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Aramis Garcia and Keury Mella engage in a steel cage death match for Prospect of the Day (metaphorically speaking).

Dear Editors of BA: A Modest Proposal

Perhaps Aramis Garcia, (18 for 35, 5 HR, 2 2b, 2 BB, 17 RBI this week) should be on the Prospect Hot List today.

Yours Truly,

Minor Lines

HIGHLIGHTS: Brandon Hicks reached base 4x, including 2b, 3b. Keury Mella goes 6 hitless innings. Brian Ragira hit three doubles. Aramis Garcia went 3 for 5 with HR.

Sacramento won at Tacoma Raniers (Mariners), 11-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Ryan Lollis

5

1

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.326

RF

Juan Perez

5

1

2

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.239

C

Hector Sanchez

5

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.269

2b

Brandon Hicks

4

2

3

3

1

1

0

1

1

0

0

.444

SS

Carlos Triunfel

5

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.276

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Ty Blach, W, 8-8

6.0

7

3

3

1

3

0

0

0

4.23

89

60

Jeremy Affeldt

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

1

0.00

13

8

Steven Okert

1.0

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

3.86

20

9

In their first game back from the All Star break, the last place RiverCats delivered a pummeling on the road, thanks to a host of new re-arrivals. Juan Perez, Hector Sanchez, and Brandon Hicks, each in their first game back from the either the DL or a rehab stint, combined for 7 hits, including three doubles and a triple. The trio also had 5 runs scored and 6 driven in. For JCP, who has followed up last fall's October heroics by suffering through one of the worst seasons of his pro career on both sides of the ball, the big night included a little of the old style leather flashing as well:

Nicely done, Juan! You have two months to prove to the brass that you can contribute come September. Get r dun!

Ty Blach was also officially coming off the DL, though in his case it was just the standard minor league roster shuffling to get some fresh arms in the pen between his starts. kdl mentioned that somebody at Raley Field asked Blach the other day why he was on the DL, and his response was "am I on the DL?"

Jeremy Affeldt made his first rehab appearance, throwing 8 of his 13 pitches for strikes which is encouraging. Though being Affeldt he naturally mixed in a WP and  HB as well.  What's an Affeldt game without a scud or two.

Is it too much to hope for that while sitting in the bullpen in Tacoma, Affeldt passed along the secret amulet that gives the power for never allowing post-season runs to Steven Okert?

* * *

Richmond lost to Altoona Curve (Pirates), 5-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Engel Beltre

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.298

2b

Austin Slater

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

3

0

0

.276

LF

Devin Harris

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.232

RF

Hunter Cole

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.246

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Stephen Johnson

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

3.51

16

13

Joan Gregorio

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.99

6

4

Kyle Crick

1.0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

3.00

19

11

Tyler Glasnow (Altoona)

7.0

3

0

0

0

9

0

0

0

2.12

87

58

You may recall, back in early May when Tyler Glasnow injured his leg running the bases against Richmond (hustling to beat out a force play at 2b).  Glasnow ended up having to go on the DL and missed about a month of work. Well, he's back now and ready to wreak his vengeance. The #7 prospect in baseball on BA's midseason top 50, and #17 on BPro's, Glasnow definitely lived up to his hype in this one, with 9 Ks, no walks, and 3 hits over 7 scoreless.

Austin Slater touched Glasnow up for Richmond's sole XBH of the day, a double.  He was the only Squirrel to reach 2b in the game. Though on the whole, Slater's game was a tad on the rough side, as he took a hat trick in his other 3 PA, and he also made his 3rd error in just 16 games in Richmond as the conversion back to infield continues its progress.  He also had 13 errors in his 60 games in SJ. Not overly concerning given a) this is his first year back trying to re-learn infield defense, and of course, b) LOL fielding errors as a measure of defense. Still his defensive progress bears watching since his lack of power likely won't play on a corner.

After a nice first few games in Richmond,  Hunter Cole's bat has gone a bit cold as he's now just 3 for his last 25 ABs.

As expected, Joan Gregorio returned to the bullpen after his spot start. His conversion to relief continues to be a mixed bag, as it's hard to see him leap frogging the reliever depth chart of Broadway, Law, Okert, as well as guys like Black and Crick. I wouldn't be shocked if his early addition to the 40 man (caused by the regulations that consider 16 year old IFAs development the same as US high school draftees) won't make him a logical trade candidate, like Kendry Flores and Edwin Escobar before him.

Kyle Crick made it through an entire inning and didn't walk the bases loaded. He threw more than 50% of his pitches for strikes. Success! It's more than easy, it's downright rote, to be suffering prospect fatigue with Crick and his struggles this year. But it's still an explosive fastball that even high level minor leaguers have struggled to barrel up. We'll see.

