already pitching in the majors and holding his own though.  He's going to have to do a better job of establishing the FB to force MLB hitters to swing at sliders that fall out of the zone.  Too many easy takes so far.  Grade A-.

4.  Cubs.  Kyle Schwarber, C/OF/1B, College.  AA:  .320/.438/.579, 13 HR.  MLB:  .364/.391/.591 in 22 AB.  Schwarber is a college masher without a definite MLB position.  Recently called up to DH in interleague play and kept on mashing.  Seems like 1B is is most likely ultimate position and the Cubs already have a good one there in Anthony Rizzo.  Cubs went best hitter available ignoring positional concerns.  That may come back to haunt them.  No question Schwarber is a serious hitter, though.  Grade B+

5.  Twins.  Nick Gordon, SS, HS.  Low A:  .247/.325/.296, 15 SB.  Hit .294 in rookie ball last year.  Premium athlete.  Hit tool may take time and may not develop at all.  Grade:  C-.

6.  Mariners.  Alex Jackson, OF, HS.  2014 Rookie AZL:  .280/.344/.476, 2 HR.  2015 Low A:  .157/.240/.213.  2015 Short Season:  .308/.379/.385, 10 K in 26 AB.  No Bueno for a kid drafted for his bat and for his power.  Remember, Arroyo struggled in Low A last year too.  On the other hand, Arroyo did not have Jackson's frightful strikeout numbers.  Grade D.

7.  Phillies.  Aaron Nola, RHP, College.  AA:  7-3, 1.88, 76.2 IP, 9 BB, 59 K.  AAA:  2-0, 2.13, 12.2 IP, 2 BB, 14 K's.  Phillies are taking it a bit slower with Nola than the White Sox are with Rodon, but Nola may have better early success once he hits the majors.  The question with Nola is ceiling.  So far, he looks exactly like what the Phils thought they were drafting.  A solid #2-3 MLB SP.  Grade A-.

8.  Rockies.  Kyle Freeland, LHP, College.  A bit of a pop-up pitching prospect.  Has not played in 2015 due to a shoulder injury.  The Rockies just keep on drafting college LHP's and they keep on busting.  This was not a well thought out pick for them that looked very iffy at the time, and it's looking even worse now.  Grade F.

9.  Blue Jays.  Jeff Hoffman, RHP, College.  High A:  1-2, 3.72, 38.2 IP, 12 BB, 24 K.  Hoffman appears to be healthy S/P TJ surgery.  That's a plus.  Sample size is probably too small here to draw conclusions from.  Risk of recurrent UCL tear is high, something like 100% by 10 years.  Not sure Hoffman's upside justifies that risk.  Grade C.

10.  Mets.  Michael Conforto, OF, College.  High A:  .283/.350/.462, 7 HR, 184 AB.  AA:  .326/.426/.533, 2 HR, 92 AB.  I liked Conforto in college and would have been OK with the Giants drafting him had he fallen.  So far, so good in the pros.  Limited to corner play, but who cares if he can hit?  Grade B+.

11.  Blue Jays.  Max Pentecost, C, College.  2014 Short Season:  .313/.322/.410.   Has had two shoulder surgeries since putting up this line out of the draft.  Shoulder surgery is almost as bad for a catcher as for a pitcher.  Pentecost is athletic enough to play another position, maybe even 2B, but you really want him at Catcher.  Grade C with wide range of possible outcomes.

12.  Brewers.  Kodi Medieros, LHP, HS.  Low A:  4-2, 4.41, 65.1 IP, 28 BB, 69 K's, GO/AO= 3.32.  Looked like a lefty reliever to me before the draft.  Still looks like that now.  Grade C.

13.  Padres.  Trea Turner, SS, College.  AA:  .318/.372/.464, 5 HR, 13 SB, 274 AB.  Strange saga.  Turner was included as a PTBNL in a 3 team trade in which he is now in the Washington Nationals organization while the Padres received Wil Myers from Tampa Bay in return.  Myers has looked good at times but has also been injured again.  Turner is looking good so far and will likely take over the starting SS position with Washington next year as Ian Desmond leaves via FA.  Hard to know how to grade this as it essentially makes Wil Myers the Padres first round pick here, which is not terrible, but they might have been better off just to keep Turner.  Grade B-.

14.  Giants.  Tyler Beede, RHP, College.  High A:  2-2, 2.24, 52.1 IP, 9 BB, 37 K, GO/AO= 2.44.  AA:  1-2, 5.01, 23.1 IP, 9 BB, 13 K's, GO/AO= 1.62.  I had Beede going to the Cubs at #4 in my mock draft.  I still think he's the guy the Cubs should have taken, as good a hitter as Schwarber seems to be.  Beede had a strong AA debut then a couple of hiccups.  He pitched well tonight(6/30/2015) which is not reflected in the line above.  I think he was a steal at #14 and is progressing as we would hope.  Grade B+(with potential to move up into the A range if he gets his feet on the ground in AA).

15.  Angels.  Sean Newcomb, LHP, College.  Low A:  1-0, 1.83, 34.1 IP, 19 BB, 45 K's, GO/AO= 2.00.  High A:  3-0, 3.32, 38.0 IP, 19 BB, 50 K's, GO/AO= 1.29.  The Angels are taking it slow with Newcomb who comes out of a smaller college program.    The K's look terrific. He could stand to improve his walk rate.  Grade B.

16.  D'Backs.  Touki Toussaint, RHP, HS.  Low A:  2-2, 3.69, 39 IP, 15 BB, 29 K, GO/AO= 0.87.  Touki was the guy a lot of draft watching Giants fans wanted them to take and he would have been a fine pick.  He wasn't dominant in low A ball, but he was holding his own.  The D'Backs recently inexplicably traded him to the Braves for a mess of pottage.  Were he still in the D'Backs organization, I would grade the pick as a B right now.  With the trade, I give it a solid F!

17.  Royals.  Brandon Finnegan, LHP, College.  MLB:  1-0, 1.88, 14.1 IP, 8 BB, 12 K's, GO/AO= 2.50.  Finnegan made a splash by helping the Royals in last year's postseason.  He's stayed on in a bullpen role this year with good results.  It remains to be seen if he eventually moves into the rotation or becomes the Royals version of Jeremy Affledt.  Grade B.

18.  Nationals.  Erick Fedde, RHP, College.  Short Season:  0-0, 3.00, 3 IP, 3 BB, 4 K's.  Fedde was a pop up prospect last year then suffered a torn UCL and underwent TJ surgery.  I am not at all in love with using a first round pick on a TJ alumnus, especially one with thin credentials to begin wihth, but the Nationals feel they know how to rehab TJ pitchers.  Grade C.

19.  Reds.  Nick Howard, RHP, College.  High A:  3-2, 7.09, 33 IP, 42 BB, 26 K's.  College pitcher with thin credentials.  The Reds could have had their choice of several singable, much higher ceiling HS pitchers here.  These numbers are downright ugly!  Grade F.

20.  Rays.  Casey Gillaspie, 1B, College.  Low A:  .278/.358/.530, 16 HR, 4 SB.  I wasn't excited about this pick at the time.  To me, Gillaspie is a one dimensional player and that one dimension is iffy at best.  Those are fine numbers if he was in High A ball, but Low A for a first round college draftee?  Rays would have been better advised to take any of several HS Pitchers here, but some teams simply won't take a HS pitcher in round 1.  Grade D.

21.  Indians.  Brad Zimmer, OF, College.  High A:  .300/.399/.488, 9 HR, 28 SB.  Highly athletic college OF with solid numbers at an appropriate level for a first round college draftee.  Grade B.

22.  Dodgers.  Grant Holmes, RHP, HS.  Low A:  3-0, 3.68, 51.1 IP, 28 BB, 67 K, GO/AO= 0.98.  Strong start for a hard throwing pitcher.  Grade B+.

23.  Tigers.  Derek Hill, OF, HS.  Low A:  .227/.293/.303, 23 SB.  Speedy, athletic HS OF's usually struggle with the bat early in their pro career.  Sometimes the bat develops.  Grade D.

24.  Pirates.  Cole Tucker, SS, HS.  Low A:  .281/.308/.343, 2 HR, 19 SB.  This pick was criticized at the time as an underslot bonus move.  He's doing surprisingly well in Low A ball.  Grade B.

