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It's not just awesome, it's SHAWSOME!

It's accepted practice in the prospect watching world to consider rookies as still prospecty content. And Matt Duffy is, by MLB rules, still a rookie. Which means it is totally within Minor Lines purview to post this awesome piece on Matt Duffy to make us all feel even more glowy and happy about the way the Giants decided they wanted that skinny guy with the horrible college resume and in a New York minute turned him into a fantastic starting major league 3b.

Matt Duffy is the Best 3b you barely know

HIGHLIGHTS: Darren Ford tripled, homered, and walked; Chase Johnson struck out 7 in 6.1 one run innings; Will Callaway hit two doubles, homered, and walked.

Sacramento lost at Las Vegas (Mets), 7-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

wRC+

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

5

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

.111

.111

.222

1b

Adam Duvall

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.253

.304

.478

104

SS

Ehire Adrianza

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.316

.384

.415

120

C

Hector Sanchez

4

0

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

.261

.289

.413

84

RF

Mac Williamson

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.333

.500

.333

CF

Darren Ford

3

1

2

1

0

1

1

1

1

.262

.325

.425

101

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Ty Blach, L, 5-8

5.0

4

5

5

1

6

2

0

0

4.27

Cody Hall

2.0

3

2

2

0

3

2

0

0

3.22

Josh Osich

1.0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0.00

What happened in (the playing field in) Vegas, did not stay in (the playing field in) Vegas very often last night, as the 51s tagged Sacramento pitching for 4 HRs, accounting for 6 of Las Vegas' 7 runs. Ty Blach had a strange game as he nearly matched his season high in Ks (7 Ks vs OKC was his high) with one of his highest ER allowed totals (6 is his highest of the year). This is the fourth time this year he's allowed at least 5 ER. Hard to say what to make of the 2 HRs allowed, given that Vegas is something of a launching pad, but it's worth noting that this follows a start in which he allowed 3 HRs in Sacramento, so it's something to watch. Blach's allowed 12 HRs on the year in 92.2 IP.  And as an aside, it's also funny to note that as a hitter, Blach drew a walk in this game. As a hitter Blach has 3 BBs in 21 ABs; as a pitcher he has allowed 10 BBs in 92.2 innings.

Josh Osich made his AAA debut in this game, with a 2 hit scoreless inning. He threw 14 strikes in 19 pitches.  Another first in this game was Kelby Tomlinson's first AAA hit, a double, one of 4 XBH that the RiverCats had on the day.  Mac Williamson has reached base four times in his first two AAA games, though he has yet to have an XBH.

Adam Duvall's offensive doldrums are reaching an alarming level. Despite being second in the league in HRs, he's in danger of having his wRC+ (usual caveats apply to using this in minor league setting) slip below a league average performance.  In the end, despite 13 baserunners, the only time Sacramento got on the board was on Darren Ford's solo HR, part of an excellent all around game for Ford.

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Richmond's game vs New Britain (Rockies), was suspended due to rain in the 3rd inning, 0-0

originally, they planned to complete the game today however rain has washed out today's activities as well. Now the plan is to finish the suspended game tomorrow as part of a DH. That will still leave them with one game from this weekend that needs to be made up at a later date. At the time this game was stopped, there had yet to be a hit for either side and only one player (Engel Beltre) had reached base in the game.

San Jose beat Modesto (Rockies), 6-5

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

wRC+

SS

Christian Arroyo

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

.293

.329

.429

107

3b

Ryder Jones

4

1

2

0

2

0

0

0

1

.290

.324

.408

98

LF

Daniel Carbonell

4

2

2

2

0

0

1

0

0

.364

.417

.727

CF

Seth Harrison

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.280

.323

.408

101

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Chase Johnson, W, 4-3

6.1

7

1

1

0

7

0

0

0

3.36

Ian Gardeck

1.2

3

1

1

0

2

0

0

0

5.23

Dan Slania

1.0

3

2

2

0

1

0

0

0

2.57

Chase Johnson had one of his best starts of the year with 7 Ks and 0 BBs in 6.3 IP. He finished up strong, retiring 8 of the final 9 batters he faced. One of the few remaining All Stars on the SJ squad, Johnson and Mella are now going to have to be the rocks of the now-thin rotation. Feels like we haven't really discussed Chase much, but it seems fair to say he's having one of real breakout seasons for the Giants this year.  His middling stat line in Augusta last  year masked a great arm and some of the growing pains of adding innings on after his college coach nearly refused to use him at all in Johnson's junior year in college.  His velocity yesterday was about typical for the year according to Joe Ritzo:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/giantsprospects">@giantsprospects</a> usually see him in the 91-96 range.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/615042139366383617">June 28, 2015</a></blockquote>

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and he was still throwing in the 91-93 range in his final inning of work.