After their near heroic work in May and June climbing all the way back to .500 and closing in on the top of their division, the Squirrels are heading back the other way since Tomlinson and Williamson left, and are now just a game away from falling back to .500 again.

* * *

San Jose beat the Stockton Ports (A's)

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Christian Arroyo

5

1

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.333

3b

Ryder Jones

5

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.269

LF

Daniel Carbonell

4

0

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.329

DH

Brian Ragira

4

2

3

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.243

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Keury Mella, W, 5-2

7.0

1

1

1

0

5

1

0

0

3.09

97

56

Christian Jones

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

3.26

7

5

Dan Slania

1.0

1

1

1

0

2

0

0

0

2.60

14

12

With Keury Mella following Ray Black, the Giants have really shoved some serious power pitching at the Ports this series. Had it not been for Garcia's continued rampage, Mella would have been today's lede, as he threw 6 no-hit innings in dominant fashion. Leading off the 7th he allowed a HR to red hot Franklin Barreto (the A's #1 prospect on BA's midseason re-ranking) but it was the only blip on Mella's excellent start.

That HR allowed to Barreto was, bee tee dubs, the first HR Mella has allowed this year, and only the 2nd he has allowed in 185 IP in pro ball in the US (he allowed 3 HRs in his DSL season). That's a tough fastball to lift.  Kyle Crick, similarly, had allowed only 2 HRs in his ~190 pro innings at the time he finished his San Jose season (he has surrendered 9 HRs in AA over 1.5 seasons).

After a hot stretch lifted Ryder Jones up near .300, he's gone back into something of a funk as he's 0 for his last 22 with 9 Ks and 0 BBs in that stretch. So rolls the long season.  Christian Arroyo, OTOH, has been pretty much a model of consistency this year. Over the last 10 days he's hitting .359/.419/.436. Over the last 30 its .376/.427/.535. For the season (46 games) he's at .333/.380/.490. The dude abides... I mean, hits.

You can hear what SJ manager Russ Morman has to say about Arroyo, Black, and others on this team in his weekly appearance with Joe Ritzo on Wednesday night's pre-game show:

* * *

Augusta lost at the Greenville Drive (Red Sox), 11-5
losing their three game series, 1-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

5

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

.284

C

Aramis Garcia

5

1

3

2

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

.268

1b

Chase Compton

2

1

1

2

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

.500

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Chris Johnson L, 1-2

4.0

10

5

5

0

3

0

0

0

5.34

60

45

Tyler Cyr

2.0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0.00

29

19

Connor Kaden

2.0

7

6

5

1

2

1

0

0

6.29

49

27

So long, Jeremy, my one time sleeper dark-horse personal cheeseball prospect.  Too many injuries; too many K's. But Sy could take a walk and he had some sock. Passed by by too many others in the org, and now he's gone. Good luck in life!

Aramis Garcia's rampage continues as he had 8 hits and 17 Total Bases in this series, and now is up to an .825 OPS. Over his last 10 games he's hit .455/.478/.841.  I noted early in the year that I thought he might be falling on the wrong side of the patient/passive line, and I suspect that has been part of his transition through the season. While the BB rate is still a healthy 10% he seems to be in attack mode lately, as befitting the level of pitching competition. I now suspect he's going to see San Jose before the end of the year.

Chase Compton, just up from SK had a fine full Sally debut, reaching base 3x with a double. The Greenjacket offense suffered some, as Krukow says, "big league hang with 'ems" in this game as the Drive flashed some leather. Here's Yoan Moncada robbing Johneshwy Fargas of a hit:

and while LF Mike Meyers looks like he's attempting to make pudding with a badminton racket on this ball, it's still a nice swing put on the pitch by Jonah Arenado.

The less said about the Greenjacket pitching in this game the better, except that Chris Johnson and Connor Kaden's usefulness to the org may be on the wane after difficult seasons in 2015. Tyler Cyr is currently the only 2015 draftee in full season ball for the Giants and he's now unscored upon in two appearances.

And before we leave this game:

Kopech had really impressed David with the quality of his stuff in an earlier start vs Augusta.

* * *

Salem-Keizer lost to Boise Hawks (Rockies), 11-8

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

4

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

.269

RF

Steven Duggar

3

2

1

1

1

0

0

2

1

0

0

.246

C

Miguel Gomez

5

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.361

DH

Christopher Shaw

5

0

1

3

1

0

0

0

2

0

0

.283

SS

C.J. Hinojosa

4

0

3

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.257

1b

John Riley

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.138

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Nolan Riggs, L, 2-1

2.1

9

8

4

2

1

0

0

1

1.88

Nathanael Santiago

4.0

2

1

1

0

7

1

0

2

3.93

Caleb Smith

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

3.38

Lots o' hitting in this one as the two teams bashed out 25 hits. 2015 draftees Jebavy, Duggar, and Hinojosa all reached base at least 3x, with Jebavy adding in two SB (his 6th and 7th of the year). The 22 year old Miguel Gomez continues not just to hit, but to hit with some rather astonishing peripherals .After 97 ABs on the year, Gomez has just 1 BB and just 8 Ks. As a result, he's also featuring one of the best BABIP=BA lines I've ever seen, with his .361 BA being supported by a .364 BABIP. Everything's In Play!

