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Where I promise to leave you wondering who Luis Amaya is...

***EDIT: Ah, crap, thanks for breaking news two seconds after I post universe:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congratulations to RHP Tyler Beede, who has been promoted to AA Richmond <a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels">@GoSquirrels</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/SFGiants">@SFGiants</a></p>&mdash; J.P. (@Jaypers413) <a href="https://twitter.com/Jaypers413/status/605765142727434240">June 2, 2015</a></blockquote>

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With the 2015 draft less than a week away, Matt Eddy over at Baseball America, takes a look at contending teams in the BA era that have made the best use of the draft. SPOILER ALERT: positive Giants content will be found in this article:

Also, my Boston bias may be showing here, but I'll mention once again that Dwight Evans is a criminally under-appreciated great player.

HIGHLIGHTS: Casey McGehee went 3 for 5 with a HR. Daniel Carbonell went 2 for 4 with a HR. LHP Luis Amaya has struck out every batter he's ever faced as a professional pitcher.

Sacramento lost at Colorado Springs (Brewers), 5-3
splitting four game series, 2-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

3b

Casey McGehee

5

1

3

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.345

1b

Adam Duvall

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.294

LF

Jarrett Parker

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

.278

C

Trevor Brown

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.265

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Juan Gutierrez

3.0

1

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

4.39

Curtis Partch

1.0

3

5

1

1

2

0

0

0

3.20

Cory Gearrin

2.0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0.96

Steven Okert

2.0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

3.28

I asked yesterday if that was the last time we'd see a Casey McGehee HR in the Giants' org? Turns out the answer was no.

McGehee, he's just a big league hitter

Well, we'll see. With an off day coming up on Thursday the Giants could bring Casey back to the bigs by lopping the 13th pitcher off their staff. McGehee has at least made them ask the question by tearing the cover off the ball in his short time in AAA.  Another roster decision point is in the offing.

McGehee's 3 run shot in the 2nd inning was all the scoring Sacramento would do in this game. The offensive output from the rest of the team was 5 singles and 3 walks.  One of the runners knocked in by McGehee was actually pitcher Juan Gutierrez who had reached on a Sac Bunt that the SkySox failed to retire anybody on.

And speaking of Johnnie Gutierrez, as we were discussing in the comments yesterday, the recent defection of both Kevin Correia and Rob Coello has left Sacramento's rotation a wee bit short. As a result Gutierrez was pressed into starting duty yesterday and gave the team three fine innings. TJ rehab pickup Cory Gearrin also had another fine outing. He's allowed only 5 hits and 1 ER in his 9 games since coming off the DL.

Nik Turley was assigned back from SJ to Sacramento to help pick up the starting slack. Peavy will be there for another few starts, and of course Fleet is still around for duty.

And speaking of Sacramento, they're hiring if anybody's interested and looking:

Richmond won at Reading (Phillies), 5-3
splitting their four game series, 2-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS-2b

Kelby Tomlinson

2

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

1

0

1

.318

LF

Devin Harris

5

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.301

2b

Blake Miller

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.239

CF

Daniel Carbonell

4

2

2

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.168

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Lujan, W, 3-4

6.0

7

1

1

2

5

0

0

0

4.66

Jose Casilla, H, 4

1.0

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1.40

Josh Osich, S, 11

1.0

0

1

1

2

1

0

1

0

1.96

Fear the Squirrel!

Richmond is getting a good dose of the best the Phillies system has to offer (which is a relative statement of course), as the Reading club now includes their best two position players JP Crawford (#1 on BA's Phillies list) and Roman Quinn (#7), and starting pitchers Aaron Nola (#3), Ben Lively (#6), Zach Eflin (#4) and Tom Windle (#5) both of whom came over from San Diego in the Jimmy Rollins three way trade.

