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Three teams in the system had twice as many hits as Ks, and at least as many BB as Ks. They all won. One team had twice as many Ks as hits. They lost. Statistical analysis FTW!

Man, the Squirrels love them some Joe Panik:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels">@GoSquirrels</a> had a pretty great giveaway in honor of Giants 2B Joe Panik <a href="http://t.co/XuEQZsQ1Rw">http://t.co/XuEQZsQ1Rw</a> <a href="http://t.co/DXGFsBXVRQ">pic.twitter.com/DXGFsBXVRQ</a></p>&mdash; SB Nation MLB (@SBNationMLB) <a href="https://twitter.com/SBNationMLB/status/608843017865277440">June 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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They're also having a Joe Panik pin promotion in July, and Joe's got a big picture on the front page of their website!  Not for nothing guys, but you know Brandon Belt did post a 1.046 OPS for the Squirrels with 109 total bases in 46 games. Even in the minors its LOLBelt!

HIGHLIGHTS: Mac Williamson reached base in all 4 PA. Seth Harrison reached base in all 5 PA.

Sacramento had a scheduled off day.
They begin a four game road series in El Paso tonight.

Richmond beat Portland (Red Sox), 5-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

4

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.330

.387

.432

RF

Mac Williamson

2

2

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

.300

.371

.451

1b

Ricky Oropesa

4

0

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

.277

.302

.455

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Joe Biagini, W, 5-3

7.0

6

1

1

0

5

0

0

0

1.76

Jose Casilla

1.0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

1.27

Tyler Mizenko

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.46

Simon Mercedes (Portland)

2.0

2

1

1

1

1

0

0

1

3.55

The Squirrels just keep rolling along, now up to 3rd place in the Western division of the EL and only 4.5 games out of 1st place. Just remarkable. This game featured another shut down performance from SP Joe Biagini, who's ERA stays under 2.00 ten games into his AA career. Though he doesnt miss a ton of bats his 40/12 K/BB ratio is fantastic. Joe's making a strong case for an All Star game assignment.

On the offensive side, there was nothing flashy, but a lot of "keeping the line moving" as Bochy likes to say. The Squirrels used 8 singles, 4 BB, and a HB to fashion three run scoring rallies, including a two-run rally in the bottom of the first. In a trend for the system today, they kept an excellent 1:1 K:BB ratio as a team with 4Ks/4 BBs. By the end of the 4th it was 4-0 and the game was never really competitive after that.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Squirrel Ricky Oropesa named Eastern League player of May. Batted .135 in April, .343 in May. <a href="http://t.co/FV3IxvRMWd">http://t.co/FV3IxvRMWd</a> <a href="http://t.co/2yqeC8GsmR">pic.twitter.com/2yqeC8GsmR</a></p>&mdash; John O&#39;Connor (@RTDjohnoconnor) <a href="https://twitter.com/RTDjohnoconnor/status/606895317800390656">June 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Ricky Oropesa was the EL player of the month in May and while he's cooled off in June he had another big game here, with two different two-run singles, each time scoring both Rando Moreno and Mac Williamson. Williamson, with two singles, a walk, and a HBP had a perfect day in terms of reaching base, and he chipped in with the team's 5th RBI on his second single.

Things are going so well for the Squirrels these days, they have time to catch a little baseball on the side as well:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Cain was alerted to no-no by Mac Williamson, who had game on his iPad and said, &quot;He&#39;s pitching really good. I mean, REALLY GOOD.&quot;</p>&mdash; Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) <a href="https://twitter.com/extrabaggs/status/608733955421052928">June 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Cain started watching no-hitter in seventh on Mac Williamson&#39;s iPad, then on clubhouse TV. &quot;We saw his magnificent baserunning.&quot;</p>&mdash; Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlexPavlovic/status/608733543657795584">June 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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And speaking more of Heston, here's a nice article about how current Richmond (former Augusta) pitching coach Steve Kline helped him develop his sinker:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">For ex-Squirrel Chris Heston, advice on sinker from coach Steve Kline elevated career. <a href="http://t.co/TNrSJTWHdn">http://t.co/TNrSJTWHdn</a> <a href="http://t.co/TqKNXnaomu">pic.twitter.com/TqKNXnaomu</a></p>&mdash; John O&#39;Connor (@RTDjohnoconnor) <a href="https://twitter.com/RTDjohnoconnor/status/608733277101293568">June 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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We tend to speak of Giants' pitching development in broad strokes about the genius of Dick Tidrow, and while Tidrow deserves tons and tons of credit for the Giants' success, it's important to remember that he's at the top of a group of pitching instructors throughout the org who are all helping these kids develop and succeed. Steve Kline: good Giant(s coach)!

