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Prospects!.... On the March! And hey, by the way, all five affiliates won on the road tonight!

Lots of movement yesterday making big news. None of this is new to you of course, but for completionist sake, let's detail the news from yesterday:

and hey, what the heck, this is nice to note, too:

There's another one that actually took place this weekend, but I missed it when it happened, so let's include it today as well:

EDIT: AND ANOTHER PROMOTION TO COUNTER THE SNELTEN MOVE:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> have added starting pitcher Jose Reyes from Augusta. Reyes leads South Atlantic League with a 1.36 ERA. 45/11 SO/BB in 46 innings.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/606174706622951425">June 3, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Alex Pavlovic's article does a nice job detailing how all of these moves were set in motion by the opt outs at Sacramento, and, alternatively how they're connected to the prospective rotation holes for 2016. Stratton and Beede (two of the three first round picks currently in the system) are both likely to get their chances at filling one of those holes as soon as next year. For Snelten, this first year of starting hasn't gone quite as smoothly as he had hoped, and hopefully moving back to the Sally will give him the chance to work on his starter's repertoire without the punishing hitting conditions in the Cal League. No word on who will replace the two starters in SJ, but I'd suspect Leenhouts will stay in the rotation and perhaps the newly healthy Christian Jones might take a spot as well.

HIGHLIGHTS: Keury Mella and Sam Coonrod both had impressive starts.

Sacramento won at Oklahoma City (Dodgers), 3-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Darren Ford

4

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

.306

.301

.403

3b

Casey McGehee

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.364

.389

.606

1b

Travis Ishikawa

3

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.311

.368

.377

C

Hector Sanchez

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.259

.286

.370

RF

Juan Perez

4

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.232

.279

.356

LF

Jarrett Parker

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

.272

.385

.525

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Nik Turley, W, 1-1

6.0

5

1

1

2

4

0

0

1

6.30

Cody Hall

1.2

3

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

3.62

Erik Cordier

0.1

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1.93

Mike Broadway, S, 5

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.11

BEAT OKC! BEAT OKC!

Hmmm... doesn't flow off the tongue that well. Nonetheless, Sacramento got their first shot at the Dodgers' new AAA club this year, and they came away with a crisp 1 run victory.  Going up against one of the Dodgers better high minors pitching prospects in Joe Wieland (he was #13 prospect in the Padres system in the Prospect Handbook, but came to the Dodgers as part of the Matt Kemp deal), the RiverCats produced just enough offense to win. Though they had 11 Ks, they managed to string their 9 hits and 3 bbs together well enough to score 3 runs, all coming in the first inning. Juan Perez, who has suffered through a miserable year really from the start of ST, had the big RISP hit, though it wasn't perhaps the most well struck ball of all time (highlight complete with Hector Sanchez TOOTBLAN!)

Nik Turley got out of the plane and into the starting rotation in time to throw six effective innings and the Sac bullpen took it from there, with Cody Hall picking up almost two innings.  The game marked the first time we've seen the Dodgers best prospect Corey Seager this year (and actually just the second time a Giants' affiliate has ever faced him), so since we'll likely be getting used to seeing this swing in the future, here he is getting an RBI hit that's even less well hit than Perez':

No word yet on when Stratton will get his first start with Sacramento. Tomorrow would have been his regular starting spot with Richmond.

Richmond won at Portland (Red Sox), 4-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.319

.382

.423

DH

Mac Williamson

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.293

.354

.441

CF

Ryan Lollis

4

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.471*

.500

.529

LF

Daniel Carbonell

4

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.170

.204

.208

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Joe Biagini, W, 4-3

7.1

4

3

3

1

6

0

0

0

1.82

Josh Osich, S, 12

1.0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.88

This is Richmond's first series against the Sea Dogs this year and their trip up to New England comes at a fortuitous time, as both Portland and New Hampshire (their next stop) have TV setups, which means we'll be able to see Beede's first start in AA later in the week.

In this game, the Squirrels managed to turn just 5 hits and 3 bbs (plus a HB) into 4 runs scored.  In fact, the team only had 2 RBIs, as one of their runs scored on a WP and another scored when Daniel Carbonell stole 2b and the throw went into CF, allowing Delfino to score from 3b. Carbonell was an offensive hero for the second night in a row, with a run scoring single along with his run scoring SB. And he boosted his OPS over .400! Nice going Daniel. Have a highlight!

Apparently bloop hits are all I have to show you today. What can I say? I work with the material they give me!

Joe Biagini had his best start of the year from a peripherals standpoint with 6 K and 1 bb, though he did tie his season high for runs allowed with 3. His ERA is a still sterling 1.82 which is 4th in the EL among qualified pitchers (Kyle Crick actually has a lower ERA but doesn't qualify for the league leaders list). Josh Osich had an adventure protecting the one run lead, allowing back to back singles with two outs in the 9th. Jackson Williams PB actually put the winning run in scoring position before a ground out closed it out.

