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SF Giants Minor Lines, July 26

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Four words: Prepare to be amazed!

You go out to the park every day and you have a chance of seeing something you've never seen before, as they say. Visual evidence: Minor leagues style!


Yup. Never seen that one before.

HIGHLIGHTS: Michael Santos finally made his Augusta home debut. Nathanel Javier had four hits.

Sacramento's game at Albuquerque was postponed for rain

* * *

Richmond lost to Erie (Tigers), 10-1
splitting their four game series, 2-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Engel Beltre

5

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.309

2b

Austin Slater

5

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.323

3b

Mitch Delfino

5

0

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.259

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Tyler Beede, L, 2-4

0.1

1

5

5

3

1

0

1

0

4.95

29

11

Stephen Johnson

3.0

3

4

4

2

2

0

1

1

3.88

62

33

Kyle Crick

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

2.98

17

10

Rough birthday for Tyler Beede. Here was his 29th and final pitch of the afternoon, and the only one that was put in play:

Beede faced just six batters. He loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter before retiring his only batter on a strikeout. After which he issued his third walk to bring in a run and finally the bases clearing double seen above. At that point, nearing his 30th pitch of the inning with no immediate chance of getting out of it, Beede was removed. The Giants, like most orgs, have a rule against letting pitchers go longer than 30 pitches in a single inning.  In his last six AA starts, Beede has surrendered 23 runs (22 ER) in 30.2 IP.

Stephen Johnson did some yeoman's work with just his third 3 inning appearance of the year to try to save the bullpen some innings. And Kyle Crick had his fourth straight complete and scoreless inning, this time with 2 Ks. He seems to be getting more comfortable with the reliever routine.

Austin Slater and Mitch Delfino's three hits apiece were about all the good news the game afforded Richmond hitters. But here's a highlight of Engel Beltre driving in their lone run, which also extended his hitting streak to 17 games.

Hard to say exactly how true that is, as this is the week of the year when baseball FO can trend towards the reactive. In the long run it's undoubtedly true of course, though what exactly the thing is that hasn't been changed is harder to make out, seen through the glass darkly and all that.

Richmond heads to Altoona to start an important series with the Curve tomorrow.  Richmond and Altoona are currently tied for 2nd place in their division behind the Bowie BaySox.

* * *

San Jose won at Bakersfield, 9-1
splitting their four game series, 2-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Christian Arroyo

5

1

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.329

1b

Angel Villalona

5

2

3

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.282

DH

Brian Ragira

4

1

2

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

.248

3b

Brandon Bednar

4

2

2

3

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

.239

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Chase Johnson, W, 7-3

6.2

4

1

1

2

7

0

0

2

2.77

Dan Slania

1.1

1

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

3.10

Ian Gardeck

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

4.06

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Another quality start from Chase Johnson tonight: 6 2/3 IP, 4 H (two were bunts), 1 R, 2 BB, 7 SO. Has a 1.16 ERA in his last five starts.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/625530552850870272">July 27, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Question posited: is Chase Johnson having the best prospect season in the Giants system that nobody's talking about? Johnson has the second best ERA in the Cal League. His FIP is a little higher at 3.43 but still strong for the Cal.  He's striking out just under a batter per inning, with 89 Ks in 94 IP and he has a decent walk rate (2.77 BB). His BABIP is normal at .306 and he's allowed 4 HRs on the year. The 2013 3rd rounder out of Cal Poly SLO was buried on his college staff's depth chart apparently on the whim of his somewhat notoriously stiff-necked head coach and spent most of last year putting innings and reps on an arm that is strong but needs to catch up on lost development time. He's not a shooting star, but there's an interesting arm there for sure.

Ian Gardeck is another interesting arm on the SJ staff. He's always had velocity, but this year in 62 IP he's shown an extreme improvement in his control. Last year in 37 innings split between Salem-Keizer and San Jose, he posted a BB9 of 9.7, following a year in Augusta in 2013 where it was 6.4 (in 56 IP). This year it's down to a very acceptable 2.8. He's combining a 30% K rate with a 7% BB rate, which is a noticeable improvement for such a live arm. He and Jake Smith are doing something that no other reliever in the league is doing:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJGiants?src=hash">#SJGiants</a> Jake Smith (13th, 86 SO/64 IP) &amp; Ian Gardeck (20th, 77 SO/62 IP) are the only two Cal League relievers among top 25 in strikeouts.</p>&mdash; Joe Ritzo (@JoeRitzo) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeRitzo/status/625577215489474566">July 27, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Hey, look! It's another 2-hit game with a double from Christian Arroyo. Ho Hum. That's only the 22nd multi-hit game Arroyo's had out of 53 played this year, for the 7th youngest player in the league who also is looking like he might be able to stick at SS and has noticeably improved his fitness from last year. Nothing interesting to see there! Arroyo's now had 49 multi-hit games in his career in 187 games, so it's something he does about a quarter of the time he's on the field.

San Jose now heads to Visalia for an important road series. SJ and Visalia stand a game apart in 2nd and 3rd place just behind Modesto. The Giants are just 1-6 at Visalia's Recreational Park this year, and just 4-15 there since the beginning of 2014.

* * *

Augusta beat Delmarva Shorebirds (Orioles), 5-4 in 10 innings

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

.282

3b

Will Callaway

5

2

3

2

0

1

0

0

2

0

0

.271

RF

Dylan Davis

5

0

3

2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.238

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Michael Santos

5.0

2

1

1

1

3

0

0

0

1.54

Tyler Cyr

2.0

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

0.96

Eury Sanchez

0.2

1

2

2

1

1

0

0

0

27.00

Carlos Diaz, BS, 4, W 2-2

2.1

3

1

1

0

4

0

0

0

2.09

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">They say you see new things in baseball every day. Safe to say a player failing to touch home plate for a go-ahead HR in 9th is a new one.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/625468799295332352">July 27, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Ah yes! Back to my lede. Hopefully I have sufficiently raised anticipation now to reveal that Augusta was indeed able to take advantage of Leyva's egregious error and walk it off in the 10th inning, when Dylan Davis' third hit of the game brought home Will Callaway, who had gotten aboard on his third hit of the day.

Pretty exciting ending to a day that included Michael Santos' long delayed Augusta home debut, and Eury Sanchez' full season ball debut as well. To the field notes!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Scoreless first for Michael Santos around a two-out walk. FB 91-94 with downhill plane. Flashed solid downer CB.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/625414324211818497">July 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Michael Santos immediately becomes the best pitcher I&#39;ve seen in an Augusta uniform this season. Loose arm, advanced feel of entire arsenal.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/625431244860456960">July 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tyler Cyr throws perfect 6th. FB 94-96, hit 96 multiple times, downhill plane, bores hard on LHB. Flashes tight breaker with bite.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/625434533672939520">July 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Cyr strikes out the side in the 7th. Solid arm. I&#39;m liking him more and more each time out.</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/625436217522434049">July 26, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Eury Sanchez: 89-92, arm-side run from low three-quarters when on top, struggled w/ command. SL low-80s, flashed sweeping bite, inconsistent</p>&mdash; David Lee (@David11Lee) <a href="https://twitter.com/David11Lee/status/625470252797816832">July 27, 2015</a></blockquote>

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If the Giants want to make a deal of some kind this week, one clear strength of the system is strong armed relief pitchers. With Cyr and Taylor coming on board this year in addition to guys like Gardeck and Smith taking big steps up, there's a surplus there to dangle if needed, and those are exactly the kinds of guys who are always the throw in to any deal.

* * *

Salem-Keizer lost to the Hillsboro Hops (Cubs), 4-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

RF

Steven Duggar

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.281

3b

Miguel Gomez

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.368

2b

Richard Amion

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

.200

Rest of Team

19

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

6

0

0

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Logan Webb, L, 3-2

5.0

5

2

2

1

3

1

0

0

4.00

Nathanael Santiago

3.0

4

2

2

0

3

0

0

0

4.03

The Volcanoes managed just two hits in this game, though one of them did come from Miguel Gomez, extending his franchise record hitting streak to 21 games. Trailing 4-0 in the 8th inning, SK had a rally gift wrapped to them when Hillsboro's starter Jared Mitchell walked the first batter of the inning and then hit the next two. Hillsboro's D added in a fielding error to boot (pun intended). But the rally, and the game fell short.

Logan Webb's season suggests pretty strongly that he's a long-term project even by HS pitcher standards, but a strong-armed one with good raw material for the Giants to work with. The 18 year old from Rocklin finishes the 1st half with 19 Ks, 11 BBs, and a 1.33 WHIP in 36 IP. Sadly, the only video I have of him from yesterday is his worst outcome of the day:

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So to summarize the first half for the Volcanoes:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hops starter Jared Miller had retired the first 12 Volcanoes until Gomez extended his team-record hitting streak. <a href="http://t.co/pNKihFzSZi">pic.twitter.com/pNKihFzSZi</a></p>&mdash; Volcanoes Baseball (@SKVolcanoes) <a href="https://twitter.com/SKVolcanoes/status/625456554955833345">July 27, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Some might think it sufficient to have just one embedded twitter photo of Miguel Gomez in action, but I included the second pitcher of Gomez so everybody would have a visual recognition that he's a switch hitter. Professional at work, folks!

* * *

AZL Giants lost to AZL Diamondbacks, 11-7

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Jalen Miller

4

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.238

1b

Dillon Dobson

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

1

0

.242

3b

Nathanael Javier

5

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.185

C

Zachary Bowers

4

0

2

2

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

.138

PR-RF

Jean Angomas

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.174

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jake Dunning

4.0

8

3

2

0

6

0

0

1

2.70

Stetson Woods

0.1

0

3

3

2

0

0

1

0

6.46

Dylan Brooks

0.2

3

2

2

1

1

0

0

0

4.02

Grant Watson

2.0

3

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

1.69

Randy Ortiz

0.1

2

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

12.27

Matthew Pope

0.2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1.00

Seems clear at this point that Kelvin Beltre is missing time with, again, some type of medical issue, as it's now been a week since he last played. Jalen Miller meanwhile, is going through his first slump as a pro, which is frankly a good thing to get on and start learning from (now learn quick and get back to hitting like crazy, Jalen!). Mikey Edie started this game but was hit by a pitch in his first PA and immediately removed from the game, so that will bear watching. His replacement, Jean Angomas, had a fine game with two hits and an OF assist. Nathanael Javier's four-hit game matched the total of his previous 13 games combined. He went from 11 to 15 hits on the season in 84 PA.

Young RHP Stetson Woods and Dylan Brooks are each finding their return season to the AZL much less pleasant than 2014.

Woods, after being drafted last year, had 20 Ks and 4 BB in 16 innings and allowed just  4 runs. In 2015 (in 15 IP) his K9 has dropped from 11.25 to 7.63 while his BB9 has risen from 2.25 to 7.63 and his ERA and FIP have each added on 3-4 runs per game.

Brooks, a 30th round pick in 2013 out of Canada is now in his 3rd AZL season, though he's still just 19 years old. He's thrown less than half as many innings as he had last year (he too is at 15 IP in 2015) but his K9  has dropped from 11.91 to 5.74 and his ERA has gone up about a run. Of course, all of these numbers are in SSS range, but gernally speaking its always better to perform well than to give up 3 runs in a third of an inning without allowing a hit.

Grant Watson, the 16th rounder out of UCLA, is probably too advanced for the AZL and could use a challenge in SK if they can find room for him in the pen.

* * *

DSL Giants had their traditional Sunday off

* * *

Eight games today as everybody's in action and Sacramento has a double header. Ty Blach, Chris Stratton, Joan Gregorio, Jose Reyes, Samuel Coonrod, and Nolan Riggs are the scheduled starters. Hopefully, Coonrod takes DAvid Lee's comment regarding Santos as a mortal insult and calls down the thunder!