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Some nights I'm scrapping to fill the "HIGHLIGHTS" section. This is not one of those nights.

This was mentioned in yesterday's comments, but for those of you who don't read the comments, BA rolled out mid-season re-rankings yesterday and here's the Giants version:

It's subscriber only, but you should all have all have BA subscriptions anyway. As you may have guessed, Tyler Beede took the #1 spot, and the list is heavy on top draftees of recent years, though one recent very high draftee (who also, by chance, had a so-so start yesterday) doesn't appear on the list at all. Of course, as with draft recaps, the Giants org scorns these industry rankings anyway, which is important to remember when trying to guess their future plans.

HIGHLIGHTS: Ryder Jones had two doubles and a HR. Luis Ylsa K'd 8 in 4 IP. Aramis Garcia went 3 for 3 with two doubles, a BB and 4 RBI. Jose Vizcaino, Jr went 3 for 4 with a HR and a BB. Hengerber Medina K'd 8 of the 10 batters he faced.

Sacramento lost to Fresno (Astros), 4-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

LF

Xavier Avery

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.364

2b

Kelby Tomlinson

5

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.327

RF

Jarrett Parker

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

1

0

.271

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Chris Stratton, L, 0-2

5.0

7

4

4

1

5

0

0

0

2.23

92

67

Mark Appel (Fresno)

6.2

6

0

0

2

4

0

0

0

5.87

100

67

Jason Stoffel (Fresno)

1.1

0

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

4.31

34

18

Just when I was getting used to Sacramento box scores being exciting to look at Mac Williamson disappeared. Now they depress me a little bit (if I may be indulged a personal aside).

The marquis pitching matchup went Appel's way on this night, though you could argue that Straton pitched as well. In Stratton's last three starts, he's improved his peripherals significantly, with 15 Ks vs. only 3 walks in 21 IP.  He was unable to prevent runs in this one though, giving up back to back two run innings in the 2nd and 3rd.

Still, Appel got all the plaudits:

and even the highlight:

Still, against a RiverCat lineup that has really struggled, Appel's performance didn't seem that noteworthy to this observer.

Also, I didn't remember that Jason Stoffel was with the Astros.  Possibly because I've been working hard at forgetting Jeff Keppinger's brief Giants' career.

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Richmond lost to Harrisburg (Nats), 3-1

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

Austin Slater

4

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

PO

.256

RF

Hunter Cole

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.286

3b

Mitch Delfino

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.259

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Kelvin Marte, L 7-2

7.0

8

3

3

3

5

1

0

0

2.54

111

74

Kyle Crick

1.0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

2.98

26

13

Joan Gregorio

1.0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

4.11

18

10

Kelvin Marte allowed the first five batters of the game to reach base safely, including three run HR to Matt Skole, and that spelled doom for the Squirrels, who are going through some offensive doldrums now that Tomlinson and Williamson have left the lineup. Marte settled down after the rough opening to throw 6 (actually 7) scoreless innings, allowing just six more baserunners the rest of the game but the damage was done.

Kyle Crick's been working every other day since moving to the bullpen and this, his fourth appearance in 8 days, was probably the best of them. He managed to make it through the inning, though it took 26 pitches to do so, with a 50/50 split of balls to strikes. Only one ball was put in play against him, a ground out to 2b which ended the inning.  Joan Gregorio's 2 Ks and 1 BB kept his season ratios in line, as he now has 33 Ks and 16 BBs in 35 IP.

Austin Slater, moved to leadoff for this game, had his third consecutive 2-hit game with an XBH as he adjusts to AA. Oddly, he's had hits in only 5 of his 10 games in the Eastern League, but in 4 of those games he's had at least two hits. Also, 5 of his 10 hits in AA have been XBH (4 doubles and 1 triple). It wasn't all puppies and roses for Slater in this game though as he was picked off and committed his first AA error.

