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SF Giants Minor Lines, 6/23

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I should really be highlighting Matt Krook up here. But jeez, Miguel Gomez, man! Miguel Gomez.

That tweet comes from a month or so ago, but it still applies. I don't know what to say about Gomez' in terms of his future or higher levels or his ability to find a defensive home, but the Dude. Rakes!

HIGHLIGHTS:  Tyler Beede struck out 7 in 6 one-run innings. Miguel Gomez had four hits including 2 HRs.

Sacramento lost to Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners), 10-5

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Gorkys Hernandez

4

1

3

2

1

0

0

0

0

.285

.363

.390

SS

Ruben Tejada

4

0

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

.222

.267

.444

LF

Austin Slater

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.224

.289

.303

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Adalberto Mejia

6.1

7

5

5

1

6

1

0

0

3.38

Jean Machi BS

0.2

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

3.66

Sergio Romo L 1-1

0.1

3

2

2

0

1

0

0

0

6.23

Jake Dunning

0.2

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

4.13

The RiverCats took a 5-3 lead into the 7th, but a bullpen full of former (and future) Giants surrendered 7 runs over the final three innings to take the loss. Adalberto Mejia wasn't as sharp as his first game, though he didn't pitch badly. He threw just 59 of 93 pitches for strikes and put himself behind in counts a decent bit. But he did strike out 6, the sixth time in his last seven outings where he's had at least 6 strikeouts after having reached that mark in just one game last year. His only real mistake came on a 0-2 pitch to Rainiers 3b Patrick Kivlehan

Mejia left the game with a 5-3 lead, two runners on and one out in the 7th. Recently re-acquired Jean Machi walked his first batter to load the bases and then surrendered a two run single, charging Mejia with his final two runs.

Sergio Romo, working on back to back days for the first time in his rehab, wasn't sharp at all, giving up line drive hits to three of the four batters he faced and taking the loss. Possible that this outing will necessitate another game in rehab, though if Romo feels physically able it's possible they'll go ahead and activate him regardless.

The offense was led by old pros Gorkys Hernandez, Ruben Tejada, and Juan Ciriaco who combined for seven hits. Tejada had two hits and a double, the fourth XBH he's had in his last four games.

* * *

Richmond lost to Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies), 4-2
losing their three game series 1-2

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Darren Ford

4

1

3

1

1

0

0

0

1

.208

.283

.264

3b

Christian Arroyo

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.288

.330

.397

RF

Hunter Cole

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

.260

.321

.408

2b

Ali Castillo

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

.318

.356

.386

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Tyler Beede

6.0

5

1

1

3

7

1

0

0

2.97

Tyler Rogers BS 1 L 1-1

0.0

3

3

3

3

0

0

0

0

0.84

Tyler Beede's season is really picking up steam as it goes along.  In April, Beede posted a 4.71 ERA, with a .337 BAA and a 1.62 WHIP. In five starts in May those numbers all dropped to 2.70 ERA, .278 BAA and 1.33 WHIP. And now after four starts in June they're at 1.95 ERA, .212 BAA, and 1.05 WHIP. The one oddity to his recent stretch is that is GB rate has turned around, as he's suddenly started getting more fly ball outs than grounders after being a consistent ground ball pitcher over the previous year plus. His K and BB rates have stayed basically consistent over the year though. His K% is up just a hair over last year's but his BB% has dropped nearly in half.

Sadly, the neutral site series apparently means that nobody was manning the video cameras, so we get no highlights from Beede's terrific start yesterday. He tied his season high with 7 Ks. Ironically, his other 7 K performance came two starts ago at this very same park, but against a different opponent (the home town Fisher Cats). He surrendered just one solo HR but other than that he was in charge for six innings.  He did get a little bit of an elevated pitch count, which got him out of the game after just 6 innings (104 pitches), which turned out to be unfortunate because as soon as he left the game, things turned around for the Yard Goats offense.

The Squirrels had just scratched out a 2-1 lead in the top of the 7th on an Ali Castillo double and a Darren Ford RBI single. But before Richmond's bullpen was able to record a single out in the bottom of the inning, Hartford had scored three runs to take the lead they would keep to the end. Surprisingly, that damage came at the expense of Tyler Rogers, whose record setting 0.00 ERA run finally came to an end after 32 games and 32 IP.  Rogers surrendered ground ball singles to the first two batters he faced, and then a bases clearing double to give up the lead and Beede's chance for a win.