25.  A's.  Matt Chapman, 3B, College.  High A:  .246/.333/.533, 11 HR.  Very A's-like pick here with power and walks, but BA challenged.  Again, IMO, one of several HS pitchers would have given better upside, but I'm sure Chapman is doing exactly what Billy Beane hoped he would do.  Grade C.

26.  Red Sox.  Michael Chavis, SS, HS.  Low A:  .204/.266/.353, 6 HR, 30+% K's.  Chavis was drafted for his bat.  So far that has been a big disappointment, but he is young and has time to come around.  Grade D.

27.  Cardinals.  Luke Weaver, RHP, College.  High A:  1-3, 2.73, 33 IP, 10 BB, 26 K's, GO/AO= 0.83.  Very Cardinalsy pick here.  About where you would expect him to be.  Grade B.

28.  Royals.  Foster Griffin, LHP, HS.  Low A:  0-2, 6.63, 38.0 IP, 12 BB, 29 K's, GO/AO= 1.83.  Peripherals aren't nearly as terrible as the ERA.  Grade C.

29.  Reds.  Alex Blandino, SS, College.  High A:  .292/.370/.415, 5 HR, 7 SB.  Another low ceiling pick by the Reds who need to be aiming higher as they enter a rebuild.  Grade C.

30.  Rangers.  Luis Ortiz, RHP, HS.  Low A:  4-1, 1.72, 47 IP, 9 BB, 44 K's, GO/AO= 0.86.  I really liked Ortiz before the draft and I like him even better now.  Great pick by the Rangers here.  Grade A-.

31.  Indians.  Justus Sheffield, LHP, HS.  Low A:  6-1, 4.72, 61 IP, 17 BB, 70 K's, GO/AO= 1.22.  Nothing wrong with those peripheral numbers here.  Grade B.

32.  Braves.  Braxton Davidson, OF, HS.  Low A:  .262/.401/.389, 6 HR.  Nice walk rate for a HS draftee.  A bit one dimensional.  Grade B.

33.  Red Sox.  Michael Kopech, RHP, HS.  Low A:  3-5, 2.88, 50 IP, 17 BB, 58 K, GO/AO= 1.27.  I loved Kopech before the draft.  I thought he might have the highest ceiling of any of the HS pitchers.  He's reportedly hitting the high 90's with his FB so he has pretty high present too.  Huge value this late in the draft.  Grade A.

34.  Cardinals.  Jack Flaherty, RHP, HS.  Low A:  3-1, 2.17, 29 IP, 13 BB, 24 K, GO/AO= 0.63.  Two way player in HS. Concentrating on pitching now and off to a pretty good start.  Grade B.

Down on the Farm: 6/29/2015

AAA  Sacramento River Cats outscored the Las Vegas 51's 14-7:

Kelby Tomlinson(2B)- 3 for 7, HR(1).  BA= .238.
Kevin Frandsen(3B)- 4 for 7.  BA= .309.
Ryan Lollis(1B)- 4 for 6, 3B, BB.  BA= .355.
Mac Williamson(RF)- 1 for 4, 2B, 2 BB.  BA= .214.
Carlos Triunfel(SS)- 4 for 5, 3B, BB.  BA= .260.
Adam Duvall(PH)- 1 for 1, HR(16).  BA= .255.
Clayton Blackburn(RHP)- 4.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 5/1.  ERA= 4.22.
Steven Okert(LHP)- 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 4.22.
Josh Osich(LHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Duvall's PH HR was a grand slam.  Rough place to pitch, Las Vegas.

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AA  Game 1  New Britain Rock Cats blanked the Richmond Flying Squirrels 1-0 in a suspended game completed today:

Matt Lujan(LHP)- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 4.32.
Joe Biagini(RHP)- 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K's, GO/AO= 4/0.  ERA= 2.01.
Tyler Mizenko(RHP)- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.93.

Lujan was 1/3 of the way to a perfecto when the rains came.  Biagini started the resumption of the contest today.