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San Jose beat the Bakersfield Blaze (Mariners), 2-1 in 14 innings

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Christian Arroyo

6

1

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

.328

3b

Ryder Jones

6

1

3

1

2

0

1

0

2

0

0

.289

LF

Daniel Carbonell

6

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

.373

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pitches

Strikes

Ray Black

2.0

0

0

0

5

4

0

0

0

1.86

55

28

Luis Ysla

4.0

3

0

0

1

8

0

0

0

7.28

60

39

Ian Gardeck, BS, 2

2.0

2

1

1

0

3

0

0

0

4.91

23

16

SJ's walk off wins this year have had a strong tint of the odd about them. They already won a game on a Sac Fly to 2b. And in this one, with Christian Arroyo on 1st and two outs a fly ball single did the trick.

Offensively, the stars were the top two picks of 2013. In particular, Jones had a huge night, with three XBH including this solo shot that was all SJ's scoring in regulation:

Arroyo's three hits and four times on base continued his tear, which reminds me that I should have noted this yesterday:

The Giants' pitching simply overwhelmed the Bakersfield bats. Bakersfield has a weak offense to begin with and their best player, Tyler O'Neill has left for the Pan Am games. SJ pitchers K'd an amazing 23 batters in this one, including 12 in the first 6 innings from starter Ray Black and Luis Ysla.

Of Black, only one ball was put in play against him and that resulted in two outs:

and then tremendous work from the pen:

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Augusta beat Rome (Braves), 9-5

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Johneshwy Fargas

4

2

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

.290

SS

Travious Relaford

4

2

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

.284

C

Aramis Garcia

3

3

3

4

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

.240

RF

Andrew Cain

5

0

2

2

0

1

0

0

2

0

0

.200

1b

Skyler Ewing

2

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

.228

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Pat Young, W, 5-1

7.0

7

2

1

1

9

0

1

0

3.57

Jake McCasland

0.1

2

3

3

3

1

0

1

0

4.98

Raymundo Montero, S, 7

1.2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1.81

And just like that, complain about Aramis Garcia's mediocre hitting and he snaps to action!

I have to use this power for good more often! The scouting reports remain strong on his swing, his balance, his approach. It has to translate to better hitting numbers in the long run. Johneshwy Fargas had another solid night at the top of the lineup, reaching base twice on a double and walk, and also showing off his plus arm in the OF gunning down the speedy Ozzie Albies trying to leg a double. And speaking of Albies, who has just killed the Greenjackets this year:

Of course, David's a Braves fan, but still Albies is an impressive kid.

Pat Young, the 6'5" starter with the heavy downhill plane had his best start of the season, with 9 Ks,1 BB, and 1 ER in 7 IP. He racked up the high K totals using a tried and true method against Sally league hitters:

Also, the Greenjackets got some fresh arms, after putting Carlos Alvarado and Rodolfo Martinez on the DL this day.

Connor Kaden's been on the Augusta roster on a couple of different occasions this year, but seeing Tyler Cyr get the bump up to A ball, even under duress, is exciting.

And finally, more on last year's third rounder:

* * *

Salem-Keizer lost to Tri-City (Padres), 9-7
winning their five game series 3-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

CF

Ronnie Jebavy

4

0

1

2

0

1

0

1

1

0

0

.275

DH

Christopher Shaw

5

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

.270

3b

Jose Vizcaino

4

2

3

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

.302

1b

John Riley

4

1

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

.130

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Nicholas Gonzalez

4.0

7

3

3

0

6

1

0

0

7.58

Armando Paniagua, L, 1-2

1.2

3

6

3

3

1

0

1

0

8.10

Luis Pino

1.1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.00

Eric Sim

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

3.72

The Volcanoes had a strong chance to take four out of five games in their series victory as they went to the 6th with a 5-4 lead, but Armando Paniagua got a wild hair walking three in the 6th leading to a 5 run inning for the Dust Devils.  2nd round pick Chris Shaw ended the night with a monster HR, his 2nd, but the thrust of SK's offense this night came from Jose Vizcaino and John Riley. Vizcaino reached base safely in his first four PA, including hitting his 2nd HR of the year. The big night brought VizIII's line up to .302/.380/.488 as he continues a strong start to his season. Also, he gets to do some bragging on his dad.

