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SF Giants Minor Lines, 7/6

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I feel really bad about this, but you may just need to gouge out your eyes when this edition of Minor Lines is done.

Much thanks to Brute for letting me staycate a bit and recharge, while also taking in many a Giants loss! Should have spent my time driving to Richmond for Squirrels games I guess. Anyways, thanks again muchly to Brute for the coverage.

As we hit the All Star break, mid-season prospect ranking is upon us. Baseball Prospectus (which is totally affordable!) rolled out its BP Midseason Top 50 ranking yesterday (for subscribers only) as well as a whole bunch of supplementary material which is all pretty fabulous for prospect watchers. If you're only interested in Giants prospects, then you'll need to look over here at their Just Missed the Cut piece.  Baseball America's came out today. It has the same top 5 guys, though the 3-4-5 are in a different order. BA's top 50 is available to all I believe, but they will also be coming out with a subscriber only mid-season re-ranking of every system's top 10. So now's a good time to subscribe to the prospect watching site of your choice.

Anyway, to the Giants!

Sacramento had its game with Reno postponed
they'll make it up in a double header today.

In the meantime, since I wasn't around for this highlight, let's all enjoy watching Mac Williamson's first AAA HR again!

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Richmond defeated Akron (Indians), 5-2
sweeping their three game series, 3-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Rando Moreno

4

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.304

.342

.392

RF

Hunter Cole

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.344

.400

.563

DH

Mitch Delfino

3

0

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.256

.314

.318

1b

Ricky Oropesa

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

.276

.309

.433

2b

Austin Slater

4

0

2

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

.200

.273

.333

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Tyler Beede W, 2-3

7.0

4

2

2

3

5

0

0

0

3.86

101

66

Kyle Crick

0.2

0

0

0

3

2

0

0

0

3.05

27

13

Derek Law, S, 3

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

1.35

14

10

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We&#39;re underway at The Diamond. <a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels">@GoSquirrels</a> starter Tyler Beede needed only 6 pitches to get through the 1st <a href="http://t.co/Jh44lmh4VI">pic.twitter.com/Jh44lmh4VI</a></p>&mdash; Mitch Carr (@mitchcarrtv) <a href="https://twitter.com/mitchcarrtv/status/618195965393113088">July 6, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Beede had another solid start in what I suspect will be his last start before the Future's Game (unless they want to give him a short, two-three inning stint on Friday). His first time through the order was especially strong as he retired the first 9 hitters in order, with 3 Ks. After that things got a little more difficult as his control became a little wonky, walking three (against 2 Ks) in his final 4 innings. He threw 2/3 of his pitches for strikes which is a solid ratio.  The only runs he gave up came in the 4th inning, when he followed his first walk with back to back double and single. Outside of that inning, he had a terrific start. Was this his first start reaching 100 pitches? It might have been.

Kyle Crick was once more unable to complete a single inning in relief, walking the bases loaded around two Ks. Braulio Lara came in to get the Squirrels out of the bases loaded, two-out jam and keep Crick's ERA down. But yet again he failed to throw half his pitches for strikes, relying nearly entirely on his truly explosive but untamed fastball. He now has 46 BB in 44 IP this year. Derek Law navigated the 9th for his 3rd save.

The offense wasn't strong but it mustered enough support to get the job done. All told they had 8 hits (3 XBH) and 2 BBs vs 9 Ks. Their big inning was the 5th when a walk and two singles loaded the bases. Rando Moreno doubled in the first two runs and Mitch Delfino followed with a two run single. Ricky Oropesa took the hat trick in this one, while Austin Slater with two hits including a triple, knocked his AA batting average up to .200.

With the win Richmond moved into 2nd place in their division! Patrick Henry and George Washington were, no doubt, proud:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tonight meet Patrick Henry, George Washington &amp; the Second Virginia Convention. The celebration of America continues! <a href="http://t.co/9XciZT2QF6">pic.twitter.com/9XciZT2QF6</a></p>&mdash; Squirrels Baseball (@GoSquirrels) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoSquirrels/status/618064065420754944">July 6, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

San Jose lost to Visalia (Diamonbacks), 6-2
losing their three game series, 1-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Seth Harrison

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

.259

.320

.380

SS

Christian Arroyo

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.319

.362

.491

3b

Ryder Jones

4

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.282

.313

.402

LF

Dan Carbonell

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

.390

.457

.610

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Jose Reyes L, 0-4

4.2

9

6

6

1

1

0

1

0

11.63

77

49

Christian Jones

2.1

1

0

0

3

2

0

1

0

3.48

40

22

Ian Gardeck

2.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

4.93

19

16

So far, stacking San Jose with Cal league vets isn't helping improve the bottom line any, as the Giants fell to 4-7 in the second half and once again let the Rawhide take a series from them. SJ is 2-11 vs Visalia on the season. SJ hitters managed just 4 hits, including one double. They did have 5 walks, though three of those came from major league vet Jeff Kobernus, which sort of doesn't count. At the top of the order, the 1-2 guys Harrison and Arroyo went a collective 0 for 9 with 6 Ks on the game. Ouch!

The best moment of the night came from Ryder Jones on this RBI double:

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Jose Reyes, uh...., continues to find the Cal League a challenge. Ian Gardeck, was sort of the bizarro world Crick in this one, pounding the zone with almost nothing but strikes, while throwing two perfect innings.

* * *

Augusta's game with Kanapolis was postponed.

They'll play a makeup double header this morning.

