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SF Giants Minor Lines, 6/20

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With the start of AZL play we now have all 7 Giants affiliates in action. It's a Minor Lines cornucopia of activity!

Spotlight on Defense. Range is one of the most important tools for any defender, but especially so for SS. And Ehire Adrianza has always been one of the rangiest players in the Giants' system. So let's watch him stretch it out a little bit. First, a fairly easy play on a hard ground ball:

And later in the game, a pop up that really shows how Ehire can go it.

While down the road (and system) a bit in San Jose, Christian Arroyo says, "hey, I want to try that too."

Sacramento lost to Reno (Diamondbacks), 2-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

wRC+

SS

Ehire Adrianza

4

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

.320

.390

.435

126

C

Hector Sanchez

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.225

.253

.324

49

3b

Adam Duvall

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

.264

.314

.494

110

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Cain

6.2

5

2

2

0

6

0

1

0

4.50

Clayton Blackburn

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

4.33

Jean machi

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0.00

The RiverCats wanted to make Matt Cain feel comfortable, so they generously threw him a good old fashioned Caining! How sweet of you guys! Going up against former Rockie Jhoulys Chacin, the Sacramento bats were completely overwhelmed, managing 6 hits and 1 walk vs. 11 Ks.  Adrianza and Sanchez were the only players to reach base twice for Sacramento, and Adrianza's double was the team's only XBH. Have a game, Ehire!

As for Cain, PxP announcer Johnny Doskow saw a noticeable improvement in overall sharpness and command, with particular crispness on the slider and cutter.  And our McCoven field correspondents were enthusiastic as well!

Cain also was his normal great self at being Matt Cain:

Another person who was on site to watch Cain pitch was this guy:

Brian didn't tweet out his thoughts though.

I know there's been a lot of discussion about who will be getting demoted from the rotation when Cain and Peavy return, but there's also going to be a chain reaction in the bullpen. Right now Strickland, Broadway, and Heston are the only guys with options on the staff. Broadway's return to Sacramento would seem a fait accompli, but after that it gets dicey. I don't see Strickland being sent back to Sacramento the way he's pitched. Which means if Heston stays in the rotation, either a fake DL stint comes up for one of the starters or somebody has to be put on waivers again (even before we get to the Machi return).  This season is turning into one long inventory issue for the Giants.  I wonder if they could or would try to trade one of the Hudson/Peavy/Vogie group to some pitching starved contender (like, hey Toronto can't pitch to save its soul) and get a little something out it.  Although that's probably just me being a bit jealous at John Hart's ability to buy Touki Toussaint. Dangit.

Richmond lost to New Britain (Rockies), 6-2 in 7 innings in the scheduled first game of a DH
The scheduled second game was postponed due to some torrential rains, lightning, hail and tornado warnings (at least here in DC we had all that).

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

wRC+

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

4

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.333

.395

.435

141

RF

Mac Williamson

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.286

.357

.423

123

LF

Devin Harris

3

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

.260

.326

.428

116

CF

Engel Beltre

3

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

.341

.341

.561

158

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Matt Lujan, L, 5-5

4.0

7

4

4

4

3

0

0

0

4.52

Joan Gregorio

2.2

3

2

2

0

3

0

1

1

5.04

Another game, another two hits for Kelby Tomlinson. Checking the ol' multi-hit counter, we see that's now 17 multi-hit games in his last 30 for Tomlinson. He leads the EL in BA, is second in hits (just one behind the Pirates' Maxwell Moroff), and third in OBP (behind Moroff and the Indians' Yandy Diaz).

After a blistering May, Mac Williamson has cooled down significantly in June, batting .245/.367/.327 for the month. The good news is that he's kept his K rate down (18%) and his BB rate (13%) has gone way up this month according to Minor League Central (although their data has been a bit wonky this year it seems, so I'm not 100% sure I'm trusting them).

