Friday highlights from the Giants' farm: Jack Snodgrass combined with a reliever on a no-hitter, and Martin Agosta combined with two relievers for 15 K in a shutout.
AAA: Fresno defeated Tacoma 8-3
Fresno: CF Gary Brown: 2 for 4, 3B, SH
Fresno: RF Francisco Peguero: 3 for 4
Fresno: 3B Juan Perez: 2 for 3, BB
Fresno: SP Chris Heston: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K--1 HR, 1 HB, 1 WP
Fresno: RP Steve Edlefsen: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Peguero's three singles paced the Grizzlies' thirteen-hit attack. Perez, who appears to be moving back to the infield this year after what seems like three years nearly exclusively in the outfield, also reached base three times. Brown, the Grizzlies' top hitting prospect, tripled and singled.
Heston delivered a quality start in his PCL debut. A year ago, he had a K/IP below 1.00, but in his PCL debut he struck out better than one third (9 of 26) of his batters.
AA: Richmond lost to New Britain 1-0 in game 1
(completing the previous day's suspended game)
Richmond: SS Ehire Adrianza: 1 for 2, 2 BB
Richmond: 3B Adam Duvall: 2 for 4, 2B
Richmond: SP Craig Westcott: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Richmond: RP Fabio Castillo: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K
Duvall had two of the Flying Squirrels' five hits in his upper minors debut. Adrianza reached bases three times by drawing two of the Squirrels' three walks.
After Westcott pitched the first four innings the previous night, Castillo resumed the game with three more scoreless innings. The Giants signed Castillo this off-season as a minor league free agent after he had spent his pro career so far in the Rangers' organization.
AA: Richmond defeated New Britain 1-0 (7 innings) in game 2
Richmond: DH Mark Minicozzi: 3 for 3, 2B
Richmond: LF Javier Herrera: 1 for 1, HR, BB
Richmond: SP Jack Snodgrass: 6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Richmond: RP Daryl Maday: 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
New Britain: SP Trevor May: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K--1 HR
The 30-year-old Minicozzi had three of the Squirrels' five hits. Herrera, the former Athletics' top prospect who is back in the minors after three years away, homered.
Snodgrass, the Giants' 27th round selection two years ago, made a very impressive upper minors debut, combining with Maday for a no-hitter. He threw 70 pitches (49 strikes) before giving way to Maday for the final inning. A year ago, he allowed 159 H in 146.0 IP in the Cal League. May, whom the Twins acquired from the Phillies in the Ben Revere trade, allowed the game's lone run.
A+: San Jose lost to Visalia 1-0
San Jose: LF Shawn Payne: 3 for 4, CS
San Jose: SP Edwin Escobar: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Visalia: SP Archie Bradley: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K--2 HB
After going hitless in the season opener, Payne came back with three singles. He had half of the Giants' six hits (all singles).
Escobar, who had a 2.96 ERA last year in 22 Sally League starts, made a strong Cal League debut with 5.0 scoreless IP. He essentially matched the Diamondbacks' Bradley, who was also making his Cal League debut. Bradley is generally considered among the top 50 prospects in the minors and arguably the top 25 prospects.
A-: Augusta defeated Lexington 4-0
Augusta: CF Jesus Galindo: 2 for 4, SO
Augusta: SP Martin Agosta: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K--1 HB
Augusta: RP Derek Law: 3.0 IP, 4 K
Augusta: RP Tyler Mizenko: 1.0 IP, 2 K
Galindo, back in the Sally League for a second season, had two of the GreenJackets' eight hits (all singles).
Agosta, the Giants' second rounder last summer, made an impressive full-season debut, striking out half of his batters in 5.0 scoreless IP. Law and Mizenko were at least as good in relief, striking out half of their batters in 4.0 perfect IP. The three pitchers also combined in the box score for a 7/0 GO/FO line (although the recap includes a couple "popped out"(s) by Legends batters).