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All Star Dan Slania, on the other hand is off to a rough 2nd half as he's given up 4 runs in two 1 inning appearances following the All Star break. This game was a 6-1 laugher when Johnson left it but the bullpen allowed 4 runs in the 8th and 9th and Slania barely held on to the save.

Dan Carbonell clearly finds Cal League pitching more to his liking. He had 6 XBH in over 200 PA in Richmond this year, but he's already gotten 2 in 3 games with SJ, including his first Cal League HR, his 2nd HR of the year overall. Carbonell filled up the stat sheet almost as much as it's possible to do in this game, as in addition to his HR he had a SB, an E, and an OF assist.

Every SJ hitter had at least one hit in this game. In all they recorded 11 hits, 0 BBs, and 2 HB (both Jeff Arnold, OUCH!). Ryder Jones and Christian Arroyo's three doubles were all the XBH other than Carbonell's blast.

A couple other SJ notes from previous games. A couple of people have asked about Tommy Hanson's abbreviated start the other day. Here's what Ritzo had to say about it:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/rog61">@rog61</a> minor discomfort, he was throwing to live hitters before BP yesterday and looked fine. Haven&#39;t heard when/where is next start is.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/615214743708504064">June 28, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Also meant to note this about relief pitcher Jake Smith, who's been on a serious roll of late:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Note from last night&#39;s 10-inn loss... Jake Smith threw two perfect innings of relief, has now retired 18 straight hitters, 11 via strikeout.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/614946719076360192">June 28, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Another reliever who's throwing well is Christian Jones. Since coming off the DL, he's had a 1.96 ERA in 18.1 IP. You can hear Jones talk about his season on yesterday's pre-game show with Joe Ritzo.

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Augusta beat Rome (Braves), 10-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

wRC+

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

5

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.296

.353

.366

111

C

Aramis Garcia

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

.239

.345

.415

122

1b

Skyler Ewing

3

0

2

2

0

0

0

2

1

.235

.302

.327

81

3b

Jonah Arenado

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

.269

.295

.385

92

DH

Dylan Davis

5

2

2

1

0

0

1

0

2

.238

.262

.317

66

2b

Will Callaway

4

3

3

2

2

0

1

1

0

.266

.305

.362

91

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pat Young, W, 4-0

5.0

4

0

0

2

2

0

0

1

3.68

Rodolfo Martinez

1.0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.42

Reyes Moronta

2.0

3

2

2

0

5

0

0

0

4.86

Big bust out game from the Augusta bats who had 13 hits, 8 walks (against 7 Ks) and 2 HB. Rome chipped in with a couple of errors and the end result was a scoring explosion. The big game came from 2b Will Callaway, who had three of the team's four XBH, puntuated by his 2nd HR of the year. Callaway, a 25 year old, was the 37th round draft pick in 2013 out of Appalachian St. where he was coached by Ryder Jones' father I presume. This was the best game he's had as a pro. The other XBH was Dylan Davis' 1st HR since being demoted to Augusta. Not quite LTP but impressive swing of the bat nonetheless:

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Aramis Garcia and Skyler Ewing have been slowly moving the BA up together through the last month, now in the .230s. But checking out the full line, we can see Garcia's season has been far superior. Ewing, a RR 1b with virtually no value to give other than the bat has really had a disappointing first full year thus far.

Today's game (which is already underway) has the Greenjackets going up against Touki Toussaint for his Braves' system debut.