Hunter Cole, who got off to such a slow start to the year is hitting .325/.381/.584 in the month of June.

* * *

San Jose lost at Stockton Ports (Athletics), 5-0

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

CF

Ronnie Jebayy

4

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.245

.303

.364

RF

Steven Duggar

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.281

.389

.471

SS

CJ Hinojosa

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

.297

.380

.444

1b

Chris Shaw

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.279

.353

.530

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

DJ Snelten L 3-6

4.0

6

5

5

2

6

0

0

0

4.95

Jeff Soptic

2.0

1

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

7.89

Dusten Knight

2.0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

2

5.51

San Jose's doldrums continued past the All Star Break as they got shut out in their 2nd half opener. After having the league's best record in May, they're suffering a full on June Swoon. San Jose managed just six hits and two walks, while striking out 12 times in the shutout. Ronnie Jebavy's double was their lone XBH and they had a runner in scoring position just three times in the game.

With two hits, Steven Duggar passed CJ Hinojosa for the team lead in OBP. Hinojosa is hitting just .175/.254/.270 in June. Behind Hinojosa in the clean up spot, Chris Shaw is hitting just .177/.271/.306 in June. This is where the fatigue of the first full season really starts to pack a punch for young players.

DJ Snelten's rough time in the Cal league continues, as he's surrendered at least four runs in each of his past three starts and in four of his past six. Speaking of the rotation, Jose Reyes will join it for the second half, taking Martin Agosta's spot. And there were a couple of other personnel moves as well:

Tj Bennett seriously has to be saving on living costs as he never stays anywhere long enough to get a hotel room, much less an apartment.

* * *

Augusta won at Columbia Fireflies (Mets), 6-3

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Lucius Fox

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

.208

.311

.298

3b

Miguel Gomez

5

2

4

4

0

0

2

0

0

.358

.392

.529

LF

Sharon Dunston Jr

3

0

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

.357

.406

.571

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Michael Connolly W 5-2

7.0

5

3

3

1

7

1

0

0

2.91

Tyler Cyr S 2

2.0

2

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

2.31

Miguel Gomez apparently wasn't happy about his All Star snub, because he opened the second half with a monster game, going four for five with four RBIs and two HRs his 5th and 6th of the season. Watch him get on top of the high fastball here.

Just incredible. Gomez leads the Sally in BA now and he's fifth in OPS and sixth in SLG while playing in one of the least hitter friendly parks in the Sally. Really a pretty amazing display.

One of the other offensive stars of the game was Lucius Fox, who went 0 for 2 but walked three times, stole two bases (16th and 17th of the year) and scored twice in front of Gomez hits.  Fox' could stand to impact the ball a little more frequently, but he does seem to have a discerning eye, as he's got an 11% walk rate on the year.

But I know what you're all thinking: dude had two HRs; I want to see two highlights! I'm with you guys!

Look where that thing went! The color man literally said later, "we haven't seen a ball go where that one went this year." Over the 18' high batters' eye! In-cré-ee-blè!

* * *

Salem-Keizer lost to the Tri-City Dust Devils (Padres), 8-6

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

SS

Manuel Geraldo

5

2

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

.313

.353

.406

LF

Jean Angomas

4

2

2

0

1

0

0

1

0

.524

.545

.714

1b

John Riley

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

.417

.481

.542

3b

Chase Compton

4

0

2

4

1

0

0

0

0

.179

.226

.286

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Hengerber Medina L 0-1

3.1

8

7

7

3

4

0

0

0

10.13

Kendra Melo

2.1

2

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0.00

Matthew Pope

1.1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3.38

Rayan Hernandez

1.0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0.00

Manuel Geraldo and Jean Angomas are clearly thinking "this is NUTHING compared to the Sally!" as they continue their hot start to the short-season league. Angomas is now 11 for 21 in his opening week and he even tossed in his first SB in this game. The two at the top of the order led a 10-hit attack that led to another 6 runs. John Riley also continued producing, though he reach based three times the hard way in this game, taking fastballs to the ribs twice in the contest.

The Volcanoes have scored 11 more runs (in 7 games) than the second highest scoring team in the league. They lead the league in Runs scored, hits, total bases, doubles, BA and SLG and are second (by a thousandth of a percent) in OBP. It's been quite an opening week for the hitters, who should soon add a few more bats from the draft.