This game featured I believe the first time a Giants' affiliate has faced Red Sox' hard throwing relief pitcher Simon Mercedes. You may remember Mercedes from such great hits as THAT TIME MLB TOTALLY STOLE HIM FROM US AFTER WE'D LEGALLY SIGNED HIM!!!!!

Glad I got that out of my system.

San Jose beat Bakersfield (Mariners), 10-2
losing the three game series, 1-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Seth Harrison

2

3

2

0

1

0

0

3

0

.258*

.309*

.364*

RF

Hunter Cole

4

2

1

2

0

0

0

1

1

.318*

.388*

.461*

2b

Austin Slater

5

1

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

.285

.314

.386

3b

Ryder Jones

5

0

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

.280

.310

.393

DH

Brian Ragira

4

2

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

.203

.309

.308

C

Ty Ross

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.225

.294

.283

*combined two levels

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jason Forjet, W, 2-1

5.0

4

2

2

0

0

1

0

0

2.13

Christian Jones

2.0

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

5.52

Luis Ysla

2.0 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 8.59

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/SJGiants">@SJGiants</a> take on <a href="https://twitter.com/BakoBlaze">@BakoBlaze</a> live on <a href="https://twitter.com/CHN104">@CHN104</a> tonight at 7 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/itsgonnabeawesome?src=hash">#itsgonnabeawesome</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo">@JoeRitzo</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/thesportsvirus">@thesportsvirus</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/AnnaKagarakis">@AnnaKagarakis</a> <a href="http://t.co/eSNvHFgqBJ">pic.twitter.com/eSNvHFgqBJ</a></p>&mdash; CHN (@CHN104) <a href="https://twitter.com/CHN104/status/608085379858628608">June 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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A little day baseball at the Muni as they ended their homestand successfully with a laugher.... and not the Mike Krukow ironic kind.  The Giants scored 10 runs on 10 hits, and like Richmond they had 5 BBs nicely aligned with their 5 Ks.  They got out on the board early and often, scoring in each of the first 4 innings including a big 4 run 2nd. Mostly this was a walk and singles brigade, more "keeping the line moving", as the team had only three XBH. Amazingly for such a big run total the team was only 3 for 14 with RISP, but just having 14 RISP opportunities in one game is fairly eye-opening in and of itself. Austin Slater came up big twice in such situations, giving him (like Oropesa) a 4 RBI day:

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Brian Ragira has had a really tough return to the Cal League this year. Dude needs a highlight:

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On the mound, lefty relievers Christian Jones and Luis Ysla were nearly perfect down the back half of this game, as they allowed only 2 baserunners while piling up 8 Ks in 4 IP to keep it easy sailing to the big victory.

The  Giants now hit the road for their second visit to High Desert in two weeks, and their third series with the Mavericks in that time. This will actually be the Giants final trip of the year to HD, which I'm sure nobody on the squad is disappointed about.

Also, props to Kendry Flores:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congrats to 2014 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> RHP Kendry Flores! This past weekend became 174th former San Jose Giant to debut in <a href="https://twitter.com/MLB">@MLB</a>! <a href="http://t.co/Z0tCxzsQWQ">pic.twitter.com/Z0tCxzsQWQ</a></p>&mdash; San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) <a href="https://twitter.com/SJGiants/status/608802745567436800">June 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Man, 174 former SJ Giants in the big leagues. That's pretty incredible.

Augusta lost at Greenville (Red Sox), 3-2 in 10 innings

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.300

.357

.384

C

Aramis Garcia

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.225

.319

.401

1b

Skyler Ewing

4

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

.217

.277

.307

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

D.J. Snelten

6.0

5

1

1

0

4

0

0

0

5.40

Jake McCasland, BS

1.2

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

5.59

Carlos Diaz

1.1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

3.10

Raymundo Montero, L, 3-3

0.2

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1.60

Is it just me, or do the Greenjackets play extra-innings games pretty much every day? They are committed to playing the most baseball possible in one summer. You may recall my "Easy Tips to Tell if you had a Bad Offensive Game" from the SJ game earlier this week. More K's than baserunners? Yup. Augusta hitters piled up 11 Ks, while managing just six hits and a walk. In fact, with just three doubles on the game, they actually had more Ks than TB+BB. No Greenjacket hitter reached base twice, but two (Cristian Paulino and Andrew Cain) had hat-tricks. Yup that's a tough effort.

