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Bar none, the best prospect performance of the year. Wowza!

There's sadly no video footage of Tyler Beede in action last night at Inland Empire, but just set this photo to Chariots of Fire music and let you imagination go to work:

HIGHLIGHTS: Yeah, Beede. 11 Ks, 0 Runs in 7 dominant innings.

Sacramento won at Colorado Springs (Brewers), 4-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Darren Ford

5

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

.266

.306

.424

3b

Casey McGehee

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.250

.286

.300

1b

Adam Duvall

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.297

.332

.568

LF

Jarrett Parker

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

.276

.385

.507

P

Juan Perez

3

1

2

0

1

0

0

1

0

1

1

.233

.365

.540

C

Carlos Triunfel

4

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.239

.318

.338

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Clayton Blackburn

3.2

4

2

0

3

1

0

0

0

4.32

Steven Okert

1.1

0

0

0

1

4

0

0

0

3.57

Cody Hall, S, 1

1.2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

3.86

In a reversal of fortune Sacramento, which entered the day on a 10-game losing streak, was the only affiliate to come away with win on this day. It wasn't exactly an offensive explosion, but they had 14 base runners, including 11 hits, with 1 XBH.  The winning rally was started by a Casey McGehee single and with two outs, a single from Hector Sanchez. Walks to Jarrett Parker and Juan Perez then loaded the bases and forced in a run, before Carlos Triunfel produced the game winner.

I know what you're thinking: It's a wee bit of a let down when Carlos Triunfel is your highlight. What can I say? Sacramento isn't the shiny center of the prospect world so far this summer.

Clayton Blackburn started this game but, according to Sacramento team sources, he seemed to have troubles all night getting a grip on the balls, which led to some unusual command issues and a costly throwing error in the 4th. Worth noting that his manager didn't help him out any in the 4th, ordering an intentional bb to load the bases in an inning where he was already struggling with a high pitch count (an unconventional 3U-2 double play saved what could have been a very big inning). The next batter up doubled in two runs and ended Blackburn's night. Clay Rapada came in to clean up the inning, and then Cory Gearrin and Brett Bochy got through the middle innings before handing it off to Okert and Hall. Okert came back from a poor outing to K 4 of the 6 batters he faced (and one reached on a throwing error)

One last note for the RiverCats, as you no doubt saw Kevin Correia did opt out of his contract with the Giants.

Richmond lost at Reading (Phillies), 4-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

wRC+

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

.322

.379

.429

133

SS

Rando Moreno

4

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.317

.365

.394

117

RF

Mac Williamson

4

1

2

1

0

1

0

0

0

.305

.366

.452

130

LF

Devin Harris

4

0

1

2

1

0

0

0

1

.303

.365

.510

148

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jack Snodgrass

6.0

4

2

2

0

1

1

0

0

4.14

Joan Gregorio, L

0.1

1

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

4.03

Jose Casilla

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.09

The Richmond hitters got their third look this year at the 7th overall pick from last year and they started off very promisingly, as Mac Williamson blasted a triple off the wall in deep LCF. But Mac was stranded at 3rd and in the end that was all they got off Nola who went 7 strong innings with 7 Ks and 0 BBs. Devin Harris' two-run double in the 8th, did however get them back into a tie game before Reading pushed the winning run over in the bottom of the inning. For non-Giants prospect hounds, this game was most notable for being AA debut of J.P. Crawford, the Phillies #1 prospect, and Crawford makes a couple of appearances in the video game recap below (but Mac's 3b is what you really want to watch for!)

Joan Gregorio retired only one of the 4 batters he faced, and that one was on a Sac Bunt (albeit one of the walks was of the intentional variety as well). I'm still not entirely sure what to make of the Gregorio conversion to the bullpen experiment, but so far it looks mostly to me like lost potential value, though I do realize the options clock is ticking on the tall, inconsistent right hander.

The loss prevented two franchise records. It was the second time this month that they had a chance to tie the Squirrels record for consecutive wins (7), and they also were going for the Squirrels all time record for wins in a month, which they can still do today. They currently have 19 wins in May, which ties a record previously done in 2014 and 2011.

The latest edition of Squirrels Insider premiered on Richmond TV this weekend.  If you don't live in Richmond, you'll to be able to watch it here in the next couple of days.

San Jose lost at Inland Empire (Angels), 6-4 in 13 innings

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

wRC+

SS

Christian Arroyo

5

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

.333

.371

.667

177

DH

Hunter Cole

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

1

.328*

.400

.489

144

2b

Austin Slater

6

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.308

.339

.430

110

RF

Tyler Horan

6

1

1

2

0

0

1

0

1

.222

.290

.460

102

3b

Ryder Jones

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.282

.316

.407

95

C

Jeff Arnold

4

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

.500

.500

.500

*SJ only

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Tyler Beede

7.0

4

0

0

1

11

0

0

0

2.24

Ian Gardeck

0.1

3

4

3

1

0

1

0

0

4.35

Daniel Slania

1.2

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

1.90

Luis Ysla, L, 0-4

0.2

2

2

2

0

0

1

0

0

10.27

With the reappearance of Christian Arroyo following on the heels of  Tyler Horan's return, it feels like SJ's really getting the band back together. And with a few spare parts as well! Jeff Arnold, who tore his UCL in the first inning of his AA debut on Opening Day 2014, finally got back onto the field as well. This is going to make lineup decisions pretty complicated for the SJ coaching staff as they try to get all the playing time and positional flexibility requirements that the Giants org sends them with what amounts to about 11 starting position players. In this one Cole took the DH duties and Galindo, Harrison, and Horan manned the OF, while Dylan Davis took the day off.