Hengerber Medina, on the other hand, might be feeling that this is waaaay harder than the DSL, as he was pounded out of the game by a 5-run 4th inning.  In addition to sporting an ugly ERA, Medina also has an unsightly 6 to 5 K to BB ratio over 8 IP.

Kendry Melo had two pretty rough AZL seasons the last two years. Moving to the bullpen he's showing some signs of life for the Volcanoes. He has 6 Ks in 4 IP in two appearances. Melo was one of the major signings of the Giants 2013 July 2nd class (the same year as Rodolfo Martinez). The Giants signed Melo for $500,000 after a $100,000 deal he had in place with the BlueJays was nullified by MLB due to issues with his age, though in fact he signed with the Giants using the exact same stated DOB as he had with Toronto.

The 20 year old Rayan Hernandez, repeating the NWL this year, has been close to perfect so far, retiring 9 of the 10 batters he's faced this year, including 6 Ks. Which is impressive!

* * *

AZL Giants lost to the AZL Athletics, 8-4

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

RF

Malique Ziegler

5

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

.200

SS

Brandon Van Horn

5

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

3

.182

LF

Chris Denorfia

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

1

.333

CF

Nick Hill

4

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

2

.455

3b

Becker Mendoza

5

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

.429

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

Alex Bostic L 0-1

2.0

4

3

3

2

2

0

0

1

13.50

Matt Krook

2.2

1

2

0

1

2

0

0

0

0.00

Sandro Cabrera

1.0

1

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

6.00

Jacob Greenwalt

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4.50

Beicker Mendoza seems to be settling in as the regular 3b for the AZL team and he's getting off to a nice offensive start in his domestic debut as well with 6 hits in his first 14 ABs and just 3 Ks (0 BBs). The 18 year old Venezuelan could become an even more interesting hitting prospect for the Giants if he can stick in the dirt. His double yesterday was his first XBH.

But the big news in yesterday's game came on the mound, where 4th round pick (and former 1st rounder) made his pro debut. Bill Mitchell, who covers the AZL like nobody else was on hand to see.

Just the fact that they sent him out for 3 innings in his debut was pretty encouraging for the 21 year old TJ survivor. Phil Bickford, just as a comparison, didn't go out for a third outing until his seventh appearances last year. If Krook can find his best stuff regularly, he's a potential steal of the draft for the Giants. That's a giant "IF" of course.

* * *

DSL Giants beat DSL Twins, 4-3

Age

Name

AB

R

H

RBI

2B

3B

HR

BB

SO

BA

Other

1b

17.11

Angeddy Almanzar

3

1

1

2

0

0

1

0

1

.361

SF

C

17.0

Ricardo Genoves

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

.340

RF

18.1

Franklin Labour

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

.250

HBP

SS

18.1

Jose Rivero

3

1

1

2

1

0

0

2

0

.250

DH

18.6

Wascar de Leon

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.222

Age

Name

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

HR

HB

WP

ERA

19.11

Jose Marte W 1-1

6.0

2

1

1

3

3

0

1

2

2.20

17.10

Jerson severin

0.2

2

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

5.40

Angeddy Almanzar was not one of the Giants six-figure signings last year, but he's outplaying several folks who were so far. The RH 1b who turns 18 next week surged out to the club lead in HRs (with 2!) and added a Sac Fly to help the DSL club to a one run victory. Almanzar's hitting a cool .361/.412/.541 over his first 65 PA of his pro career. He currently leads the team in average, TB, XBH, and RBIs in addition to HRs, and only Ismael Munguia is ahead of him in OBP or SLG (in about half the amount of PA).

The Giants' margin of victory came on a two-run double from SS Jose Rivero following back to back walks and a bunt. Rivero, the 18 year old who the Giants signed for $250,000 in 2014 is in his second DSL season hit just .217/.316/.278 last year, but the Giants DSL instructors like his instincts at SS a great deal. He has 4 XBH now this year.

* * *

And, after the first day with all seven affiliates all in action together, we immediately get a break tomorrow as the AZL club gets their regular fifth day off (a product of the AZL having an odd number of teams). Which I have to say, whew! I can use the break. Seven teams is a LOT!

Scheduled Pitching Matchups:
Sacramento: Joan Gregorio vs. TBD
Richmond: Kyle Crick vs. Mickey Jannis
San Jose: Mark Reyes vs. TBD
Augusta: Cory Taylor vs. Chase Ingram
SK: Raffi Vizcaino vs. Will Headean
DSL:  Jorge Labradour vs. TBD