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Welcome, future Minor Linesians!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">New Giants&#39; pick Phil Bickford has insane fastball movement. Former 1st round pick. Dominated JUCO ball.</p>&mdash; JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) <a href="https://twitter.com/jjcoop36/status/608074086737059840">June 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">MLBDraft: Chris Shaw is a fantastic get for Giants. What a tandem in Bickford/Shaw -- two of my personal favorites.</p>&mdash; Nick J. Faleris (@NickJFaleris) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickJFaleris/status/608093050380771331">June 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Grant posted tons of video yesterday for the Giants top three draft picks for 2015, but there's no reason we can't have a little more (and of course a quick google search will provide more yet), so let's get to know our three new (hopefully soon) organizational members:

Here's a couple of soundcloud recordings taken from MLB radio. They're a little annoying because they're obviously originating from video reports that have montages at the back end and they just kept the music beds attached to these soundcloud files, but the first 30 seconds or so given you a good quick summary:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">SCOUTING REPORT: Hey <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Giants?src=hash">#Giants</a> fans, get to know your new RHP <a href="https://twitter.com/PhilBickford">@PhilBickford</a> - <a href="https://t.co/kD4ULyFQd2">https://t.co/kD4ULyFQd2</a></p>&mdash; MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) <a href="https://twitter.com/MLBNetworkRadio/status/608074252475056128">June 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">SCOUTING REPORT: Hey <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Giants?src=hash">#Giants</a> fans, get to know your new 1B Chris Shaw (<a href="https://twitter.com/SHAWESOME24">@SHAWESOME24</a>) - <a href="https://t.co/Dscyp9Rq5z">https://t.co/Dscyp9Rq5z</a></p>&mdash; MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) <a href="https://twitter.com/MLBNetworkRadio/status/608093054277427203">June 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Here's Chris Shaw teaching us something very important about baseball:

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and here he is doing it!

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There's a decent argument that Shaw has the best present raw power in this draft and of the bat first/bat only guys in this draft he might be the best of the bunch (compared to say DJ Stewart, as Gobroks and I were discussing on Twitter yesterday).

And, of course, BOSTON COLLEGE REPRESENT!

And here's Andy Baggarly's BA story on the first round picks:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Giants Nab Another Power Arm In Bickford <a href="http://t.co/9ezeexuceq">http://t.co/9ezeexuceq</a></p>&mdash; Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) <a href="https://twitter.com/BaseballAmerica/status/608123302259916800">June 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Finally, in the second round the Giants took talented, though sometimes injured UMiami LHP Andrew Suarez, who didn't sign last year as a 2nd round pick (Nats) for reasons that have never been entirely clear.  He was also a 9th round pick out of HS. He's got great stuff from the left hand side, though doesn't always miss bats with it, and a labrum surgery in his past. Sounds like the stuff was up and down but mostly still there this year and he pounds the strike zone with all his pitches. Good value pick.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Saw <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Giants?src=hash">#Giants</a> pick, LHP Andrew Suarez towards the end of the season, here&#39;s some video: <a href="http://t.co/2hsRYngKTu">http://t.co/2hsRYngKTu</a></p>&mdash; Jheremy Brown (@JBrownPG) <a href="https://twitter.com/JBrownPG/status/608115613664428032">June 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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You should also probably keep tabs on this awesome Fangraphs sortable draft board, which includes tons of video and scouting reports, as the Giants search for their next Hunter Cole or Sergio Romo in the continuation of the draft.

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In honor of draft day, all four minor league teams took the day off! (though two of them did have games to play).

HIGHLIGHTS: Ryan Lollis went 3 for 4. Raffi Vizcaino struck out 9 in 5 shutout innings.

Sacramento lost to Tacoma (Mariners), 7-3
they finish their four game series tonight

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

3b

Adam Duvall

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.284

1b

Travis Ishikawa

4

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.280

DH

Jarrett Parker

3

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

2

0

1

.268

RF

Ryan Lollis

4

0

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.417*

*Sacramento only

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Ty Blach, L, 5-6

5.1

7

3

3

2

1

0

0

0

3.74

Steven Okert

1.0

4

3

3

0

1

0

0

0

0.69

The RiverCats scattered seven hits, no walks, and three HB across this game, but most of their scoring came on solo HRs. Jarrett Parker crushed his 12th of the season, which tied him for 3rd in the PCL behind Fresno's Jon Singleton (14) and teammate Adam  Duvall (13).

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And Travis Ishikawa hit his first of the year for Sacramento:

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You may recall Travis' last HR:

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ahhhhhhh. That always feels good.

But the Rainiers got the game's biggest blow when Steven Okert gave up two singles before hanging a high slider(?) that didn't do much at all but get blasted for a three-run HR that cemented the loss.

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With two walks and one K, this was the fourth game of Ty Blach's career in which he had more walks than strike outs. He took 99 pitches to get to 5.1 which suggests he wasn't at his crispest in this outing, on a very very hot San Joaquin Valley day (101 degrees according to kdl!). Still, he got through 5 innings having allowed only one run, and he likely was out of gas by the time he gave up his final two runs in the 6th.

With his three hit game Ryan Lollis is now over .400 with Sacramento in just 36 ABs.  He also hit .471 in his short stay in Richmond. What you may be missing is that in all his hopping around among the affiliates, Lollis has thus far posted a .373/.444/.512 line, very quietly having one of the finest seasons in the system. Ryan Lollis, organizational soldier, we salute you!

If you have any interest in the business side of baseball, you might be interested in listening to this podcast interview with Chip Madson, the SVP of Business Operations. It's long (40 minutes) and very detailed, so if you're not really interested in the finer details of determining price points, it might not be you're thing. But if you're interested in getting into sports business and marketing, you'll definitely want to listen to this.  If you don't, let me just tell you that discounted and free tickets are very bad things:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">&quot;Tao of Sports Ep. 185 – Chip Maxson (SVP of Business Operations, Sacramento Rivercats)&quot; by <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsTao">@SportsTao</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/spreaker">@spreaker</a> <a href="http://t.co/mNL7emq0Zh">http://t.co/mNL7emq0Zh</a></p>&mdash; Troy Kirby (@SportsTao) <a href="https://twitter.com/SportsTao/status/607967847638106112">June 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Richmond had a scheduled off day.
They begin a homestand with the Portland SeaDogs tonight

San Jose lost to Bakersfield (Mariners), 10-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Christian Arroyo

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.314

RF

Hunter Cole

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.333

2b

Austin Slater

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.284

LF

Tyler Horan

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.225

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Andrew Leenhouts, L, 0-1

5.0

8

6

5

0

3

2

0

0

6.97

Luis Ysla

0.1

3

3

2

2

1

1

0

0

9.55

Jeff Soptic

2.1

1

1

1

4

0

0

0

0

3.65

Christian Jones

1.1

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

6.39

I don't remember who it was, but somebody on my Twitter timeline yesterday said they really wanted to go to the SJ  Giants game but it was so hot! Whoever that person was... I'm hoping they decided to stay home in the end. The last place Bakersfield Blaze, owner of the only <.400 winning percentage in the Cal League, came to town and put a spanking on the Giants.

Quick ways to see if you had a bad game offensively: did you have more Ks (6) than hits (5)? yeah that's not good. What if you add in BBs (1)? Still not so great!  On the technical hitting scale, this game ranked as "moribund".  However, Hunter Cole did continue his hot hitting with two of the team's five hits, plus he took part in this play:

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I'm going to just ignore the part where it really looked like he should have caught that ball and focus instead on how beautiful the relay was from Cole to Slater to Ross. Highlight of the day! (I'd also like to take this moment to publicly apologize for the curse I have so evidently put on  Austin Slater when I too enthusiastically praised his hitting ability, raising the ire of some perverse baseball god or other).

Unfortunately a whole bunch of other runs did manage to score as the staff, and particularly Andrew Leenhouts and Luis Ysla, took a beating. As the weather has heated up recently one thing that has really been causing the SJ staff troubles is HRs.  They gave up three more in this game and have now surrendered 11 in the past four games. And that's at home at the Muni, one of the more difficult HR environments in the Cal league.  So, not so good. Prior to this weekend they had actually allowed one of the fewest HR totals in the league, but they're climbing the charts quickly at this pace.

Luis Ysla's Cal league season continues to be nightmarish for the LHP who showed such promise in the Sally. He now has 27 Ks and 21 BBs in 27.1 IP. He also now has 5 HRs allowed in those 27 innings, and after getting his ERA finally down under 10, it took a hop back the wrong way in this outing and now stands at an ugly 9.55

Probably a bad day to bust out the newest Inside the SJ Giants podcast discussion of the team's improved play of late and potential All Stars! But I'm sure they recorded it Sunday when they were winning a dramatic 13 inning game!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Check out today&#39;s podcast as <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo">@JoeRitzo</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/benctaylor">@benctaylor</a> discuss the club&#39;s improved play &amp; potential All-Stars. Listen: <a href="http://t.co/39TYqX1qTA">http://t.co/39TYqX1qTA</a></p>&mdash; San Jose Giants (@SJGiants) <a href="https://twitter.com/SJGiants/status/608028882013458435">June 8, 2015</a></blockquote>

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As the players always say, turn the page. Let's remember happier times... like Jesus Galindo scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 9th the other day!

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Augusta had a scheduled off day
They begin a series at the talented Greenville Drive tonight

DSL Giants beat the DSL Orioles2 team 2-1 in 11 innings

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Jose Patino

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.125

SS

Manuel Geraldo

5

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

.353

LF

Beicker Mendoza

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.250

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Raffi Vizcaino

5.0

3

0

0

0

9

0

0

0

2.00

Luis Amaya

2.1

3

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0.00

Jose Malta

2.0

0

0

0

2

4

0

0

0

4.15

Jose Patino, the speedy 17 yr old CF signed for $400k out of Venezuela is getting off to a pretty slow start in the DSL.  However, SS Manuel Geraldo is having an excellent beginning to his return to the DSL at age 18. Geraldo is hitting .353/.405/.471 over the first 8 games and though he hasn't shown any proclivity to walk off the island, he's also making consistent contact with only 4 Ks (2 BBs) in his 36 PA. Last year at 17, Geraldo hit .251/.323/.338 with a 21% K rate. When signed, the scouting report on him was above average runner, plus arm, and hands and footwork that could lead to a quality defender at SS.

Raffi Vizcaino had a huge game with 9 Ks/0 BBs in only 5 IP. Vizcaino, who was signed for $200k in the 2012/13 year pitched 47 innings for the DSL Giants in 2013 with a 41/17 K/BB in 47 IP at the age of 17. However, he only pitched 2 innings last year, and we might presume that he had some form of injury or arm soreness going on.

16 year old LHP Luis Amaya K'd three more batters and has now K'd 9 in his 5.1 innings of work, with 2 BBs and 3 hits. Those are good peripherals! Amaya is the youngest player in the Giants' system by a fair sized margin and the only 16 year old. The next youngest player is SS Jose Rivero who turned 17 on April 30, along with Francisco Medina, Sandro Fabian, Beicker Mendosa, and Jasier Herrera who all have 1998 DOB and all turned 17 in the Jan-March period.

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Today is one of the momentous days of the minor league season for the Giants as we should see (or rather hear, since Richmond has no TV setup) Matt Cain on the mound pitching in a regulation game for the first time since the 2014 All Star break. A successful outing could be extremely significant for the fortunes of the 2015 Giants, as well as for the health of my heart. I only wish I could getaway to Richmond tonight to see him, and remember the days when I used to watch him as an 18 year old in Hagerstown, MD. Look at that fresh faced kid.

In addition to Cain, this may be the best pitching slate the system has seen all year as Clayton Blackburn, Keury Mella, and Sam Coonrod are scheduled to start for the other affiliates.

And of course, we'll welcome a whole bunch more future Giants to the system today. And maybe even one of them will be a HS hitter with power and speed to make your 'umble narrator's heart go pitty pat.