Arroyo picked right up where he left off, doubling in his first AB and scoring the Giants' first run on Cole's Sac Fly. The 2013 first rounder still hasn't played a game this year before the home crowd at the Muni, but hopefully he'll hold together long enough to get home this time. Tyler Horan's one hit was a big one, crushing a 2-run HR, and looking at his slash line we definitely see an all or nothing approach going on for him thus far.

But prospect-wise, this game was all about the huge performance from Tyler Beede. 11 Ks, 1 BB. 56 strikes in 86 pitches. This was easily the best and most dominating performance of his pro career and a true breakout performance.  On the year, he now has a 37:9 K:BB in 52.1 IP, showing fantastic improvement in his fastball command in his first full season.

On the field, Beede had hardly had time to towel himself off when his 4-0 lead (and Pitcher Win!) was down the drain thanks to a poor night for Ian Gardeck, Ryder Jones' 10 error of the year, and a groundball through the hole that resulted in one of the more unique plays in baseball: an inside the park Grand Slam.

Yeah. That's A ball.

The game was ultimately lost in the 13th, when Luis Ysla who continues to have one of the most disappointing seasons in the system, surrendered a double and then a walk off HR. But from the big picture perspective, this was a great day for SJ as the past two #1 picks both showed up:

Augusta lost at Asheville (Rockies), 13-12 in 11 innings

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

wRC+

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

6

2

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

.307

.366

.393

124

SS

Travious Relaford

5

2

3

3

1

0

1

1

2

.280

.354

.376

113

3b

Jonah Arenado

6

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.271

.304

.411

104

DH

Skyler Ewing

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

2

0

.187

.253

.265

52

LF

Andrew Cain

5

1

2

3

0

0

1

0

3

.206

.284

.381

92

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pat Young

3.2

8

7

6

1

4

1

0

2

7.27

Carlos Diaz

2.2

3

0

0

1

4

0

1

1

2.87

Reyes Moronta

2.0

4

2

2

0

3

0

0

0

3.68

Rodolfo Martinez, L, 1-1

0.1

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

4.50

Entering this game, Augusta hitters had hit 6 HRs in the month of May. One of them was a flyball that was lost in the lights for an inside the parker. They hit 4 HRs in this game, including the 1st of the year for both the #1 and 2 hitters in the lineup: Fargas and Relaford.  That, plus the fact that Asheville is the most notorious launching pad in the Sally, might lead one to suspect that something atmospheric was at work in this wild one.  The Greenjackets pounded out 13 hits, including 6 for XBH, and added 5 walks and a HB to their totals as well. In addition to the 3 listed above, C Matt Pare homered for the 2nd straight night. Fargas had the combo meal, as along with his 1st HR, he had his 22nd SB of the season as well. He now has his success rate over 75%. Relaford is putting together a nice season, after what was essentially a lost development  year in 2014.

Unfortunately, the Augusta pitchers surrendered 20 hits (only 1 HR though!) and a total of 28 base runners leading to the ultimate crazy, extra innings defeat. Pat Young's second start didn't go near as well as his first. And for a guy who throws 100 mph, Rodolfo Martinez continues to have more trouble missing A ball bats then one might anticipate. As usual with Augusta road games, there's no coverage from the Greenjackets side, but you can read Asheville's game story here.

DSL Giants game with DSL Twins was suspended in the bottom of the 9th, trailing 3-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

DH

Mecky Coronado

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.333

LF

Beicker Mendoza

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.333

2b

Manuel Geraldo

3

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.667

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Sandro Cabrera

6.0

4

0

0

1

4

0

1

0

0.00

Hengerber Medina

0.0

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

Jasier Herrera

1.0

1

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.00

In terms of youth and signing bonus pedigree, this is probably the most impressive lineup I can remember the Giants rolling out in the DSL. Six of the starting nine were players they had given six figure signing bonuses to in the last two years, as well as the SP. You can read my recap on all of these guys here. The only major player from the 2014 signing class that is missing is the big LHH Brayan De Pena. Hengerber Medina is apparently making the conversion to the mound.  The 20 year old has spent the last three seasons as an infielder for the DSL team, most notable for working a prodigious amount of walks.

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Last day of May. Kyle Crick battles Jesse Biddle in Reading, while Chase Johnson tries to follow up Beede's performance in Inland Empire.