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AA  Game 2  Richmond Flying Squirrels edged out the New Britain Rock Cats 2-1 in a 7 inning game:

Rando Moreno(SS)- 1 for 4, 2B.  BA= .296.
Adalberto Mejia(LHP)- 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K, GO/AO= 12/4.  ERA= 1.52.
Derek Law(RHP)- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, Save(1).  ERA= 2.25.

Since a start that lasted just 2.2 IP on June 11, Mejia has allowed just 2 ER in 17 IP over 3 subsequent starts with 7 K's against just 1 BB.  He also has a GO/AO of 1.61 so far this season despite a career mark of 0.89.

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High A  San Jose Giants were idle.

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Low A Augusta Greenjackets smothered the Rome Braves 4-0:

Johneshwy Fargas(CF)- 2 for 4, SB(34).  BA= .301.
Will Callaway(3B)- 2 for 4, 3B.  BA= .266.
Mark Reyes(LHP)- 6.2 IP,  4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 1.46.
Raymundo Montero(RHP)- 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K's.  ERA= 1.78.

Not sure I like Callaway playing 3B here as Jonah Arenado played 1B in this game.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes topped the Spokane Indians 7-5:

Chase Compton(DH)- 4 for 5, 2B, SB(1).  BA= .346.
CJ Hinojosa(SS)- 1 for 3, 2B, HBP.  BA= .263.
Julio Pena(LF)- 1 for 4, HR(2).  BA= .231.
Logan Webb(RHP)- 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K's, GO/AO= 6/1.  ERA= 6.43.

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Rookie AZL Giants were idle.

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DSL  Giants pounded the Orioles2 9-2:

Robinson Medrano(1B, 19 yo)- 2 for 5.  BA= .347.
Manuel Geraldo(2B, 18 yo)- 2 for 4.  BA= .343.
Andres Angulo(Catcher, 17 yo)- 2 for 3, BB, SB(3).  BA= .333.
Victor Concepcion(RHP, 18 yo)- 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 0.49.

Seems like Concepcion should not be in the DSL.  Likewise Geraldo.  But 19 yo is no impossibly old for a prospect in the AZL.

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If Fangraphs was picking the All-Star teams, the Giants would have 3 members of the starting lineup plus 1 pitcher:  Buster Posey, Joe Panik, Brandon Crawford and Madison Bumgarner.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Down on the Farm: 6/28/2015

AAA  Las Vegas 51's edged out the Sacramento River Cats 4-3:

Kevin Frandsen(3B)- 2 for 5.  BA= .298.
Ryan Lollis(1B)- 3 for 4, HR(2), BB.  BA= .337.
Chris Stratton(RHP)- 8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 10/5.  ERA= 1.65.

Free Ryan Lollis!  Sup with Chris Stratton?  This may have been his best start as a professional.  Is it possible that he's been "working on stuff" all this time and just now doing whatever he needs to get hitters out?

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels vs New Britain Rock Cats postponed due to wet grounds.

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High A  Modesto Nuts topped the San Jose Giants 9-4:

Seth Harrison(CF)- 2 for 5, 2B, SB(6).  BA= .285.
Brian Ragira(DH-LF)- 1 for 3, HR(5), BB.  BA= .210.
Brandon Bednar(2B-SS)- 2 for 4, HR(1).  BA= .227.
Jose Reyes(RHP)- 3.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 2 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 11.65.
Martin Agosta(RHP)- 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 5.34.

Jose Reyes promotion to San Jose just hasn't gone well.  Agosta comes out of the bullpen, maybe due to disruption of rotation by all-star break or maybe they want to limit his innings this year?

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Low A  Rome Braves defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 6-4:

Johneshwy Fargas(CF)- 1 for 2, BB, 2 HBP, 2 SB(33).  BA= .298.
Jeremy Sy(SS)- 2 for 2, 2 BB.  BA= .242.
Matt Gage(LHP)- 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K's.   ERA= 5.03.
Carlos Diaz(LHP)- 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 2.30.
Touki Toussaint(RHP, Braves)- 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 2.08.

Fargas continues to fill up the boxscores for Augusta.  Those are some Crickian numbers for Touki.  It's going to be interesting to follow how his and Tyler Beede's pro careers play out.