This was only the 2nd appearance of the month for Joan Gregorio and the first since June 3 and he showed the rust. With an ERA up to 5.00 now and 20 Ks vs 12 BB in 25 IP this season just can't be going the way the Giants hoped for the young 40 man member. Given the shape of SJ's rotation I wonder if a quick rethinking of Gregorio as a SP in the Cal League for the second half might be one way for the org to go with him.

San Jose beat Inland Empire (Angels), 3-2 in 10 innings

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

wRC+

SS

Christian Arroyo

5

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

.287

.328

.435

108

DH

Hunter Cole

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

.317

.379

.500

138

2b

Austin Slater

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.292

.321

.396

96

3b

Ryder Jones

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

.293

.328

.411

100

C

Ben Turner

4

0

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

.292

.342

.368

97

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Tommy Hanson

5.0

5

2

2

3

5

1

0

0

1.80

Christian Jones

2.0

1

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

4.30

Tyler Rogers

2.0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

2.35

Dan Slania, W, 2-2

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.91

SJ cranked up their walk off magic yet again in this one, in their typical style as Jesus Galindo raced home with the winner on a WP:

The Giants didn't get much going in this game, racking up 11 Ks vs. their 8 hits and 1 walk. The middle of their order, Cole and Slater went a collective 0 for 8, which always makes it hard for the Giants to score. Cole and Slater's games were even worse than just the 0 for 8 as Cole ran into a 5th out with a CS, and Slater committed his 13th error of the season.  Slater is proving to be a highly BA dependent player with almost no secondary average of any kind. Stanford Swing y'all.

Ryder Jones continued a very nice June with another two-hit game including a double.  It was Jones' 7th two-hit game in his last 12 games played. Ben Turner also contributed a two hit night, including this run scoring double that you can't really see because A ball camera operators.

Tommy Hanson made his second rehab start and had a good line, though it sounds like the stuff is still pretty down:

All Star Dan Slania pitched a clean 10th for the Win, possibly putting the lid on a fantastic first half.

Today is the last game of the first half for San Jose, with their three game All Star break beginning tomorrow.

Augusta lost to Savannah (Mets), 1-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

wRC+

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.295

.348

.371

110

3b

Jonah Arenado

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.276

.298

.399

97

C

Aramis Garcia

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

.220

.337

.411

118

1b

Skyler Ewing

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

.225

.292

.309

76

RF

Dylan Davis

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

.222

.239

.267

44

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Mark Reyes, L, 2-3

7.0

5

1

0

3

6

0

0

0

1.60

With the first half coming to an end today, the Giants have to be a little disappointed with the showing that some of the college bats here in Augusta have given them in their full season debut. Garcia's walk rate is strong and he's showed some big power on occasion, but .220 in A ball for a college player is something that's hard to whitewash, even for a Catcher (and Catcher's definitely do have a lot on their plates in the transition to pro ball). And Garcia's year has been a pretty big plus compared to Ewing and third rounder Dylan Davis.  Johneshwy Fargas could boost his walk rate (5.3%) for sure, but the 20 year old has shown solid contact abilities (12.7% K rate) in addition to his defensive chops.

As for the game, let's turn to David Lee:

Tonight's victim int he 9th was Arenado, whose sharp grounder was gobbled up by the 2b.

Like SJ. Augusta begins their three game All Star break tomorrow.

Salem Keizer beat Vancouver (Blue Jays), 4-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

2b

Richard Amion

3

2

1

0

1

0

0

1

1

.250

3b

Chase Compton

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

.167

1b

John Riley

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

1

.125

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Nathanael Santiago

4.0

4

0

0

1

3

0

1

0

0.00

Nolan Riggs

4.0

2

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0.00

Rayan Hernandez

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0.00

SK managed to score 4 runs on just 3 hits, in no small part thanks to 6 walks, four of which came from reliever Joe Claver in a 0.1 IP performance in the 5th inning.  Amion, Compton, and Riley were the only Volcanoes hitters to reach base twice, and Amion's double was the only XBH. Riley, in addition to his two walks, may or may not have made a tremendous play:

Since Riley was listed as the 1b, I'm a bit confused as to whether it was really Riley or Compton is being referred to here, but apparently somebody made a good play!