They'd already faced Nola and Lively in this series, and yesterday Richmond faced Eflin for the 2nd time this year and it was a tough battle for them. Eflin, a groundball specialist, had thrown 8 shutout innings vs. Richmond earlier in the year. He started this game off with 6 more before a 0-0 tie in the 7th was broken in just about the most shocking fashion possible for this team: this guy:

Daniel Carbonell's 1st HR of the year. Most unfortunately, Reading's video equipment wasn't working yesterday so we can't bring this moment to you in all its glory, but it was a "LF don't bother to move" job well over the LF wall. Carbonell would add a 2nd hit in the two-run 9th inning rally and ended up scoring the winning run. The two-hit day actually pushed Caronell's OBP over .200! Baby steps, Daniel. It was his second 2-hit game (with an XBH) in five days so maybe some positive movement is going to come from Daniel. Hope so. His season has been dreadful as dreadful can get (seriously, that's a .202 OBP).

Devin Harris also had another 2-hit game. Harris has been on the opposite end of the "el fuego" scale lately, and for his efforts he was named the EL Player of the Week yesterday:

Josh Osich worked his way through a hairy 9th inning in which he walked two batters and hit another, but he managed to get out of it with the win intact. So in the end Richmond tagged both Lively and Eflin with losses in the four game split. Not too shabby, guys. I like to see the teams do well against strong competition.

San Jose lost at Inland Empire (Angels), 7-4
they finish their four game set tonight, needing a win for a split

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Seth Harrison

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

.300

SS

Christian Arroyo

4

2

1

0

1

0

0

1

2

0

0

.333

RF

Hunter Cole

5

0

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.340

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Andrew Leenhouts

5.1

6

3

3

1

3

0

0

0

5.06

Jeff Soptic, L, 0-2

0.1

0

3

2

3

0

0

0

0

4.19

Tyler Rogers, BS, 1

2.1

3

1

1

0

3

1

0

0

3.27

And speaking of strong competition, the SJ lineup went up against the 15th overall pick in last year's draft (the pick after Tyler Beede) in the Angels Sean Newcomb. And while it was a tough battle, the top of the order, at least, did quite well against him.  Harrison, Arroyo, and Cole were pretty much all of the offense in this game as they collectively had 5 hits plus a walk, while the rest of the lineup managed only 1 more hit and 5 walks total.

Against Newcomb specifically, Arroyo went 1 for 2 with a walk, double, and K and scored two runs, while Hunter Cole had a run scoring single, a run scoring double, and a groundout. A very encouraging performance from both, although I would sort of like Arroyo to stop striking out quite so much. That's now 16 in 42 AB in the Cal league for Christian. On the other hand, he's the 7th youngest player in the league and he's posting a 1.000 OPS.

Some of the fallout from the Correia/Coello situation in Sacramento landed on SJ tonight. Turley being reassigned to Sacramento left the Giants short a starter themselves. And thus, Andrew Leenhouts was brought out from XST to fill in. Leenhouts was the 23rd rounder in the 2012 draft out of Northeastern U. This is the first taste of full season ball for the 25 yr old LHP who had spent the last two summers in the Salem-Keizer. Last year in 18 games and 11 starts for SK, he posted a 4.75 ERA with a 8.9 K9 and an excellent 6.45 K/BB ratio.

Leenhouts pitched well, surrendering only 1 run in the first 5 innings. But he gave up back to back triple and double to open the 6th and was relieved by Jeff Soptic, and things went down hill from there.  After a groundout, Soptic walked three consecutive batters to load the bases and force in a run. And then this happened:

  • Tyler Palmer singles on a ground ball to second baseman Austin Slater. Kody Eaves scores. Kaleb Cowart scores. Stephen McGee scores. Tyler Palmer to 3rd. Throwing error by first baseman Ben Turner.

Ever so close to a little league Grand Slam!

Tyler Rogers later gave up a HR in what continues to be a really disappointing year for the sidewinder.