Salem-Keizer defeated Spokane (Rangers), 12-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

5

1

1

3

0

0

1

0

1

.250

.308

.750

1B

Christopher Shaw

5

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

.400

.400

.400

3b

Miguel Gomez

5

1

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

.351

.359

.459

SS

C.J. Hinojosa

5

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.250

.308

.250

DH

Jose Vizcaino

4

2

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

.333

.333

.500

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Michael Connolly, W, 1-1

5.0

4

1

0

0

4

0

0

0

3.38

Armando Paniagua

2.0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0.00

Caleb Smith

1.0

2

2

2

1

2

0

0

0

18.00

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Not a bad pro debut for <a href="https://twitter.com/SHAWESOME24">@SHAWESOME24</a>. Two hits and an RBI! The Volcanoes TV crew chats with the 31st overall pick. <a href="http://t.co/7twqi9pK12">pic.twitter.com/7twqi9pK12</a></p>&mdash; Volcanoes Baseball (@SKVolcanoes) <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes/status/615014403511992320">June 28, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Well, HELLO there 2015 draftees! Nice to see you. The presence of #31 overall pick Chris Shaw (Boston College represent!) and his fellow 2015 draft mates sure seemed to perk up the heretofore moribund SK offense. Shaw made his pro debut with a 2 for 5 day. Meanwhile Ronnie Jebavy went deep fro the second time in three games (a three-run shot), and 7th rounder Viz III and 11th rounder C.J. Hinojosa contributed 5 hits between them. One guy who's been there since opening day is Miguel Gomez who launched his 1st HR of the season among two hits.

Chris Shaw is interviewed in the Volcanoes TV post game wrap. Among other things you may not know about Chris, his twitter handle is fantastic! @Shawsome24

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/SFGiants">@SFGiants</a> 31st overall pick Chris Shaw (<a href="https://twitter.com/SHAWESOME24">@SHAWESOME24</a>) debuted last night. Here&#39;s what he had to say after. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoSKV?src=hash">#GoSKV</a>&#10;&#10;<a href="https://t.co/Lnmro7cftB">https://t.co/Lnmro7cftB</a></p>&mdash; Volcanoes Baseball (@SKVolcanoes) <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes/status/615223584424886272">June 28, 2015</a></blockquote>

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AZL Giants lost to AZL Cubs, 11-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Jalen Miller

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

.333

.429

.333

2b

Kevin Rivera

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.455

.478

.682

LF

Byron Murray

4

2

2

1

2

0

0

1

0

1

0

.345

.406

.586

3b

Evan Potter

4

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.389

.389

.556

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Julio Benitez, L, 0-1

3.0

3

4

1

0

3

0

1

2

3.00

Kendry Melo

2.0

4

3

2

0

2

0

0

2

6,75

In the absence of guys like Kelvin Beltre or Gustavo Cabrera, or even much of Mikey Edie, the Giants AZL team has still developed a really dynamic top of the order in this year's 3rd rounder Jalen Miller and the two low round HS kids from last year's draft, Kevin Rivera and Byron Murray.  For some reason there are no league stats available yet for the AZL this year, but I'd have to guess that Byron Murray's now 7 doubles on the year is probably pretty close to the top of the leaderboards. Murray also stole his 2nd base of the year yesterday, as did Jalen Miller. Miller has a hit in each of his first three games. He also has 2 BBs against 2 Ks. He did make his 3 error yesterday, but it's still a great start for the youngster.

DSL Giants beat the DSL Orioles2, 5-1

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

wRC+

PH

18.9

Manuel Geraldo

1

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.337

.417

.442

148

PR-DH

17.3

Sandro Fabian

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.250

.359

.364

115

LF

17.4

Beicker Mendoza

3

1

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.275

.328

.412

108

CF

17.6

Jose Patino

2

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

.224

.329

.239

78

SS

17.2

Jose Rivero

4

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.172

.273

.172

45

DH

18.9

Alilzon Rodriguez

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.182

.357

.727

181

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

19.8

Prebito Reyes

5.2

3

1

1

2

5

0

0

0

2.66

The hitter list includes all of the six figure signees in the DSL lineup yesterday. Geraldo in his second DSL season is really the shining star of the group at the moment. Of the first year kids, OF Mendoza and Fabian are off to solid, if unspectacular years, but at their extreme youth they are certainly promising years. Patino and Rivero, both of whom are defense-first players, have struggled with the bat in the early going.

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Much of today's schedule is already well underway. If I'd been any slower getting today's up I could have made it a combo Minor Lines!