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Adalberto, Adalberto men have named you... are you warm, are you real Adalberto?

This is a big morning in the prospect world.

Lots and lots of constraints and limitations on how the Futures Game rosters are put together (including the willingness of orgs to make players available sometimes).  I'm thinking Beede is the Giants rep with maybe an outside chance for Ray Black if he's healthy enough for it. The US team is always overstacked while the position player side of the World team is frequently having to dig for certain positions, so I suppose I could see Fargas getting called if the World team starts to run short on OF.

Elsewhere, All Star season kicks off with games across the A ball leagues, which means we get lots of ZOOPERSTAR madness like this (and yes, he led the signing of Take Me Out to the Ballgame):

HIGHLIGHTS: Adalberto Mejia threw 6 shut out innings, and his bullpen pitched in with 3 more with 6 Ks.

Sacramento lost to Fresno (Astros), 6-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Darren Ford

3

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

.252

2b

Kevin Frandsen

4

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.299

1b

Travis Ishikawa

3

1

1

1

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

.271

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Chris Stratton, L, 0-1

2.0

4

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

2.33

Brett Bochy

1.0

0

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

4.07

Jack Snodgrass

3.0

2

1

1

2

3

1

1

0

4.22

Sacramento hitters led off the 1st and 2nd innings with solo HRs, including Darren Ford's on the 1st pitch of the game, but that was all the excitement on the RiverCats side of the ledger as the rest of their performance was poor offensively, defensively, and off the mound.

The RiverCats managed only 4 other hits the rest of the game, along with 3 walks, and scored no runs.  At the same time they made three errors in the first three innings, contributing to several unearned runs and helping with the early departure of starting pitcher Chris Stratton. The pitching staff meanwhile, gave away 8 free bases with seven walks and a HB to add their part.

Stratton had his worst AAA start. And while the defense was rough (in the 4 run second inning there was a PB, a throwing error from CF Darren Ford, and a fielding error from Kevin Frandsen), Stratton wasn't at all sharp either. He threw 35 of 61 pitches for strikes and walked two against 0 strikeouts.  In general, in the PCL (and somewhat in Richmond too) his ball to strike ratios have been a higher than you'd like to see. I'm not sure whether it's a command issue or more an unwillingness to come into the zone too much and nibbling off the edges. When I've seen him in Richmond my inclination is that the latter is more the case.

Stratton hit 61 pitches after only two IP and then handed it to the bullpen for the rest of the night. Brett Bochy surrendered yet another unearned run in the third. Fresno's final run came on Jon Singleton's 15th HR, which ties him again with Duvall for the PCL lead.

Sacramento has now lost 13 of it's last 15 games, and is 9-24 since May 19. You have to believe the Fresno fans were congratulating themselves that they got to watch even a tiny bit of Carlos Correia, Lance McCullers, Vince Velasquez et al rather than the lineup the RiverCats are running out there right now (most of which the Fresno fans have seen in years past).

Judging by the fact that this twitter account exists, indeed, yes it would appear they are.

Richmond shut out Trenton (Yankees), 4-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

5

2

2

0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

.328

SS

Rando Moreno

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.308

RF

Mac Williamson

3

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.296

LF

Devin Harris

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

.261

CF

Engel Beltre

4

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.352

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Adalberto Mejia, W, 2-0

6.0

6

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

1.53

Joan Gregorio

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

4.85

Derek Law

1.0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.00

Josh Osich

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1.59

In Richmond, on the other hand, there was some serious strike zone pounding coming from the Flying Squirrels pitching staff. Just check out these Pitches-Strikes numbers:

Mejia 81-56, Gregorio 10-8, Law 15-10, Osich 9-7

Woot! That's some strike throwing. Adalberto Mejia led it off with 6 very strong innings, continuing his great work since coming back from suspension.  In four starts (17.2 IP) Mejia has allowed only 3 runs on just 12 hits, and surrendered only 4 BBs (+ one HB) to 11 Ks. His WHIP is 0.91.  He had a 75 pitch limit going into last night but he was sailing along so easily pitching coach Steve Kline felt comfortable letting him finish the 6th and tip over 80 pitches for the night.  Mejia's still not getting a ton of swing thrus but that's about the only nit you could find to pick with his performance.

After Adalberto left, the pen put on quite a show. Three innings, 34 pitches, 6 Ks, 0 BBs, 1 Hit. About as dominating as you could want.  Gregorio's inning was the first clean inning he's thrown since May 11 (including a DL stint in there) and was particularly good to see. Since coming back from the DL he's had 5 Ks in 3.2 IP. Prior to going on the DL he hadn't recorded a K in 8 consecutive appearances. Derek Law has struck out 4 of the 7 batters he's faced since coming back from TJ.  And Josh Osich now has two or more Ks in 5 of his last 9 appearances (all 1 inning long) and has his K9 up over 9 at this point for the season.

On the offensive side, the MI at the top of the order once again provided the thrust, with four of the team's 11 hits, 3 of its 4 runs, and all three XBH (all doubles).  Tomlinson and Moreno are now 1st and 9th in the EL in BA, while Williamson is 14th and Oropesa 15th.