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Short Season  Spokane Indians blanked the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 8-0:

Jarret Leverett(RHP)- 3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 1.42.
Ryan Halstead(RHP)- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Leverett looks like an undrafted FA sign.  Halstead was the Giants 21'st round selection this year.  He's a closer out of Indiana U with big K numbers.

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Rookie AZL  Giants pounded the Cubs 11-6:

Jalen Miller(SS)- 2 for 5.  BA= .353.
Dillon Dobson(2B)- 2 for 5, 2B, 3B.  BA= .222.
Matt Winn(Catcher)- 1 for 4, HR(1), BB.  BA= .250.
Nathanael Javier(3B)- 1 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .200.
Stetson Woods(RHP)- 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 1.17.
Tyler Cyr(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Dobson is a 23'rd round selection out of Appalachian St.  Winn is a 14'th round draft pick out of  VMI. Tyler Cyr is the Giants 10'th round pick out of an NAIA school.

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DSL  Giants were idle.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Game Wrap 6/28/2015: Giants 6 Rockies 3

Matt Duffy once again led the offense for the Giants which finally gave Madison Bumgarner some support to win the rubber game of the weekend series against the Rockies.  Key Lines:

Matt Duffy- 3 for 4, 2B, 3B, HR(8).  BA= .303.  Duffy probably should have had another double which would not have given him a cycle.  He hit a line drive down the 1B line that ticked off Wilin Rosario's glove and rolled down into the bullpen area.  The ump called it foul.  Replays seemed to clearly show the ball changing direction at the point where it passed Rosario's glove and the glove seemed to be clearly inside the foul line.  The replay officials upheld the call on the field.  The explanation was they could not tell for certain if the glove was inside the line or not.  Oh well!  Duffy still had a stupendously good day at the plate and is starting to get some national recognition and even some declarations of fantasy baseball relevance.

Buster Posey- 2 for 4.  BA= .300.  Buster was again the big Ribeye man driving in Duffy after his triple and later drove in Bumgarner and Duffy after Duffy's double.  When Duffy moved into the 3-hole, he admitted he was a big overwhelmed by the responsibility.  Buster told him to just be himself and not try to do too much.  Buster has backed up those words by stepping up his RBI game.

Brandon Crawford- 1 for 4, HR(10).  BA= .275.  Crawford seems to be a bit of an instigator when it comes to friendly rivalries within the team.  He told Duffy, that the Duffman was getting to close in the HR total.  Sure enough, Crawford hit one out to take a 2 dinger lead.

Madison Bumgarner- 2 for 3, HR(2).  BA= .235.  Bumgarner is growing as a hitter.  When he first started hitting HR's, he just went up there and swung as hard as he could at 3 pitches.  If he connected, it was a HR.  If he didn't, he walked back to the dugout and sat down.  Now, you can really see him being selective with the pitches and and taking much more controlled swings, albeit with just as much power and just as much enthusiasm, but if you watch his AB's, you can see and feel the difference.

Madison Bumgarner- 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 8 K's.  ERA= 2.99.  Nolan Arenado touched him up for a 2 run dinger in the first inning, but he settled down after that and the Giants offense picked him up.

The Win left the Giants still 1 game behind the NL West leading Dodgers who topped the Marlins 2-0 behind Zack Greinke.  The Giants now lead the race for the second Wild Card playoff spot by 1.5 games.

The Giants have a travel day tomorrow before starting a series in Miami on Tuesday, June 30.  Ryan Vogelsong gets the call in game 1 facing the hated Mat Latos.

Down on the Farm: 6/27/2015

AAA  Las Vegas 51's defeated the Sacramento River Cats 7-1:

Hector Sanchez(Catcher)- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .261.
Darren Ford(CF)- 2 for 3, 3B, HR(7), BB.  BA= .262.
Ty Blach(LHP)- 5 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 6 K's, GO/AO= 4.27.
Josh Osich(LHP)- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 0.00.

Blach's peripheral numbers look good.  Josh Osich has a successful AAA debut.  Has he moved ahead of Steven Okert on the lefty reliever depth chart?  Osich was drafted in the 6'th round of the 2011 draft. That is turning out to be a pretty good draft.  Panik and Susac were taken in rounds 1 and 2 with Kyle Crick sandwiched in between in the supplemental first round.  In addition to Osich, Kelby Tomlinson, Clayton Blackburn and Joe Biagini are progressing toward a future MLB gig.  Other 2011 draftees still in the organization include Ray Black, Jack Snodgrass, Phil McCormick, Ricky Oropesa and several others.

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AA  Richmond Flying Squirrels vs New Britain Rock Cats suspended after 3 innings with score 0-0.

Matt Lujan(LHP)- 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K's.

Neither team had a hit up to when the game was suspended.  Lujan had 3 perfect innings.

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High A  San Jose Giants cracked the Modesto Nuts 6-5:

Ryder Jones(3B)- 2 for 4, 2 2B.  BA= .290.
Daniel Carbonell(LF)- 2 for 4, HR(1), SB(1).  BA= .364.
Chase Johnson(RHP)- 6.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K's, GO/AO= 8/1.  ERA= 3.36.

So far, Ryder Jones has avoided the mid-season fatigue.  Carbonell seems to have benefitted from a change of scenery.  Chase Johnson seems to have found some consistency this season.

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Low A  Augusta Greenjackets pounded the Rome Braves 10-2:

Aramis Garcia(Catcher)- 2 for 4, BB.  BA= .239.
Skyler Ewing(1B)- 2 for 3, 2 BB.  BA= .235.
Dylan Davis(DH)- 2 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .238.
Will Callaway(2B)- 3 for 4, 2 2B, HR(2), BB.  BA= .266.
Brennan Metzger(LF)- 1 for 1, 3 BB, HBP.  BA= .500.
Pat Young(RHP)- 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 3.68.
Rodolfo Martinez(RHP)- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 3.42.
Reyes Maronta(RHP)- 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K's.  ERA= 4.86.

Thanks to Covechatter for posting a couple of tweets that had Martinez and Maronta both hitting the upper 90's with their FB's.

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Short Season  Salem-Keizer Volcanoes buried the Spokane Indians 12-3:

Ronnie Jebavy(CF)- 1 for 5, HR(2).  BA= .250.
Chris Shaw(1B)- 2 for 5.  BA= .400.
Miguel Gomez(3B)- 2 for 5, HR(1).  BA= .351.
CJ Hinojosa(SS)- 2 for 5.  BA= .250.
Jose Vizcaino, Jr(DH)- 3 for 4, 2B.  BA= .333.
Michael Connolly(RHP)- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K's.  ERA= 3.38.

Chris Shaw has a successful pro debut.  Keep an eye out for Miguel Gomez.  Looks like he can hit!

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AZL  Cubs cuffed the Giants 11-4:

Jalen Miller(SS)- 1 for 3, BB, Sac., SB(2).  BA= .333.
Byron Murray(LF)- 2 for 4, 2 2B, SB(1).  BA= .345.
Evan Potter(3B)- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .389.
Julio Benitez(RHP)- 3 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K's.  ERA= 3.00.
Jose Morel(RHP)- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's.  ERA= 0.00.

Byron Murray looks like he can hit a little.

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First round draft pick, Phil Bickford, has signed on the dotted line.  He'll get the tour of AT&T Park today then report initially to camp in Arizona.  I expect we'll see him in the Salem-Keizer Boxscores before the summer is done.  Looks like a terrific draft for the Giants!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Game Wrap 6/27/2015: Giants 7 Rockies 5

The Rockies have a scare middle of the lineup, but today the Giants 3, 4 and 5 hitters, Matt Duffy, Buster Posey and Andrew Susac drove in all 7 of the Giants runs in a come-from-behind win at AT&T Park.  Key Lines:

Matt Duffy- 3 for 4, 2B, HR(7).  BA= .294.  Wow!  We here at When the Giants Come To Town knew Duffy was good awhile back when he was still in the minors, but he just keeps growing right in front of our eyes!  The power is for real with a wiry strength that gives him tremendous leverage on the ball.  He also has an incredible mental approach.  Case in point:  After hitting the HR to left-center earlier in the game agains the soft-tossing lefty, he came up against Rafael Betancourt who is well known to wear out the outside corner of the plate.  So, what does Matt Duffy do?  He shoots one down the RF line into the corner for a double!  Matt Duffy!!

Buster Posey- 2 for 3, 2B, BB.  BA= .297.  Buster drilled a double off the CF wall that a fan interfered with.  The hit drove in 2 runs to tie the game at 3.  The Rockies appealed.  On replay, it was ruled that the fan indeed interfered, but both runs would have scored anyway.  Buster now has 9 big Ribeyes in his last 4 games.

Andrew Susac- 2 for 4, 2B.  BA= .288.  Susac came up with the bases loaded and the Giants trailing by a run.  Rafael Betancourt had intentionally walked Buster Posey with an open base.  Susac got a rare Betancourt pitch in the inner half and hammered it down the 3B line clearing the bases.  Susac also made several fine athletic defensive plays and nursed Santiago Casilla through a very tough and rocky 9'th inning.  Between Susac's growth and the injuries, Susac has forced the issue, proving to the Giants that having him catch, with Buster moving to 1B and Belt to LF is the best option, at least until Aoki and Pence come back.

Casey McGehee- 0 for 1, GIDP(15).  BA= .213.  McGehee was sent up to PH for with 1 out and runners at first and second.  You just knew the outcome of that AB!  McGehee now has 15 GIDP's in 138 PA's.  AJ Pierzynzki holds the record with 27, but those 27 came in 510 PA's.  Just for a point of reference, McGehee is on a pace for 61 in 600 PA's, which of course he will not get this season.  I know Casey is a good guy.  I know the Giants have $4 M invested in him.  I believe he is giving it 100% out there.  It just isn't happening for him.  He can only play 1 position that has been totally taken over by Matt Duffy.  He is a liability as a PH anytime there is a runner at first base.  I have to believe that either Kelby Tomlinson or Ehire Adrianza would be more valuable if nothing else for their speed and ability to play more than 1 position.  Time to call it a sunk cost and move on.  The kids have delivered for the Giants time and again.  Let's give another one a shot.

Tim Lincecum- 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.13.  Hate to say it, but the liner Timmy took off his right forearm might be what won this game for the Giants.   There is no telling how many runs the Rockies might have scored had he stayed in the game!  After the game, Bochy pretty much said Timmy didn't have it and all but said he was going to be put on the DL, as much to clear his head as to heal the forearm.  That solves at least one dilemma the Giants have with Matt Cain and Jake Peavy coming back.  Since pitching 7 shutout innings against the Dodgers on May 20, Timmy has a 7.53 ERA over the next 7 games with 0 QS's and just one game in which he completed 6 IP.  We'll see if some time off followed by a probable move to the bullpen helps but this looks like it might be about it for Timmy's career as a San Francisco Giant, great as it has been.

Yusmeiro Petit- 4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 4.11.  Petit has been the forgotten man in the Giants bullpen, but this is why they keep him around.  Yes, he gave up 2 runs later in his appearance that put the Giants behind again, but he stopped the early bleeding, limited the damage and burned up a bunch if innings.

George Kontos- 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  ERA= 1.66.  Kontos continues to be a workhorse in middle relief and get the job done.  Where would the Giants be without his contributions this year?

Sergio Romo- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  ERA= 4.01.  Romo looked much healthier today, so his trick knee must have settled down quickly as it has in the past.

Santiago Casilla- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, Save(20)- ERA= 2.17.  Casilla was wild early in the 9'th inning and issued a leadoff walk to Charlie Blackmon.  The key AB of the inning was Tulo's in which Casilla threw 6 consecutive curveballs around about 3 mound conferences with Andrew Susac.  High drama!  He gutted through the inning and thanks to some great positioning by Crawford to rob CarGo on a shot up the middle, got the Save and the Giants got the Win.

The Win drew the Giants to 1 game behind the Dodgers in the NL West as Clayton Kershaw was, once again, a hard luck loser, this time against Miami.  Kershaw struck out 9 and allowed 1 ER but 2 more unearned runs cost him a 3-2 loss.  The Giants are tied with the Cubs for the final Wild Card playoff spot with the Cubs trailing the Cardinals 6-1 in their game.

Madison Bumgarner goes for the series win tomorrow afternoon facing Kyle Kendrick.