* * *

Salem-Keizer beat the Tri-City Dust Devils (Padres), 4-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

DH

Christopher Shaw

3

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.296

.406

.407

3b

Jose Vizcaino

4

1

1

2

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

.256

.333

.385

1b

Chase Compton

3

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.342

.405

.500

2b

Richard Amion

3

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

.241

.329

.310

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Andrew Leenhouts, W, 3-1

5.0

4

0

0

2

7

0

0

0

1.90

Rayan Hernandez

1.0

3

2

2

3

0

0

0

0

4.00

The Volcanoes made it four in a row and three in a row over Tri-City in this one, incidentally making a loser out of Dust Devil pitcher Travis Radke, who I'm assuming must be Brad's kid? The Volcanoes didn't have a ton of offense, with only Shaw and Amion reaching base twice.  But two of their eight hits went the distance in a 3-run 4th inning, including Jose Vizcaino Jr's first professional HR. The Volcanoes now have hit 15 HRs in their 19 games which has really been the thrust of their offense.

And with a strong start from Andrew Leenhouts it was enough. Leenhouts is now in his third NWL season and was an NWL All Star two years back, which is something frankly minor league players don't much want to claim about their short season career.

In the Volcanoes post-game wrap they talk to Leenhouts about his season:

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Also, Brute did a great job with the July 4th fashion review, but I'm not sure if you saw how well the SK flag jersey played on video!

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That's gonna change some votes for sure!

* * *

The AZL Giants lost ot the AZL Angels, 3-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

2b

Kevin Rivera

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.361

.378

.500

SS

Kelvin Beltre

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.000

.000

.000

SS

Jalen Miller

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.371

.436

.400

LF

Byron Murray

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

PO

.278

.322

.481

C

Matt Winn

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

.118

.150

.353

CF

Mikey Edie

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.211

.348

.211

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Jordan Johnson

4.0

4

1

1

0

4

0

0

0

1.80

Charles Owen, L 0-1

0.2

1

2

2

2

1

0

0

1

16.20

Mac Marshall

2.0

1

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0.00

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Kelvin Beltre is in the lineup starting at SS and hitting second for the AZL Giants.</p>&mdash; GiantsProspectTalk (@giantsprospects) <a href="https://twitter.com/giantsprospects/status/618239585617776640">July 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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And now the playing time carousel really begins, with Kelvin Beltre making his long-awaited 2015 debut. As has been much discussed here, if Lucius Fox were to actually get into the Scottsdale camp while the AZL season is still going on, they'll have three 18 year old SS with large pedigree in both scouting and bonus $$$ sharing time together.

In this first game Beltre and Miller split the game at SS, each getting 2 PA and each finishing with an identical line. Possibly the worst offensive showing of the year for the AZL team as they managed just 5 hits and 1 BB vs. 9 Ks. With two doubles in the mix that gives them, let's see here... 7 total bases, plus a walk....9 ks.... yep that's bad!

Charles Owen, the Giants 19th rounder out of Arkansas St was the culprit for the pitching staff, as his second pro appearance didn't go so hot. However, 4th rounder Mac Marshall kept his shiny 0.00 ERA with his second straight scoreless appearance, this time stretching out to two innings.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A good 2nd pro outing for Mac Marshall (AZL <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Giants?src=hash">#Giants</a>). 2IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 2K.</p>&mdash; Bill Mitchell (@billazbbphotog) <a href="https://twitter.com/billazbbphotog/status/618275069299572736">July 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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* * *

The DLS Giants beat the DSL Yankees1, 6-2

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

OBP

SLG

wRC+

2b

18.9

Manuel Geraldo

5

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.325

.399

.407

134

RF

17.3

Sandro Fabian

5

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.267

.367

.358

116

DH

17.4

Beicker Mendoza

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.278

.337

.380

106

CF

17.6

Jose Patino

2

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

.266

.364

.277

97

SS

17.2

Jose Rivero

4

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

.179

.292

.196

58

3b

17.2

Francisco Medina

3

0

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.266

.311

.459

120

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

20.0

Sandro Cabrera

4.0

2

0

0

3

4

0

0

1

2.50

16.10

Luis Amaya, W, 2-0

1.1

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

1.02

With back to back wins over the rival Yankees1 team, the 24-8 Gigantes have given themselves a little breathing room at the top of their division.  While 24-8 is a mighty fine record, it might surprise you to learn that they're only tied for the third best record in the league. But that's life in the DSL, a very large league decidedly made up of haves and have nots.

Jose Patino, the speedy switch-hitting CF who is a 70 runner and was signed last year for $400k, started off the year very slowly. But he's been hot of late, with hits in 10 of his last 25 ABs, pulling his line up to near respectability. He's also cut the Ks down a little with 5 Ks in that time compared to 14 Ks in the previous 60 ABs. He's also had 4 SB in that 10 game stretch.  Jose Rivero, on the other hand, who the Giants really like as a defensive SS, has yet to get it going in the DSL and continues to struggle sub-Mendoza.

Manuel Geraldo had two more hits in the game. He's had multi-hit games 14 times in his 30 games played and features an OPS over .800. Geraldo is a contemporary of Beltre and Miller having been born in the same three month stretch as both of them.

* * *

Final thought: Well, I've resisted showing you guys this for some time now, because it's egregiously terrible and awful and not a little bit frightening. But for reasons surpassing understanding I'm compelled to share it with you and let you be horrified too. Don't hate me; hate Jon Laaser who I suspect was the mad genius behind the music video premiere of "Biagini in a Bottle"

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If you want Brute back, I'll understand.