Aramis Garcia and Skyler Ewing did continue their slow climb towards respectability with a double for each of them, including a run-scoring effort for Ewing:

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Still a .277 OBP and .307 SLG aren't going to win a 1b any Silver Slugger awards for sure. David Lee discusses Ewing at length in his most recent Greenjackets notebook:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">GreenJackets Notebook: All-Stars announced; Ewing starts to heat up. <a href="http://t.co/Z2hoZbrPXq">http://t.co/Z2hoZbrPXq</a></p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/608664692001796096">June 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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He also notes the three Greenjackets named to the Sally All Star game yesterday. Unfortunately, the group didn't exactly celebrate the news with great performances. Fargas went 1 for 4 but got CS for the 10th time this year the only time he reached base. And Raymundo Montero got hung with the loss giving up the walk off run in the bottom of the 10th thanks to two sharply hit singles. He actually got fortunate the game didn't end a batter earlier as Fargas made a nice play on a ball lined into CF by Mauricio Dubon.

You can find a short game summary in the local Greenville press here:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">GreenJackets fall to Drive in extra innings: GREENVILLE — The Augusta GreenJackets squandered a seventh-inning... <a href="http://t.co/SkqrX7Lgu0">http://t.co/SkqrX7Lgu0</a></p>&mdash; Greenville News (@GreenvilleNNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/GreenvilleNNews/status/608831719249043458">June 11, 2015</a></blockquote>

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DSL Giants beat the DSL Mariners, 10-6

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

CF

20.10

Juan Rodriguez

6

3

3

1

2

0

0

0

0

.343

SS

18.8

Manuel Geraldo

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.341

1b

19.1

Robinson Madrano

4

1

3

3

0

0

0

1

0

.378

3b

17.2

Francisco Medina

4

1

3

1

1

0

0

1

0

.346

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

19.7

Prebito Reyes

5.0

6

4

4

2

2

0

0

0

5.63

20.4

Alejandro De La Rosa, W, 1-0

2.0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0.00

20.9

Reymi Rodriguez

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0.00

The DSL Giants bats continue to pound out hits as they've now scored 67 runs in their 9 official games.  They had 15 hits in this game and 20 hitters reach base safely (3 BBs and 2 HB), while striking out only 2 times!  17 year old Francisco Medina continues to wield the hot power bat. In his last four games he's had 3 HRs and a double and is looking like the early favorite for most interesting hitter on the team. SS Manuel Geraldo also had another nice game offensively though he did commit his 6th and 7th errors. His reputation is for good defense at SS though and piling up errors in this environment isn't necessarily indicative of anything.

The DSL team, which won their division last year is once again near the top of the standings early on.

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Now that the draft is over we can look forward to short season ball. The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes will open their season a week from today. Traditionally they have a workout session/media opp on Tuesday. On Wednesday the 17th they'll play an exhibition game vs local college "All Stars" before opening the season (once again at home) vs Vancouver.

Any guesses as to what the OD roster is likely to look like?  I'm crossing all fingers, toes, and extraneous digits to hope that the DSL power quartet of Edie, Beltre, Cabrera and Santos will all be there. That would be dynamic excitement!

***

Jake Peavy makes his fourth rehab start tonight in El Paso, while Adalberto Mejia takes the hill for his second time this year. Jose Reyes gets his 2nd Cal League start in the worst of all possible pitching environments, and I'd guess on very little sleep as the team had to fit a 10 hour bus trip in between the conclusion of yesterday's game and the start of tonight's. Chris Johnson rounds out the scheduled starters for the day.

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Final thought: Chris Crawford did subscriber only pieces on Day 2 and Day 3 of the draft at Baseball Prospectus. For Day 2 he took short looks at each round using categories such as "best value" and "closest to the majors." Giants have one mention in this piece, and its a positive writeup of Jose Vizcaino, Jr. Day 3 he identifies one guy in every team's day 3 crops who has potential to be a major leaguer. Giants guy is Hinojosa, who had a very down year in 2014, but something like Hunter Cole in last year's draft offers excellent value where they drafted him based on tools and skills.