John Riley on the other hand, has done nothing but struggle since April.  His three hits in this game nearly doubled his total for the Volcanoes, where he's now just 7 for 54, and his double was his first XBH in SK, after having a very high percentage of XBH/H in Augusta.

In the  Volcanoes TV series recap they talk with John Riley as well as about Riley with manager Kyle Haines.

On the mound, Mexican RHP Luis Pino made his NWL debut after having made four appearances in the AZL. He's spent the past two seasons in the AZL complex.

Now the Volcanoes head north to traditional NWL power Vancouver, saying goodbye for now to their happy Oregon fans.

* * *

AZL Giants beat the AZL Rangers, 2-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

SS

Kelvin Beltre

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

.111

SS

Jalen Miller

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.378

RF

Ashford Fulmer

3

1

1

0

0

1

0

1

2

0

0

.231

CF

Mikey Edie

4

1

2

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

.238

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Michael Santos

1.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0.00

Stetson Woods, W, 1-0

2.0

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

4.35

Andrew Suarez

2.0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0.00

Grant Watson

2.0

2

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0.00

Eury Sanchez

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2.45

Heath Slatton

1.0

1

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0.00

Mikey Edie had his best game of the year, doubling twice to figure in all of this game's scoring. In the 2nd he doubled and came around to score on a Sac Fly, and in the 7th he followed 2015 28th round pick (U of Houston) Ashford Fulmer's triple with another double.

Two runs was enough thanks to a wealth of pitchers shutting down the opposition in one and two inning stints, including 2015 draftees Andrew Suarez, Grant Watson, and Heath Slatton.

But the big news of the game was the return of Michael Santos. Santos was one of the surprise revelations of the AZL last year, when he was #10 on BA's AZL Top Prospect list.  He made one lackluster start for Augusta in April, left with the trainer in the 3rd inning with a sore or tired arm, and had yet to return.  While 2015 has certainly been disappointing for him, we now at least know that whatever ailed him didn't require a major surgery. And that's good news.

2014 9th rounder Stetson Woods had stretched out to 4 innings in his first two appearances in the AZL this year, but they've backed off and used him in shorter stints the last two times. The 6'8" Woods was a basketball star in HS prior to be drafted by the Giants and is still learning to control his considerable body.

I'm guessing Suarez will be helping out the overwhelmed and underwhelming SK staff soon.

* * *

DSL Giants beat DSL Mets1, 4-2

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

SB

CS

BA

2b

19.3

Robert Antunez

5

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.329

SS

18.9

Manuel Geraldo

5

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.326

1b

19.2

Robinson Madrano

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.333

3b

17.2

Francisco Medina

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

.245

RF

17.4

Beicker Mendoza

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

.287

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

19.6

Raffi Vizcaino, W, 4-0

5.0

3

2

2

1

1

0

0

1

1.49

20.9

Hengerber Medina

3.0

1

0

0

0

8

0

0

0

1.00

Holy Moly, Hengerber! In a three inning stint, only two batters managed to put balls in play vs. the former infielder.  That's 26 Ks in 18 IP for the little (5'11") RHP against 5 BB and 12 hits. On his 4th DSL season, who knows? Hengerber might just manage to throw himself off the island.

Raffi Vizcaino had one of his lesser efforts for the year, with his lowest K total by a good amount. He'd had 5, 5, 4, 6, 9 Ks in his previous five starts, all at least five inning stints.

Most of the 17 year olds sat out this game except Beicker and F. Medina, who's had a very cold month after his powerful first two weeks. Manuel Geraldo now has multi-hit games in 9 of his last 17.  He's reached base in 20 consecutive games, with hits in 18 of those.

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