And just to clear up a little housekeeping from yesterday:

Off the field, the Squirrels long time PxP announcer Jon Laaser got some big news as his career is moving onwards and upwards. Congrats, Jon:

The Cal League All Stars defeated the Caroline League All Stars, 9-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

LF

Hunter Cole

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

SS

Austin Slater

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

Chase Johnson

1.0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Keury Mella

1.0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Dan Slania

0.1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

All five SJ All Stars participated in the game, with Slater and Slania having the best lines. Slania K'd the only batter he faced on three pitches, which is pretty good! And Slater singled and scored a run while handling SS capably, while Hunter Cole who started in LF, pitched in with a Sac Fly during the Cal League's big rally. Keury Mella didn't have the greatest line, but he got some notice anyway thanks to his lively stuff:

The Sally North All Stars defeated the Sally South All Stars, 7-5

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

5

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

C

Aramis Garcia

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

Raymundo Montero

1.0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

An exciting night in Asheville no doubt. Most of the star wattage was focussed elsewhere, but Johneshwy Fargas did get to play the whole game with one hit (a double), and he showed off his arm by throwing out a runner trying to take third on him. Good job, Johneshwy!

Aramis Garcia went 1 for 2, and Raymundo Montero, in what is apparently the typical line of the night for Giants pitchers in the All star games, gave up 2 hits in an inning. Mark Reyes did not appear.

David Lee's All Star game preview story focusses on Aramis Garcia, but includes blurbs on Fargas, Montero, and Reyes as well.

Salem-Keizer lost at the Hillsboro Hops (Diamondbacks), 5-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Brennan Metzger

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

.167

2b

Richard Amion

5

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.273

1b

Chase Compton

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.235

LF

Shilo McCall

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.316

SS

Richard Rodriguez

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.372

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Nicholas Gonzalez

6.0

2

2

2

6

0

0

0

0

4.66

Eric Sim, BS, L 0-1

0.2

1

2

0

2

1

0

1

0

0.00

For the second night in a row, SK got lots of runners on (16) but had trouble getting them in, going 1 for 13 with RISP. They scored their four runs on two ground outs, a Sac Fly, and a throwing error. Still that might have been enough, as they led 4-2 going into the 8th and 4-3 into the 9th. Eric Sim was shaky, surrendering a leadoff double, walking two, and hitting a batter. And he got no support from his battery mate as Catcher Leo Pujadas tossed a PB and a catcher's interference into the mix.  The Catcher's interference forced home the tying run and Sim walked the next batter to force home the winning run.

I'm starting to think that the Volcanoes marketing folks might be the brightest stars on the team.

AZL Giants beat the AZL A's, 3-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

Kevin Rivera

2

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.500

DH

Geno Escalante

3

1

2

0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

.667

SS

Evan Potter

4

1

3

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.357

CF-LF

Byron Murray

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.333

3b

Nathanael Javier

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.294

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Stetson Woods

4.2

4

0

0

1

3

0

2

0

0.00

Jose Morel

1.1

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0.00

Kendry Melo

0.2

0

1

1

2

1

0

2

0

4.50

Caleb Smtih

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

Kevin Rivera backed up his fine debut with another good game and Geno Escalante starts the season red hot with 7 total bases in 6 ABs (1.167 SLG!).

20 year old Stetson Woods was the 9th round pick in 2014 out of Madera High School. In 16 innings of work in the AZL last summer he allowed 4 Runs and struck out 20 while walking 4. 21 year old Jose Morel is in his first season stateside following three seasons in the DSL. Over 111 IP there the last two seasons he posted a 1.53 ERA. Caleb Smith was the 17th round pick last year out of South Carolina-Aiken. The LHP is a very hard thrower with a fastball in the 95 range and an inconsistent hard slider.

Elsewhere in the AZL, there was an unfortunate incident Monday involving 2015 1st rounder Trenton Clark, the Texas HS OF who went 15th overall to Milwaukee:

Scary way to start a career!

The DSL Giants beat the DSL Dodgers, 7-0

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b-SS

18.9

Manuel Geraldo

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

.309

CF-LF

20.9

Juan Rodriguez

5

0

2

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.383

DH

19.3

Robert Antunez

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.389

3b

17.2

Francisco Medina

5

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

3

1

0

.265

CF

17.6

Jose Patino

2

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.190

RF

17.3

Sandro Fabian

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.247

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

18.7

Victor Concepcion, W, 5-0

7.0

7

0

0

0

6

0

0

0

0.58

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

18.7

Victor Concepcion, W, 5-0

7.0

7

0

0

0

6

0

0

0

0.58

With all due respect to the wonderful Marshall Crenshaw and his copyrights, here's my visual representation of what Victor Concepcion thinks when he sees opposing DSL batters:

Concepcion has thrown 31 innings this year and has allowed 2 runs. He's K'd 32, walked 4 and hit 2 batters, just to break up the monotony of all the outs I'm assuming.

Taking his second hat trick in two games, FRancisco Medina's K rate has climbed over 20%, which isn't great for this level of opposition. Antunez, Juan Rodriguez, and Madrano continue to smash the opponents though all are on the old side for the league.

* * *

Lastly, with July 2nd coming up, here's a Giants-related Cuban rumor to keep everyone happy and anticipating:

the him in question there is Eddy Julio Martinez (twitter's new embedding format doesn't seem to work as well as the old one)

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1st and 4th round picks take the hill in tonight's abbreviated schedule with (recently named Futures' Game attendee???) Tyler Beede going for Richmond and Logan Webb making his second start for Salem Keizer.