Augusta lost at Charleston (Yankees), 4-2 in 12 innings

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

6

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.298

2b

Travious Relaford

5

0

2

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.284

RF

Cristian Paulino

6

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.317

1b

Skyler Ewing

5

0

3

0

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

.205

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Mark Reyes

7.0

8

1

1

0

3

0

0

1

1.50

Ramon Del Orbe

2.0

1

1

0

1

2

0

0

0

5.55

Jake McCasland

2.0

1

1

1

1

2

0

0

0

6.00

Raymundo Montero

0.1

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

1.71

Here's a full recap of the game from the Charleston side, which leaves out anything Augusta did well:

The high line drive to LF came off the bat of Andrew Cain. As you could sort of see in the video highlights, the ball that tied the game up in the bottom of the 9th was a grounder so softly hit that even with the infield drawn in, Sy was unable to come home with it to try to cut off the game tying run. That run was set up in the worst of ways, as the runner had been balked to 2b and then advanced to 3b on a PB by Catcher Jared Deacon. Ugh.

With an 0 for 6 in the game, Johneshwy Fargas' BA fell below .300 for the first time since the opening week of the season. On the flip side of the coin, Skyler Ewing's three-hit game boosted his BA over .200 for the first time in just about as long. And Travious Relaford continued a nice bounceback campaign with two hits, including what could have been the game winning hit had it not been for the 9th inning blunders:

Mark Reyes continues to give up lots of contact but very few runs. Ramon Del Orbe continues to blow leads. And Raymundo Montero, who's had probably the best year of any of Augusta's relievers, ended up allowing the game ending opposite field HR.

DSL Giants defeated the DSL Twins, 8-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

Other

SS

Jose Rivero

6

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

RF

Sandro Fabian

4

2

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

OF Assist

1b

Robinson Madrano

4

1

3

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

DH

Beicker Mendoza

5

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

2b

Manuel Geraldo

5

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

PO, CS, E

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Victor Concepcion, W, 1-0

6.0

3

0

0

1

4

0

1

0

0.00

Luis Amaya

1.0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0.00

I thought since they were playing the Twins again that they might try to finish off Saturday's suspended game. But nonesuch. The DSL operates by its own casual rules.  In this game, the DSL hitters put up plenty of offense with 15 hits and, particularly notable for a DSL game, a 1:1 K:BB ratio with 5 of each. SS Jose Rivero, who, as I've mentioned before, has very favorably impressed the Giants coaching staff with his defensive acumen, had a very nice game with three hits and a SB. And several other "bonus babies" chipped in as well as Geraldo, Mendoza, and Fabian all reached base twice. Robinson Medrano is now in his third DSL season and at 19 is getting old for the league, both of which are indicators that he's likely a NP.

Despite being possibly the team's best starter last year, Victor Concepcion was returned to the DSL for a second year, which is a pretty good object lesson in how difficult it is to interpret DSL results just from the stat sheets. But having just turned 18, he's still fairly age appropriate. Michael Santos and Keury Mella were both 18 in the DSL, for instance. But of course we have no good way of knowing how Concepcion's stuff compares to either.

Luis Amaya, the little (5'11") lefty who finished up the game is an interesting kid. He was just signed in January and will be 16 years old for nearly this entire year (turning 17 the last week of August). And in his pro debut he struck out all three batters he faced, two of them swinging. Will that capture Minor Lines' attention? Yes it will. I am intrigue!

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There's a bunch of TBD in the scheduled starters today as both Sacramento and Richmond have unsettled rotations at this point (though I don't really understand why that's the case with Richmond. This should be Joe Biagini's spot, although Kelvin Marte only pitched 0.1 IP in his last start due to a rain delay). Keury Mella and Sam Coonrod are scheduled to go for the A ball teams.

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Final thought: I know there were a lot of jokes on the main post yesterday about the Giants picking up former members of the org, but just think about this tweet for a moment:

2005 SJ Giants championship team. On the one hand, that's a lot of years ago for these guys to be mucking about in the system! But I suspect from the Giants' perspectives, that team represents the beginning of the turn of fortune for the whole organization and is remembered with great great fondness by the entire player development group, many of whom had already been with the Giants for well over a decade even back then. The 2005 team began a run of 4 championships in 6 years for SJ and those players then formed the core of the run of championships that is, so far, 3 in 5 years in SF. It's not that surprising that the org is collecting those players and I suspect we'll see some of them stay with the Giants when their playing careers are over as well. Jack Hiatt and Tony Siegle will need replacing at some point, after all!

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