Nolan Riggs, the 2014 UDFA Pitcher out of Sam Houston St. had been fashioning himself a nice Cinderella story this year, moving from the bullpen to become SK's most reliable starter. But he definitely turned in a pumpkin performance here, though aided in no small part by 4 errors from infielders Vizcaino, Honojosa (2), and Rivera.

Hinojosa is interviewed by the excellent interns responsible for Volcanoes TV game wrap, and at the 55 second mark you'll see him doubling in a couple runs:

Hinojosa's big game came just a day after his 21st birthday, which reminds me to post this d'awwwwww sweet tweet:

* * *

AZL Giants lost to AZL Angels, 11-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Jalen Miller

5

1

2

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

.322

2b

Kelvin Beltre

4

0

2

1

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

.308

3b

Nathanael Javier

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.167

CF

Mikey Edie

3

0

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

.271

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Phil Bickford

1.0

1

2

2

2

1

0

0

1

6.00

Kendry Melo

2.1

5

6

1

1

2

1

1

2

4.38

Grant Watson

1.1

3

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0.00

Hot one in the desert as 1st overall pick Phil Bickford made his second appearance of the year, a not overly notable one other than getting his work in.

From there it was another tough night for Kendry Melo. The hard throwing RHP, who the Giants signed for $500k in June of 2013 after MLB invalidated his contract with Toronto, has yet to turn his stuff and promise into any semblance of results as he now sports a 7.42 ERA in 30 IP in the AZL over two seasons with 35Ks, 26 BBs and a 1.98 WHIP. Ouch!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Rough outings for Phil Bickford(left) and Kendry Melo(right, middle). Get &#39;em next time! via <a href="https://twitter.com/rambat">@rambat</a> <a href="http://t.co/ogavKvFOij">pic.twitter.com/ogavKvFOij</a></p>&mdash; GiantsProspectTalk (@giantsprospects) <a href="https://twitter.com/giantsprospects/status/622069765431955456">July 17, 2015</a></blockquote>

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It's worth remembering how young CF Mikey Edie is relative even to his peers.  Though Edie and Beltre were part of the same July2 signing class, Edie is the younger by about 9 months. He's 6 months younger than 2015 HS draftee Jalen Miller and he's even 1 day younger than recent $6mm signing Lucius Fox. Edie has his OPS up to .700 now with 6 hits in his last four games.

Jalen Miller continues his impressive debut season. In 60 at bats now he's hitting .322/.394/.407 and it's clearly established at this point that he is the SS between him and Kelvin Beltre. Beltre has slid over to 2b in their recent games when they share the field. Beltre reached base three more times yesterday and he's posting a .900 OPS in his very SSS (26 ABs). He continues to hit when he's on the field. He did make two errors yesterday.

* * *

DSL Giants beat the DSL Rojos, 9-7

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

18.9

Manuel Geraldo

5

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.319

RF

17.4

Sandro Fabian

4

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.268

3b

17.3

Francisco Medina

4

3

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.258

C

19.3

Jesus Tona

4

1

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

.357

DH

17.8

Brayan De Pena

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.250

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

19.7

Norwith Gudino

4.2

8

4

4

1

3

0

0

1

4.01

20.9

Hengerber Medina, S, 2

1.0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

1.77

The 30-11 DSL team keeps chugging right along, turning 11 hits into 9 runs (4 earned). The big game today was from youngster Francisco Medina whose OPS is now .755. Oddly, though he's tied for second in the DSL in HRs, this was just his 4th double of the year. Brayan De Pena got his second start of the year, and after a hat trick in his first game, he reached base twice with nary a K. Progress!

Norwith Gudino continues to take Victor Concepcion's starts. Hopefully Concepcion will be back soon so he can tune up for the short DLS post-season. Converted infielder Hengerber Medina struck out all three batters he faced swinging. Of the three pitcher conversions going on in the Giants lower system right now (Medina, Randy Ortiz, Eric Sim) Medina's looks to be working the best in the early goings, with the obvious caveat that he's also facing the lowest competition. 31 Ks to 7 BBs in 20.1 IP for Hengerber.

* * *

Eight games on tap today as Richmond plays a double header.  No word as to whether Tyler Beede gets one of the starts. Kelvin Marte goes in the first one and TBD in the second.  Martin Agosta looks to continue SJ's recent run of pitching dominance in the rubber game vs. Stockton.

Happy baseball everybody