The game was started by Santiago, who spent much of the spring in Augusta's rotation. As you may recall, he is a 25 year old signed out of Mexico with no apparent previous pro experience. Nolan Riggs was an UDFA last year, a 22 year old out of Sam Houston St college.  Rayan Hernandez is a big 19 year old RHP, taken in the 34th round of the 2014 draft out of Puerto Rico.

You can find SK's game wrap here

AZL Giants lost to AZL Diamondbacks, 5-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

CF

Mikey Edie

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.250

LF

Gustavo Cabrera

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.250

RF

Byron Murray

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

.250

3b

Nathanel Javier

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

.500

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Luis Pino

4.2

1

3

3

2

3

0

0

0

5.79

Kendry Melo

1.1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

Randy Ortiz

1.0

2

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

9.00

Yoan Lopez (Dbacks)

6.0

3

0

0

0

6

0

0

0

0.00

With the start of AZL we finally get a lot of the anticipated debuts of various DSL alum and 2014 HS picks.  Kelvin Beltre, Luis Lacen, and Deiyerbert Bolivar are all currently missing from the roster, which no doubt indicates various ailments, dings or soreness. It's particularly annoying in Beltre's case because 1) he missed most of his DSL season with injury last year, and 2) Bobby Evans teased us in spring training with the idea that Beltre might make a jump to full season ball.

Ah well, for the time being we'll have to be satisfied with the likes of Mikey Edie, Gustavo Cabrera (the multi million $$$ IFA signee who nearly lost his hand in a gruesome injury a year and a half ago. Seeing Gustavo back in a box score is the definite highlight here. Nathaneal Javier, who was the second highest $$ signee behind Gustavo in 2013 had the best debut in this game, with two hits and a double (one of the team's two XBH). Javier missed much of 2014 after serving a suspension for violating the CBA drug policy.

Kendry Melo is another six figure signee. The 21 year old RHP spent 2014 in the AZL trying to turn his high velo arm into an effective pitcher. He had 19 Ks and 21 BBs in 18 IP in the AZL last year. It appears that the strong-armed and 80 Runner, but light hitting OF Randy Ortiz is another Pitcher convert. This was his first appearance as a pitcher.

I listed Cuban signee Yoan Lopez' line just so I could include these tweets from Ben Badler:

Without a doubt the Diamondbacks continue to be the biggest WTF organization in baseball.

DSL Giants beat the DSL Twins, 6-2

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

wRC+

SS

18.9

Manuel Geraldo

4

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

.289

.357

.342

106

RF

17.3

Sandro Fabian

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.246

.380

.369

123

1b

19.2

Robinson Madrano

3

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.348

.430

.507

164

3b

17.2

Francisco Medina

3

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.276

.311

.552

150

CF

17.6

Jose Patino

2

1

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

.208

.317

.226

71

2b

19.3

Robert Antunez

3

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.362

.466

.426

159

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

21.0

Melvin Adon, W, 2-0

5.0

4

2

2

2

2

0

0

0

3.18

20.9

Hengerber Medina

2.0

4

0

0

0

3

0

2

0

1.64

The DSL team also concluded their suspended game from Opening Day, playing out the bottom of he 9th of the 3-1 loss, but I discussed that game at the time.  The Giants banged out 11 hits here, although  Antunez' double was the only XBH. They also stole 4 bases. For such a young roster (generally) they're posting good numbers up and down the lineup. They also kept up their trend of strong contact, with 3 Ks and 3 BBs in the game.  Their 101 Ks as a team lead the league and by way of context, there are two teams that have over 200 Ks.

Last day of the first half with a whopping 7 games on tap today.

Happy Father's Day to one and all.