Off the field, Richmond owner Lou DiBella, who has done an incredible job building the Squirrels' brand and fanbase, has gone public with his frustration over Richmond's stadium situation with a public letter reported on by the Richmond Times-Dispatch this morning:

The additional quotes from President of Minor League Baseball Pat O'Conner definitely raised the nuclear option for Richmond if political movement of some kind isn't forthcoming.

San Jose won at Inland Empire (Angels) 5-1
splitting their four game series, 2-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Jesus Galindo

5

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

PO

.278

.340

.361

RF

Hunter Cole

5

0

2

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

.342

.406

.514

3b

Ryder Jones

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.281

.313

.400

1b

Ben Turner

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.275

.340

.313

DH

Brian Ragira

3

1

1

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.203

.312

.293

C

Ty Ross

4

2

2

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

.213

.292

.279

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Keury Mella, W, 3-1

5.1

4

1

1

3

6

0

0

0

2.89

Jake Smith

1.2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

3.71

Ian Gardeck

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

4.09

Dan Slania

1.0

2

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1.82

13 hits and a lot of two out RBIs fueled this win which ended SJ's first southern road trip and earned a split of this series. The Giants went 4 for 11 with RISP with three of those coming together in the 4-run 2nd inning. Unusually for this team, they got a lot of production out of the bottom of the order in this game, with the bottom three in the order getting 5 hits and a walk. Ragira and Ty Ross, who have both struggled through the first two months, also picked up 3 of the team's 4 doubles.

Almost lost in all the exciting promotion news yesterday, was another fine start from Keury Mella. He once again struggled a bit with command, throwing 50 strikes in 86 pitches and walking 3. But he also K'd 6 and limited the 66ers to 4 hits and 1 run for the Win.

Joe Ritzo's guest on the pregame show was Coordinator of Minor League Pitching Bert Bradley, which would seem fortuitous on this day of news. But I gather from listening to the piece that it was recorded before all the promotions were announced (in fact Ritzo specifically asked about how they determine when it's time to promote guys and Bradley's response was vagueish). Still, Bradley is the guy running pitching in this system and he has interesting things to say about Beede and Mella specifically as well as others on the SJ staff.

Anyway, SJ ends the always tiring southern road trip and now gets a day off as they travel back to SJ for a week long homestand:

Augusta won at Charleston (Yankees), 3-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Cristian Paulino

5

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

.321

.398

.541

2b

Travious Relaford

5

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.288

.363

.381

3b

Jonah Arenado

4

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.267

.299

.406

RF

Andrew Cain

3

1

1

3

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

.191

.274

.373

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Sam Coonrod, W, 2-1

6.0

5

0

0

2

5

0

2

0

2.83

Raymundo Montero

2.0

1

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

1.60

Reyes Moronta, S, 4

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

3.52

Andrew Cain has struggled in his comeback from surgery which is not to be unexpected from a kid who lost a year of playing time as well as an extreme amount of weight and strength. But on this night he was the hero, as his 3rd HR of the year produced all the runs this game saw.

Jonah Arenado had a nice game with two hits and a double, but you can see how dependent his line is on BA as his recent slump has sent his OBP spiraling below .300. With Johneshwy Fargas taking a breather in this one (he's also been slumping lately), Cristian Paulino took over the leadoff spot and CF, and the 23 year old continued his breakout season. He had two more hits, two more SB (14 on the season) and even helped throw out a runner at home (though I'm not so sure about the slide stop form in CF, which he showed off less gracefully on a couple of other plays):

You can see a little more of Paulino (unfortunately getting pegged at 3b after a stumble and getting thrown out at 1b on a bunt single attempt) plus a fine play from Charleston SS Jorge Mateo who is reputed to be one of the finest SS prospects in all the minors in this video game recap from the Charleston team:

Sam Coonrod and two relievers combined on the 6-hit shutout. Coonrod battled some control issues, with 2 bbs and 2 HBs, but he continued what's been a fine season. He now has 50 Ks and 13 BBs in 47.2 IP to go with the 2.83 ERA. Reyes Moronta K'd 2 of the 3 batters he faced.

DSL Giants beat the DSL Dodgers, 5-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Jose Patino

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.182

PH-LF

Beicker Mendoza

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.400

SS

Jose Rivero

4

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.214

RF

Sandro Fabian

4

1

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.273

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Raffi Vizcaino

4.0

6

3

2

2

3

0

0

2

4.50

Reymi Rodriguez, W, 1-0

2.2

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

0.00

The DSL Giants had just 4 Ks in this game, and for a young DSL group that's stood out about them so far. As a team they have just 15 Ks to 9 BBs in their three games which is excellent contact for this level. Sandro Fabian (the highest bonus signee for last year) had a nice game with two doubles (the team's only XBH) and an OF Assist.

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SJ has a scheduled day off so only three games stateside plus the DSL game. The PCL game has an intriguing matchup with Ty Blach going up against the Dodgers Zach Lee. Kelvin Marte starts for Richmond and D.J. Snelten is scheduled to make his Sally season debut tonight for Augusta in the final game of their roadtrip.

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FINAL THOUGHT: